Saturday night art show at NEST Art Center in Bridgeport (UPDATED 03/12/12)
NEST Art Center
1720 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, CT
The Bunny Runs: Drawings & Soft Sculpture by Jodiann Strmiska
Sat., Mar. 10, 2012, 5:30—8:30 p.m.
UPDATE 03/12/12: This show has been postponed to this fall.
In the Gallery & Labyrinth Corridor:
"The Bunny Runs comprises an ongoing cycle of works on paper whose subject is the relationship between artist and studio model," says Jodiann Strmiska. "Creating my own soft-sculpture models from foam rubber and fabric which I can pose or manipulate at will as both authentic object and studio subject, references the use of stuffed toys by young children as 'transitional objects' which function as touchstones of emotional comfort independent of parental influence and which can take on a life of their own, like 'The Velveteen Rabbit' of the classic work of children's fiction."
"The Bunny Heads, as depicted in my work, with their crudely stitched-together craniums and floppy ears, symbolize the psyche and the essential vulnerability of human nature. In dyad form or in the context of the imaginary, biomorphic landscapes they sometimes inhabit in my drawings, the bunny-heads are engaged in the eternal battle of self versus 'other.'"
"In multiple form and color, the soft-sculpture heads represent the never-ending proliferation of ideas which often exist as 'things-onto-themselves' without any larger context or meaning within the confines of the artists' imagination; i.e, 'multiplying like bunnies.'"
"This exhibition's title was inspired by the surge of running bunny sightings I witnessed during the summer of 2011 while hiking in the woods at my favorite State parks. God Bless the bunnies and long may they run!" ~Jodiann Strmiska -a.ka.-'Jodeska' 2012