Natural Curiosities

Quentin Brendel

VIEW THE EXHIBITION Ι 8/22 - 9/4.2020

Swift Gallery ι Breidenstine Hall (3rd Floor)
Reception ι
  10/8.2020 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm 
Artist Talk ι 12:15 pm

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About the Exhibition ...

Natural Curiosities - painting by Quentin BrendelQuentin Brendel is currently earning his BFA in painting, and much of his work is also sculptural. He has always been interested in animals and nature and his work often explores themes of natural history. He is from the town of Manheim, Pennsylvania, where he currently resides and creates his artwork. His body of work is often driven by nostalgia and personal experiences including zoo or museum visits. Additionally, a large portion of his work stems from his fossil and toy animal collecting.

About the Artist ...

Natural Curiosities is a collection of artwork made by Quentin Brendel throughout his time at Millersville University. Quentin originally began sculpting models and figurines as an extension of his affinity for toy animals through childhood to the present. His sculptures are all researched and accurate to how these animals may have looked in life. His paintings explore their subjects more freely, while still keeping to a similar level of authenticity.

The BFA exhibit features a variety of pieces that are influenced by the contents of natural history museums, especially exhibits from the twentieth century. These somewhat outdated exhibits may often be overlooked, but they represent the history of the field of natural sciences. Being a Lancaster County local, Quentin included fossils that have been found in this area and were prevalent in museums he has visited, such as those of the Smithsonian Institution, or Lancaster's own North Museum. Much of the work presented here is illustrative or documentary, keeping to facts and evidence that is known or was previously thought to be true.