Iowa artists Jenny Harms Link and Steven Aitchison will present the exhibition, Subtle Unrest, at Gallery C in the Schmid Innovation Center Saturday, May 2, through Sunday, May 31, 2015. A reception for the artists will be held Saturday, May 2, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Gallery C, located at 900 Jackson Street, Dubuque, IA.
Finely detailed drawings by Harms Link portray figures with internal unrest physically manifested. Figures in this series were created with careful and smooth rendering, creating a facade that is even and tranquil. Similar to the way anxiety is often masked, the smooth mark-making belies the uneasy mood of the subject, creating a false sense of stillness. Eerily quiet forms appear to act of their own volition. This invasion of each subject is unsettling; the figure cannot escape it, it grows from within.
Aitchison’s “Cloud Vessels” are formed on the potter’s wheel and “smoke fired” in an open outdoor kiln using a variety of organic fuels. This is a process of controlled risk—the idea is to capture the ethereal imagery created in the ebb and flow of the fire. Botanical elements and stamping with oxides and under glazes are adding additional visual depth. This work has a confident and contemplative presence layered with subtle complexity.
Jenny Harms Link earned a BFA in drawing from Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa. She lives and works in Dubuque while actively participating in the regional art community. Her artwork has been shown at Augustana College, the Carnegie-Stout Public Library, the Dubuque Area Arts Collective, the Dubuque Museum of Art, the Nash Gallery, and the Quigley Gallery.
Steven Aitchison is a member of the Creative Artist’s Studios of Ames (CASA). His work has been included in many varied exhibits and can regularly be found at Gallery 319 in Ames, IA and Campbell Steele Gallery in Marion, IA.