Landscape Abstraction – Matthew Winkler

Landscape Abstraction by Matthew Winkler

November 14 – December 19, 2017

 

Matthew Winkler presents a new series of layered sculptures that explore the representation of place. Created with cut paper, wood, paint, and printed imagery, the works engage the gallery environment and set up an interplay physical and pictorial space and positive and negative form.

 

Artist Bio

Matthew Winkler creates multi-layered drawings and sculptures that are a poetic response to the built and natural world. He is a 2017 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant recipient and a 2014 recipient of a Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council Individual Artist Grant. Matthew is adjunct faculty at Winona State University, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and Riverland Community College. He completed a BA from Williams College in 2004 and an MFA from California State University Long Beach in 2011. Matthew grew up in New Jersey and currently lives and works in Rochester, MN.

 

Artist Statement

I’m interested in exploring an interplay of physical, pictorial and perceptual space in my work. I use cut paper, wood, paint, and printed material to make layered two and three-dimensional constructions. These works contain a shifting relationship between positive and negative form and engage with their environment, registering changes in light and shadow and allowing for different views within an exhibition space.

Experiences with specific landscapes and architectural spaces are the starting point for each construction. The places I choose to focus on often contain layers of meaning – personal as well as social or ecological histories. I use a distinct process of collage, digital manipulation, drawing/painting, subtraction, and accumulation. Through this process I allow the form of each work to appear over time. I consider the course of making of each work a metaphor for the complex process of understanding and assigning meaning to place. I would like viewers of my work to have a physical/sensory experience with the work first and then question what visual forms are being represented, deconstructed, or manipulated.

Contain Yourself – Allison Craver

Contain Yourself by Allison Craver

October 19 – November 9, 2017

Reception: Thursday, October 19, 6 – 8 p.m.

 

Through processes relying on endurance and care, Craver attempts to unravel the seemingly disparate images and observations that compel her: scar tissue, heavy blankets, capillary action, the warmth and weight of our bodies. The sculptures presented in Contain Yourself are the result of her labor.

 

Artist Statement

I want to articulate how material and form have the potential to simultaneously elicit tenderness, familiarity, and alienation. Through material investigation and labor intensive processes, my thoughts become sculpture.

I find comfort in making, physically manifesting contemplation through labor. Though a gesture of generosity, the process is also compulsive, carrying the weight of an obligation. I am continuously navigating this dichotomy, negotiating the needs of my work with my own capacity to give; I empathize with the nurse. I feel deeply connected to and profoundly detached from the things I make, like a vital organ tethered outside of my body.

Bio

Allison Rose Craver (1988) grew up in East Aurora, NY. She received an MFA from Ohio State University in 2017, and holds a BFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Allison’s work is process driven, utilizing ceramics materials in conjunction with fiber and found objects to explore the nature of care and labor. She currently lives and makes in Saint Paul, MN.

An Ache for Home – Selma Fernández Richter

An Ache for Home

Selma Fernández Richter

Selma Fernández Richter, originally for Mexico, has been documenting recent immigrants to the Twin Cities who have been displaced from their country of origin by war, violence, and famine. Her project The Ache for Home is a meditation on her own experience of adapting to a new life and home in Minnesota.

Kamilo Noor, Minneapolis, MN, 2011, Archival pigment print, 20 x 20 in

Kamilo Mohamud Noor sitting on the porch of her new house in Minneapolis. She and 5 of her siblings where born in a refugee camp in Kenya. Her mother and older brother were born in Somalia. They arrived to Minnesota in 2011.

Call for Entries: Alumni Show 2017

 

 

The Augsburg Art Galleries are now accepting entries of recent work for the next Alumni Show

Deadline August 1

 

ELIGIBILITY

Open to all alumni of Augsburg College

ENTRIES

  • Each artist may submit up to 3 images
  • Artwork needs to have been made since our last alumni show (2015 or later)
  • Email the images along with the Alumni Submission Form to gallery@augsburg.edu

DEADLINE

August 1: Deadline for entries

AWARD

Top prize is $1,000

JUROR

Nicole Watson is the director of The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University, where she is committed to showcasing artwork grounded in women’s perspectives. She studied studio art, graphic design and art history at St. Kate’s and the University of St. Thomas, where she earned her B.A. in 2001. She received an M.A. in art and architectural history from St. Thomas in 2008; her thesis uncovered and examined the work of Marion Alice Parker (1873-1935), the only female Prairie School architect in the Minneapolis firm of Purcell & Elmslie. Formerly the manager of Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis, Watson also specializes in contemporary paintings by Minnesota and regional artists.

TIMELINE

August 1: Submission deadline

August 9: Notification of acceptance via email

August 17 – 19  Artwork drop off at the galleries

August 29 – October 14: Exhibition dates

October 12: Reception, 6-8 p.m. Awards @ 7 p.m.

 

 

 

Susan Boecher – Artist Statement & Bio

Boecher ArtworkNOW by Susan Boecher

 

Artist Statement

The shock, fear, and disbelief one feels after receiving a cancer diagnosis is difficult to articulate. Those who have cancer or overcome it understand the vulnerability, uncertainty and emotional rollercoaster that it creates. Once diagnosed, to remember life as assumed and normal is no longer an option.

