Clarke University Art Faculty members Jessica Teckemeyer and Louise Kames will present the exhibition, Chaos and Collapse, at Gallery C in the Schmid Innovation Center Friday, March 6 through Sunday, April 26. A reception for the artists will be held Friday, March 6, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Gallery C, located at 900 Jackson Street, Dubuque in the Schmid Innovation Center.
Teckemeyer will display sculptures from her Meeting Our Shadow and Creationseries. Each sculpture in the Meeting Our Shadow series is a response to tragic events of Sandy Hook Elementary, the Colorado movie theatre shooting, and the Boston Marathon. Both murderer and victim are represented as archetypes. The artwork explores themes including inner confrontation, violence, vulnerability, and death. The Creationseries continues her investigation of making the unreal become tangible through sculptural forms. Formally, the sculptures combine actual plant life with fragmented animal bodies. The artworks question what we know to be true as the combination violates the rules of nature in favor of the notion of chaos.
Kames will exhibit pastel drawings of organic imagery, roots and leaves arranged in an iconic manner. The drawings present the viewer with timeless, meditative spaces. In many cases the still life subject of drawings has been reclaimed from compost piles and roadside clippings. The paradox that natural decay can be beautiful suggests a universal yet everyday cycle of death and resurrection.
Jessica Teckemeyer maintains an active studio practice and is an Assistant Professor at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Teckemeyer’s artworks have been featured in six solo exhibits and shown in over forty group exhibitions. Viewers in many cities have experienced the work, including: Monoco, France; Montevideo, Uruguay; New York, NY; South Orange, NJ; Santa Ana, CA; Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL; Tallahassee, FL; Cincinnati, OH; Minneapolis, MN; and Des Moines, IA. Recently she has received Best in Show for the Social & Politically Engaged Art at the Reece Museum in Tennessee, Second Prize at the Tallahassee International hosted at the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, and $10,000 in Iowa Arts Council Grants supported through the National Endowment for the Arts.
Louise Kames holds a MFA degree in drawing and printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a professor of art at Clarke University where she chairs the Art and Art History Department. Her drawings, print and installation-based work are exhibited widely including solo exhibitions at across Iowa and the Midwest region. She is a regular participant in regional, national and international juried exhibitions. Kames enjoys the creative and cultural exchange offered at artist residencies, including: Schloss Plüschow, Mecklenburg, Germany: Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium; The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, County Monaghan, Ireland; Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada; Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL; Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus in Schwandorf, Germany; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA; and Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Kames created site-specific installation works for Dubuque’s Voices from the Warehouse Exhibit in 2005 and 2010. The 2010 installation, Sacred Grove, was selected for inclusion in, Beacons, An Exhibition of Luminous Art at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, MI and the 2012 Iowa Artists: Print at the Des Moines Art Center.