Fantasy Still-life Images Reflect Contemporary Culture

The Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery features the paintings, prints and new media works of professional artist Brian Spolans.

The artwork of Brian Spolans, on display in the Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery at Alma College, typically fits an interdisciplinary aesthetic focusing on fantasy still-life images. These works create relationships between communities, individuals, technologies and environments.

The exhibit runs from Monday, Oct. 1 through Thursday, Nov. 1. Admission is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

“I like to explore multiple materials when creating images, ranging from painting, printmaking and new media,” says Spolans, who is the area head of printmaking at Eastern Michigan University. “The objects that I focus on have both tactile and metaphorical qualities. My work represents each thing as it is, while simultaneously inferring something else.”

The exhibit showcases a variety of two-dimensional approaches that includes ink, acrylic, watercolor and screen printing.

“The artwork of this show reflects contemporary culture by focusing on the heightened position that certain objects hold in our society,” says Spolans. “There is an intimacy to the importance that we give to objects that isn’t afforded to other people. Unlike traditional still-life painting, the still-life pieces depicted here become much less about capturing a specific physical moment in time and instead describe a psychological one.”

A closing reception with the artist will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the gallery.

Story published on September 26, 2018