Tim Kowalczyk

September 2010 Anniversary Exhibition
Tim Kowalczyk: inescapable


Out of the many artists who submit for the show, our guest juror, Hennie Reynders has selected five Honorable Mentions and one Best of Show. Best of Show artists will be awarded: Free two week Solo Show in Water Street Studios 2nd floor gallery, valued at $200.

We are also pleased to announce that audio brographies are available for free download as well as two players in the gallery for visitors to incorporate into their visit.
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September 2010 Anniversary Exhibition Best of Show:
Tim Kowalczyk
: inescapable
Medium: Ceramic


Artists Statement:

Box making has been in my family for two generations. I was the first to deviate from that path only to come back to my lineage later in a different vocation. I worked in a warehouse where I saw pristine boxes and mangled boxes waiting to be presented as an art object. These objects became a starting point for my work in trompe l'oeil. Where others saw a banal mundane material, I saw beauty. Following in the footsteps of the generations before me I too became a box maker. As I manufactured boxes of my own I thought about the manner in which people use cardboard boxes.
Though the use of the mundane I hope to express the notion of storage through the cardboard box. The use of the cardboard box is a universal image meant to reflect the idea of storage and memory. Through a visual language of rips, tears, folds, bends and stains I intend the box to convey the idea of age and wear but also speak about the contents. Objects on the inside or the outside of the box reference memories or the inaccessibility of the memories to the owner and to viewers.
The fabrication of the mundane creates the need for investigation and a creation of dialogue in between objects. This creation of dialogue also asks the question why cardboard? Until the viewer investigates the work it remains to be cardboard and not a fabricated representation of cardboard. The representation then elevates the mundane into the spot light of art. As Jasper Johns transformed bronze into ale cans in 1960, making a cast of an ordinary object into an art object, I am making ordinary cardboard into an art object through clay.


A little about Tim Kowalczyk

I was born and raised in Morris, IL, which is a small town near Joliet, IL. My grandfather, father, and brother all worked in the box industry but I chose a different route. I went to Joliet Junior College and studied painting. Then continued my education at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and began my undergraduate degree in Sculpture. Soon after, studying Sculpture I soon changed my major to Ceramics. The versatility of Ceramics appealed to me because of the ability to shape clay into whatever I wanted to make out of it. After completing my Bachelor's degrees in Ceramics and Art Education, with a minor in Art History, I took a year away from academia to work on my own. While working in a home studio, I decided to continue my education by accepting a Graduate position at Illinois State University where I am working towards the completion of my Master's degree. I have been accepted and shown in several National MFA exhibitions and won several awards including the Merwin Medal from McLean County Art Center.



2010 Anniversary Show Gallery Audio Tour Pt I

2010 Anniversary Show Gallery Audio Tour Pt II
WSS Resident Artists