Vincent Stemmler: Armature

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Featuring the work of Vincent Stemmler, a St. Louis City native and MFA student at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, “Armature” is the artist’s first solo show in the city. The exhibition features ceramics, sculpture, and multimedia work that explore the personal and cultural legacies of industrialization, mechanization, and mass production. Combining mass-produced objects and trash with with natural materials such as clay, dirt, and grass, Stemmler recasts these industrial (by)products as main characters in an alternate, fragmentary history of late capitalism. Playing off the multi-perspectival aspect of the artist’s work, the show’s title harnesses the several, seemingly contradictory meanings of the term “armature,” which simultaneously connotes both underlying framework or structures and also armor or physical or spiritual defenses. Rather than working to conceal or resolve this tension, Stemmler’s sculptures make themselves at home in this point of disjuncture, inviting the viewer to do the same.

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Bio: Vincent Stemmler

Vincent Stemmler is a mixed media artist who uses various forms of collage to explore issues of individual and social identity, fragmentation, and loss. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Stemmler holds an associate’s in the arts from Florissant Valley Community College and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After taking time off from formal study, Stemmler is currently working on his MFA with a focus in ceramics and sculpture at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.

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