June 9 – July 9, 2017
Gibbs Street Gallery
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, June 16, 7 – 9 PM
Workshop with the artist: June 10, 10 – 3 PM
As a research-driven artist, Maria Lux makes installation-based works that center on the way animals are used to generate human knowledge and understanding of the world. She works across disciplines and subjects, leading to a wide range of outcomes. Her work begins with existing research and stories from other fields—such as evolutionary biology, medicine, agriculture, history, literature, film, and anthropology—and utilizes a variety of techniques and materials to connect often-disparate ideas. Previous projects have involved sewing a couch-sized stuffed dog, painting a diorama of ancient predators killing early humans, building an imagined replica of a Medieval harpsichord, or carving an 8-foot long pig.
About the Artist: Maria Lux earned her MFA in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Painting and Sculpture and her BFA from Iowa State University in Art & Design and Graphic Design in 2006. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, including in Chicago, San Francisco, Raleigh, and Albuquerque. She has been the artist in residence at the Center for New Art at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey (fall 2014) and has been a resident at the Prairie Center of the Arts in Peoria Illinois and Figure One Gallery in Champaign. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.
About the workshop:
Artist Maria Lux leads this one-day workshop where participants design and build miniature parade floats that address ecological concerns via imagined, fantastical, or futuristic technologies. A stop-motion animation of the floats in parade formation will then be filmed and exhibited alongside Ms. Lux’s work in VisArts’ Gibbs Street Gallery. www.visartscenter.org/event/artist-led-workshop-miniature-floats/