We had a great trip to KC a week ago to pick up the work for James Brinsfield - A Twenty Year Retrospective. We visited with James Martin who is writing an essay for the show; visited Anxious Abstraction at the Nerman Museum with James B and got a personal tour of the show he is in. We also had good, if short, studio visits with Don Kottmann to see several new paintings he is working on; Warren Rosser who shared some new digital work and new paintings and we brought back some small works. And a good visit with Jim Woodfill to see some new work including some colorful "box" paintings. And of course, had a couple opportunities for good BBQ.
We open James Brinsfield, a retrospective of work over the past 20 years, to the public on June 23. We will be heading down to Kansas City to select the work for this exhibition late this month. This will be an interesting exhibition to see the evolution of this painter's work over a long period, and we will bring out some gems not seen in public for a long time.
Jim is currently part of "Anxious Abstraction" at the Nerman Museum (see News item below). He is painting a new work for the exhibition as the painting at right (detail shown) is going to a collection in Houston.
Another FOX interview for JNG, thanks Natalie. This time we cover why you should attend the last two weeks of Sweep / Tim White / Allen Killian-Moore; the upcoming Brinsfield retrospective, and the Downtown Duluth Arts walk initiative. (You may have to see a 15 second ad at the beginning - apologies).
Allen and Tim had a great discussion of their respective work at the gallery on May 19, 2018 with each other of the commonalities and contrasts (Allen - art film; Tim - new photographs) on display through May at JNG. A dialogue between the "still" and "moving" image, silence and sound. Hope you joined us and brought your questions. We will release parts of the great discussion over time.
A review by Elisabeth Kirsch in KC Studio magazine of a recent two person exhibition at Sherry Leedy with new work by Cary Esser and Marcus Cain.
A good interview with Matthew on his influences and process. We are looking forward to his solo exhibition at the gallery in summer 2019.
Allen Killian-Moore will open his film "Permanent State of Exception" on April 21 at JNG. The film includes a commissioned musical score by Andy McCormick of the ensemble "Dreamland Faces" to accompany his film's visual and sound design elements. At right, Allen works on the installation.
Tim White will also exhibit new photographs opening on April 21.
"Anxious times breed anxious art..." writes Alice Thorson about this six person group exhibit "Anxious Abstraction" at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kansas. Mr. Brinsfield is one of six national artists included in the exhibition. At right is a detail of "Blue Vase" 2017, one of Brinsfield's included paintings. A link to the Nerman exhibition page is below.
Thanks to Natalie Froistad of Duluth Fox21 News interviewing gallery manager Amanda Hunter and director Joe Nease about the current Sweep painting exhibition.
Thanks to Karen Sunderman for covering the gallery and Karen's art on WDSE TV. Below is link to WDSE page, in turn takes you to the YouTube version of the interview.
It was wonderful having author and arts writer Alicia Eler drop by the gallery recently. Alicia was at the Duluth Art Institute to discuss her new book The Selfie Generation: How Our Self-Images Are Changing Our Notions of Privacy, Sex, Consent, and Culture. She is also the visual art critic at the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Thanks to Business North for covering our progress thus far and upcoming plans.
View from Director's office: Artist Bookshelf, and a view sliver of Wayfinding, Christmas tree in progress.
Marcus Cain, a friend, artist, and KCAI alumni development manager paid us a visit and headed back to Kansas City today. Marcus brought up nine great paintings, a few of which we will exhibit during our inaugural show opening next week. Our development manager, Jim Goodman, accompanied us and took this picture of Marcus (left), Karen Nease (center) and Joe Nease at Duluth's Enger Park overlooking the Duluth harbor on a blustery October 9th day.
We have two weeks before we open! Thank you to DNT and Christa Lawler for writing about us. Below is a link to the article.
Rachel Hayes has had some great success with images on Instagram. She has just returned from Italy after installing a piece for a significant Angela Missoni fashion event. That is Rachel's piece overhead.
Gives a great intro to her chance work opening at the Tweed Museum on October 19.
Business North, a great monthly publication covering business in the northeast MN and northwest WI region covered our upcoming gallery opening. Thanks to BN and Sheryl Jensen.
