The Chestnut Gallery aspires to visually enrich our community by exhibiting local, regional and national artists focusing on a broad spectrum of media and expressive styles.
By Artist Ryan Bredlau
Ceramic Sculptural Forms
Exhibit Runs June 3rd - 24th
The heart of my work has always been centered on the human condition and, more specifically, my own condition. As viewers, we can identify with what it means to be human and the everyday chaos that comes with our daily lives. The creation process is a source of therapy. Through this process of making and self-discovery, I try to connect with the frustration, amusement, disgust, happiness, and pain that I feel internally and that is present in our society/popular culture. I use the human form while also substituting such objects as dolls, tools, furniture, and toys to make a medley with which the viewer can engage. Such issues as innocence, mortality, and the potency of humanity are constant filaments within my design process. My work can be very dark and surreal. I am greatly influenced by the California Funk Art Movement which was anti-establishment and reacted to non-objective art in the 1960s. Funk artists took everyday objects and placed them in irrational arrangments as a protest to the slick forms of the abstract movement. That absurdity has also carried over into my work which tends to have a whimsical playfulness to its composition.
This particular series, for me, has a lot to do with innocence and loss. Celestial Entities was created in honor of my late son Benjamin who was stillborn at 9 months in 2011. This series of work has been a labor of love and escape for dealing with my grief. Stillborn and newborn and newborn loss is a taboo subject for some, but there are a lot of couples who have experienced this loss of a child, but this subject is not talked about or acknowledged in our society as much as I think it should be. This series Celestial Entities is dedicated to the little angles and their parents who have had to go through one of the most difficult losses; that of a child.
Ryan Bredlau grew up in Iowa City, Iowa, and attended Central College in Pella, Iowa, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art in 2005, focusing on ceramics, sculpture, and glassblowing. After taking several graduate classes at the University of Iowa, Ryan went south to Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2010 with a focus in ceramics and sculpture. During and after graduate school Ryan had worked for several companies outside St. Louis as an Artisan in bronze and cast iron. In 2011 He then went to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he was a Studio Technician and Adjunct Professor of Studio Art for the University of St. Francis for four years. He now currently resides in St. Charles, Missouri, where he has been an Artist in Resident of Ceramics at Craft Alliance Center for Art and Design St. Louis Mo. From 2016-2017, Assistant Preparator at Laumeier Sculpture Park St. Louis Mo., Adjunct Professor of Ceramics at Jefferson College in Hillsboro Mo. He is currently the Studio Technician at St. Charles Community College St. Charles Mo. And previous Adjunct Professor of Ceramics at Blackburn College in Carlinville, IL. Ryan is married with three children. When Ryan isn’t working he enjoys creating ceramic sculptures from hand-built and slip-cast forms. His work has been shown around the St. Louis area as well as in southern Indiana.
For more information on his work please visit ryanbredlau.com or www.facebook.com/Bredlau.Studio.Artist/
Introducing our new virtual exhibits!
Flowers In Focus by Roxie Wetterau
Weeds & Dirt by R. Christian Egger
Gene Wesley Virtual Gallery Exhibit
“Wilderness Reflections” by Don Halloran and Sylvia Eisenmann
July 2021 – Kathryn Petke -Paintings & Collage – Marshfield, WI
August 2021 – Victoria Maidhof – Paintings - Madison, WI
September 2021 – Rick Mittelstadt – Paintings – Prior Lake, MN
October 2021 – TBA
November 2021 – Nichole Linzmeier – Marshfield, WI – Animal Drawings on Paper and Birch Bark
December 2021 – Holiday Showcase
Once Loved Art
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We're currently collecting donated art --now!
Chestnut Center's "Once Loved Art" Silent Auction takes your "retired" art that you've retrieved from the basement or back of the closet, and gives it new life, in someone else's home!
Retired art might take the shape of a piece of wall art, an antique quilt, a piece of lace or jewelry, a sculpture or other three-dimensional pieces, or maybe autographed sheet music.
Donated art can be dropped off at the Chestnut Center during regular office hours (Tuesday through Thursday, 10 am-3pm) or by appointment (715-389-8999).
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