(Thursday) 8 A p r i l - (Saturday) 8 M a y 2 0 1 0
Reception for the artist: Thursday, 8 April, six to eight p.m.
Howard Scott Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the solo exhibition Marshland by Fred Stonehouse. The show will open to the public on Thursday, 8 April and continue through May 8. The recent works that will compose the exhibition include examples of all of the artist's painting formats.
Fred Stonehouse, Artist Statement for "Marshland"
My home is situated just beneath the foot of the Horicon Marsh; a vast wetlands in south central Wisconsin. This marsh, often referred to as the "Everglades of the North", is an important rest stop for migrating ducks, geese, warblers and other birds. It's also the home of great blue herons, egrets, redhead ducks and more than 200 other species. Deer, coyotes, raccoons and other mammals dart across the roads and down into the swampy cover of cattail marshes or oak bogs. Great Blue Herons glide by overhead, low, but just barely out of reach they cast their prehistoric shadows through the windshield of my passing car. I am not a naturalist, and have little knowledge of the marsh fauna beyond what I see in passing, but as I drive the roads skirting the marsh, I find my imagination running to fill the gaps in a seemingly incomplete narrative.
In this new body of work entitled "Marshland", I have re-imagined the marsh as the center of a world in which primal dramas are played out. "Marshland" is a mysterious and murky zone where the intricacies of the human mind and personal psychologies are made manifest in a range of characters drawn, in part, from extant folklore and myth, but primarily from the waking dream of the marsh itself. The marsh is a place where the boundaries between water, earth and sky are blurred and merge into an atmospheric mélange that serves as an apt metaphor for the creative process. Here the rules of logic and natural science are reborn as whimsy and invention. The mingling of bloodlines has resulted in new species that cross impenetrable boundaries. Separations between life and art have never been very clear, and while that fact has been used to foster no end of romantic clichés, it is a reality that artists recognize and embrace.
With "Marshland" it is my intention to communicate a dreamlike space where truth mingles with the psychological imperatives of the imagination and facts are twisted to suit the formal requirements of fiction.
Fred Stonehouse began exhibiting publicly in 1982. Ten years later, he was honored with his first solo exhibition in a museum, The Madison Art Center (Wisconsin), and the show traveled to the Chicago Cultural Center [catalogue essay by Eleanor Heartney]. His work has been seen in a solo show context with regularity in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York for more than fifteen years. In 2000, the exhibition space, Inova, at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, mounted an extensive exhibition of his work. In March 2010, Stonehouse work will be part of a two man exhibition "Outside Influences" at The Gallery, University of Texas, Arlington (The Gallery at UTA). Other solo exhibitions have taken place in Berlin, Germany, Puebla, Mexico, and Rome, Italy.
Retrospective catalog available for sale