James Martin wrote a nice article about us in the current issue of KC Studio. See page 38. Thank you James and editor Alice Thorson.
We have uploaded some new videos on her Artist page.
A nice article about us posted recently on Perfect Duluth Day
Tim White received a NEMBA (Northeast Minnesota Book Award) award earlier this year. Last night (July 24) was the award ceremony where Mr. White spoke and answered questions about his winning book of photographs paired with local writers entitled In and Out of Context, and his upcoming book North to a full house. (the full image of the awards announcement is on Mr. White's artist page).
Kathy McTavish has been hard at work this spring and summer installing her solo work "chance" in the Sax Galllery at the Tweed Museum. The public is invited to preview it, starting August while she continues to adjust and enhance it, as she may do during its planned 12 month run. Save October 19, 6-8 pm to come celebrate the opening.
Arrived safely back in Duluth with the first of many art works that will be here when we open after a hot and productive week in Kansas City. We have four recent paintings by James Brinsfield, five recent paintings by Eric Sall, and two recent paintings from the newest artist we are working with, Warren Rosser. See our updated Artist page. We had five very interesting studio visits during the trip.
On the side of our gallery building, we will add a nice gallery sign, but the big news is that we are creating the Minnesota Art Wall as well. It will show an art work of a curated artist the first year, and will be a juried, curated competition in later editions, showing one artist's work each time as currently envisioned. The Art Wall will be managed and curated by gallery staff, but will not necessarily be of an artist affiliated with the gallery. The location is very visible on busy, one-way W. First Street. The image is a rough mockup of the idea in progress. We will share the first artist selected in the near future. UPDATE: The Art Wall will come in 2018.
Will be in KC for a few days visiting gallery artists, some others, seeing a few exhibitions including summer group shows and Kemper Museum's Magnetic Fields, and bringing back some good pieces for the gallery. More trips to come before we open. A detail of Cary Esser's Veil 16-2-1 is at right.
The interior renovation work is moving along and the space is taking shape. Soon we will be making a trip to Kansas City, bringing back some great work and will share that with you in a few weeks.
Rachel is the first featured artist at Oklahoma Contemporary's new Showroom I Showcase in Oklahoma City. Her installation Test Patterns has been acquired by a significant collector.
Interior material delivery started on June 21 and work started shortly after. All the "stud" walls are up now and door openings cut in, so the space is starting to take shape. More progress!
We are slowly adding some content to our past (Joseph Nease Gallery in Kansas City) exhibitions on our Exhibitions page. Hope you find some of those previous exhibitions interesting and some context for those artists we continue to work with.
Finally, we got our building permit on June 16 - Interior renovation work to start soon - on our way to a great exhibition space. New roof installation started on June 5 and just some detail work remaining; the building is now weather tight. Before you know it, walls, track lights, and artwork will start coming in.
Kathy participated in the 2017 Northern Spark event in Minneapolis / St. Paul. We have uploaded a new video work sample from her on her gallery page that can also be accessed from the Vimeo link below. For more information about the event, go to https://2017.northernspark.org/
Vimeo link https://vimeo.com/220385055
We are very pleased that Heidi Pollard, New Mexico artist and 2016 Joan Mitchell grant awardee, will be showing work at the gallery this fall. We look forward to our new relationship.
Heidi's website is http://heidipollard.com
Rachel Hayes, a nationally recognized artist that creates painterly fabric structures from intimate to the massive scale, will start showing work at the gallery this fall. Rachel showed at JNG in Kansas City early in her career with two solo shows. We introduce her to this area by showing some interesting, modest size, wall works that relate to her large scale work. Rachel was busy early summer 2017in San Francisco installing a major piece in a major permanent collection.
Her website is at http://www.rachelbhayes.com
Mr. Brinsfield will have his first exhibition at JNG V2.0 in Duluth, MN in early summer 2018. Prior to that, stop in and see some of his work already in the gallery. For some background, see the 2011 interview of Mr. Brinsfield with Dr. David Cateforis.
A cropped studio view at right from late 2016 with work in progress.