(Kranzberg Exhibition Series)
June 6, 2008 – September 7, 2008
Laumeier Sculpture Park Museum Galleries
In the summer of 2008 Laumeier Sculpture Park will present a broad survey of Sue Eisler's artwork in the sixth installment of the Kranzberg Exhibition Series. The annual summer series at Laumeier focuses on the work of top artists in the region.
A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Eisler has been working in the St. Louis region since 1969. Her work has continuously evolved as she steadily processed new ideas and responded with her own hybrid artwork. Passages referencing historic milestones such as minimalism and Arte Povera will be represented in the galleries. The use of found, altered and/or adapted objects is a staple for Eisler. “I have the privilege of responding to the visual, tactile and emotional potential of found objects and common materials,” Eisler said. “I offer them in a new spirit and context which results in representation of the creative process and of art.”
Using a light touch, she transforms diverse items such as shoe patterns and lobster buoys or simple pieces of wire, giving them not only a new form, but a new spirit as well. “Though the work in the exhibition employs a variety of forms and materials the underlying conceptual considerations remain consistent,” Eisler said. She has exhibited at the St. Louis Art Museum, Gallery 210 at the University of Missouri-St Louis, William Shearburn Gallery and the Messing Gallery at John Burroughs School. Eisler has also participated in numerous group exhibitions around the region and across the country. In 1979, Eisler received a National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowship. Her work is in the collection of several institutions including the Allen Memorial Art Museum (Oberlin, Ohio) and the St. Louis Art Museum.
Exhibition opening reception: June 6, 2008, 6–8 PM
Sue Eisler, Untitled, 1988, wire, metal, tape,loan courtesy of Denise and Richard Deutsch, photo by Mike Venso
Sue Eisler, Untitled, 2005, paper shoe patterns, paint, staples,collection of Alison and John Ferring, photo by Mike Venso