Krempp Gallery features works of Illinois artists

An untitled panorama by printmaker Alan Pocaro of Champaign, Illinois.
“Nowhere” by sculptor Matthew Boonstra of Charleston, Illinois.

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JASPER — The Krempp Gallery at the Jasper Arts Center will present the artwork of sculptor Matthew Boonstra of Charleston, Illinois, and printmaker Alan Pocaro of Champaign, Illinois, beginning Wednesday through May 24.

Boonstra, assistant professor of sculpture at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, has exhibited his work at the International Sculpture Center in Hamilton, New Jersey, the Reese Museum in New Johnson, Tennessee and the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Additionally, he has received numerous artistic awards, including the Alliance of the Swope Award of Distinction from the Swope Art Museum and a visual arts fellowship from the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition.

“I utilize my studio practice to explore materials, processes and concepts in a free associative manner. These investigations are developed in an autobiographical context concerning my role in contemporary life,” he says. “For example, my recent series, ‘Nest,’ was developed to explore my feeling of living in a rural landscape. The investment of making has helped me internalize thoughts and then in turn externalize my feelings. I hope to lead the viewer to question the nature of the object, and how and why it exists.”

As a creative practitioner, Boonstra is fluent in various sculptural processes such as metal casting, wood and metal fabrication. 

Pocaro is the assistant professor of printmaking and foundations at Eastern Illinois University.

An artist, educator and writer, Pocaro is associated with the New Aesthetics movement, an informal group of artists and writers emphasizing the physical and material nature of art. He regularly contributes art-criticism to NewCity, and his writing has been featured in SmilePolitely, articritcal, AbstractCritical and ART PAPERS, as well as CityBeat.

“My works are a series of scenes that chart a nameless place,” he says.  “These drawings in print arise from stories, myth and incoherent experiences that refuse simple explanation. They are déjà vu, phantoms, visions of heaven and premonitions of hell.”

An artists’ reception will mark the opening of the exhibit from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the gallery. There will be a cash bar, food and music.

The Krempp Gallery, located in the Jasper Arts Center adjacent to the Vincennes University Jasper Campus, is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, until 7 p.m. Thursdays and from noon to 3 p.m. Sundays. School groups, clubs and students are welcome. Admission is free.

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