The Catapult Creative House Student Studios’ Artist of the Month exhibition series opens the 2018-2019 season with “Flowers: Pointless or Purity,” featuring the work of Southeast Missouri State University student artist Darian Norfleet.
An exhibition reception, celebrating the work of Norfleet, a freshman from Memphis, Tennessee, is scheduled for 5-9 p.m. Sept. 7 as part of Cape Girardeau’s First Friday downtown arts events. The exhibition will be on display through Sept. 25 on the second floor of Catapult Creative House, 612 Broadway in downtown Cape Girardeau.
Often the ubiquity of nature has a tendency to belie its allure, and as a result people habitually miss nuanced moments of delight. Luscious and intimate, Norfleet’s photographs speak to the beauty within these moments, from the enchanting ivory colored cap of a mushroom to the rich hue of a zinnia. His photographs evoke the inclusive spirit of Victorian botany and stand as portraits of an individual; singular yet monumental, they are a totem of nature’s beauty.
Each month and as a part of a program to promote community-based and integrated art making, a student artist is chosen to exhibit his or her work at Catapult Creative House’s Student Studio Gallery. These exhibitions showcase a range of work from individual artists that highlights their personal and professional artistic explorations as a part of the southeast Missouri art community. These artists explore the physicality of the human condition, its relationship to nature and the role of art in contemporary society. In addition to the exhibition, visitors are welcome to tour the studio spaces, view ongoing projects and engage with the artists.
In connection with the exhibition reception, the Catapult Creative House Student Studio artists and Catapult jewelry artists will present their Studio Pop-Up Shop on Sept. 7. The Pop-Up retail space will present the opportunity for visitors to purchase one-of-a-kind holiday gifts, including handcrafted jewelry, cards and wearables, as well as ceramics and prints, all created by the participating artists.