Greater Than Its Parts
February 16 - March 25, 2017
Three distinct artists working in different media come together in the latest exhibition from ArtReach St. Croix. Eric Mueller, Joshua Wilichowski and Jeff Ambroz investigate their surroundings by amplifying fragments, celebrating abstraction and documentary, and embracing the disorientation of new contexts.
Jeff Ambroz works in mixed media. He uses acrylic paint and torn tissue to reassemble and overlap, creating abstract compositions and patterns. “The resulting art reflects the layers of lived experiences; the bonds we form, break and repair; and the passage of time,” says Ambroz.
Eric Mueller is a photographer. Working in advertising after a successful filmmaking career, Mueller left the comfort of his job to pursue an artistic practice in photography. His work has received much recognition, including a recent feature on TPT’s Minnesota Originals. The work he has included in Greater Than Its Parts is from a daily photo project entitled 366 Things I Love. Mueller writes, “The project doesn’t focus so much on things as it does on moments that I witness.”
Joshua Wilichowski makes works on paper. He earned an MFA in sculpture and drawing in 2007 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His current studio practice is centered on explorations of gender, societal norms and transference. Wilichowski writes: “My work is the result of the search for a chink in a man’s façade, the little respites that are accentuated by a burst of honesty.” Work included in this exhibition features detailed, thoughtful drawings of car parts isolated in space.