GALESBURG — Ultimately, finding a name for their joint exhibit was more difficult than creating the art for Stacy Lotz and Dusty Scott of Galesburg, whose works will be on display Friday, May 20 through July 3 at the Community Art Center of Galesburg, 349 E. Main St.
An opening reception for “Bridges” will be held at the center from 6-8 p.m. on May 20.
“Tuesday coined the term,” said Lotz, of the art center‘s executive director, Tuesday Çetin. “Dusty and I had spent months thinking about what to call it.”
“It was hard to put into words,” Scott said.
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Difficult, they said, because they had deliberately chosen for their works not to focus on any central theme.
“When we decided to do a show together, we asked ourselves: ‘Do we want there to be a theme or a common idea?’ said Lotz. “We didn’t like this restriction. We wanted the freedom to go after crazy ideas for pieces that we wouldn’t normally do. So we decided, let’s just do some work.
“It’s kind of a seductive thing – you don’t know what’s around the corner,” said Scott, who likened the potential experience for viewers to being a kid in a toy store. “As artists, we often try to put ourselves in boxes. I’ve done a lot of portraits, so there’s a temptation to call me “the portrait guy”. There are all these parameters that we tend to impose on ourselves because we think that we are not good enough in another type of subject or medium.
“Anything Goes” might also have worked as a title, but Scott said “Bridges” fits for other reasons, as the show is aimed at viewers who might have their own doubts about being “enough.” good” in their ability to understand art.
“It’s about filling in the gaps — maybe for people who’ve never set foot in a gallery,” Scott said. “Sometimes in these circumstances they can feel intimidated – that they haven’t ‘understood’ the art. But you don’t have to get all of that. We’re just trying to connect with the viewer in different ways and bridge that gap.
Both artists have big, bright and bold pieces in the show, but there are other aspects as well, including an admittedly “darker” piece from Scott. He explores a theme he can trace back to his days as a student at Monmouth College, when he studied issues related to the rise of technology, which has only increased even more and faster. since graduating in 2003.
“Normally when you look at a child, their posture is amazing, it’s beautiful,” he said. “It’s the way we’re supposed to hold ourselves – belly up, shoulders strong. It’s how we would naturally behave as adults if we weren’t trying to keep our guts up all the time.
However, Scott noticed that when his daughter, Lucy, used a tablet, her posture changed.
“She was static, sagging,” he said, calling the image “awkward” and “disturbing.”
He took a few quick shots without his daughter even noticing, then created a powerful piece of work connecting themes of confinement and menstruation that testify to his vision of what can happen when technology is given too much power. ‘authority.
Scott also discussed another article, “News Candy,” based on typical news programming and how it can actually “program” viewers’ minds.
“But if you can see that and recognize what’s going on, that’s your empowerment,” Scott said.
When Scott was a student at Monmouth, one of his teachers was Lotz, who joined the faculty in 1995 and is now the senior member of the college’s art department.
“Dusty is no longer my student, he’s my colleague,” Lotz said. “To me, that’s the best part of it all – that we can both do this. It’s about the relationships you build with people and the relationships we hope to build with the community. … Since he was a student, Dusty and I talked about art and what it means to be an artist in a rural community – to create art that speaks to your community. art.
Also on display will be the Galesburg Community Art Center, which is still in transition since moving two blocks west on Main Street, where it was located for 60 years. Its new space is the former home of the Odd Fellows, built around 1895, and later the Galesburg Antiques Mall.
“We had a helmet exhibition for members and friends shortly after the move, but this is the first exhibition with featured artists in the gallery,” Çetin said.
A characteristic aspect of the old location was its spiral staircase.
“It was a cool feature,” she said. “People were coming, and that’s where their eyes were drawn to.”
She then wondered, “What are they going to watch here?”
“The size,” Scott replied.
At 27,000 square feet, the new space is five times larger than the old site.
Lotz and Scott’s works are displayed in three main areas: some on the ground floor and many on the second floor – some in a temporary exhibition space and others – including a colorful installation of finches by Lotz – in what will be a permanent gallery space.