The Art Center

Bank of Springfield

Quincy Art Center’s newest satellite exhibit spaces are located at both of Bank of Springfield’s Quincy Locations at 1111 Maine St and 220 48th St in Quincy, IL. This space features 2-month exhibits of local and regional artists. Both two dimensional and three dimensional works can be accommodated. If you are interested in exhibiting in this space, please email Zachery Lechtenberg at zlechtenberg@quincyartcenter.org.

Currently on display at Bank of Springfield | 1111 Maine St. | Quincy, IL 62301

Will Rimel | July 24 – October 20, 2023

Will Rimel is a ceramics artist based in St. Louis, MO. He creates one-of-a-kind ceramic sculptures, fired in a kiln then painted with acrylic. The themes of his work draw from 80’s and 90’s pop culture meets a boardwalk sideshow attraction.  His art can be seen embracing the strange or odd, coated in the most inviting fluorescent toxic colors!

Artist Statement:

toy (toi/) n.
: something a child plays with
: something that an adult buys or uses for enjoyment or entertainment
: something that is very small

For as long as I can remember my life has revolved around the act of collecting. My sister collected troll dolls, Barbies and miniature tea sets. My mom collected miniature chairs, elephants and of course her famous Santa Claus collection. It was inevitable that I would follow in the family footsteps. I’ve hoarded various things throughout the years, such as Pokemon cards, key chains, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman, Pogs, even smashed bottle caps which I proudly displayed hammered into a thin piece of wood. As ridiculous as some of my collecting habits have been one thing has remained a constant, toys.

Toys have captured my imagination from an early age because they require the owner’s imagination in order to be used to their full potential. Once I opened a toy entire worlds were instantly created with heroes and villains and everything in between. They wore their battles scars proudly, covered in scratches, chunks of paint gone, even the occasional missing limb. No matter how worn they were the collector in me couldn’t let go, which is how I ended up with April O’Niel’s (from Ninja Turtles) right leg for over 20 years.

Somewhere along the way the “playing” aspect of toys was left behind but the desire to collect was still there. Around this time I learned about the world of “designer toys”. These are typically produced in a limited quantity often designed by contemporary artists and come with all the flash and pop of my childhood; my addiction didn’t stand a chance. My bins and tubs of scratched and broken toys were slowly replaced by bookshelves of neatly and meticulously organized works of plastic art. I even started to appreciate the cardboard and plastic they arrived in and was forced to decide whether a toy should even be opened at all.

The designer toy movement has given hopeless hoarders and artist like me a new outlet for our creativity. Not only can we collect mass produced affordable art but we can try our hand at it. These days my work is a reflection of a lifetime of collecting junk, my love of cartoons and toy culture and the way I see the world around me. I can take ideas like social masking, the constant unknown of life and figuring out just where I belong in the world and put those concepts into a toy. Creating toys gives me the ability to address serious thoughts while having a fun lighthearted approach to them.

Will Rimel Exhibit Artwork: many of Will’s works are for sale. If you are interested in purchasing a piece, please call The Art Center at 217-223-5900.