The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri
will host an opening reception for Subliminal: Hidden Messages
, a national juried exhibition presented by the Bank of Missouri
in downtown Cape Girardeau. Subliminal: Hidden Messages encouraged artists to enter works that include subliminal stimuli to reinforce the content of their works.
Engraving & Color Aquatint
| BFFs4L (You Can't Sit With Us!
Justin Henry Miller
Oil on Vintage Photograph
| 14 hours (omnipresence)
Acrylic and Graphite on Panel
It's been an incredible honor to have been invited to jury the show, Subliminal, for the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri. This will be the last show on Main Street and the first in the new space located at 16 North Spanish Street. I am a native of Missouri and although I have lived as a working artist in New York, Michigan, and New Mexico, my past several years back here in Missouri have been my most productive as an artist. I would like to thank the Arts Council for giving me such a wonderful opportunity to be involved with the arts in my home state.
The process of choosing work is never easy. I could only choose a small fraction of the work that was submitted and as a result had to let many pieces that I considered to be *good art* fall into the unaccepted category. I have been rejected from countless juried shows in the past and I always feel disappointed when I see the chosen work. I can't help but think "My piece was better than that!". There are several factors at play in the selection process; quality of execution and concept and design, but also how the final pieces work together as a whole, and of course my own personal preferences.
I began with the definition of Subliminal: (of a stimulus or mental process) below the threshold of sensation or consciousness; perceived by or affecting someone's mind without their being aware of it. The concept of subliminal as it applies to art can be understood in many different ways. In my interpretation, I looked for work that moved me in an intuitive and mysterious way. I kept coming back to the work that calmed my urge to interpret or define, but at the same time nurtured my curiosity. In this show, Subliminal, you will observe abstraction, pop art, and even some representational works.
Subliminal consists of individual pieces, but it's also my intention that the show to be experienced as a group of works that interact with each other. Good art challenges us and has the ability to transform us by seeing things in a new way. I hope that after visiting the exhibition, you will have more questions than answers and you will be inspired by a new experience.
- Ali Cavanaugh
||Ali Cavanaugh (American, b. 1973) is an internationally represented fine artist. She studied painting at Kendall College of Art and Design and the New York Studio Residency Program in New York City, earning a BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design in 1995. At the age of 22, she co-founded an atelier -The New School Academy of Fine Art- in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2000. It was during her seven years in Santa Fe that she developed her modern fresco process on kaolin clay. Her paintings have been the subject of numerous national and international solo and group exhibitions. Cavanaugh's paintings have been featured on book covers, countless internet features such as the Huffington Post, Fine Art Connoisseur, Hi-Fructose and in numerous print publications including The New York Times Magazine, American Art Collector, American Artist Watercolor. She has painted portraits for TIME magazine and The New York
Times. Her work is featured in more than 400 private and corporate
North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. She
currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband and their four