"The Art of the Brick," an exhibition of plastic-brick sculptures by Nathan Sawaya, is on display at the Sioux City Art Center through May 8. Though the medium, plastic brick, gives one the idea that the exhibition will appeal primarily to children, the visitor is quick to realize that the sculptures are asking bigger, "adult," questions.
The center of high culture in Sioux City was TS Martins Co, a downtown department store that opened in 1919 and closed in 1970. Buyers brought back the latest fashions from New York, Boston, Chicago, and beyond. The centerpieces of the new collections would be displayed in the great banks of windows lining the streets, stirring fantasies in the minds of passers-by and lookie-loos. These displays are the inspiration for the exhibition "The Legacy of TS Martin," now up at the Sioux City Art Center.
Our curiosity about art often arouses the desire to see its source, and the annual Artisans Road Trip (ART) satisfies this desire. This weekend art lovers will be allowed into the workshops, pottery houses, studios, and creative spaces of artists living and working in northwest Iowa. One of the artists, Timothy Arand-McIlrath came to our studio to discuss his work and the ART. Listen while you drive.
Terry Karpowicz, sculptor, says that he has "seen too many people in his life sit back and wait for things to happen." His art is not reactive, it's proactive. His life, it might be said, is also proactive. Painting didn't engage his full body and self, so he moved to sculpting. Not knowing how to marry materials, he went to Britain to study medieval windmills. After losing his leg in a motorcycle accident, he sought the movement he desired in his art.