MEGAN STROECH

WORKS

ARTIST STATEMENT

My work explores the dichotomies between realness and imitation, image and object and common vs. luxury through references from pop culture and the Internet, still life, and domestic spaces. I construct unfamiliar arrangements of low-grade, readily available materials, subverting conventional understanding of their utility in order to spur new conversation between them. I often utilize materials produced as cheap and attainable luxury items, such as Styrofoam food, faux fur and marble printed Contact paper as well as stock photography. Recently, I have been incorporating small ceramic sculptures with the found items. These mass produced objects have a relationship to the American Dream and often project desires for wealth and success. Through the insertion of small moments of discovery and recognizable objects in the work, I hope to invite the viewer to reference their own everyday experience, whether it is a connection to a specific material or a piece’s overall form. I often straddle the line between space and object, and seek to create a tension between the 2D and 3D elements in the work as a way to construct a dialogue between painting and sculpture. I am particularly interested in the different aspects of failure that occur within the work, whether it be through dysfunction, like in the work Throw Shade depicting a failed window covering, or failure of representation through gesture in mark making or construction. The faux versions of luxury items utilized in my work also fail in their imitation of the objects they propose to be. There is often a perceived humor in the failure of these objects, and this humor can be used as an access point to playfully mock overarching systems of consumerism, patriarchy and class.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Education

2012 - Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking, Exceptional Merit in the Arts, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

2008 -  Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 

 

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2017 - Brunch at Kowloons: Galia Basail-Mulcahy + Megan Stroech, After School Special, Milwaukee, WI

2016 - Megan Stroech: Terms of Endearment, Neon Heater, Findlay, OH

2016 - We Have a Back Room with Other Things: Mel Cook + Megan Stroech, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL

2015 - Marnie Bettridge + Megan Stroech, ROCKELMANN&, Pulse Miami Beach, Miami, FL

2014 - Complex Relationships: Jens Heller + Megan Stroech, ROCKELMANN&, Berlin, Germany

2014 - We Tried That One Time, The SUB-MISSION at Mission Projects, Chicago, IL

2014 - Social Niceties, Jan Brandt Gallery, Bloomington, IL

2013 - Loose Connections, Plaines Project, Chicago, IL

2013 - Limit(less), Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI

2012 - Mixed Company, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO

2012 - Next of Kin, Illinois State University Gallery, Normal, IL

 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 - Hyde Park Center Program Artists 2017, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

 2017 - Bright Resolutions: Tanya Brodsky, Jonathan Chapline, Megan Stroech, CES Gallery, Los Angeles

2016 - PASS/FAIL, curated by Will Hutnik, Ortega Y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn, NY

2016 - Brilliance: A Feast for the Senses, Luminarts Cultural Foundation, Chicago, IL

2016 - Another World, The Drake Devonshire, Wellington, Ontario, Canada

2016 - UNEARTHED, curated by Geo Gonzalez and Dan Halm, ROCKELMANN&, Berlin, Germany

2015 - Here and Not Here: Megan Stroech, Cody Arnall, Edward Kelley, DEMO Project, Springfield, IL

2015 - Dibs, Threewalls, curated by Trunk Show, Chicago, IL

2015 - Luminarts Visual Art Competition, Union League Club, Chicago, IL, May 2015

2015 - Ideal Perfection, LVL3, Chicago, IL

2015 - Gently Fried, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin, TX

2015 - Modi Operandi, curated by Alexandria Eregbu, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL

2015 - Not Here: Hyoungsang Hoo, Drew Peterson, Megan Stroech, Steven Vainberg, Fernwey, Chicago, IL

2014 - EDITIONv2, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL, September 2014

2014 - Quasi-Choreographies: Megan Stroech, Hope Esser, Delaney DeMott, curated by Alexandria Eregbu, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL

2012 - Int’l Print Exhibition, Ohio Gold Gallery, Dayton, OH, July 2012

2012 - 2012 Student Annual, Illinois State University Gallery, Normal, IL

2012 - 5”x7”, AMOA/Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, TX    

2012 - Midwest Arts Invitational, Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission, West Burlington, Iowa

