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Variations on a Sun Star

For her first exhibition at Bockley Gallery, Lela Pierce turns the gallery’s traditionally white space jet black in an immersive installation that explores transformation and threads of her own spiritual interests and ethnic heritage. For Variations on a Sun Star, the artist pierces the blackness with radiantly hued works across media, from neon-and-white paintings on black paper to riotously colored sculptures, to textile pillows.

January 15 through February 19, 2022

Lela Pierce
Vortex Star Shelf, 2022
acrylic on wood, ceramics

at Various Small Fires

Various Small Fires in Los Angeles is hosting an exhibition curated from the Bockley Gallery program. The show includes works by Julie Buffalohead, Andrea Carlson, Jim Denomie, Jonathan Herrera Soto, Pao Houa Her, Tom Jones, Brad Kahlhamer, Postcommodity, Eric-Paul Riege, Lauren Roche, and Cara Romero. The work of Jonathan Herrera Soto is shown in cooperation with Hair + Nails. Learn more about the exhibition at Various Small Fires's website.

January 15 through February 19, 2022

Brad Kahlhamer
Ugh x 4 / 4 x Ugh, 2021
wire, jingles, pow wow bells
80 x 64.5 x 6 inches

For the Love of Liberty

Bockley Gallery is pleased to welcome Minneapolis-based painter Lissa Karpeh for her premier solo exhibition titled For the Love of Liberty. Characterized by bold colors and a commanding presence, Karpeh’s paintings will fill the gallery at the end of this fall season. The show will include a series of figural paintings featuring family, friends, and artists from the Liberian-American community in Minneapolis, as well as still lives of objects that hint at themes greater than their literal import.

November 20 through December 31, 2021

Lissa Karpeh
Issac, 2021
oil, acrylic and pastel on canvas on board, 24 x 18 inches

tom jones
Strong Unrelenting Spirits

Bockley Gallery is pleased to present selections from Tom Jones' series Strong Unrelenting Spirits.

September 1 through October 22, 2021

Tom Jones
Raymond Goodbear,, 2019
40 x 60 inches
digital photograph with beadwork

Jim Denomie / Sketch work
Book Launch

Please join us for the belated book launch for Jim Denomie Sketch Work, Thursday July 29, 6 to 8 pm at Bockley Gallery. Jim will be present to sign books and new prints of select sketches. 

Thursday only, 14 sketch prints (16 x 20 inches) will be available for $50 each. Prints will also be available on Rez Rabbit Press for $100 following the event. 

Sketch Work includes 174 images with essays by artist Andrea Carlson and Robert Cozzolino, Patrick and Aimee Butler Curator of Paintings at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Read Dr. Anya Montiel's book review in First American Art Magazine. 

Thursday, July 29, 6-8 pm

Jim Denomie
Indian Artist, 2015
ink on paper
11 x 14 inches

(my god, YE’ii [1-2]) (jaatłoh4Ye’iitsoh [1–6]) (a loom between Me+U, dah ‘iistł’ǫ́)

Bockley Gallery is pleased to welcome fiber artist Eric-Paul Riege for his first engagement with the gallery and his first exhibition in Minnesota. As the gallery reopens for regular hours for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, Riege will create a site-specific installation.

May 21 through July 17, 2021

Eric-Paul Riege
my god, YE'ii [1], 2018
archival inkjet print
48 x 36 inches

Spring show

Bockley Gallery will present a selection of works by Christopher E. Harrison, Lissa Karpeh, Jim Proctor, Lauren Roche, Aaron Spangler, Star WallowingBull.

March 23 through May 8, 2021

Christopher E. Harrison
Voodoo You Do: In Lieu of a Revolution, 2020
acrylic, graphite, ink marker, coffee, sugar, jute twine, pins, canvas

Star WallowingBull
Machine Head

In keeping with the gallery’s recent trend of minimal installations, our show features a single work by Star WallowingBull, Machine Head. Created this past year, the painting comments on the pandemic’s impact on life in America. The show will open with the one painting; more works will be added.

January 22 through March 6, 2021

Machine Head, 2020
acrylic on canvas

Leslie Barlow, Jose Dominguez, Tom Jones, Jonathan Herrera Soto, Jovan C. Speller

As a curatorial change of pace, Bockley Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of five non-gallery artists whose work caught the attention of the director. They are a disparate group with disparate artistic practices in terms of style and media and aesthetic points of view. As each artist is represented by a single work the show acts as an introduction to these artists’ practices and intentions.

