Journeys in Painting: Contemporary abstraction by Jeannine Kitzhaber and Adam McCauley
10/1/14 thru 10/31/14The James Wegner Arts Gallery 1900 8th Ave NW Austin, MN 55912 Click for map Link to event
In the James Wegner Art Gallery, October's featured artists are both decidedly "on the grid"- with explorations that evoke travel through suburban topography, as well as painterly voyages that build up complex layers and textures using the grid as a formal structure. Together, the works of Jeannine Kitzhaber and Adam McCauley create an almost dizzying visual dialogue with many delightful surprises.
As a frequent commuter, Jeannine Kitzhaber's paintings and assemblages seek to manifest that experience, a ubiquitous one in the modern age. Rows of houses, painted and/or modeled in wood create patterned constellations that interact with roads, rivers and landscapes. Literally an overview of our shared surroundings, seen from a number of vantage points, Kitzhaber also addresses modes of representation in a continuing series of modifications from the literal to the diagrammatic, from the verbal to the three-dimensional. Kitzhaber has a Master's degree in painting from the University of Minnesota and currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. She has exhibited extensively throughout the metro region and elsewhere.
Adam McCauley's paintings successfully manage to balance the rigidity of the grid with a freewheeling indulgence in color, texture and painterly gesture. Like Kitzhaber, part of his inspiration is the prevalence of the grid in our increasingly urban environment. The works convey specific lights, moods and expressions that can be read as both lyrical and metaphorical. He has received a B.F.A in Studio Arts and an M.A. in Art History both from the University of Wisconsin Superior. He exhibits his art locally and regionally and has participated in several solo and group exhibitions, primarily in Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. He has received an Emerging Artist and a Career Development Grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.
In Flux: Art by Jeannine Spooner Kitzhaber and Michael Helke
5/24/13 thru 6/22/13Raymond Avenue Gallery 761 Raymond Ave St Paul, MN 55114 Click for map
This exhibit is made possible, in part, through the grant Ms. Kitzhaber received from the MN State Arts Board for fiscal year 2013-14.