For my upcoming exhibition One of many awkward feelings at Rosalux Gallery I teamed up with painter extraordinaire Terrence Payne and it promises to be a very colorful affair. Exactly what one needs in the dreariness of February. The exhibition brings together our shared obsession with language, painting, and communication. The passion for words and meaning explode onto the canvas in abstract and figurative paintings respectively, energizing our investigations into how having too much or too little to say can shape the perception of our shared environment. One Of Many Awkward Feelings will run from February 2nd through the 24th with an artists reception on Saturday, February 9th from 7-10 PM. There will be a talk on Sunday February 24th from 3-4pm.
General gallery hours are Saturday & Sundays from noon to 4pm.
My show Voiceatscript will open soon at Rosalux Gallery in NE Minneapolis. Exhibition dates are November 4 through the 26th, 2017 with an opening reception on November 11 from 6-10pm. Melissa Loop will have a concurrent show at the gallery. It's called Follow the Moon and continues her exploration of authenticity, place and spirituality through experiences of other cultures. Follow the Moon is inspired by her recent trips to Central America.
General gallery hours are Saturdays & Sundays from noon to 4pm.
Here is a personal statement for Voiceatscript:
Being speechless and without words to articulate ones thoughts, staying silent instead is seen either as a means of defiance or - more often - as a sign of powerlessness. This is where my work begins – out of a deeply felt sense of speechlessness. May it be because of current events in the world or simply a personal failure that leave me forever reaching for adequate words - in front of the blank canvas I am drawing a literal blank - nothing to comment on, nothing to say, niente, rien, nichts. Maybe this is why I have this insatiable hunger to read, using it as a tactic to acquire new words, be more eloquent and ultimately gain a voice.
All the easier then to reach for readymade texts, quotes and clichés to fill the void to form a starting point for a painting only to loose the text again in the painting process. Covering, rewriting, tracing, scraping, continuously layering one word or phrase over the other, patiently, methodically transforming the text until only a faint glimmer of legibility is left. My goal is to make the language foreign enough so that the directness of comprehension dissolves and meaning needs to be renegotiated. How then do we approach these moments of speechlessness? What is gained if words and paintings are allowed to carry an inherent silence, allowed to leave room for ambiguity and imagination, to not fill in every single gap, but to only offer an outline?
Proud to announce that I am part of a group show at Gallery 71 in Edina, MN, called Sequential. Other artists included are Jesse Hickman, Mary Gibney and Michael Cimino. The show is on view from May 11 through July 29, 2017; a public reception is scheduled for June 14 6:30-9pm. The gallery is open on Saturdays from 1-4pm or by appointment. If you want to see the show and are not able to come in on Saturdays, please let me know.
My painting 'All is tender' (upper right) is in the 15 year anniversary show at Rosalux Gallery in Minneapolis, MN. All of the current members and a select group of former members come together to celebrate what has been and what is to come at the gallery. Show is up from May 11 until the 28th of 2017. Click on image for more.
Betsy Ruth Byers and I will have two concurrent solo shows at Rosalux Gallery in Northeast Minneapolis. The shows are open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 4pm from August 6th through August 28th. There will be a public reception on August 27th from 7-10pm.
In Still the night I continue to explore language and communication through paintings, print media and sound, but whereas previous work was born out of the process of reading, this new body of work is conceptualized as an exercise in listening.