August 17–October 21, 2017
Friday, August 25, 5-7 p.m.
Saturday, August 26, 11:30 a.m.
A survey of Stephen Glueckert’s prolific art career from the 1970s to present. Included are early films, handmade games, drawings, conceptual pieces, drawing machines, collages, interactive sculptures, and inventive mixed media assemblages.
“Glueckert’s work is crude and elegant, accessible yet it has deep socio-politically references—and is ultimately very humorous,” “Working between any two of these positions is involved. Steve is able to harness all of this as effective commentary on our shared cultural heritage.” Roger Rowley, director of the Prichard Art Gallery
A consummate artist and educator, Glueckert has created a vast outpouring of work influenced by folk and intuitive artist traditions, as well as modernism. He emphasizes the emotional or humorous content of stories while championing social justice issues and advocating for cultural values. His artwork serves as a conduit for his concern over a host of social ills and human behaviors, recreating especially outrageous and egregious events, such as the 1991 beating of taxi driver Rodney King, the immoral and illegal side of finance at the height of Wall Street opulence, or the popularization of the uniquely American phenomenon of Christian televangelism. Glueckert’s reactions to these events either support or belie his deeply-felt social and political beliefs; he listens and responds to the peculiarities of the American identity in his work.
Glueckert was born in Missoula and grew up in Great Falls. His forebears introduced industrial steam laundries to the Montana territory in the 1860s, settling between Bozeman and Livingston in Chestnut, Montana. He was raised on a working farm and in an industrial laundry, two family occupations that influenced his later artwork. Glueckert studied art at the University of Idaho and later earned his masters in art education from Western Washington University Bellingham.