Exhibition Dates: February 1 – April 27, 2024
On view at River Arts on Water Gallery (590 Water St, Prairie du Sac, WI) and online.
Reception: Saturday, March 2nd, from 5:30-7:30 pm. Artist talks begin at 6 pm.
This reception will also be celebrating It’s a Good Day: Abstractions of Sunrise on the Lake by Samira Gdisis in the Power Room Gallery
10% off all artwork in the gallery during the reception!
River Arts is pleased to present our two featured artists – painter and mixed media artist Brit Borcher and ceramicist Olivia Gallenberger during February, March, and April of 2024.
Please read on for information about the artists.
Brit Borcher Artist Statement:
I am curious about the strange potential visual language has, in my case, a concoction of abstract and figurative forms, to communicate the quality of experience. I am highly attuned to the artists who make fusions of abstraction and figuration that form the contemporary context for my work. Like those artists, I pull imagery from a personal and ever-expanding archive well-stocked with references to the body, pattern and decoration, interior and exterior spaces, textiles, and craft to puzzle out aspects of my identity that feel culturally misaligned and work through my questions and curiosities.
In the studio, iterative and serial modes of making, like collage, drawing, writing, printmaking, and painting, are integral to my work. I use repetitious acts and variations on adjustment, removal, embellishment, and demolition to build successive layers of imagery. Within each layer, I find moments to impose elements that weigh down, pin, or highlight particularly striking passages that allow me to shift the image and continually move forward. The primary endeavor is to translate my discoveries, ranging from daily quirks to life-long quibbles, into legible visual language, but I often encounter more mystery than clarity. This repetitive mode of making continues until I am satisfied that the final picture has emerged. Working in various modes also provides opportunities to consider where human attributes such as vulnerability, sensitivity, and generosity intersect creative actions.
Olivia Gallenberger Artist Statement:
Things are the same as they were, but exist in a new reality.
An alternate universe I am the first to explore.
My body navigates the space with familiarity. Yet, there is an awkwardness. Something is slightly off and that is okay.
The conversation between me and the clay is an intimate whispering.
We greet each other with ease.
Our embrace gives me hope.
Our dialogue is unique.
We love to talk about science fiction: Starships traveling home. Alien landscapes. Teleporting and transforming.
Paths to somewhere “beyond”.
The interchangeable relationship between body and vessel; skin and glaze.
We are both holding ourselves together. Filled with something.
I used to have these conversations in my head.
Now I have someone to share it with.
The clay listens and understands.
It boldly goes with me to explore new constellations.
Constellations have to exist in space. My work does the same.