Gallery Exhibit to Feature Works by Sioux Falls Artist Richard Krueger
Date: November 27 - December 15, 2017
Location: The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery
Ticket Info: Free and Open to the Public
The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery at Augustana University will feature “Dark to Light — A New Journey,” manipulated photographs, drawings and sculpture by long-time Sioux Falls artist Richard Krueger.
The exhibit runs Nov. 27 - Dec. 15.
A gallery reception was held 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, featuring an artist's talk beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Pieces in the exhibit explore the artist's addictions with gambling and alcohol — including the depths and terror of his struggles — as well as his recovery, said Dr. Lindsay Twa, director of the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery.
"Krueger invites viewers to engage with these struggles, such as with 'Lucky Loser Casino,' a sculpture of images on Plexiglas in the form of a casino. Viewers can drop coins into this 'slot machine' and all money collected will be donated to a local charity that helps families recover from abuse," Twa said.
In contrast, Krueger expresses the joy of being released from the bondage of addiction through brightly colored pencil drawings in plexiglas constructions, and assemblages of colored glass and copper sheeting and wire. The transparency of the glass, the bright colors and the frequent miniature doors that open are symbols of Krueger taking the emotional risk of allowing people in.
Krueger’s recovery through art has enabled him to pursue additional series and concepts.
Two years ago, Krueger began a project of photographing tiny houses. He captured hundreds of homes. Installed as a group, the photographs allow contemplation about being happy with where you are. But as Krueger progressed in the series, he found that it also provoked memories of being bullied.
As in, big and bigger houses look down on tiny houses and tiny people.
He expanded the installation to include sculptural constructions of tiny houses (see photo above), and has asked people to write their own messages about bullying on the houses.
“Art is the way I think,” notes Krueger. “(It is) how I understand and express my findings.”
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Krueger studied art at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His work has been prominently exhibited in the region, including in several of the South Dakota Governor’s Biennial Art Exhibitions, the Sioux City Art Center and the Sioux Falls Arts Council.
The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery is located on Commons Circle (30th Street and Grange Avenue), in the Center for Visual Arts at Augustana University. The gallery is open to the public and free of charge. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 1-4 p.m.