Jan 20, 2011

StutzArtSpace Gallery Seeking Entries for March Photography Exhibition

The StutzArtSpace Gallery on the first floor of the Stutz Building downtown is currently having a call for entry for their show in March.  This is open to all artists, not just Stutz artist Association members.

StutzArtSpace Gallery Seeking Entries for March Photography Exhibition

The StutzArtSpace Gallery is seeking entries for its March photography exhibition, Social Currency. Submissions should explore how photographs are used and shared within communities and social networks, both online and offline. StutzArtSpace Gallery is looking for images that have been used as social currency and work that considers the impact of the shared image. Social currency is about increasing one's sense of community, granting access to information and knowledge, helping to form one's identity, and providing status and recognition.

Entry Deadline: Friday, February 11, 2011 by 5pm EST

Entry Requirements

Please submit the following by email or on CD. All submissions must be received by Friday, February 11, 2011 5pm EST.

1-5 JPEG images of your work

Title and size of each image

Short Biography

Artist's Statement

Email address and phone number

Email submissions to: andy@whatandysaw.com.


Social Currency Show

212 W 10th St, Studio B-240

Indianapolis, IN 46202

View the application guidelines at http://www.stutzartspace.com/.

Jan 19, 2011

Daily Journal Article

Daily Journal
Thursday January 6th, 2011
Q&A: Meet the Artist
Bonnie Fillenwarth
To artist Bonnie Fillenwarth, the spirit of fabled female fighters known as the Amazons is still alive.  She explores the topic in "Amaonomachy," an exhibition this month at the Indianapolis Artsgarden.  The works filter the Amazon myth through the lives of breast cancer patients, with the hope of raising awareness and money to fight the disease.

A portion of the sales during the exhibition will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Fillenwarth,24 is a member of the Stutz Artists Association and has a studio in downtown Indianapolis.  A graduate of Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI, she has taken part in 15 solo or group shows.
Her idea for the show was influenced by a trip she took in 2008 as part of her college studies.  During a summer in Athens, Greece, she saw statues, buildings, and other artwork displaying the country's rich mythology.

Over and over the theme of Amazons emerged.

Fillenwarth was drawn to the power of these women, how they were feared for their intensity and warlike nature.

After returning to Indiana, a class project that paired her with Wishard Memorial Hospital helped make the connection between breast cancer survivors and the Amazons.

"I kept thinking about the warriors and breast cancer, and I just kept sketching them  over the months," Fillenwarth said.  " I had a few pieces done and more sketches and ideas for more.  There was enough potential where I could do an entire whole show."

"Amazonomachy" consists of 10 oil paintings ranging in size from a few square inches to 8 feet tall.
The images are powerful, showing women preparing or engaging in battle.  A Painting titled "Push" shows a warrior struggling behind her shield.  The outline creates the shape of a breast.

In another, "Biopsy," a helmeted fighter thrusts a spear into an amorphous form.

Fillenwarth's style is colorful and abstract, relying on sharp lines and distinct forms to bring the images to life.
The show is on display through Jan 24 at the Artsgarden, 50 W. Washington St, Indianapolis.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6:30 p.m. Sunday.  Admission is free.

Where did the idea for "Amazonomachy" originate?

Back in college, we partnered with Wishard Hospital on their "Works of Hope and Healing." What we did was do out artwork, focused on how it relates to the hospital.  I did a piece with my amazon warrior, to link it with breast cancer.  I studied classical art in college, and I've just been reading Greek mythology since I was in middle school, so I was very familiar with the stories.  When I got out of school, I decided I wanted to revisit that and do a whole series of it.  That's where it all started.

What does "Amazonomachy" mean?

It's a Greek term that means "Amazon battle." That's become a theme that Greeks have done all over, the battles with the Amazons.  Its on the Parthenon, and it's everywhere.

With your interest in this theme, why is this something that you wanted to explore further?

I got out of school, and I wasn't quite sure if I wanted to go do graduate work yet.  I knew I needed to get a studio right away.  Too many art students, they graduate from art school, and then you never hear from them again.  I knew I had to get busy and do something.  I thought about what I was doing, and that was the thing I wanted to do first.

What do you hope people take away after looking at these paintings?

I really wanted to do artwork with a cause.  I hope they get some awareness, and if I can get some pieces that sell, I'm putting a percentage of that towards Susan G. Komen research.  There's always a big push for awareness in October, because it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but it really is a year-round thing.

-- Ryan Trares

New Year, New Work!

New year, new work!

I have been very busy in my studio and quickly filling up a new sketchbook.  I have been trying to work on some ideas for my next big exhibition for 2012.  I have also been busy working on some smaller pieces on 8x10 canvas boards and hope to have a whole box full by the 2011 Stutz Open House at the end of April.  Have your favorite myth, story, character, theme?  I am always accepting commissions.  My studio has been very empty now that about half of it is hanging at the Indianapolis Artsgarden.  Haven't seen it yet?  It runs until the 30th!

Jan 5, 2011

Amazonomachy Opens!

New work by Bonnie Fillenwarth
At the Artsgarden inside the Circle Center Mall
January 4th- January 30th

I know there are some of you who do not live in Indianapolis and/or cannot make it to my show.  Therefore I have posted a bunch of pictures and information about the show.

Amazonomachy is a term that refers to Ancient Greeks battling the Amazon women, a theme frequently used in Greek art. Greeks viewed the defeat of the Amazon warriors as a metaphor for civilized man overcoming barbarianism. For this show, I am reversing the theme and applying it to the modern day fight against breast cancer. In these depictions, I show the Amazons, who I use to represent those afflicted with the disease, literally fighting against breast cancer. To prepare themselves for battle, the Amazons would amputate their right breast to more accurately shoot their arrows, just as many women today must endure the loss of breasts or hair to improve their chances of recovery. To honor the strength and determination of women facing this disease, I depict those struggling against breast cancer just as Greek myth does the Amazon fighters: strong.

The goal of this project is to celebrate the strength and sisterhood that have come out of the movement for breast cancer awareness. Over the years I have seen breast cancer research evolve from humble beginnings to year-round fundraising for research. It has moved beyond focusing simply on the disease to treating also the women themselves, their family, and friends, including them in a worldwide sisterhood of fighters and survivors. Like the legendary Amazons of ancient Greek culture, these women going through the journey to defeat breast cancer have shown the world what real strength is. A portion of the sales from this event will go to local breast cancer research.

Another huge thank you for the Puffin Foundation Ltd. for funding this event.