HEATHER BRAMMEIER | WGLT

HEATHER BRAMMEIER

Mar 26, 2016

60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC AT UNIVERSITY GALLERIES, NORMAL, IL  3/26/16  10:55AM

Pictured artwork was made by Heather Brammeier in collaboration with Jessica Bingham.

What happens when the canvas bursts its frame, jumps through hoops, splatters paint on the floor and walls, then gets stuck up in a tree or on a roof? The result is something like painter Heather Brammeier’s experiments in three-dimensional space. The artist uses zip ties, sticks and branches, nails, stitched and stuffed canvas, plastic tubing, quilts, furniture and other materials to create abstract installations and stand-alone sculptures of contagious energy and vast imaginative potency. She also uses a bit of good old paint, dabbing it here and there to add shocks of color where more is needed. Artworks that resemble scientific models, exploded paintings and walk-in abstract art ensue. Paint is no longer the only material available to a painter, only the most obvious and traditional one. The great Frank Stella and Jessica Stockholder would be proud. 

 

—Lori Waxman 

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