In The Galleries

The Box Factory for the Arts and the Berrien Artists Guild is proud to showcase our next exhibition,
Series 3: Featuring David Criner, Biff Vigil, Jeanne Fields, and Anthony “Scooter” Dimaggio.
If you are interested in purchasing any of the art contact gallery@boxfactoryforthearts.org

Williams Gallery

 

Along the Way

David Criner

Chicago IL   |  Acrylic and Collage on Canvas

Artist Statement

Along the Way

So often I am focused on a goal, a potential outcome, or the imagined destination, insofar that I forget to breathe in all of the sights, sounds, and smells of the current moment. To be in the “now” is to be most fully aligned with nature—both my own and that of the outside world. Yet to even make this distinction, this separation of self versus other, becomes problematic and eventually piles upon reality notions of oversimplification and artifice. I have come to realize these things a little bit, as I seek to free myself, and am still learning. So when I look at my work, including the pieces for this show, I tend to see the paintings as beacons to be found upon the larger road, moments within the voyage, or records of what happens along the way, rather than previously established conclusions about what may or may not be true or real.

 

 

 

 

Artist Bio

David Criner is an artist working primarily in Chicago. In his recent work, he transforms material either visually or musically, in pursuit of an aesthetic which celebrates the present moment of life and consciousness. He received a BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois in 1991, an MFA in Painting from the University of Kansas in 1995, and has shared his work throughout the world. David teaches in the Art Department at Northeastern Illinois University.

davidcriner.com

davidcriner86@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Whitlow Gallery

 

body of shadow / passage of light

Biff Vigil

Indianapolis, IN   |  Relief Prints

Artist Statement

body of shadow / passage of light

These triad series of relief prints shadow looping, search & rescue, and body of knowledge traverse the reconstruction of the experience of home within the personal body and beyond. In this show, body of shadow / passage of light, seemingly disparate parts of self recover a sensitivity to their essential interconnectedness as hidden passages are illuminated on paper. Though each series is presented in sequence, by the nature of looping/searching/listening, the order in which you have these experiences (where you begin and where you pass through most frequently) matters– but only to you.The work directly addresses the multidimensional process of recovering voice, body, and experience of home in tandem with the fractal-quality of human as microcosmic analogue to the ecosystem of community>culture>planet>universe. Beyond the interplay within and amongst each series, each piece stands alone. Emerging from a pregnant void, each piece is a layer of the same moment of realization in which awareness comes into the felt presence of direct experience with itself, as translated by Biff.

 

 

 

 

 

Artist Bio

Biff Vigil is a rust belt printmaker/experimental navigator/painter/sculptor/run-on sentence enthusiast/big fan of all dimensions of being embodied & making conceptual/essayistic work (each line is an extrapolation of her handwriting) exploring non-conceptual knowing in the spirit of celebrating/offering departure from the Cartesian self.

In other words, informal : I utilize all forms of print media to celebrate the intersections of the mind, body, and heart. I work to validate the unfolding conversation about the knowing that occurs in these spaces of union. I call attention to the limitations of the prevailing narrative of Western intellectual tradition. I question the assumptions prerequisite to define an “I” with which to examine the universe. I joyfully empty myself into playful paradox in light of the spreading conversation on radical interconnectedness.

Website: biffvigil.com

Instagram: @biffvigil

 

 

 

 

Whitlow Gallery

 

Earth’s Crammed with Heaven


Jeanne Fields

Kalamazoo, MI |  Oil and Acrylic Painting

Artist Statement

Earth’s Crammed with Heaven

I carried a favorite poem in my purse for many years… ”Aurora Leigh” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. It includes the following quote: “Earth’s crammed with heaven and every common bush afire with God, but only he who sees takes off his shoes. The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.”

When it comes to Nature, I take off my shoes to see, to listen and to honor the great Creation in which we live. I portray Nature’s beauty and Her challenges. It is a solemn oath expressed in art-making. As human beings we must raise questions about how to protect Nature; we must see ourselves as included in Nature and not separate from it; we must work to protect Her and that urge arises from a deep appreciation.

Just like the child in the painting— she takes off her shoes on a very late Fall day to feel the great Lake Michigan— we can join her. We can appreciate, celebrate, glory in and protect Nature. It’s a sacred experience and responsibility… this beautiful creation where WE belong.

I hope you find the sacred as you view my works and add to it your own interpretations.

 

 

 

 

Artist Bio

I am a lifelong art and state of Michigan appreciator! Kalamazoo, MI became my home in 2013. But earlier exposures to Lake Michigan begat a love of Nature that continues to grow. That love is reflected in my artwork. Painting and sculpture are my focus. My formal art training took place at Michigan State University and has since been enhanced with classes at the San Francisco Art Institute, and now the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Several years ago I began online art classes. It’s been a great joy to attend classes with artists I appreciate and might not otherwise experience. Because I love to learn and grow, my realism-based paintings can become abstracted and sometimes surrealistic. Diverging from painting, I also create assemblage sculpture pieces.

Art with a Nature focus is rewarding and important to valuing our planet. Appreciating and addressing challenges makes art meaningful. This dual focus creates a balance with the beautiful and good on one side and issues that should be addressed on the other. Showing my art while in California and now in Michigan is a privilege and I hope it inspires interest and change. I am grateful to have opportunities for commission work, to show in galleries, and be part of a larger effort with the Women’s Caucus for Art, a national organization.

 

Find information regarding shows and awards at: www.jeannefieldsart.com

 

 

 

 

 

Riverwalk Gallery

 

Patterns in Tape

Anthony “Scooter” DiMaggio

St.Joseph, MI  |  Tape on Wood

Artist Statement

Patterns in Tape

Currently, I am employing duct tape and colored tape to make landscapes, logo-type decor, and surreal-like patterns and designs. By layering strips, regions, and organic imagery with tape, I create effects that portray the abstract and the familiar. To hold these designs, I begin with silhouettes in the form of shapes of states, animals, or other representational outlines. The combination of silhouette and pattern reveals a beautiful dichotomy of the simple and complex.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist Bio

I grew up in St. Joseph Michigan, and went to a small liberal arts school called Kalamazoo College, where I was a double major in Economics/Business and Fine Art. Although I graduated with honors in Economics/Business, I chose to attend graduate school to earn an M.F.A. from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. As the time flew by, I always found myself intrigued with a myriad of topics, issues, and disciplines – Evolutionary psychology, spirituality, sports, sociology, sexuality, economics, writing, graphic design, social justice, and comedy, among others.

Years ago, I helped to start a custom-made bobble-head doll business with two friends; setting up, and managing a hand-made production studio of over 70 people at one time. Later, we developed our product with the use of a digital sculpting program called Z-brush, and a 3-dimensional printer. This experience has given me the opportunity to develop video game characters and assets for digital printing.

On the side, bartending helps me enjoy a social life, and gets me out of the studio and talking to interesting people.

Throughout, I am always seeking new challenges and opportunities in various forms of creative expression including making videos and publishing a blog. All the while, I maintain my addiction to art making, and have seen my work evolve from painting to sculpture to invention, and now using colored tape on wood. As I have developed my visual vocabulary, I communicate a unique sensibility through whatever medium I choose – A sensibility filled with a desire for beauty, humor, and intellectual curiosity.

 Anthony “Scooter” DiMaggio
www.anthonydimaggio.com
scooterdimaggio@gmail.com
(917) 620-4204