August 28, 2015

The Miniature

School of Art and Design at Indiana University, Bloomington
Joe Fig, Ross Bleckner, 2007. Mixed media, 23 x 60 x 40 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Cristin Tierney Gallery, NY.

The Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University is pleased to announce The Miniature. This exhibition will open Friday, August 28 and continue through Saturday, October 3. Artist Joe Fig will give a lecture on Friday, August 28 at 5pm, with a reception following from 6–8pm at the Grunwald Gallery. Artists William Robertson and Althea Crome will give demonstrations on Friday, September 11 at noon in the Grunwald Gallery. The exhibit is curated by artist Althea Crome and Grunwald Gallery Director Betsy Stirratt.

Matthew Albanese, Joe Fig, Nell Corkin, Mark Murphy, Althea Crome, Wm. R. Robertson, Blane de St. Croix, Lee-Ann Chellis Wessel, Thomas Doyle, Michael Yurkovic

For millennia, mankind has been fascinated with miniatures. Examples can be found in art museums throughout the world: from the small representations of everyday life that were buried with the Egyptians to medieval pocket-sized illuminated devotionals, humans have been fascinated by the minute and diminutive. Small-scale objects intrigue people because they require more of our attention and imagination than we are used to giving. But why would someone make these objects? How does one do so? How are we expected to interact with them?

The Miniature will feature the work of ten artists and artisans who create miniature work in a variety of media. Some make true miniatures—exact replicas of historical instruments or furniture—while others make models and miniature worlds of their own design. Many artists and craftspeople making works in miniature today display a compulsive motivation and an obsessive attention to detail. These artists must make unique tools to create their work, and the process of designing and constructing these instruments is often as inventive as the finished pieces themselves.

A series of lectures and demonstrations by the artists will be presented throughout the course of the show. These presentations will demonstrate some of the techniques the artists employ in conceiving and making their work.

This exhibit and corresponding programs were made possible by The Grunwald Gallery of Art at Indiana University.



The Miniature at Grunwald Gallery of Art Indiana University, Bloomington

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