• 900 Mulberry Street | Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Dates: September 7, 2018 - October 6, 2018
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Des Moines Social Club
  • Overview

    Join us for the opening reception for EATCHEWALIVE, paintings by John Schlue.

    About the exhibition: We evolve through our eyes, inspired by visual and sensory overload. Geometry and math are at the core of my work. I’m interested in how these two things are viewed and experienced as abstract forms. The illusion of math as a place, object, and form is present in our everyday life. We enter our phones, computers, and televisions, engaging with complex and abstract math systems. Our brains are deciphering pixels and segments of information so rapidly it is beyond our capacity and realm of comprehension. These systems are designed to create a virtual reality, surrounding us with illumination and moving images, all of which invoke real emotions. We exist in a synthesis of chaos and function. The visual experience is what I feel most passionate about.

    In this exhibition, EatChewAlive, the collision of oil paint and acrylic felt is on full view. Some of the paintings are dominated with oil paint, others are entirely felt, and some use the felt as a frame for the paint. These works represent a metaphor for a larger journey. On this journey, we each come to a personal and individual crossroads. Do we remember to simply eat, chew, and be alive? Or do we allow ourselves to be eaten alive by the monster that is modern life?

    About the artist: John Schlue was raised in Belle Plaine, Iowa, graduating from BPHS in 1998. He attended the University of Iowa, earning a degree in Studio Art with a minor in Religious Studies. Upon graduating he moved to New York City for a short time and relocated to Los Angeles, CA where he now lives and works. More at