Artist Spotlight: Shawn Niebruegge

SWIC Art Faculty Exhibition
January 19 – February 23, 2017

Each Monday and Wednesday during the SWIC Art Faculty Exhibition, we will feature one of the exhibiting art instructors, including their artist statement and images of their works.

Statement
Fairs, festivals, homecomings, and other local events represent some of the last places where neighbors gather for nothing more than the sake of celebrating togetherness. In a world enamored with digital socialization, these gatherings may seem to be relics of a bygone era; the increasingly isolated and insular conclaves of niche communities hardly allow for such mingling of diverse peoples. The raw and primal truth to this desire to be around each other – that is what I am interested in capturing.

I make snapshots for references to the moments I want to remember in better detail than my recall will supply. The circumstances of the events make it a rare occurrence that the photograph itself will be a successful final work. On very rare occasion it is true that to do any more would only diminish the statement. The intent, however, is to translate these experiences into the language and histories of painting and drawing.

Works
Tree of Life, 2016
22” x 30”
graphite

The Queen, Persephone, 2017
22” x 30”
graphite

The Chase, 2016
20” x 26”
colored pencil

Candy Alarm, 2014
10” x 15”
photograph

As American, 2016
10” x 15”
photograph

When I was younger…I’ve believed…impossible things… ,  2016
10” x 15”
photograph

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Niebruegge’s “The Chase”

Niebruegge's "Tree of Life" and "The Queen, Persephone" on far right

Niebruegge’s “Tree of Life” and “The Queen, Persephone” on far right

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Niebruegge’s “Tree of Life”

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Niebruegge’s “Candy Alarm”

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