City and Empire
Exhibition with Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber
Merwin Gallery, Ames School of Art
Illinois Wesleyan University
October 29 through December 10, 2018
Triangle Bench is in the permanent collection at the South Bend Museum of Art
Visit the Sculpture Corridor to view, sit, and take selfies.
Heather Brammeier is a painter whose practice has expanded to include constructing paintings and drawings in space. Unexpected material choices, including plastic tubing and garden hose, make her work particularly suited for outdoor installations. Brammeier currently has outdoor installations on display at the South Bend Museum of Art (South Bend, IN) and the Garfield Park Art Center (Indianapolis, IN). Brammeier’s most recent award was Best in Show at the South Bend Museum of Art Biennial 29, selected by juror Miranda Lash. Brammeier won first prize in the 2015 Rooftop Project Space Competition at Lillstreet Art Center (Chicago, IL). The Urban Institute of Contemporary Art (Grand Rapids, MI) selected Brammeier as a featured artist for their ArtPrize 7 exhibition SENSE. Brammeier’s large outdoor installation was subsequently recognized with an honorable mention in Dave Bown Project’s 11th Semiannual Competition. Brammeier has been selected for a variety of residency programs across the country and internationally, including Yaddo (NY), Spiro Arts (UT), The Hambidge Center (GA), The Banff Centre (Alberta, Canada), and Pontlevoy Creative Residencies (France). Brammeier is a Professor of Art at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, 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.