First Floor Gallery
The First Floor Gallery features works by solo artists year-round. These works are 2D, mid-sized, priced-to-sell pieces that are ideal for beginning collectors or those looking for a unique piece to adorn an office or home space. Artists may be just starting out, mid-career or fixtures of the art community, but all have a body of work that we are excited to share with the public.
Stephen Palmer | Found Fish
October 4 – November 1, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 from 7pm to 9pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday, October 5 at 2pm
After spending many years perfecting his techniques in fused glass, and exhibiting his glass works all over Michigan, Stephen Palmer has recently taken on a new challenge. Drawing on the traditions of collage, assemblage and bricolage, he has begun building sculptural fish from a hoard of found objects of every kind. Many of his larger fish start with cast off wooden crutches. Others start with shallow wooden boxes, paddles, or other objects. Palmer uses golf tees, discarded toys, dominoes, small tins, odd bits of hardware, old kitchen tools, paint brushes and assorted household objects to fill out the bellies, fins and heads of his fish. Once the elements are assembled, they are wrapped with wire. Quoted in a recent article in the Petoskey News, http://articles.petoskeynews.com/2013-08-02/three-pines_41013634 Palmer says, “The use of crutches for my fish represent what humans are doing to the oceans and the fish of the world.” In repurposing discarded materials, he hopes to point to the damage done to the environment through the careless use of resources in our throw-away culture.
Stephen Palmer was born in Berkeley, California. He earned his PhD in Education at Eastern Michigan University, and his MA in Education at Michigan State University. He was an Assistant Superintendant with Birmingham Public Schools, an Elementary School Principal in West Bloomfield and Harbor Springs, and taught in Holly and Flint for many years. He has exhibited his work in galleries and art fairs all over Michigan, and has many years of experience serving and volunteering with non-profit galleries and art organizations. He lives in Traverse City, Michigan and is represented by Tamarack Gallery in Omena, Michigan.
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