Friday, October 5, 6-8 p.m.
Jerome Artists' Panel Discussion:
Wednesday, October 10, 6:30 p.m.
Moderated by Bartholomew Ryan, assistant curator, Walker Arts Center
Minneapolis, MN-- The Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Jerome Foundation are pleased to present an exhibition of new work by recipients of the 2011/12 MCAD-Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Emerging Artists: Richard Barlow, Gregory Euclide, Lauren Herzak-Bauman, Alison Hiltner, and Jehra Patrick.
The exhibition opens in MCAD Gallery on Friday, September 28 and closes Tuesday, November 6. The artist reception will be Friday, October 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. On Wednesday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. Bartholomew Ryan, assistant curator at the Walker Art center and essayist for the catalog that accompanies the exhibition, will moderate a roundtable discussion with the artists.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS AND EXHIBITION
Richard Barlow (MFA '05) is interested in how the natural world has long been imbued with meaning in visual culture--as a repository of emotion, emblem of nation, and expression of spirituality. Barlow's work drains the cultural meanings out of images and flattens their differences as a way to address their constructed nature. For this exhibition Barlow is installing a pixellated sequin mural based on Henry Fox Talbot's nineteenth-century calotype titled Reflected Trees, as well as several framed rust drawings that reference the landscape imagery in SUV advertisements.
Gregory Euclide incessantly asks questions about the natural world and our relationship to it. The artist draws figuratively and literally from the found landscape by marrying his fluid drawing and painting style to materials discovered while walking in nature--such as plant material, styrofoam and cigarette butts--and to other constructions such as store-bought miniature plastic houses and cut paper geometric forms. The exhibition will feature several of Euclide's recent large-scale sculptural assemblages.
Lauren Herzak-Bauman (MFA '09) uses the material and metaphoric properties of porcelain (its whiteness, fragility, strength) to create objects and site-specific installations that embody her own shifting states of emotional being. The utilitarian beauty of porcelain shards will be paired with the utilitarian beauty of simple lights soaring up to the ceiling and cascading down to the floor in her MCAD Gallery installation: an evocation of endless possibilities and profound loss.
Alison Hiltner (MFA '02), a self-declared "science fiction archeologist," appropriates and stitches together visual cues from diverse sources to create her artifacts and environments, which have ranged from ocean and rainforest floors to the interiors of the human body and nebulous bodies of stardust. In her newest installation, two juxtaposed bodies of work explore the possibilities of artificial life. One hangs from the ceiling, the other on walls, both composed of banal materials that seem alien at first but slowly resolve into the strangely familiar. Each piece is a vignette of research in process, artifacts tenuously balanced between what is fact and fiction.
Jehra Patrick sees herself as an "administrator of images" who mines museum spaces and archives for visual resources that document museum operations and histories. She selects compositions informed by her working knowledge of art history and contemporary art and then produces paintings that incorporate diachronic allusions to art movements and artists. Patrick also creates photographic prints that abstractly re-present historical documents from oblique angles. These paintings and photographic prints form an expanding personal index that plays off of institutional narratives, replying with new "museal" objects.