In The Inez Greenberg Gallery
APRIL 5 – MAY 3, 2019
Works by: Karen Brown, Jennifer Davis, and DC Ice
Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 6 – 8 p.m.
Artist Talk: Tuesday, April 23, 7 p.m.
Humans have always been fascinated by animals. Between Worlds celebrates and explores that attraction through art. Exhibiting artists Karen Brown, Jennifer Davis, and DC Ice each incorporate anthropomorphism in their artwork; attributing human traits to animals. Although they may have different motivations, all three artists appreciate the story telling, complexity, and freedom that arises with personified characters.
For Karen Brown, her spiritual connection to the natural world fuels her interest in learning the life lessons that animals provide and how they might help us to better understand our own feelings through transformation, enlightenment and wisdom. “My sculptures create a…magical place somewhere between reality and the dream world, between childhood and adulthood, between animal and human.”
The intricate paintings by Jennifer Davis also reside on the edge of reality and provide a narrative quality that explores a fantastical universe full of strange planets, transmuted species and surreal situations. Unlike Brown, Davis isn’t seeking answers. In fact, her paintings may leave one with more questions to ponder than solutions. “Every day my invented language of symbols grows, repeats and changes. My paintings are not meant to be didactic, rather to read like pages torn from a strange storybook full of narrative quandaries and engaging puzzles.”
DC Ice’s illustrative stories on scratchboard have become an outlet for her and a safe place to store honest feelings and a full range of emotions from grief to joy (sometimes in the same painting). The animal characters help provide this type of complexity as well as the ability to strip away some of the unnecessary weight of human preconceptions. “I like creating animals with human attributes because I can capture a clearer sense of human emotion without the viewer’s vision being clouded with stereotypes or unconscious prejudices.”
About the Artists
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In the Atrium Gallery
A Minnesota Rookery:
Prints and Drawings from Fergus Falls
February 22 – April 14, 2019
Works by: Laura Corcoran
Opening Reception: Friday, February 22, 6-8 p.m.
Saint Paul artist Laura Corcoran is fascinated by extraordinary yet common natural occurrences; the ability of birds to navigate using the stars; the ability of a bee to dance directions to a flower. She’s equally interested in and concerned about the disruptions human actions have on the natural process and environment. Using printmaking as her medium (primarily linocuts, lithographs, and monoprints), Corcoran’s images are informed by both her study and observations of these natural phenomena as well as the challenges posed by her own actions and the actions of her species. The images for this series of work are based on Laura's grant-funded photographs and observations of the rookery at Adams Park in Fergus Falls, MN.
From the Artist:
"I came across the rookery by chance on a road trip in 2015 and was intrigued by this unique setting, its bird inhabitants, and the proximity of human and avian activity. After several brief stops and some research, I wrote and received an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to spend some time at the rookery and to create a body of work based on my experiences. It was my privilege to spend time observing, photographing and drawing the birds and exploring Fergus Falls. The prints and drawings in this show depict moments of individual birds and family units, as well as reflections on the hubbub of life at and around the rookery."
About the Artist
Laura Corcoran grew up in central Wisconsin. She received a BA in 2004 from Lawrence University and an MFA in printmaking in 2009 from the University of Minnesota. In addition to teaching elementary art, Laura and her husband run a small print business, Crankosaurus Press. They live in St. Paul, MN with their dog. To learn more about Laura and her artwork, visit her website.