Reception: Friday, March 2, 5 – 7pm
Exhibition: March 2 – June 30, 2018
at the Sierra Room, Community Center
851 E William Street, Carson City, Nevada
Works: Some Water Some Welded
Exhibition at the Sierra Room
The Capital City Arts Initiative announces its exhibition, Works: Some Water Some Welded, with artwork by artists Susan Glaser Church and Stephen Reid at the city’s Sierra Room located in the Community Center, 851 E William Street, Carson City. The exhibition is available to the public from March 2 – June 30, 2018. CCAI will host a reception for the artists on Friday, March 2, 5-7pm in the Sierra Room.
Susan Glaser Church, a native Nevadan, was raised on her family’s ranch East of Elko. The junkyard was her playground, and it was there that she developed an interest in rusted and repurposed metal. She learned to weld while helping her father repair damaged machinery during the haying seasons. She studied at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and joined the California Blacksmith Association and expanded her tools to include some metal forge work. Now that she’s living back on the ranch in eastern Nevada, found objects and fabricated metal have become the basis of most of her work with a theme of rural issues often running through her sculptures. To create her art, Church uses traditional forging, plasma cutting, and MIG welding.
Church says of her art, “The history and evolution of rural America is chronicled in junkyards throughout the West, and the relics I find there are the basis for many of my sculptures. Like a magnet to iron, I seem to have an affinity for anything rusty. The patina of time gives obsolete machinery and broken tools a second life in the work I create. I use this medium to depict many of the elements of living with the land and enjoy the serendipity and whimsy of using found objects to compose my artwork. It is a way of honoring the past while contemplating the future.”
Stephen Reid is an artist living in Dayton, Nevada. His work spans the disciplines of painting, sculpture, installation, and printmaking. While living in Japan, he became aesthetically drawn to Sumi-e drawings and their humble figure/ground compositions. This led to the use of ink and watercolor to investigate the Self through viscera and absurd conditions. This body of work is further influenced by Reid’s exposure to various physical and psychological traumatic occurrences, experiences that have fueled an exploration of competing concepts: vitality and mortality, beauty and repulsion. Through abstraction, these images provide an interesting minimal space for inquiry.
Reid received his B.F.A. in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University and a M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. While pursuing a career in art he has held numerous positions including the military, aerospace, teaching, and currently, working for the Nevada Arts Council. Reid’s work has been shown in the U.S. and Japan. His paintings reside in the VCU Medical College as well as several private collections.
The Sierra Room is open to the public during Carson City official meetings including the first/third Thursdays, 8am – 5pm, and many weeknights Monday – Thursday, 5pm – 8pm. For Sierra Room access, call 775.283.7421 or check meeting schedules online at www.carson.org/government/meetings-and-events
The Capital City Arts Initiative is an artist-centered organization committed to the encouragement and support of artists and the arts and culture of Carson City and the surrounding region. The Initiative is committed to community building for the area’s diverse adult and youth populations through art projects and exhibitions, live events, arts education programs, artist residencies, and its online projects.
CCAI is funded in part by the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Arts Council, Carson City Cultural Commission, NV Energy Foundation, U.S. Bank Foundation, Nevada Humanities and National Endowment for the Humanities, and John and Grace Nauman Foundation.
top image: Church welding at the ranch
center image: Stephen Reid, untitled, ink and watercolor on paper, 4″x6″
bottom image: Works: Some Water Some Welded exhibition flier
Nevada Artists Association
Nevada Artists Association Gallery
Brewery Arts Center
Regular Members Show
New Years Show runs from January 14-February 16
Winter Show Runs from February 18-March 30
Spring Has Sprung show runs from April 1-May 4
Landscape Show runs from May 6-June 15
Photography Show runs in July
Autumn Show runs in August
Nevada Day Show runs in September-October-November
The NAA gallery is located at Carson City’s Brewery Arts Center complex. The Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and all art is for sale. Go to www.nevadaartists.org for more.
Nevada Arts Council OS X Gallery
Paul Baker Prindle, Photography
January 22 — March 9, 2018
Reception & Artist Talk: Tuesday, February 20, 5:30-7:30 pm (Artist talk at 6:15 pm)
Nevada Arts Council
Kevin Clewer. Chicago, IL. “You saw the last breaths of life my Son took; life ended by your hand.” Polychrome archival print from colour negative. 25”x 20”.
Mementi Mori is a body of work that seeks to inform how people think about important current events and provoke conversations about the conventions of photography, photographic images and objects, and the ways in which photographs function as memory tools.
Photographer Paul Baker Prindle began this series nearly ten years ago and the images are set upon the everyday landscape of the United States. The banal documentary look of these representations belies the horrific events that have taken place at sites he visited from California to New York. These photographs are of locations where gay men, lesbians, and transgender individuals have been murdered.
He visited the sites well after the crimes had occurred and, from the images he captured, produced large-scale photographic prints. According to Baker Prindle, “Viewers won’t find the bloody remains of violence or clues to who was murdered or why within these photographs. Human lives were forever ended in ignominious, plain places and I’ve purposely recorded these locales after years of growth and development have obscured any traces that once scarred the land. Even the infamous site of Matthew Shepard’s death at the foot of idyllic, snow-capped peaks is encircled by suburban sprawl. Each site I visited was an unsettling disappointment, bearing few if any clues to the value of the life that ended there. The photograph produced is a weak, but concrete, tie back to the criminal events that occurred at each site.”
In contrast to the banal images made, he creates gruesome titles for these photographs from content he uncovered in police reports, letters and statements from grieving parents, and news coverage.
Baker Prindle explains, “The mix of banal imagery and narratives of baroque violence forcefully shake the viewer out of calloused viewing and into rage, angst, and/or speechlessness. Successful images in this series lead the viewer to think about their place as a content maker, whose personal reading of the images is more important than the photograph. My hope is to help viewers recognize how central fantasy and imagination are to the photographic image. From fashion shoots to war images from Iraq, photographic images rely on the viewer to complete their meaning by drawing on conscious and unconscious biases, preferences, and worldviews.”
His images reference objects that engage memory and feelings of loss, including Jane Hammond’s “Fallen” and videos from the Fortunoff Archives of Holocaust Survivor testimonies. He is inspired by the written work of Hannah Arendt who comments on the banality of evil, as well as disturbing images of violence including “The Ecstasy of St. Teresa” and photographs made at the My Lai massacre.
Paul Baker Prindle (b. La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA) has exhibited in Austin, Baton Rouge, New York City, San Francisco, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Knoxville, Los Angeles, and Madison, Wisconsin. His work has been published by Out and Out.com, Advocate.com, Our Lives, and Männer, and has received mention in ArtForum Diary, Wisconsin Gazette, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Objects from his series, Mementi Mori are held by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the Wisconsin Museum of Art. In 2018, Baker Prindle received an Artist Fellowship in Visual Arts from the Nevada Arts Council. He lives in Reno, Nevada.