Breaking Point is one artist’s visual response to the first year of the Trump presidency. In this body of work Steve Cup explores what he—and perhaps others—see as a rapidly deteriorating sense of community as the country reaches all-time levels of divisiveness. Spanning personal works, private commissions and commercial work, each piece represents an immediate, often emotional reaction to the violently changing social tide in America. The exhibition includes themes of gun violence, migration, racism and Trump himself.
Curated by John Farina and Adam Tully, this show marks the Maria Neil Art Project’s return to the art scene after closing their Waterloo gallery last year. “Some may see Steve’s work as divisive itself while others may embrace his bold statement,” says Farina. “Either way, no one will walk away from this exhibition not talking about where we are in the nation today.”
Steve Cup is a prolific illustrator and printmaker with a focus on storytelling and journalism. Formerly of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he now lives and works in New York City. He combines the tradition of woodcut printmaking with digital editing techniques to create stunning commercial and personal works. His illustrations have been published in The Progressive, Playboy, The Stranger, Time Out New York, and more. Additional work can be seen at stevecup.com.
Sixth Annual DayGloSho
The DayGloSho features new work of 40 local artists using DayGlo paint and is displayed in black light at Waterloo Arts Gallery through March 30. This annual show presents an interesting challenge for even the most experienced artist. A variety of styles and application techniques are used and the results are often surprising but always delightful. On March 2 during Walk All Over Waterloo, the district’s art hop, visitors to the gallery will have the opportunity to experiment with DayGlo paint and make some glowing art work of their own. This show is generously supported by the DayGlo Color Corp.
SIXTH ANNUAL DAYGLOSHO | FEBRUARY 2–MARCH 30
WALK ALL OVER WATERLOO | 6PM MARCH 2
STEVE CUP: BREAKING POINT | APRIL 6–MAY 13
Reception 6pm Friday, April 6
Curated by John Farina & Adam Tully and presented by Maria Neil Art Project
SAVE-THE-DATE: ANNUAL WATERLOO ARTS FEST | JUNE 30
Application deadline: March 25
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