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Florida Gulf Coast University Presents 'Little Creatures' Lecture, Exhibition
FORT MYERS, FL - The public is invited to view “Little Creatures,” an exhibition that showcases various media portraying creatures, beginning with an artist presentation and opening reception 5 p.m., Friday, March 19 at the Florida Gulf Coast University Arts Complex. The exhibition continues through Friday, April 16.
The work of artists Peter Hansen, Janis Mars Wunderlich, Jason Rohlf, Sharon Ryan and Fred Stonehouse will be displayed. The artist presentation includes Rohlf of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Stonehouse of Milwaukee, Wis.
Rohlf will discuss the exhibition as a whole as well as giving insight into his own fascinating creations.
Rohlf began with his mask-like creatures in the mid-1990s after graduating from University of Wisconsin with a degree in fine arts. His works have been featured in many exhibitions as well as a number of art publications.
Rohlf’s paintings are often noted as masterful colorist works that utilize a collage technique of letters and objects placed amongst rich oils on panel. Rohlf attributes emotions to each creature, entitling the works ‘Idle’ or ‘Peers.’
The works of Hansen are reminiscent of artist Cy Twombly. Hansen’s creatures are often noted as scribbles of inscrutable creatures onto paper. Unlike the portraits of creatures by Rohlf, Hansen’s figures are actively involved in activities indeterminate in origin or outcome. Hansen is an international artist based in Berlin.
Stonehouse’s hybrid creatures are at once compelling, yet ultimately disturbing. The painter is renowned in the cities of Milwaukee, Chicago, and Minneapolis. His works are often classified as self-portraits with unusual, creature-like attributes. He says of his work, “But I don’t look in the mirror. Sometimes the faces might have only my nose or my eyes - but I guess I still think of them as self-portraits or maybe alter-egos” (Tandem Press).
Wunderlich, a ceramicist, creates viscerally animalistic creatures that defy categorization but demand full attention. Each of her creations declares their presence, but their emotions and species all remain unclear.
Based in Los Angeles, Ryan’s creatures featured in the exhibition escape from the wood grains of split birch panels, sometimes whole, sometimes dismembered. Each seems to struggle for the expressions that Wunderlich’s creatures appear to enjoy.
Admission is free and the gallery is open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, excluding University holidays.
For more information, visit artgallery.fgcu.edu