Verdancies opens January 14 at Wonsook Kim School of Art Student Art Gallery – News
Illinois State University’s Wonsook Kim School of Art presents Greenery, the second exhibit on display at the new Illinois State University Student Art Gallery within Central Illinois Regional Airport (CIRA), located across from the main entrance inside the terminal at 3201 E Empire St., Bloomington. Greenery opens on Tuesday January 14, with an exhibition reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Gallery hours are consistent with airport opening hours. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
Curated and curated by Arianna Garcia, a BFA student studying painting and art education, Greenery features the work of four student artists currently studying at Illinois State and explores the complexities that arise when one truly discerns the greenness of something.
Green is gone. Green is safety. Green is healthy. Green is greed. Green is wealth. Green is nature. Green is youth. Green is toxicity. Green is blue. Green is yellow. Green is wrong. Green is real. Green is passive. Green is active. Green is neglected. Green is noticed.
“As a collective, we make green mean everything, which in turn makes it mean nothing,” the artists say. “We place expectations on the ecological and design parameters for this, and expect it to work for us on purpose, seemingly ‘unaltered’. Nevertheless, we usually divert our attention elsewhere, dusting it in a corner; throw it backstage in our theatres. We don’t take the time to appreciate only the greenness of a thing; usually the noun precedes the adjective. We recognize and manipulate green, but we don’t just observe it, and above all, we don’t recognize our own collective manipulation. We simultaneously give and take away its agency, rendering it like a gimmick or prop rather than greenery.
Instead of color competing for subjectivity, the artists bring it to the fore, creating an enveloping environment in which the viewer is compelled to recognize and observe green as an active agent who finally accomplishes the limelight.
Featured artists are Hannah Songer, a BFA student studying painting; Emily Minton, a BFA student studying painting and art education; Neva Taylor, a junior studying studio art; and Guste Savukynaite, a junior BFA student studying painting and art education.
In this exhibition, Songer’s work emphasizes the greenness of a landscape and blurs the boundaries between body and vegetation; Minton’s work takes a humorous standpoint in the discussion of green in pop culture and contemporary society; Taylor’s work criticizes the deceptiveness of green pigments that have been and still are used throughout human history; and Savukynaite’s work highlights the relationship, or lack thereof, of human intervention in a neglected landscape.