ADAM WHITE

SORTA LIKE CONVERATION – ADAM WHITE

November 1 – December 14, 2018 – Christensen Gallery

Reception: Thursday, November 1, 6-8 p.m


Adam White’s installation work uses altered comic book story narrative, by way of dialogue bubbles, to represent the wave of information we constantly process from day to day. Thrown out of context by removing the comic imagery, the remaining dialogue can only hint at a larger story, unable to provide the full narrative.

 

Bio

Adam White is an artist living and working in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 2007 he received a Master of Fine Art with a focus on Installation and Paper Sculpture from the University of Maryland, College Park, and in 2004 a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting and Drawing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He has exhibited work in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Detroit, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, and New York City.

His current studio work uses altered comic book story narrative, by way of dialogue bubbles, to represent the wave of news or personal information we constantly process from day to day. Thrown out of context by removing the comic imagery, the remaining dialogue can only hint at a larger story, unable to provide the full narrative. The work, composed of thousands of overlaid paper word bubbles, varies between medium to large scale wall installations.

CHRIS WILLCOX

NEW WORKS

November 1 – December 14, 2018 – Gage Family Art Gallery

Reception: Thursday November 1, 6-8 p.m.


Bio

Canadian painter Chris Willcox was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She earned degrees from the Ontario College of Art and Design and the University of Guelph. She earned her MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, in New Jersey. She moved to the Twin Cities in 2000 to accept a position at Macalester College in St. Paul, where she is a tenured professor in the Art and Art History department. Her work has been shown at galleries in the U.S. and Canada, with her most recent being at the MAEP galleries at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Phipps Center for the Arts. She is the recipient of numerous grants, including Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council Grants, and most recently in 2013-14, a George and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation Fellowship in Painting and a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant.

 

MARGERY AMDUR

UNDER COVER by Margery Amdur

September 4 – October 18, 2018

Christensen Center & Gage Family Art Gallery


Artist Talk: Monday, October 15, 12:30 p.m.

Adeline Johnson Conference Center

 

Creative Process Panel Discussion:

Wednesday, October 17, 6:30 p.m. Auditorium 150, MCAD


Artist Statement

As an artist, I traverse multiple disciplines and my art does not fit easily into categories.  I have worked for much of my career with landscape and personal typographies as metaphors for cultivating visual tensions where issues of abstraction and representation intersect. If one of the jobs of representation is to show how the world looks, abstraction is free to reflect our sense of what matters in the world.

I was trained as an abstract painter; but my work rarely resides within a two-dimensional picture plane.  I use unorthodox materials to build form and mass in ways that include extravagant and ornate surfaces. Additionally, I utilize the installation format as a way to navigate what once existed as a large divide between Painting and Sculpture.  Within this context many of the handcrafted elements can be manipulated to permit recycling and revitalization of older ideas, and can also be tailored to more than one location. I believe that when an artist chooses the installation format as their primary form of expression the relationship between the artist and the viewer/audience, becomes more actively engaged and a richer dialogue inevitably ensues.

In the past two years I have produced work that continues to reveal the importance of my hand as a primary tool, and has primarily been oriented for gallery and museum settings. Cosmetic sponges have become my building blocks. By manipulating commercially produced “make-up” sponges I have created formations inspired by natural and architectural geometry.  Luscious and voluptuous constructions have been inspired by “living walls,” basalt formations, and aerial views of sprawling urban metropolises. I build  “poetic moments” that become densely layered and eventually monumental. At the core, my constructions probe an array of paradoxes— organic and inorganic matter, machine manufacturing and handcrafting, permanence and impermanence, beauty and deterioration

 

Bio

Originally from Pittsburgh, Margery Amdur received her B.F.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University and her M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Margery has had over 60 solo and two-person exhibitions. Her international exhibitions include Turkey, Hungary, Poland, England, Iceland, Latvia, and Suriname.

She has been reviewed in national and international publications including Sculpture MagazineNew American PaintingsFiber ArtsNew Art Examiner, and Art Papers. In 2014, her work was on the cover of ArtVoices, and will soon be in a third edition of the Manifest International Publications.

For over twenty years, Margery has been actively creating site-specific, indoor and outdoor temporary and permanent art installations. In 2012, she completed Walking on Sunshine, a permanent public art project, in the Spring Garden underground-subway station, Philadelphia, PA. In the fall of 2015, as part of the Art in Airport Program, Margery created My Nature, a mixed-media, site-specific installation in Terminal B, at the Philadelphia International Airport. As part of her six week residency at Central European  University, Budapest, Hungary, she and a group of students created Inside/Out, an installation in the interior of one of elevators on CEU campus. In 2016 and 2017 The US Embassy selected Amass #16 to be installed at the US Ambassador’s Residence, in Riga Latvia, and Amass #17 to be permanently installed in their newly completed US Embassy Headquarters in Paramaribo, Suriname. She will be exhibiting her work in Material Slip, an international exhibition at the University of Hawaii. In April,  she returns to Riga, Latvia as artist in residence at the University of Art and Design. Her work has been selected to  part of the 2018 The 6th Riga International Textile Fiber Triennial at the Museum of Applied Arts and Exhibition Hall Arsenals.

 

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