Last post of the series – images from the Surface Design Association member show Merge & Flow, on exhibit at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, through June 30.
Opening reception at Katherine E. Nash Gallery, June 9, 2011
The Katherine E. Nash Gallery, on the University of Minnesota campus, is a large, beautiful space where several SDA featured exhibitions were installed. Here’s a small sampling.
Apparitions – Tim Harding
Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Univ. of Minn., Minneapolis, Minn.
Through June 30
Works in this exhibition are “concerned with the juxtaposition of body and soul.” Harding was inspired by his “growing recognition of his own mortality, the Shroud of Turin*, and the 9/11 tragedy in New York.”
Promise of Calmer Seas, detail, ©Jason Pollen
Sentinels – Jason Pollen
The Christensen Center Art Gallery, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minn.
Through July 29
It would be difficult to overestimate the contribution and influence Jason Pollen has had in the world of textile art over the last few decades. As a long-time president of the Surface Design Association and recently retired chair of the fiber department at Kansas City Art Institute, his artwork and his teaching have inspired countless numbers of students and working artists alike. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to take a workshop with him in the Denver area several years ago, and some of the things I learned are integral to the work I’m making now.
The Winter 2011 issue of Surface Design Journal features an article on his work. “A Safe Place to Play,” by Geraldine Craig, provides a brief history of Jason and his work along with several beautiful photographs. I had been familiar with his textile work up until this point, but his latest work includes a series of tall wood sculptures with complex surface textures and varied colors. Reminiscent of human figures, these articulated structures simultaneously stand on the floor and lean against the wall in a relaxed yet watchful manner. According to the article, “Pollen views them as sentinels, protectors who distinguish between the protected and unknown potential prey.” These sculptures, along with 2 textile pieces, comprise the Sentinels exhibition.
The wall label for the exhibition says:
The inspiration for this exhibition stems from a prolonged experience of physical and emotional wounds, scars and mercifully, an ongoing significant recovery. Witnessing the stages of illness and vulnerability compelled me to create works that reflect on the universality of our fragility and strengths. Cloth, wood, stitching, color and mark-making are the tools I require in my passionate attempt to bring inanimate objects to life. My wish is that they might inspire those who connect with them.
I would say he has succeeded admirably in his wish.