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Artist and Curator Talk: Focus on Artist Mario Trejo at Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery

  Artist and Curator Talk: Focus on Artist Mario Trejo at Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery   

LOCKPORT—    Come meet Southern Illinois artist Mario Trejo and curator Bob Sill, ISM Assistant Director of Art, at the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery on Sunday, September 9, 2012, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm.  This open dialogue between Artist and Curator is sure to reveal much about the artist’s processes and ideas and the curator’s methods of selection.  This ISMLG “Talk & Tour Program”—part of our continuing “Sunday Series”—is free and open to the public; reservations are not required though seating is limited.  Mario Trejo is one of four artists featured in the current exhibition Focus 4: Four Solo Exhibitions on view thru October 4, 2012.  Also included in the exhibition is the work of Illinois artists Steven Robnett, Don Seiden, and Rebecca Wolfram.

Southern Illinois artist Mario Trejo combines rigorous processes and acute attention to detail in the creation of stunning black and white paintings and drawings.  He forms small universes within drawings composed of hundreds of thousands of marks, each mark both a relic of the performance of creation and a test of the artist’s own endurance and stamina.  The resulting paintings and drawings reflect a quiet beauty with underlying layers of metaphors of time, space, personal experience, and our universe.  Mario Trejo lives and works in Troy, IL, near St. Louis, Missouri.  He received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute and his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Focus 4: Four Solo Exhibitions (thru October 4th) features the work of four Illinois artists: Steven Robnett, Don Seiden, Mario Trejo, and Rebecca Wolfram. Elgin artist Robnett narrates the human experience from multiple perspectives in tightly rendered paintings and compositions of charcoal, pastel, and colored pencil. Seiden—Chicago-based painter, sculptor, and art therapist with more than 50 years experience—explores life, art, and the creative process utilizing mixed media.  Southern Illinois artist Trejo combines rigorous processes and acute attention to detail in compositions that resonate between calm fluidity and struggling chaos. Chicago-based painter Wolfram delves into the effects of culture, custom, and tradition as they reflect and shape social behavior and society. 

The last Sunday event for the exhibition will be a chilling dramatic performance of Grimm’s fairy tales—some set to music and as they were originally intended for adults—by professional storyteller Judith Heineman and musician Daniel Marcotte (September 30).  Presentations are free and open to the public.

The Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery is located on the first floor of the historic Norton Building at 201 West 10th Street in Lockport, Illinois, and is fully accessible to all physically challenged individuals.  Current museum hours are noon until 5:00 pm on Sunday and 9:00 am until 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  The Museum is closed Saturdays and State Holidays.  New temporary museum hours effective September 21, 2012:  Sunday, noon to 5:00 pm, Monday thru Thursday, 9:00 am until 5:00, closed Fridays, Saturdays and State Holidays. Admission is free.  For information on exhibitions and related programs, becoming a member of the Friends of the Lockport Gallery, directions to the museum, or to schedule a group tour of ten or more, please contact museum staff at (815) 838-7400 or visit the museum online at  The Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery is part of the Illinois State Museum system, including sites in Springfield, Rend Lake, Chicago, and Lewistown.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

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