REVIEW BY LORI WAXMAN:
What happens when the canvas bursts its frame, jumps through hoops, splatters paint on the floor and walls, then gets stuck up in a tree or on a roof? The result is something like painter Heather Brammeier’s experiments in three-dimensional space. The artist uses zip ties, sticks and branches, nails, stitched and stuffed canvas, plastic tubing, quilts, furniture and other materials to create abstract installations and stand-alone sculptures of contagious energy and vast imaginative potency. She also uses a bit of good old paint, dabbing it here and there to add shocks of color where more is needed. Artworks that resemble scientific models, exploded paintings and walk-in abstract art ensue. Paint is no longer the only material available to a painter, only the most obvious and traditional one. The great Frank Stella and Jessica Stockholder would be proud.
Adorn (pictured above) won First Prize in Lillstreet Art Center's 2015 Rooftop Project Space competition.
Juror Camille Canales
This Mortal Coil won Honorable Mention Award in Dave Bown Project's 11th Semiannual Competition
Jurors Katherine Pill, Ron Platt, and Kelly Shindler
Heather Brammeier is a painter whose practice has expanded to include constructing paintings and drawings in space. Heather's recent projects include rooftop installations at the South Bend Museum of Art (South Bend, Indiana) and at Lillstreet Art Center (Chicago, Illinois). Heather has participated in a wide range of artist residencies, including Yaddo (NY), Spiro Arts (UT), The Hambidge Center (GA), The Banff Centre (Alberta, Canada), and Pontlevoy Creative Residencies (France). Heather has been curated into several exhibitions in New York City, including Re-Generation at the Painting Center, curated by Carrie Patterson; It's Gouache and Gouache Only at Jeff Bailey Gallery, curated by Geoffrey Young; and Living Room: Issues of Taste and the Politics of Decoration at Storefront 1838, curated by Nicholas Nyland. Heather believes strongly in building artist communities. She is President and member of Backspace Collective NFP, a group based in Peoria, IL. Heather is Associate Professor of Art at Bradley University, and she is represented by Moberg Gallery in Des Moines, Iowa.