Painting

Sioux City Art Center

"The best way of approaching every experience that you have on a daily basis is with a freshness, with an openness, and to try to make sense of what is in front of you, rather than bringing all or your preconceptions to something," says Todd Behrens, curator at the Sioux City Art Center while looking at DELL (ray), a work by James Shrosbree, a painting that welcomes its viewers by first rejecting their past experiences.

Sioux City Art Center

"[At the center of the painting] there seems to be this infinite space... at the same time, when you start to look at everything else on the canvas, those areas also reveal a different kind of a depth, because it's depth through multiple layers of things."  Ex-Voto by Susan Chrysler White demonstrates how a flat canvas can reveal the complexities of us and things much bigger than us.

The painting is part of the Sioux City Art Center's Permanent Collection and can be seen now on display in the Permanent Collection On View exhibition. 

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It's a way to paint something as it really looks, but it's not what your conscious brain is really telling you it should look like, because there shouldn't be all these colors.

Todd Behrens, Curator at the Sioux City Art Center, begins our series exploring art with a still life that reveals an odd gap existing between what we think we see and what we really see. 

Don't remember where I heard it, but the conversation wasn't directed at me.  I must have been sitting somewhere among a whole group of people when I overheard a mom telling someone else about her boy, how he was really into his own music, how he was in three or four bands and had already produced his own CDs, how he was going to make music his career, wanted to be a singer/songwriter.

Sure, I thought. He and a half million others. Maybe more.

"That's all he lives for these days," she was saying, or something to that effect. She was proud of him, and I was cynical.

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Cultural Continuum 9-01-17

Sep 1, 2017

The Sioux City Art Center will open a new exhibition this Saturday. Collected by the LeGrand family, the works on display are representative of the contemporary upper Midwest. Because the family has promised to give the collection to the museum, visitors will not only be given a reflection of our recent past, they will be glimpsing our future holdings - seeing what future generations will see at the Center.

Matthew Drissell

Mark: A cadre of artists will be setting up shop this weekend in Orange City. They are the Iowa Arts Council Fellows, and their mission is to bring to light Iowa’s arts, to inspire, to provoke, and to teach.

Jodi Whitlock's Art

Mar 24, 2016

An exhibition of Jodi Whitlock's art will be held at Vangarde Arts this Saturday. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Bands begin at 8. 

We have used the music of Psychic Greetings and Sammy Dimera in this feature. Both bands will be performing at the exhibition. 

Mark Munger

“It’s Complicated,” an exhibition of paintings by Stephen Haas, opens tomorrow afternoon at Vangarde Arts. The date for the opening was set before Haas had begun painting, but he found inspiration in batiking, a process of dying canvases, and he has hit a period of great productivity.