I'm really excited about my upcoming exhibit at Circa Gallery
in Minneapolis that opens a week from tomorrow, February 6. (The show, a two-person exhibit with Maren Kloppmann
, will be hung on Tuesday the 2nd if anyone wants a preview.)
Yesterday,in single digit temperatures, with a below-zero wind chill (am I impressing all of you who live in warmer climates?)I delivered my paintings to the gallery. This was understandably a huge relief after weeks of intensive preparation. I kind of expected to sink into a relaxing stupor for the next couple of days and avoid any thought of painting. Instead, I was up in the middle of last night making notes for new work, fired up with possibilities. These ideas seemed to be coming out of my refreshed memory of Circa's space, as I pictured it filled with my work and Maren's very elegant and minimalist porcelain pieces (which are both wall-hung and free standing.) Given the wide-open format of the gallery, our work will not be segregated by artist, and I think there will be intriguing interactions going on in terms of texture, media, color, and 2D/3D abstract imagery. Although I have only seen a few of Maren's pieces so far, I think this exhibit was an excellent pairing on part of the gallery.
In the art world, a solo show is generally considered more prestigious and more advantageous to one's career, since one artist has the full spotlight. I've accepted this premise for years, without giving it much thought. However, this show has opened my mind to the potential for interesting and intriguing conversations between the work of two artists, if carefully paired. I'm excited about the potential for the added depth that our work as seen together will achieve.