Good and Evil

September 18, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

GOOD AND EVIL, juried exhibition at Art Saint Louis

Two of my drawings will be featured along with many other artists in the St. Louis area in this exhibition at the Art Saint Louis Gallery in downtown St. Louis. The opening reception is free and open to the public on September 27 from 6 to 8. The exhibition runs from September 27 to October 30. It would be great to see you there!

A-1-9A-1-9Carbon and colored pencil on Rives BFK
12x24
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Artist Statement

 

I made several of these drawings to help me cope after being diagnosed with Leukemia in 2013. While doing research on the disease, I was inspired by images of leukemia cells viewed under a microscope. I was intrigued by how something so heavy could appear weightless as if they float across the slide. This played into the concepts of my existing work which look beyond the illusion of ordinary perception and realize the impermanence and emptiness of all things. I made these at a time in my life when I had very limited control so I chose this method because the act of drawing is an intimate experience where the hand is very present and intentional. The loose composition of the drawings echoes my composure through the treatment and recovery process. The drawings further exemplify my outlook through the truthfulness of black, white and grey as well as the  use of positive and negative space. As beautifully stated in ancient Buddhists texts, “Form is emptiness, emptiness is form.”

 

Jeff Hursey

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Here is a link to an article in the Belleville News Democrat about me and a wonderful organization called 3 Little Birds 4 Life
 
http://www.bnd.com/2014/08/10/3340765_3-little-birds-4-life-leukemia.html?rh=1
 
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What is good? What is evil? Is good the opposite of evil? The absence of evil? Are they mutually exclusive, or do they intersect, overlap, and intertwine? Explore the possibilities as Art Saint Louis presents Good and Evil, a juried exhibition featuring works in all media by 38 St. Louis regional artists from Missouri and Illinois. Works delve into the concepts of good and evil, whether together in contrast or in isolation, including but not limited to controversial, inspirational, shocking and challenging subjects such as politics, drugs, war, power, money, death, life, love, sex, freedom, morality, conscience, religion, and more. Please note that there are adult themes featured in this exhibit and some works might not be considered appropriate for children. Join us in the Art Saint Louis Gallery at 1223 Pine Street in downtown St. Louis for this thought-provoking exhibition. 

September 27 - October 30, 2014 • Free opening reception Saturday, September 27, 6-8 p.m. 

Good and Evil includes paintings, photography, drawings, assemblages, sculpture, and much more. Jurors for the exhibition are Tim Eberhardt, nationally exhibited ceramic artist, St. Louis, MO; and Nicole Dutton, artist, Curator, William & Florence Schmidt Art Center, Belleville, IL. Good and Evil is on display at Art Saint Louis September 27 through October 30, 2014. The gallery is free & open to the public Monday 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Sundays & holidays. For more information or sales inquiries, please contact Art Saint Louis: 314/241-4810 or info@artstlouis.org


Jurors' Statements:

 

"What it is to be human is my primary art concern. Good and evil, the two extremes of our duality-embedded life, is a universal dichotomy we all must recognize and decide - or, rather, we should ideally passionately CHOOSE where we stand, and live in that spot acting as we have chosen. How do you define pure good or evil? I - we - can easily recognize evil, and I can unequivocally say that a show of art titled "Good and Evil" is pure good! I thank and say to all the entrants that my choice of what is in or out of the show should be irrelevant to you. I believe that choosing to make art is absolutely good."

— Tim Eberhardt, artist, St. Louis, MO


"I considered works that reflect the theme, both simplistically and at a more complex level. Artworks with black, white and red, or highly gestural, moving works, seemed to be more obvious choices. Works that deal with ambiguous subject matter also found their place in the exhibition. I believe the concept of "evil" is simply the perversion of good, and that good intentions can lead to "evil" results. So for me personally, the terms are grey, not black and white. I believe that "good and evil" is "and," not "or." It was important to me that this concept be reflected in the exhibit. 
It was a privilege to work with the wonderful Art Saint Louis organization, my curatorial confidante Robin Hirsch, and my new art friend and co-Juror Tim Eberhardt. I appreciate what you do for the St. Louis community and the arts!"

— Nicole Dutton, Curator, William and Florence Schmidt Art Center, Belleville, IL 


 

detail of artwork by Andy Hahndetail of artwork by Andy Hahn

 

The 38 artists whose works are featured in Good and Evil are:
 

Bob Ahrens, Edwardsville, IL

Michael Albers, Wildwood, MO

J'Ann Schoonmaker Allen, St. Louis, MO
John Blair, Webster Groves, MO
Lon Brauer, Granite City, IL

Dennis M. Corcoran, St. Louis, MO
Dara Eskridge, St. Louis, MO
Wm. Daniel File, Manchester, MO

