In Flux pairs Fine Arts Chair Val Jenkins and adjunct faculty member Laura Stack at Rosalux Gallery in Minneapolis. Jenkins and Stack find common ground in their love for drawing and working on paper. Both artists start their process with observational drawing and through repetition, ambiguity of scale and distortion; they create images that teeter between representation and abstraction. Jenkins draws shredded paper, transforming this seemingly mundane assemblage into an intricately drawn pattern while Stack works from microscopic forms such as nanotubes and diatoms.
Val Jenkins creates meticulously rendered, large-scale drawings that begin through observation and result in dense, abstract spaces. Her drawings reflect a process that necessitates negotiation between impulse and restraint, between the objective calculation of systems and the subjectivity of intuition and memory.
Laura Stack’s mixed media, organic abstractions are an amalgam of the natural and the synthetic. Borrowing from both natural and manmade structures, her drawn, painted, and poured images morph into odd, though vaguely familiar forms that float, hover, and drip. She creates work that suggests our contradictory experiences between biology and technology; the familiar and otherworldly; analytical distance and emotional surrender.
Together, their work engages a type of recognition that is both familiar and unworldly, appealing to a heightened awareness of the sensory world through the act of seeing.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
6:30 – 10:00 p.m.
A Conversation with Shana Kaplow
Thursday, June 21, 2012
June 2 – June 30, 2012
1400 Van Buren Street # 195
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413