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“A LOT & a little” Exhibition Reception via Zoom
“A LOT & a little” is a collaborative exhibition by Art Education graduate students, Aaron Caldwell and Zachary Sprenger. Their collective exhibition explores the nuances of identity, sexuality, race, history, and how those things are transformed through both time and various experiences. This exhibition has already been installed in the Student Art Gallery within Central Illinois Regional Airport, so please join us over Zoom from 5:00-6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27th so that we may celebrate their artwork and accomplishments together.
Link to Join Exhibition Reception at 5:00 p.m. on 10/27/20:
The physical exhibition of “A LOT & a little” is currently installed the Central Illinois Regional Airport Student Art Gallery, located at 3201 Cira Dr, Bloomington, IL 61704. Gallery Hours are consistent with Central Illinois Regional Airport hours. This student art gallery is a mission-central component of the Wonsook Kim School of Art at Illinois State University. For more information, please contact us at (309) 438-5622 or at Art@ilstu.edu.
More about the artists and their work:
Zachary Sprenger is a second-year graduate student in Art Education at Illinois State University. He is from Buffalo Grove, IL and received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Studio Art from Northeastern Illinois University. His body of multi-media work investigates the relationship of memory and identity through the manipulation of vernacular photographs found in his great-grandparents’ photo albums. The photographs have been manipulated through a process of generation loss, which, much like the childhood game of ‘telephone’, amplifies the acquisition of noise and artifacts through each subsequent copy produced. Each photograph has undergone differing amounts of generation loss in both physical and digital domains; through subsequent scans/re-prints, re-photographing with different cameras, and uploading/downloading to social media sites like YouTube 100+ times. Though most frequently found through lossy compression of digital files today, Zachary first discovered generation loss through artists from the 1960’s manipulating audio with reel-to-reel tape recorders. A pivotal influence of his visual work is taken from his musical background, which also becomes evident in the presentation of the photographs on wooden sound panels/diffusers frequently found in audio production studios to reduce unwanted noise in the recording process.
Aaron Caldwell is a second-year graduate student in Art Education at Illinois State University. He is from Fresno, California and received his Bachelor’s degree in General Studio Art with a minor in Art History from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is interested in exploring his experiences of Blackness and queerness through a space of quiet. Quiet is a term used to describe existing without resistance; the essence and humanity of a person or culture. His current work is ceramic pottery and sculpture that explores Black folk’s relationship with moisturizing products. Contemporarily, Black folk perform personal ritualistic routines throughout the day to ensure they are moisturized in body and hair. They use lotion for their body and coconut oil in their hair. This resulted in Black folk wanting to avoid being physically ashy (white, dry and flaky skin). This physical routine has become a social identity as well where being ashy means being ignorant, dumb or lame. Aaron highlights this relationship by ornamenting his sculptural vessel forms with glaze that imitates moisturizing products. He is allowing his audience to consider their own personal relationship with moisturizing products, and to consider a new angle on Black humanity by interacting with artwork that examines Blackness without resistance.