Moving Through: Berels & Koelewyn

On August 15, 2018
Moving Through_ Berels and Koelewyn
August 24th – September 15th, 2018
Reception: Friday, August 24th, 7-10pm
Whitdel Arts is pleased to present the work of Detroit artists Scott Berels and Ruth Koelewyn in an upcoming two-person exhibition. Both Berels’ and Koelewyn’s practices were originally based in metal work but have transitioned into working with other materials, primarily paper. Their concepts have been beautifully carried through the various media with focus and detail. Please join us for an opening reception for the artists on Friday, August 24th, 2018.
Scott Berels statement:
“The series “Low Carbon Emissions and Scented” is a therapeutic release from my daily studio practice. The work embodies the residue of elements of the fabrication process. The concept behind this series is inspired by humanity’s desire for convenience and the lack of responsibility to care for our planet.
“The lines that make up these images and forms intend to replicate those found in nature’s architecture. At the same time they represent the carbon smear byproduct created by industry.
“These works as a whole intend to provoke ideas of our landscape and the people who once inhabited them. And the future of our planet and the effects of industrialization fueled by consumerism.”
Ruth Koelewyn statement:
“My work is currently focused on depicting the shape and character of the sky in a given place. In Detroit, looking out at Lafayette Park, it creates blue crowns around large buildings with open parks surrounding them. In Scranton, Pennsylvania, where I lived prior to my return to Michigan, it was a small triangle of blue seen between tightly packed houses when you looked up past the mountains. At Jazdow, a community in Warsaw, Poland where the sky was filtered and fragmented by the dense trees around the small houses. I am recording these characteristics because the sky, while helping to define a unique sense of space and place, is also something huge, outside ourselves, universal and ubiquitous. By putting the shape of the sky into drawings, collages and sculptures, I am making the sky a thing to hold, to understand, to identify as our own: a part of ourselves.
“When we live in a place for a long period, or perhaps are just confined briefly with a limited view, the scenes through our windows or on familiar walks around a neighborhood become a part of our sense of self, our security and comfort. By focusing attention on these sentiments my work serves to make viewers aware of their kinship with the world around them.
“By pulling the shapes of the sky formed by our structures into graspable forms, I offer a representation of the sky to inspire people to connect to the spaces they occupy and the people around them. It is a visual gesture to help people feel part of something larger than themselves.”
The exhibition will run from August 24th – September 15th, 2018. This event is free and open to the public. All ages welcome. Open gallery hours are during Friday evening opening receptions (7-10pm), Saturdays (noon-3pm) starting the 2nd week of exhibitions and by appointment. For more information, e-mail Rachel Bourgault at Through_ Berels and Koelewyn

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