2011 - Illinois State University Student Annual, Illinois State University Gallery, Normal, IL

2011 - MFA Biennial, Illinois State University Gallery, Normal, IL

2011 - Paper in Particular, Columbia College, Columbia, MO

 2011 - The Studio @ SRFA, Suzanne Randolph Fine Arts, New York, NY

2010 - In Tiny Beacons: Lisa Lofgren, Brandon Siscoe, Megan Stroech, Transpace Gallery, Normal, IL

2010 - All New and Exciting, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL

2010 - Texas Crude, Co-Lab Gallery, Austin, TX

2010 - 5”x7”, Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, TX

2009  Illinois State University MFA Student Show, Transpace Gallery, Normal, IL

2008 - Prospect, UT Austin Creative Research Lab, Austin, TX

2008 - 2008 Senior BFA Exhibition, Creative Research Lab, Austin, TX

2008 - The Big Time, Okay Mountain, Austin, TX

 

Residencies and Awards

2017 - Center Program Artist, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

2016 - Artist in Residence, The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY

2015 - Finalist, Luminarts Cultural Foundation Visual Arts Grant, Chicago, IL

2014 - Artist in Residence, ACRE Projects, Steuben, WI

2014 - Artist in Residence, HATCH Projects, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL

2012 - Fall Resident in Painting and Drawing, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO

2012 - Exceptional Merit in the Arts, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

2011 - Marshall Dulaney-Pitcher Award, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

2010 - Normal Editions Workshop Scholarship, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

2009 - Baber Fellowship, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

 

Publications

2017 - Artsy, Excuse Me, Your Public Is Showing: Bright Resolutions at CES Gallery, Christina Catherine Martinez

2016 - Artforum, Critic’s Pick: Berlin: UNEARTHED at ROCKELMANN&, Louisa Elderton

2016 - WideWalls, Group of Artists Comment on Consumerism at ROCKELMANN&, Lorenzo Pereira

2016 - Berlin Independents Guide, Review: UNEARTHED at ROCKELMANN&

2015 - Hyperallergic, At Pulse Miami Beach: Plants, Plants Everywhere, Claire Voon

2015 - Final Friday Podcast, Final Friday: Artist Interview with Megan Stroech, Greg Swiger

2015 - Bad At Sports, Top 5 Weekend Picks: Modi Operandi at Chicago Artists Coalition, Stephanie Burke

2014 - WideWalls, Review: Complex Relationships: Jens Heller + Megan Stroech, Ana Bambic Kostov

2014 - LVL3 Media, Artist of the Week: Megan Stroech, Anna Mort

2014 - Chicago Magazine, Gallery Critic’s Pick: Megan Stroech, We Tried that One Time at The Mission, “The Best Things to Do in Chicago This August, In One Giant List,” Jason Foumberg

2014 - Chicago Artist Writers, Review: Quasi-Choreography at Chicago Artists Coaliton, Jenyu Wang Temporary Art Review, Review: Quasi-Choreography at Chicago Artists Coalition, Jenyu Wang Other Peoples Pixels Blog, OtherPeoplesPixels Blog Interviews: Megan Stroech, Stacia Yeapanis

2013 - Make Space, Featured Artist: Megan Stroech, Jason Judd

2012 - New American Paintings, Issue #101: Midwestern Competition, curated by Lisa D. Freiman

 

Collections

The Drake Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Michael Phillips and Jay Morton, Chicago, IL

Michael Houser, Springfield, IL

Jane And Gerald Katcher, Miami, FL

Kuhn Collection, Berlin, Germany

Town of Normal, Uptown Normal Multi-modal Transportation Center, Normal, IL

Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission, West Burlington, Iowa

Tartan Realty Group, The Flats on Main Street, Normal, IL

 

Public Lectures

2014 - HATCH Projects Salon Series, Comfort Station, Chicago, IL, October 2014

2012 - Gather at the Gallery: Elements of Printmaking, Eaton Gallery, Bloomington, IL, February 2012