Wednesday October 9, 2019, noon – 1pm CST, 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live www.kkfi.org
Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes artist Joseph Broghammer, gallery owner Dan Frueh, and artist/community activist Carmen Moreno.
Omaha based artist Joseph Broghammer is as much of a storyteller as he is an artist. Through his one-of-a-kind pastel drawings in “Animals”, Broghammer memorializes monumental moments in his life, good or bad, using different animals as a vehicle to express these lived experiences.
Hence, Broghammer’s “Animals” translates as a flowing stream of consciousness. The different birds and livestock staring back at the viewer are ornamented with inconographic symbols – small suprises a long the way. These trinkets are keys to understanding the stories Broghammer is sharing.
“My favorite cereal is Lucky Charms, so occasionally yellow moons, orange stars, and green clovers will find their way onto the paper,” Broghammer says of his work. “Each piece is a visual diary, a story of my life and what happens around me.”
Moreover, Broghammer’s animals seem especially ethereal in the way he manipulate oil pastel to embody a painterly quality. They are his “dry paintings,” as he likes to call them.
Broghammer began mastering his dry painting technique during his B.F.A. in Visual Art at the University of South Dakota. He graduated in 1986 and a year later went on to obtain his M.F.A. at the University of Wisconsin. In 2009, he studied at Creative Capital in Omaha, Nebraska.
As storytellers often do, Broghammer later went on to become an educator himself, teaching at WhyArts? and becoming an Artist Assistant at Vera Mercer in Omaha – both of which he still practices at today. As storytellers often do, Broghammer later went on to become an educator, teaching at WhyArts? and becoming an Artist Assistant at Vera Mercer in Omaha – both of which he still practices at today. In his most recent endeavors, Broghammer became a published illustrator in the successful children’s book, Chica, written by Karen Duncan.
Although Broghammer’s portraits depict downy creatures, his work is very much about the human experience. They are honest and full of life, evoking a sincere exchange between artist and viewer. “Animals” is for the animal lovers, students, teachers, collectors, writers, the young or old, and art historians alike.
There are many different mediums storytellers may use, but Broghammer’s“Animals” shows that sometimes images say more than words ever could.
“Animals” by Joseph Broghammer is currently on view at the Cerbera Gallery 2011 Baltimore Ave. now through October 25, 2019.
DAN FRUEH, owner of the trap gallery in Columbus Park This month’s exhibition features LOVE RUST a celebration of oxidation opening Friday October 18, 6pm – 10pm.
trap gallery 525 Gillis St. KCMO
Carmen Moreno, artist/community activist, received her BFA in 2010 from the Kansas City Art Institute in Interdisiplinary Art and Creative Writing. She is currently working as an independent artist in KCMO.