Opening Reception: Saturday, January 21st, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: January 6th – February 3rd
In the Student Gallery: Patron of the Arts 2016: Susan Bostwick
Description: This is a solo exhibition of the artwork of Tim Waldrop, SIUE graduate and art professor at Western Illinois University. Read his artist statement below:
“I would consider myself to a be a very nostalgic individual by nature. I “blame” this mostly on the fact that I am a “transplant” to the Midwest from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Consequently, I am compelled to choose imagery that I connect with on somewhat of a personal level. The images that I choose are often autobiographical and tend to reference or “honor” chosen memories in some form. The reoccurring image of the mansion that appears in my work references the place where my wife and I were married. Unfortunately, this building was destroyed in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina. More recently I have been developing a series of paintings which I consider to be a tribute to my late uncle. The roosters that he once raised as a hobby have slowly made their way into many of my paintings. I often challenge the significance of an image by placing it arbitrarily within the confines of a space, or by pairing it with or superimposing it onto another image. This juxtaposition of like and unlike imagery creates a result quite similar to that of a “collage.” This collage-like tempo alludes to the ideas of a recurring thought or suggests a passing moment in time.
Choosing the most appropriate technique and/or medium also remains as a significant step in my studio process. While portions of the two-dimensional work are created in a more traditional sense using paints applied to wooden panels or canvas, I also incorporate less traditional painting methods like scraping or “transferring” images. sculptural, and utilizes a host of more “physical” methods and mediums. I have a strong urge to be expressive with the way that I handle materials. Remaining experimental with these techniques allows me to reveal or bury images as each piece sees fit. Putting too much information into a painting, ultimately forces me to revise the piece. I usually find myself “editing” a painting or drawing by removing or even “destroying” parts of the image, while still trying to preserve the image. Ultimately, I strive for each of the works to project several meanings or discussions at once. “