Sherri Denault – Seeking Quiescence
Ish Muhammad – Acknowledgement
Memorial Day at Bray Grove Farm
Monday, May 29, 2017
2pm – 5pm
Cultivator is pleased to present two solo exhibitions by Sherri Denault and Ish Muhammad at Bray Grove Farm.
With Seeking Quiescence, Denault will create an installation in our second floor exhibition space on the farm. The room will be immersed in her manipulated paper sculptures that she combines with thread, ink, sticks, and various natural objects. This particular sculpture is an extension of her “Connected Knots” series. While creating it, she happened to view news footage of injustices towards immigrant children after the election. Denault responded by tying prayer knots into her sculpture, The artist meticulously ties the tiny thread knots in a slow, patient process, much like that necessitated in the nurturing of our farm fields. Her art explores not only the process of slowing down, but also the assimilation of desiccation and renewal, protection and vulnerability.
Acknowledgement will consist of Muhammad’s two 11 foot paintings, situated in a large open area amidst a grove of trees on Bray Grove Farm, are a tribute to war veterans and the 1.1 million soldiers who gave their lives during military campaigns. As a war veteran and father of an active service member, his Memorial Day paintings will encourage viewers to acknowledge family, friends, and soldiers.
During “3rd Fridays” at his open studio in April and May, Muhammad asked the public to write text commemorating the memories of their loved ones. On Memorial Day at Bray Grove Farm, the Cultivator attendees can participate by waving wands of ink bubbles over his painted canvases in anticipation of them bursting upon the paintings. Muhammad states, “We never know how long, how full, how much volume we will take when present…”POP”… life in an instant has that final moment. The canvas under the bubble will capture the ink … representing how with the breadth (air) of life gone… all we manage to capture is a residual of the life that was given.”
Rsvp and join us on Monday, Memorial Day, May 29th, from 2-5pm for art and conversation. Bray Grove Farm is located 70 miles southwest of Chicago in Grundy county. It’s mandatory that you confirm your attendance to receive the address, directions and parking information, -please email or accept our invitation on Facebook.
Sherri Denault, is a Chicago area artist, curator, and educator who received her Masters in studio art from Governors State University in 2013. Her paintings, reliefs, and sculptures are made through an exploration and collision of materials: India ink, gesso, acrylic, rice paper, as well as thread on canvas, wood panel, and paper. Evident layers of these different materials are built up, combining, repelling, veiling, and disguising each other while creating an organic, chaotic field of pattern.
Denault has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally. Her solo shows include the Brandenburg Gallery, Governors State University Gallery, Monkey Mind Gallery, and the Watseka Historical Museum. Group exhibitions include the Rockford Art Museum, Illinois State Art Museum at Lockport, Tallgrass Arts Association, and the Argonne 201 Gallery. Her art has received multiple awards and can be found in numerous private and corporate collections.
Ish Muhammad is a self-taught artist with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Born in New York City, he resides in Indiana and maintains a studio in Chicago.
Muhammad describes his paintings and murals as post-graffiti abstract expressionism. He has exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries, museums, and in site-specific installations. His art has been shown at venues such as the Indiana State Museum (Indianapolis, IN), Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (Indianapolis, IN), Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago, IL), Zhou B Art Center (Chicago, IL), Swope Art Museum (Terre Haute) and Maison de Metallos (Paris, France). His commissioned art can be seen at Eskenazi Hospital (Indianapolis, IN), NiSource (Gary, IN), and Substation #9 (Hammond, IN)