The James S. Murray Gallery at Lincoln Land Community College will wrap up the semester with a show by ceramic sculptor, Philip Soosloff from November 29th to December 16th.
The figurative, narrative mixed media sculpture of Philip Soosloff embodies the idea that “all the world is a stage” while emphasizing the human condition. The works are created of epoxy, wood, metal, foam and clay and the surface is finished with a combination of acrylic and oil paints.
Through the creation of these large wall sculptures, Soosloff creates an environment, landscape or cityscape and then adds figures that act as a vehicle to relate his message. These vignettes describe poignant moments in time where circumstances converge to describe a feeling or way of looking at the world. They are sometimes humorous, reflective or melancholy, but always reveal an insight into his feelings and interpretations of the world.
Philip Soosloff is an Associate Professor and Chairman of the Art Department at Rockford College in Rockford, Illinois where he teaches ceramics and sculpture. He received an M.F.A. from Northern Illinois University and attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He was born in Chicago and lived most of his adult life there. He now lives with his wife and daughter in a remodeled farmhouse in the greater Chicago area. His studio is a converted machine shed on the property.
Philip Soosloff has been a working artist for over twenty years. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in both private and museum collections.