In November 2015, I was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer, a value-laden cancer that is the most fatal of all cancers. It accounts for approximately 1 in 4 cancer deaths annually and was expected to cause 158,080 deaths in 2016.

At the time, the doctors were encouraged by the size and timing of discovering the node. They suggested a possible curative outcome and prescribed an aggressive six-month treatment plan that included chemotherapy and radiation to both lung and brain. Despite their optimism my response was quite the opposite: anger, sadness, fear, disbelief, shock, confusion and an overall lack of control. Although I thought that a variety of profound experiences had taught me resiliency and mindfulness, this diagnosis was, in some sense, the most difficult because it forced an immediate examination of my own mortality and death in a manner that felt real and more imminent. Because social issues and personal experience have always inspired my creative work, I knew I had little choice but to use my diagnosis to create a new body of work.

NOW is an installation of color photographs and three-dimensional objects which presents the physical and emotional transitions I encountered during both private and public moments while in treatment and recovery. This work attempts to challenge conventional notions of cancer by presenting a perspective that is in turn personal, investigative and confrontational but also playful, positive and at times irreverent.

While a series of self-portraits simultaneously depicts horror and disbelief, other prints present the inescapable nightmares, dreams, and fantasies that have been equally pervasive. An installation of radiation masks as wall mounts, mounds of fallen hair and broken eggshells challenge the viewer to confront the harsh realities during and after treatment. Cancer fortune cookies, Wooly Willy and Magic Eight Balls, all childhood games of chance, lend a playful air and provide a less weighty perspective of cancer.

NOW challenges traditional cancer perceptions and stigmas attached to cancer with a non-traditional creative approach. It presents evocative visuals with elements of play to underscore life’s uncertainty without being cathartic or overly sentimental.

A year and a half after diagnosis, I now live in three-month increments where CT scans determine my next step. As a result I have developed a profound appreciation and gratitude for time, strive to assume little and take even less for granted.

With cancer there is no looking forward or turning back, only NOW.

 

Bio

Susan Boecher’s creative practice spans over 20 years and continues to emphasize social research and activism through community-driven photography. She established OverExposure, a media arts nonprofit that partners photographers with nonprofit groups on theme-specific photography projects.

I Want to Believe – Brandon Kuehn

Brandon Kuehn Artwork

I Want to Believe
Brandon Kuehn

June 9 – August 4, 2017
Christensen Center Art Gallery

In 2015, Brandon Kuehn received the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. He traveled around the state of Minnesota documenting and creating original artwork about the state’s paranormal stories, myths, legends, and more.

Artist Statement

What is the difference between what we know and what we believe?

The Hopi people of the Southwest United States believe they were seeded by Kachinas or ‘Star People’ in their ancient past, and their descendants look today at the sky and await their return. Similar stories influence numerous cultures, both past and present, and have given rise to thousands of “UFO Religions,” around the world. I Want to Believe is a look at the iconography of the UFO phenomenon and its impact on our collective subconscious.

Artist Bio

Brandon Kuehn is an artist and educator who received his BFA from the U of M, Twin Cities, and his MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design. In 2014 and 2016, Brandon curated The Art of Darkness: Inspired by the Paranormal, at the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in Fridley. He has exhibited his own artwork nationally, and in 2015, he received a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant for his work: The Paranormal Art Project www.paranormalartproject.com.

 

DOWAGERS by JOHANNA WINTERS – Artist Statement & Bio

wintersposterimage

 

Opening: Friday, March 3, 6 – 8 p.m.

Gage Gallery, Oren Gateway Center

 

Artist Statement
My work behaves as playful coping rituals for anxieties about aging, vanity, shame, and disappointment. I use elements of animation, printmaking, and puppetry to concoct an elixir of discomfort and delight. This coupling of unfamiliarity and recognizability is seductive in the belly.

My recent performative puppet/figure work, Dowagers, explores ideas about control and play through a pair of reclusive sisterly spinsters who manage to encounter glee despite their strange condition. 


Artist Bio
Johanna Winters hails from Minneapolis, MN, and is currently a candidate in the MFA printmaking program at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She has worked as the Education Manager at Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis, taught printmaking as an Associate Lecturer at UW-Green Bay, and recently completed a puppetry residency at the Open Eye Figure Theatre in Minneapolis. Her work has been included in national juried exhibitions, print biennials, and portfolios.

NOW – Susan Boecher

Susan Boecher Photo

NOW
SUSAN BOECHER

June 9 – August 4, 2017
Gage Family Art Gallery

 

Reception: Friday, June 9, 6 – 8 p.m.

Placing her cancer interior and exterior into a creative context, NOW, is a series of photographs, sculptures, and design work that presents the physical and emotional transitions Boecher encountered during her cancer treatments in 2015. It presents a nontraditional perspective of living with cancer that is not only cathartic and direct, but also provocative, playful, and at times irreverent.

Funding for this activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.