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Art @ the Y


Art @ the Y presents
RECLAIM, works by Nathan Westerman

RECLAIM, works by Nathan Westerman is on view now in the Y’s Murphy Gallery from August 28 through October 19, 2014.  Art @ the Y is an initiative of the University YMCA. All Art at the Y events are free and open to the public.

Artist's statement: I am interested in the past life of objects and the histories they carry, the stories they tell. Like a song may bring you back to a specific time or memory in one’s life, I am interested in the subtle way color may evoke a perceived history. As one remodels a home, discoveries of past layers of life are revealed. As one removes a medicine cabinet, previous paints and wallpapers conjure projected histories. Unexpected holes and found oddities in the wall encapsulate the time of the homeowners before. Mixing these found histories with the minimalist aesthetic allows for quiet contemplation, allowing the materials to reveal themselves. The paintings, objects and installations I make from these materials are often geometric and simple, implying a higher complexity.

About the artist: Nathan Westerman received his MFA at the University of Illinois in 2004. For the past decade, Nathan’s work has included designing and building exhibitions at the Houston Contemporary Art Museum and helping prepare curated exhibitions at the Krannert Art Museum. Westerman has exhibited over 10 solo shows plus some group shows. Nathan currently lives in Champaign, Illinois.



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