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January 29, 2013 / ivytechartspartner

Artist of the Week: Jeremy Sweet

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Jeremy Sweet

Artist Jeremy Sweet will be exhibiting work from a new series titled Cut Away. The exhibit will include 30 life size mixed media pieces mounted on cut wood as well as a hand painted mural directly on the gallery walls. Each piece is inspired by traditional tattoo and military motifs and together create an allegory of a sailor’s journey and the troubles he might have faced along the way. The title “Cut Away” references the physical cutting of materials as well as the symbolic cutting away when one is forced to leave what is comfortable and familiar. Sweet was born in San Diego, CA. Soccer, skateboarding and surfing dominated his young life until college where he focused primarily on soccer and art. His father taught him how to draw when he was young and most of his doodling was inspired by BMX, skateboarding,  surfing magazine art, and even monster trucks. After receiving his BFA from Sonoma State University, he decided to pursue a career in soccer. This decision lead him to stints playing professionally and semi-professionally in Holland, Belize, Costa Rica, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle, and finally Indianapolis. He says these opportunities for travel and integration into other cultures have informed his life and the artwork he make tremendously. He went on to receive his MFA in Printmaking at Indiana University under Ed Bernstein, Wendy Calman, Althea Murphy Price and Kristen Martincic, and has lived in Bloomington since 2003 with his wife and two daughters ages 5 and 3. He is currently the Associate Director of Grunwald Gallery of Art at the Indiana University School of Fine Art. For more information about Jeremy, please check out his website
Cut Away is opening Friday, February 1 from 5-8 p.m. as a part of the First Friday Gallery Walk. The show will run February 1-23, Monday through Friday 9-7 p.m. and Saturday 9-5 p.m. at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center.

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