Mark A. Fisher, St. Charles, MO
Hannah K. Freeman, St. Louis, MO
Kathy Gomric, Milstadt, IL
Lynne Green, St. Louis, MO
Andy Hahn, Festus, MO
L. Bennet Hoff, Defiance, MO
Jeff Hursey, Belleville, IL
Lani Kohoutek-Miller, Florissant, MO
Connie LaFlam, St. Louis, MO
Philly Johnmeyer, St. Louis, MO
Joy Martin, St. Louis, MO

William Todd May, Belleville, IL
Linda Mueller, St. Louis, MO
Kimberly N., St. Louis, MO
John Nagel, St. Louis, MO
Mary Nichols, Florissant, MO
Alex Paradowski, St. Louis, MO
Bill Perry, Maplewood, MO
William L. Rogers, St. Louis, MO

Russ Rosener, St. Louis, MO
Michael Rudolf, Clayton, MO
Christopher Ruess, Wentzville, MO
Sydnor Scholer, St. Louis, MO
John Schnellmann, Chesterfield, MO
Dennis Smith, St. Louis, MO
Tim Smith, St. Louis, MO
Leandra Spangler, Columbia, MO
Ron Vivod, Collinsville, IL
Kate Warner, Kirkwood, MO
David M. Yates, Edwardsville, IL

A sampling of the artworks featured in Good and Evil exhibition:

David M. Yates. Quote the Raven. 2012. Oil on Canvas, 49.5”x37.5”. $4,000.David M. Yates. Quote the Raven. 2012. Oil on Canvas, 49.5”x37.5”. $4,000.

Lon Brauer. Happy Day, Happy Thoughts. 2014. Oil on Panel, 30”x18”. $1,250.Lon Brauer. Happy Day, Happy Thoughts. 2014. Oil on Panel, 30”x18”. $1,250.

Linda Mueller. Countless. 2014. Archival Lightjet Photo, 84”x36”. $2,800.Linda Mueller. Countless. 2014. Archival Lightjet Photo, 84”x36”. $2,800.

Dennis M. Corcoran. An Phoblacht (The Republic). 2013. Wood, Painted, Burned, Shot, Strap Steel, 60”x36”.  $1,500.Dennis M. Corcoran. An Phoblacht (The Republic). 2013. Wood, Painted, Burned, Shot, Strap Steel, 60”x36”. $1,500.

Lynne Green. Untitled, 2014. Digital Photograph, 24”x36”. $150. Lynne Green. Untitled, 2014. Digital Photograph, 24”x36”. $150.

Dara Eskridge. Self Talk. 2014. Acrylic on Canvas, 38”x26”. $1,000.Dara Eskridge. Self Talk. 2014. Acrylic on Canvas, 38”x26”. $1,000.

Wm. Daniel File. The Choice is Mine. 2014. Digital Image, Manipulated Archival Print, 23”x28.5”. $400.Wm. Daniel File. The Choice is Mine. 2014. Digital Image, Manipulated Archival Print, 23”x28.5”. $400.

Jeff Hursey. A-1-9 (Leukemia Cells). 2014, Charcoal on Paper, 18”x30”. $350.Jeff Hursey. A-1-9 (Leukemia Cells). 2014, Charcoal on Paper, 18”x30”. $350. Ron Vivod. Time to Go. 2013. Photo Digital Drawing, 23”x29”. $250.Ron Vivod. Time to Go. 2013. Photo Digital Drawing, 23”x29”. $250.
Hannah K. Freeman. Trapped. 2014. Oil on Maple, 48”. $1,800. Hannah K. Freeman. Trapped. 2014. Oil on Maple, 48”. $1,800. Bob Ahrens. Moon Through Building. 2012. Digital Photograph, 20”x26”. $180.Bob Ahrens. Moon Through Building. 2012. Digital Photograph, 20”x26”. $180.

Lani Kohoutek-Miller. Floater. 2014. Oil on Canvas, 36”x46”. $800.Lani Kohoutek-Miller. Floater. 2014. Oil on Canvas, 36”x46”. $800.

Mark Appling Fisher. Pagliaccio Waits… 2014. Photograph, 18”x24”. $275.Mark Appling Fisher. Pagliaccio Waits… 2014. Photograph, 18”x24”. $275.

Philly Johnmeyer. Hideous Heart. 2013. Acrylic, Gloss Gel, Synthetic Gravel, Canvas, 36”x36”. $1,800.Philly Johnmeyer. Hideous Heart. 2013. Acrylic, Gloss Gel, Synthetic Gravel, Canvas, 36”x36”. $1,800.

L. Bennet Hoff. Strangle/Secure. 2014. Acrylic on Stoneware, 12”x7”x12”. Not for Sale.L. Bennet Hoff. Strangle/Secure. 2014. Acrylic on Stoneware, 12”x7”x12”. Not for Sale.

 

 

http://www.artstlouis.org/index.php/exhibition-schedule/up-next-in-the-gallery/good-and-evil

 

 

 

 

 


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