November 2 through December 19, 2020

Jovan C. Speller
Some of us didn’t make it, 2020
24 x 24 inches
cut and layered archival photographs

Stuart Nielsen
Untitled (clouds) 2016-19

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce its fall exhibition Untitled (clouds) 2016-19 that features a monumental triptych by celebrated Minneapolis artist, Stuart Nielsen. Created over three years, Untitled (clouds) 2016-19 dominates a single gallery wall with each of its three oil on canvas panels measuring 105 x 63 inches that collectively provide an immersive viewing experience. A series of oil on paper studies, available for viewing by request, serve as an absorbing record of Nielsen’s intense exploration of multiple compositional and color variations that would ultimately coalesce into the final work.

September 15 through October 17, 2020

Stuart Nielsen
Untitled (clouds) 2016-19, 2019
105 x 63 inches (each panel)
oil on canvas

Andrea Carlson

RED EXIT is a large-scale work on paper, and a long-awaited companion piece to Carlson’s 2014 Ink Babel. Made up of a grid of 60 sheets of paper, RED EXIT centers on a common loon that appears to dive into infinity, sending imagery rippling outward toward the margins. Carlson is Ojibwe, and the loon is one of the Earth Divers of the Ojibwe flood story in which the world is made new. Surrounding the loon is a kaleidoscope of interwoven, repeating images. A canoe is made from the birch bark pages of the Potawatomi Chief Pokagon’s Red Man’s Rebuke. The earth effigy “Man Mound” (located in Baraboo, Wisconsin) gets up and walks away. Mica hands and talons of the Mississippian people appear, as well as turtle shells, bats, faces, ribbon work, cedar boughs, and petroglyphs speaking in imagery from an 1849 drawing by Chief Buffalo protesting the violation of the 1842 Treaty of La Pointe. These images create a 10-by-15 foot wave meant to engulf the viewer. Carlson states that RED EXIT “celebrates the place we (Native People) reserve for ourselves.”

August 11 through August 29, 2020

Andrea Carlson
RED EXIT , 2020

Elizabeth Simonson

During the month of June as we prepare to reopen we have invited Elizabeth Simonson to create an installation in the front room of the gallery to be viewed from the windows. Elizabeth was scheduled to be at Joan Mitchell’s artist-in-residence program in New Orleans but due to Covid-19 pandemic the visit has been postponed and has freed her up to create her piece titled Switch. The installation, comprised of red beads, red embroidery thread, and memory wire spans the east wall of the gallery and resolves itself in the south corner.

June 1 through July 12, 2020

Elizabeth Simonson
Switch, 2020
beads, embroidery thread, memory wire

Cara Romero
Jackrabbit & Cottontail

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition of photography by Cara Romero. Jackrabbit & Cottontail, Romero’s premier solo show in Minneapolis, brings visibility to a diverse collection of Native Americans, their stories, lands, and worldviews. Through image, she makes present indigenous folklore that has been passed down through generations of oral tradition. Here the supernatural exists in daily life. Romero’s work is fiercely modern, and her characters’ indigeneity is as strong as ever.

Opening: Friday, November 8, 6 to 8 pm
Artist Talk: Thursday, November 7, 7 pm
November 8 through December 28, 2019

Cara Romero
Jackrabbit & Cottontail
archival pigment print

George Morrison

To celebrate the centennial of George Morrison’s birth (1919-2000), Bockley Gallery is honored to present an exhibition of select paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture spanning more than five decades of this acclaimed artist’s life. Morrison, a native Minnesotan who was born on Lake Superior’s North Shore, is recognized nationally as an artist, a teacher, a mentor to other artists, and a cultural leader. The traveling retrospective Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison, (2013-2015), organized by the Minnesota Museum of American Art, showed the depth and breadth of his Abstract Expressionist practice, and how being an Ojibwe guided his artmaking in so many ways.

