PATTERNS OF DIALOGuE
Form + Content Gallery presents Patterns of Dialogue, an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Clarence Morgan and Howard Oransky. The exhibition includes a variety of works, some large and some small, that explore ideas of pictorial structure, rhythm, imagery, and experience. Clarence Morgan and Howard Oransky have been engaged in an extended dialogue about painting and visual art for a number of years and are colleagues in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota. This is their second 2-person exhibition at Form + Content Gallery, following Shared Distance in 2009.
March 9 – April 8, 2017
Saturday, March 11, 2017
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Form+Content Gallery is pleased to announce BABEL LIBRARY, an exhibition of new sculptures by Vesna KittelsonForm and Content Gallery presents BABEL LIBRARY, new sculptures by Vesna Kittelson. This is Kittelson’s fourth exhibition in Form and Content Gallery. BABEL LIBRARY features designed metal book stacks, filled with cut up foreign language dictionaries, covered with materials such as: encaustic, gold leaf, tar, rust, paint, and others. Various techniques of application are used. Also on display are altered dictionaries on plinths.
The BABEL LIBRARY exhibition represents my conceptual, visual, and aesthetic response to recent conflicts between different human groups and states. My intention is to “uncover” what is underneath the deep fear and uncertainty that complicates our engagements inside and outside our society (2016 election, Russia, ISIS). Roaming from the ancient myth - Tower of Babel - to present time, these sculptures are meditations on conflicts that often cause burning of libraries, and in which language itself is frequently a victim. In these works I ponder form, function, and the vulnerability of language. This prompted me to take apart and reconstruct dictionaries, transforming them into sculptures where each fragment may contain a world region, an historical episode, and where all languages coexist in the peace, tolerance, and silence of the BABEL LIBRARY.
Vesna Kittelson is a Croatian born American, who has lived between Split, Croatia, Cambridge, England and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Vesna received a B.A. in Law from University of Split; a B.A. in Painting from the Studio Art Department and an M.A. in Design, both from the University of Minnesota. She was an original member of the feminist WARM Gallery (Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota), and is currently a member of the Traffic Zone Center for Visual Arts and the Form and Content Gallery, both co-op arts organizations. Vesna has exhibited her art internationally and locally – including venues in the U.S. and Europe. Her art is in numerous private and public collections including:
Brooklyn Museum Art Library, New York, NY
Bush Foundation Collection, Saint Paul, MN
Cafesjian Center for the Arts, Armenia
Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota History Center, Saint Paul, MN
Minnesota Museum of American Art, Saint Paul, MN
Modern Museum of Art, Zagreb, Croatia
Smithsonian National Museum, Dibner Library of Science
Tate Library, Artist Books, London
Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN
Yale University Art Library, New Heaven, CT
April 13 – May 20, 2017
Saturday, April 15, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Woman Artists, Here and Now
Form+Content Gallery is pleased to announce an invitational exhibition of 5 women artists: Lynn Geesaman, Valerie Jenkins, Shana Kaplow, Barbara Kreft, Jantje Visscher.
UNSTOPPABLE FORCE Women Artists, Here and Now is an exhibition by 5 exhilarating women artists. This exhibition was conceptualized by Vesna Kittelson and co-curated by Gallery members Vesna Kittelson and Mark Ostapchuk.
The intention of the curators is to avoid a specific subject or theme to bring out the importance of the individualized visions of these artists in their most ambitious works; their profound meditation on form, technique, and function. During this exhibition, 4 participating artists will talk on the origins of their works. Each will reveal what is underneath her image, how she looks for something, and how she “unlocks” that something; intimate and authentic at the core. Each idea has a story behind it.
Lynn Geesaman: Lynn Geesaman’s photographs are of designed landscapes such as public parks, topiary gardens, orchards and canals. Her photographs bring nature and geometry together resulting in a great visual sensation.
Valerie Jenkins: What links my work in the broadest sense is an interest in examining the relationship between visual perception and sensory experience, or more precisely, a desire to explore the precarious relationship between seeing and knowing. Rooted in historic traditions of observation and the language of abstraction, my approach is informed by contemporary issues, life experience, and the sensate exchanges that occur between material and form. My current body of work titled “Figure/Ground” is comprised of a series of spontaneous gestures, traces, photographs, drawings and objects that interrelate through an economy of means and through a quotidian relationship to contemporary culture. Evoking the figurative and the architectural, yet keeping any literal reading at bay, the work exemplifies the nature of my creative process which is experimental and improvisational, specific yet open-ended. My work is made as a conversation between each piece, based on a call and response of sorts. This process results in some of the work having autonomy while other pieces are entirely dependent on the context of exhibition. As an ongoing body of work, “Figure/Ground” becomes a metaphor for the dynamics between the collective and the individual and between meaning and context.
Shana Kaplow: My paintings and video work are informed by the psychological textures present in the objects and conditions of my everyday surroundings. Contradictory qualities such as stillness and motion, the familiar and the illogical, and the concrete and the ephemeral collapse into each other. My work in the exhibition, Unstoppable Force, is a wall-sized installation consisting of ink-painted paper shapes that resemble an explosion, yet is derived from the negative spaces found in a tower of plastic children’s chairs.
Barbara Kreft: I look for the intense diversity of form, both in the urban setting where I live and in the natural landscape where I travel to. My paintings evolve through multiple layers. Carefully painted lines are spread over an expressive and disjointed under-painting to ensure a unified entity, attaining an equilibrium in which conflict and narrative are obliterated.
Jantje Visscher: I think of these light shapes in many different ways. Found throughout nature, they can be microscopic, macro sized or anywhere in between. Materials that form similar patterns can be water, cloud and storm systems, sand, bones, shells, fish animal skins, and many others. Viewers may have many associations.
May 25 – July 01, 2017
Saturday, May 27, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 pm