applebee gallery
macmurray college

Current Exhibition

Tim Kowalczyk
Set Up
November 3 – December 14, 2014

Artist's Statement

Objects I am drawn to can be described as pathetic, absurd, antiquated, banal, or even garbage. I stumble upon these ordinary objects in my daily life whether driving down the road, visiting a yard sale, or peering into a trashcan. Objects are chosen that lack unique significance.

However, I imagine a sublime provenance in these ordinary objects. This imagined provenance is how I begin to relate to the objects and transform ordinary objects into extraordinary.

These new extraordinary objects are models to create trompe l'oeil ceramic versions. I then assemble the fabricated replicas into sculptures with a clear sense of purpose, priority, and preciousness. These everyday objects are imbued with specific signification through both their composed relationships with one another and their homogeneous material.

The deception of fabricated objects through the use of trompe l'oeil techniques is what allows me to convey the imagined sublime provenance. The objects' inherent semiotic qualities create contextual narratives that shape how they are seen and how they can construct meaning in a particular setting.

Artist Biography

I was born and raised in Morris, IL. I lived in one house, but my family's vacations took me all over the United States. During my high school years I never thought I would go on to higher education, so I studied Industrial Technologies and Computer Aided Drafting alongside art. A year in the "real" world solidified my need to go back to school and pursue a career in art. My impression was that I would go to junior college and that would be it, but then I went on to Southern Illinois University Carbondale. During my first year at SIUC the ceramic "bug" bit me and led me to receive my BFA in Ceramics and Art Education with a minor in Art History. One year after I graduated I realized that I wanted to continue to make work and polish my techniques and concepts. I accepted a graduate position at Illinois State University where I received my MFA in Ceramics in 2011. I have been in a consistent stream of exhibiting in juried, invitational, group, and solo exhibitions. I have received several awards including the Presidential Scholarship at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Merwin Medal: McLean County 82nd Annual Amateur Show, and Best of Show: Water Street Studios Anniversary Show.