A fertile emptiness
Form+Content Gallery presents A Fertile Emptiness, a solo exhibition of new works on paper by Michal Sagar. In this series, Sagar draws together remnants of history – artistic, social, personal – edging towards a new vision of untamed wildness. Various large, unframed pieces are drawn and painted, using a wide range of materials including graphite, charcoal, conté, pastel, sand, pumice, carborundum, wax, and oil paint. Smaller lithographic prints reference aspects of these larger works and are reimagined with a variety of drawing materials, watercolor, and gouache. In all of the work, multiple levels of imagery, gestures, and mark making have transparent and translucent layers, revealing throughout, an intimacy of touch.
Michal Sagar is the Visual Arts Department Head at Breck School and a current member of Form+Content Gallery in Minneapolis, MN. She received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her drawings, paintings, and encaustic works have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Solo shows include: A Fertile Emptiness at Form+Content Gallery in Minneapolis, MN; The Beginning of the Third Dream at the Schaeffer Gallery, Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN; Excavation at the Tychman Shapiro Gallery in Minneapolis, MN; and Coexistence at the Acanthe Gallery in La Ferté Loupière, France.
November 29, 2018 - January 05, 2019
Opening reception: Saturday, December 01, 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Artist talk: Thursday, December 06, 7:00 PM
Form and content presents an exhibition of visual works by printmaking rooted artists Ruthann Godollei, Teréz Iacovino and Michael Marks. In their own ways Godollei, Iacovino and Marks point out protracted degrading, ongoing changes our lives and world.
Ruthann Godollei Artist Statement
My work critiques the abuses of power. Text and images float in the darkness of the imagination, hover across a print, or emblazon an object, questioning the current state of democracy and imbalances of justice. I don't have a band aid for the acid burns. I can suggest we that we stop being so stingy- with our taxes, with our time, with our human empathy, with our love, with our concern for others. By asking viewers to reconsider how continued inequalities have been presented, framed, explained, rationalized, and justified, my prints ask them to examine not only how they have been convinced that what we see is "normal," but also how we might look at such issues with a different perspective.
Ruthann Godollei Artist Biography
Ruthann Godollei is the Wallace Professor of Art, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN. Her prints comment on social inequities. Recent exhibits include the 2018 Southern Printmaking Biennial International Exhibition; the 2018 Pacific States Biennial Print Exhibition; Multiple Ones: Contemporary Perspectives in Printmedia, Hunterdon Art Museum, NJ, 2018; Hellmouth, a solo exhibit, Law Warschaw Gallery, Macalester College, St. Paul, 2018, and Nasty Women, Knockdown Center, NYC, 2017. Author of a DIY printing book, How to Create Your Own… (Voyageur Press), her work is in many international collections including KUMU Museum, Estonia and the Polish National Museum of Art, Poznañ. She is a recipient of a 2019 Fulbright Canada Research Chair in printmaking at the University of Alberta, Edmonton.
Teréz Iacovino Artist Statement
At its core, an archive is a system for organizing and interpreting materials that one believes has enduring value and should be preserved in a meaningful way. Many of us live with some form of archive, whether it survives as a collection of family photos or home movies, furniture passed down through generations, or purely sentimental knickknacks.
Inherited Archive functions as on-going exercise in ways to process loss, map time, and negotiate my family history in a way that is intimately systematic, yet aesthetically universal. Using a combination of text, image, and bricolage, I explore the complexities of familial dynamics: the truthiness of family stories, how the objects we leave behind are interpreted after our death, and the dysfunctional relationships that can span generations.
Teréz Iacovino Artist Biography
Teréz Iacovino is a visual artist and curator based in Minneapolis. She holds an MFA in studio art from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and a BFA in printmaking from Syracuse University. Her interdisciplinary works have been exhibited nationally and internationally at Minneapolis Institute of Art (MN); Blue House Gallery and Studios (Dayton, OH); Kulturpark (Berlin, Germany); The Soap Factory (Minneapolis, MN); Future Tenant (Pittsburg, PA); Irvine Fine Arts Center, (Irvine, CA); Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, NY). Iacovino has been awarded a Jerome Planning Grant from Forecast Public Art, a Joy of Giving Something Award from Imagining America, and an Institute on the Environment Mini Grant from the University of Minnesota. Iacovino currently holds the position of Assistant Curator at the University of Minnesota's Katherine E. Nash Gallery.
Mike Marks Artist Statement
Mike Marks’ work reflects processes of change and loss within landscape, contemplating the human influence on place and whether the marks left in the environment are becoming indistinguishable from one another through the alteration of the land. Working on paper, Marks echoes the physical manipulation of landscape in the surfaces of his prints using collagraph plates, stencils, embossment, relief and intaglio processes.
Mike Marks Artist Biography
Mike Marks (b. 1984, West Virginia) holds a BFA in Drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Delaware. His prints and drawings have shown both nationally and internationally. He currently lives and works out of Minneapolis, printing at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking.
January 10, - February 16, 2019
Opening reception: Saturday, January 12, 6:00 - 8:30 PM