Whitney Bradshaw: Scars
William Alexander: Madman Series
Concurrent solo exhibitions of silver dye bleach prints and duratrans print/light boxes by Whitney Bradshaw and paintings in oil, acrylic, and alternative media by William Alexander will be on display at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago from May 9 - July 25, 2003. A reception for the artists that is open and free to the public will take place on Friday, May 9, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
These two contemporary artists produce intense works illustrating the nature of both physical and psychological torment as it bridges the gap between artist, subject, and audience.
In her exhibition, “Scars,” Whitney Bradshaw explores the body’s surface utilizing a close up camera lens. By examining the body as if under a microscope, the resulting photographs reveal strange and mysterious views that appear both micro- and macroscopic. The unexpected scale of the work entices the viewer in while Bradshaw’s images gradually become unsettling as one realizes the subject is a scar.
Since receiving her MFA in photography from Columbia College, Bradshaw has exhibited in Chicago and has her work in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Photography and of Columbia College, both in Chicago.
William Alexander’s “Madman Series” focuses on the human face to convey deeply moving psychological states of mind. Alexander’s paintings communicate personal torment and anguish that is often overwhelming in its scale, expressionistic treatment of paint and physical distortion. The viewer is thereby given the opportunity to experience the visual strength and emotional involvement this self-taught artist has invested in “releasing negative energy in a creative form.”
Alexander has exhibited his work in the Chicagoland area and recently received a grant from the Puffin Foundation.