We visited with Stan Squirewell who is currently in residence at the Rush Galleries in Chelsea. Squirewell is a Washington, D.C. native who graduated from the Duke Ellington School of Arts and received his MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). His works are included in the public collections of the Reginald Lewis Museum in Baltimore, MD and the University of Maryland David Driskell Center, as well as in notable private collections.
Squirewell, known for his photography-based work, is currently revisiting painting, a medium he has not investigated in over a decade. His move back to this medium is influenced by the birth of his first child. Seeing the process of the new life and experience has changed him.
The new work has a softer palette than the black and white contrasted photography seen in “Anomology Plates Series” or the stark, bold colors in “Algorithmic-Carbon Series.” While not a religious person, Squirewell considers himself to be spiritual, and the works speak to the universal power that connects us all. The geometric shapes and colors honor what he terms as “sacred femininity.”
In addition to the paintings, we were able to see and discuss his new wall-hanging sculptures. I first saw them on display at the Flux Fair in Harlem this past spring and was intrigued by their complexity. These works result from Squirewell’s desire to translate his photography work into 3-D objects. They become what Squirewell views as embodiments of the “TestroEstro” — chemical binary systems created from his imaginations and memories of travel, space and time. The result is his take of what we will be in our future, living and breathing micro systems of futuristic.