Awarded BEST IN SHOW
South Bend Museum of Art
Juror Miranda Lash
Reception September 1, 2017, 5:00–9:00 EST
Exhibition open July 8 to October 1, 2017
Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois
Peoria Riverfront Museum
Exhibition open September 30, 2017 to January 13, 2018
Reception September 29, 2017, 5:00–7:00
Enos Park neighborhood, Springfield, IL
Preview night September 30, 2017, 5:00–8:00
Exhibition open October 1–November 15, 2017
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 is a full Professor of Art at Bradley University, and she is represented by Moberg Gallery in Des Moines, Iowa.
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.