Sedalia artist siblings Scott Linsenbardt and Janice Hargrave have complied their work for an exhibit, “Revealing Our Creations,” which opened May 1 at the Liberty Center Association for the Arts.
The siblings say they want the show to be a celebration of creativity.
“Scott and I do a lot of things together,” Hargrave said. “I think we try and encourage each other to keep active making art and putting our stuff out there. I signed up last year to do the show and I ask Scott if he would do it with me.”
The duo, who are both members of Sedalia Visual Art Association, agreed that due to the drive to create artists often have works that have never been seen and are tucked away or thrown away, which can be discouraging. But showing and sharing it with others and to the public should be a time for celebration.
“That’s one reason we called it ‘Revealing Our Creations,’” said Hargrave. “Because it’s like this, you sit in your little space and you make your stuff all alone and nobody sees it. For me every art show is like people are pulling out their treasures and displaying their treasures so there’s always a big celebration and party when they show it. We all kind of work in secret, and then we need these parties so we can bring it together and celebrate what we’re doing.”
Hargrave, who will be the assistant superintendent at the Fine Arts Building at this year’s Missouri State Fair, home schooled her eight children before going to college at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg and receiving both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. For the last three years she has been an art teacher for kindergarten through fifth grade at both Washington and Horace Mann Elementary Schools.
“It’s never too late to full fill your dream,” she said. “I’ve always enjoyed kids and I’ve taught my own kids and I enjoy art so it’s a good combination.”
Most of Hargrave’s work in the exhibit is new.
“A couple of them are series that I started while I was still in college,” she added. “But most of them are things that I’ve done since getting out. So it’s the last three years.”
“Celebration Shoes,” a series she began in College feature nine different paintings with shoes as the focus. Each larger piece is created with small labor intensive diamond shapes painted individually.
When looking a the piece one needs to look closely because some of the pieces have images painted into the background.
“Most of them have something in the background, there’s one that doesn’t,” Hargrave said. “There’s a story or idea that’s being told in each one.”
Three of her sculptural pieces “Outpouring Vessels,” are shaped like the hands of a woman clasped as if in prayer.
“They’re really based on that verse in the Bible about even as I’m being poured out as a drink offering to you,” she said. “So I’ve done a whole series of these. And I’ve developed them in different ways. I’ve thrown them on the wheel, these particular ones, and then altered them after that. I do the sculptural part after they been on the wheel. I just like the idea that women pour out their lives for other people.”
Although only three of the vessels are in the show she has 20 in the series.
One of the most interesting pieces she has in the show is a fiber and wood sculptural piece titled “Don’t Feed the Fears.” Fear is made with cloth and wears a tee shirt with glow-in-the-dark bones painted on it, and made to look grotesquely human only with a tail; it sits in a highchair feeding itself—fears.
“This is about people deal with their fears,” she said. “The idea of feeding them. The chair is a found object, the creature-person is a fibers project with found objects.”
She asked people on Facebook to send her their greatest fears and then she typed them up and put them on the chair.
“So I had input from other friends about things and then I found a long list of medical term for fears and those are written on the body of the person (creature).”
Linsenbardt, who was one of the resident artists in the Fine Arts Building at the 2013 Missouri State Fair, own’s Scott’s Carpentry and his artwork takes in metal sculpture, photography, watercolor and stained glass.
“Well it’s a little bit of everything,” he said.
One piece in particular is one of a kind; it is created by Linsenbardt’s fingerprints using black ink. The portrait was in the SVAA self-interpretation show in the Goddard Gallery at State Fair Community College last summer and depicts Linsenbardt as a child in 1965.
“I kind of got that off of Chuck Close’s big self-portrait … I thought that was very impressive,” he said. “When I saw it, it’s like five-by-eight-feet and I saw finger prints on it. So I kind of thought I bet you I could do something like that. I thought it was all done with finger prints, but it wasn’t.”
Linsenbardt said he chose the 1965 photo of himself for a special reason.
“A friend of mine asked me once, ‘how do you think God sees you?’” Linsenbardt said. “And I said ‘I really don’t know.’ God sees me probably the way I see me, kind of older and you know, flawed and barely hanging on. Then shortly after that I came across this picture and I thought that kid is full of life. And God said, ‘exactly that’s the way I see you, young, innocent and full of life.’ Life is so much easier to look at knowing that God sees you as all this potential.”
Linsenbardt said he wasn’t sure if he would make more pieces using his finger prints, but was starting to use watercolor as his medium.
“That’s kind of the way I’m going is watercolor,” he added. “I’ve been doing it about two years now. I did two when I was the artist in residence at the fair last year. I like the detail and the flow and the way the light comes out of it.”
He has some photography in the show and began taking photos as a teenager.
“It’s one of the happiest mediums that I have worked with,” he said. “It’s a love-hate relationship because you have all these photos and and you don’t know which ones to pick. It’s just every now and then like ‘Girl on Water,’ over there that it comes off the page at you.”
“Girl on Water” is a striking, high-key black and white piece of a woman standing in the Dead Sea with the wind blowing her hair around her face.
Hargrave and Linsenbardt have created one piece together for the show “Giverny’s Sunrise,” a textured oil on paper.
“We’ve done a series of canvases that are textured like this,” Linsenbardt said. “We took this paper and textured it up and put the oils over it, for just kind of a test to see if it would work out. After we got this done we sat it aside and started working on the canvases.”
They will also work together again this year in a different medium—creating the “butter cow” at the Gerken Dairy Center for the Missouri State Fair - beginning in late July.
“Revealing Our Creations,” will be showing until June 28 at LCAA, 111 W. Fifth St. An artist reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday; the public is invited. LCAA is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.