Stuck in that awkward space between birth and death
Urgent Care is a 50-year survey celebrating Thomas Skomski’s career as one of Illinois’ finest sculptors. Many area residents have already experienced Thomas Skomski’s work. His Impermanent Column, the stone column sculpture on the campus of the University of Illinois Springfield is hard to miss. His art honors life’s struggles. It reflects our times and examines the processes of change and the inevitable outcome of decay and aging. From his earliest wood carvings, woodcuts and drawings in the 1970s to the cages, light boxes, water bottles, light manipulations and photographic images of the 1980s and 90s, up through his most recent works, Skomski’s fertile investigations into the human condition create art rich with ambiguities, analogies and metaphors open to multiple interpretations. It’s art that mourns the losses and celebrates the precious and precarious nature of being alive. The exhibit is co-curated by Robert Sill, Douglas Stapleton and Edward Maldonado. Museum admission is $5 for adults age 19-64.
Through Sep 29
Illinois State Museum
502 S. Spring St.