unstoppable force

Women 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: My approach to art is informed by histories of art making that are rooted in observation, responsiveness, ritual and play. I am committed to forms of making that retain a tactile and material intention as objects in the world and that result as a site wherein visual perception and sensory experience co-mingle in a contingent moment of awareness. Not bound by rationality or logic, I filter the everyday in search of form that mirrors a psychological and bodily experience; that resonates within the cultural moment, and arrives with a poetic stance.

 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.

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 May 25 – July 01, 2017
Opening Reception
Saturday, May 27, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 pm



I'm here: art in the service of memory

Form+Content Gallery presents I’m Here: Art in The Service of Memory, a 'social practice' exhibition organized by Sandra Menefee Taylor of curated artworks made in a 10-year span of one and one half hour classes with adults who are facing some form of cognitive memory loss.

As described by Wikipedia "social practice is an art medium that focuses on social engagement, inviting collaboration with individuals, communities, and institutions in the creation of participatory art".

The work presented will be painting, drawings and artist books created with "In A New Voice" program at the Amherst Wilder Adult Day Health Services, St Paul, Minnesota. The artists are individuals who are facing loss of known and familiar identities.  Most of the artworks presented will be from artists who have never depended on art as an identity, but now find it to be a great joy to tell, build, problem solve, and create a new sense of themselves as makers.

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 July 06 – August 12, 2017
Opening Reception
Saturday, July 08, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 pm


bearly there

Form and Content Gallery presents: bearly there, paintings and drawings by Marty Nash and Cheryl Wilgren Clyne. The exhibition includes works which explore various directions taken when an artist chooses a single mantra as their beginning point—in this case: bears.  The bear image has permeated the work of Cheryl Wilgren Clyne and Marty Nash, in one form or another, over many years.  Colleagues at St. Paul Academy and Summit School, this will be their first exhibition together.

Marty Nash Statement

Bear-like semblances continue to inspire my work. I strive to give them a singular presence that has an inherent strength, capacity for light, floating or paradoxically contrasting stasis—while also suggesting an underlying vulnerability. Although working with seemingly different styles, I start at a center of an impulse, and then use very specific parameters to see what happens as things change. There is always a play of light with dark; a duality that is both metaphorical and literal, either within each piece or active

Cheryl Wilgren Clyne Statement

Cheryl Wilgren Clyne is a multimedia artist whose work embraces her love of nature and the importance of the relationship between nature and humans. The bear is frequently featured in her drawings in part because of the close proximity she had to them as a child. She is also inspired by precipitation patterns and has a fondness for capturing the sky using video, photography and drawing. The art she creates is often filled with ideas surrounding the environment, ecology, and natural science.

August 17– September 23, 2017
Opening Reception
Saturday, September 9, 2017
6:00 – 9:00 pm