Miel y Petróleo – Jonathan Herrera
October 24–December 18
Reception: October 24, 6-8 p.m.
Herrera Soto explores various relationships between collective memory and historical instances of state-sponsored violence and trauma inflicted on politicized bodies. He constructs print-based objects, installations, and environments that echo lived experiences of those who are no longer with us. Print-based processes translate the content through symbolically revealing the act of remembering in producing tracings and impressions.
Miel y Petróleo is a collection “Love Poems.” The project in the exhibition consists of a daily exercise in analyzing and questioning notions of love in relation to political violence. As a work of para-fiction, “Love Poem” series shifts between various narratives, jumping to and from various forms of visual languages such as abstract rubbings, text, and images. Herrera Soto uses these compositions to work through his own notions of love in his personal life with family members, romantic partners, beloved friends, and the trauma he observes in his subject matter. The work crystallizes his perception of being intertwined and bound to his subject matter, unable to discern where the work starts and he begins.
“she’d been reflecting on reflecting since forever.”– Danielle Krysa
April 9–May 7
There are messes and moments of pure joy that exist in an artist’s chaotic and abstract world. These artworks are a glimpse into the never-ending treasure hunt that goes on in my mind – a combination of humor, personal thoughts, rich textures, found images and vibrant color.
Danielle Krysa is a Canadian artist with a BFA in Visual Arts and a post-grad degree in design. Her combination of found imagery and carefully manipulated strokes of paint create an entirely new story. Coupled with the sly jokes that are their titles, Danielle’s works attempt to transform the everyday into something a little more ridiculous. Danielle is also the writer behind the contemporary art site, The Jealous Curator, and the author of “Creative Block”, “Collage”, “Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk”, and “A Big Important Art Book – Now With Women.” Her work is held in private collections in Canada, The United States and Europe.
March 2–April 2, 2019
Reception: March 5, 6–8 p.m.
The artwork that makes up the series Nightfall explores the forest at night in order to better understand the life of the forest, especially in the (relative) absence of human interference. These quiet observations of the interconnected activities and processes of the nighttime forest aim to invite the viewer into a sense of entanglement and belonging with these natural spaces.
My abstracted landscapes are inspired by Rice Creek and the surrounding forest and suburbs near my home in Fridley, Minnesota. The subjects of my paintings – including downed trees, stagnant pools, and tangles of brush – demonstrate growth, decay, and various states in-between. I use overlapping imagery, expressive color, repeating pattern, and abstracted form as a metaphor for a subjective and ever-changing perception of reality. Viewpoints are chosen to create an experience of “being there” for the viewer. Shadow, light, and pattern obstruct or complicate a descriptive understanding of these places. Instead, the paintings offer a psychological interpretation of each chosen site, illustrating an appreciation for the impermanent and interdependent nature of things.
Shannon Estlund is an artist and educator living in Fridley, MN with her husband and two daughters. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and received her B.F.A. from the University of Florida. Shannon has received several grants for her work including several Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grants and two Community Foundation Art Ventures grants in her native Florida. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at museums and galleries including the Crisp Ellert Art Museum (FL), the Elmhurst Art Museum (IL), Soo Visual Art Center (MN), the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens (FL), and at the National Galleries of Scotland. Her work has been featured in New American Paintings and Studio Visit magazines. Shannon is a current member of the collective Rosalux Art Gallery in Minneapolis.
between lost and found
October 24-December 18
Reception: October 24, 6-8p.m., Gage Gallery
Wendland’s brightly colored, mixed media paintings set up conflicts between contradictory shapes, encouraging an encounter and awareness to these relationships in our landscape.
Collecting from the natural world and influence of architecture, my work explores the abstract gestures beneath the organic and structural. My relationship to our ever-shifting landscape fuels my current practice. I observe my presence to these spaces through sketching from observation. Elements of these sketches lead to my larger works, a layered process of painting utilizing acrylic and gouache on paper and duralar. Pinned layers of floating strokes create multiple layers for interaction.
Grounded in an interplay of color and shape, a visual language between two-dimensional and three-dimensional segments is formed. My work sets up conflicts between contradictory shapes, encouraging an encounter and awareness to these relationships in our landscape.
By recalling my encounters, the work assembles momentary glimpses and memories of landscape in space. Through these explorations, the work confronts viewers’ assumptions about space and place, while casting familiar landscapes into new contexts.
Lyz Wendland is a visual artist living and working in Stillwater, Minnesota. She received her MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and her BFA in drawing, painting and art history from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums regionally and nationally. Lyz has been the recipient of a Jerome Foundation Project Grant and a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. She has received numerous faculty development grants and awards for her research on improving participation, critical thinking and motivation relating to art critiques in studio courses. Currently, Lyz is Assistant Professor of Art at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota teaching drawing, painting and design.
JURIED ALUMNI SHOW 2019
September 16–October 11
Reception September 26, 6–8 p.m.
September 10 – 27, 2018
Gallery 720, Christensen Center
Artist Talk: Thursday, September 27, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Gallery 720, Christensen Center
Going Down South:Music and Cultural Production on the Mississippi River
I strive to create art that is inspired by the things I appreciate most, which are music and nature. I like these elements to be represented boldly and in a fashion that is hard to ignore. My artwork is presented in a simple format, but it is unique because it utilizes everyday objects in unconventional ways. My best work encompasses a vibrant texture that creates movement while being straightforward and accessible. I think about what it is I want to do by indulging myself in inspiration and being hands on with the objects I am using to create a piece of work. I want to present art that uses objects and materials in a way that that people have not experienced.
For this project, I wanted to explore the idea of the Mississippi River as a potent sources of cultural production in America. Along its banks, through each state it touches, artists influenced by the river have created some of America’s most powerful and timeless music. Representing this music has to be done with a gut feelings and by hand using minimal materials with no second guesses.
Max Bray is from St.Paul, Minnesota finishing up his 10 years of work toward a B.A. in Graphic Design. Bray uses wood blocks, linoleum, and slabs of ink to share his interpretation of landscape, nature, and music.