International Visions Gallery is pleased to present Stan Squirewell: Interconnected, on view March 19 through April 23, 2011. In this collection of recent work, the artist explores conditions revolving around the empowered and the powerless: institutions/identity, categories/boundaries, and assimilation/transformation. The very sharpness of digital media amplifies his confrontational imagery. Traditionally trained, the artist adopted digital media because its immediate, cathartic process “keeps up with my thoughts,” and echoes the frenzy of contemporary culture.
Whether he is exposing the political figures, symbols and systems that seek to overpower, or idolizing the subcultures that cultivate in the midst of such forces, Squirewell's fusion of age-old stories with current imagery emphasizes the circularity of it all. For each generation, "'They' work to condition us in the social order of things," the artist says. A shaman navigating an urban streetscape, a robotic reliquary figure, a religious icon stamped with television color codes... the images of Interconnected resonate with our quest for meaning and connection in a world fueled by capitalist urgency.
Squirewell, a lifelong Washingtonian (b. 1978), earned his MFA at the Maryland Institute of Art’s Hoffberger School of Painting and completed his undergraduate study at the Corcoran College of Art & Design. Squirewell’s gallery and museum exhibitions include International Visions Gallery (DC), Rush Arts Gallery (NYC), Irvine Contemporary (DC), Parrish Gallery (DC), Corridor Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Flashpoint (DC), Warehouse Gallery (DC), MOCA DC, Walters Museum (Baltimore, MD), Hampton University Museum (VA), Luther College (Decorah, Iowa), Banneker-Douglass (Annapolis, MD), and Howard University Blackburn Center (DC). Squirewell is in the public collection of the David C. Driskell Center (College Park, MD) and the Reginald Lewis Museum (Baltimore, MD). At Verge Art Fair – Miami (2010), he was selected by a jury as Finalist in The Artisan Series, a nationwide competition aiming to discover the next names in innovative art. In 2011, he was invited to exhibit at the 40th Annual Black Creativity Exhibition at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. The artist currently teaches at the Duke Ellington School for the Arts in Washington, where he began his artistic journey as a student in 1993.
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