For its next exhibit, called “Implicit Objects,” ArtSeed gallery in New Albany is featuring the works of Donna Stallard and Jodie Furbee — both of whom have ties to Indiana University Southeast.
The exhibit will be held from Saturday, June 29, through Aug. 2, with an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 12 at ArtSeed, 1931 E. Spring St., New Albany.
Jodie Furbee, a Kentuckiana native and IU Southeast graduate, is a traditional painter whose love of art is in the process, details and manipulation of the medium to create hyper-representational works that commandeer illusionistic light, luminosity, character and mood of the content.
Furbee’s current body of work focuses on local restaurants/breweries with interesting architecture that allow for optimal light, luminosity and shadows at night after a rain. This subject matter and Furbee’s painting style permits her to get lost in the details of creating a recognizable and believable illusion on canvas. Working this way allows Furbee to appropriate the character of the local architecture and create a mood with lights, colors and reflective surfaces.
Complementing the exterior paintings are the interior scenes of beers and cocktails with the reflective light and glow bouncing off the glass, table surfaces, utensils and illuminating through the iced liquid. The choice of subject matter for this body of work stems from Furbee’s personal application for the robust part of Louisville’s and Southern Indiana’s social culture of local food, breweries and bourbon and her desire to hold on to a moment in time.
New Albany native Donna Stallard began her artistic journey at IU Southeast, where she attained her undergraduate degree and went on to get her master’s of fine arts at the University of Dallas under renowned printmaker Juergen Strunk. After studying in Dallas, Stallard decided to return home to family and community. Stallard has come full circle and is a professor at IU Southeast and a talented printmaker.
Instead of traditional two-dimensional prints, Stallard transforms her prints into three-dimensional sculptural installations.
“As a print maker, we have coined the term ‘printstallations,’ which I enjoy fabricating,” Stallard stated in an ArtSeed news release.
Her work comes from two distinct series: DNA and the Box (BX) Series. The DNA works explore how the immune system can malfunction and create havoc on the body’s ability to fight infection and repair itself. In the BX Series Stallard repurposes them to contain print editions that seamlessly confirm their original use or intension.