Opening: Thursday, September 12, 5 to 8 pm
September 12 through October 26 `, 2019

George Morrison
Surrealist Landscape, 1997
41.5 x 29.625 inches

Brad Kahlhamer
Bowery Nation + Hawk + Eagle

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce its first exhibition of works by multimedia artist Brad Kahlhamer titled Bowery Nation + Hawk + Eagle. The exhibit coincides with a survey exhibition of Kahlhamer’s work at the Minnesota Museum of American Art’s new facility.

Opening: Saturday, June 22, 6 to 9 pm
June 22 through August 17, 2019

Brad Kahlhamer
36 Hours in Gallup, 2019
22.5 x 15.125 inches
ink and watercolor on paper

Spring Show

Bockley Gallery will present a selection of works by Carolyn Anderson, Julie Buffalohead, Andrea Carlson, Cara Romero, Maggie Thompson, and Dyani White Hawk. The exhibition will be installed piece by piece with the final iteration in place for the opening May 31.

Opening: Friday, May 31, 4 to 7 pm
May 8 through June 15, 2019

Cara Romero
Naomi, 2018
51 x 44 inches
archival pigment print

Jim Denomie
Standing Rock Paintings

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce its first exhibition of 2019, Jim Denomie: Standing Rock Paintings, which comprises three large-scale, oil on canvas paintings and a series of smaller, but related, portraits. With this body of work, Denomie has cast his discriminating eye onto real-world events, specifically the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) controversy and protest that erupted in August 2016, near the North Dakota Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

February 22 through April 6, 2019

Jim Denomie
Spiritual Man, 2019
30 x 24 inches
oil on canvas

Selected Works: Winter 2018

Bockley Gallery will present a selection of works by Julie Buffalohead, Andrea Carlson, Pao Houa Her, Jim Proctor, Lauren Roche, Cara Romero, Aaron Spangler, and Dyani White Hawk.

Opening: Saturday, November 17, 5 to 8 pm November 17 through December 22, 2018

Pao Houa Her
untitled, 2018
archival inkjet print

Sky Hopinka
Fainting Spells

Bockley Gallery in collaboration with Walker Art Center will present the work of artist, filmmaker, and author Sky Hopinka. On Thursday, September 13 at 7 pm, five short films will be screened at the Walker Art Center's Cinema (free screening) followed by a discussion with the artist and assistant curator/archivist Ruth Hodgins and Walker Reader managing editor Paul Schmelzer. Following the Walker event will be a reception at Bockley Gallery from 9 to 10 pm. The exhibition at Bockley Gallery centers on Hopinka’s moving image work Fainting Spells (2018), a three-channel video installation.

September 12 through October 27, 2018

Sky Hopinka
Fainting Spells (still), 2018

Selected Works

Bockley Gallery is pleased to present a selection of works by Star Wallowing Bull, Norval Morrisseau, Jim Denomie, Frank Big Bear, Postcommodity, Andrea Carlson, Meryl McMaster, Dyani White Hawk.

May 10 through July 28, 2018

Jim Denomie
Remote, 2009
35 x 49 inches
oil on canvas

Lauren Roche
Collected Vessels

Opening Reception: Friday, March 9, 6-9 pm

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce its forthcoming exhibition, Lauren Roche: Collected Vessels. This is the Minneapolis artist’s second one-person exhibition with Bockley Gallery. Roche’s latest collection consists of five dynamic mixed-media works on paper where female nudes, animals and surfaces pose, float, touch and bleed into and onto one another. In these dramatic new compositions her dark-haired figures bend and reach in gestures of care, connection and empathy, suggesting solidarity and harmony between impassive but vulnerable female forms. Her figures are posed against rough fields of color, abstracted furniture, and interior spaces populated by a menagerie of creatures and ceramic/textile forms. Smudges of red and black become masks, veils and wounds as the women seem to seek succor, repose and comfort from the animals and one another.

March 9 through April 28, 2018

Lauren Roche
Collected Vessels, 2018
30 x 44 inches
watercolor, gouache, acrylic on paper

Winter Group Show

Bockley Gallery presents a selection of works by gallery artists including Andrea Carlson, Jim Denomie, Edgar Heap of Birds, Zoran Mojsilov, Stuart Nielsen, Jim Proctor, Maggie Thompson, Star Wallowing Bull, Dyani White Hawk.

February 1 through March 3, 2018

Dyani White Hawk
untitled, 2017
18 x 18 inches
acrylic, glass beads on canvas

Julie Buffalohead

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 18, 5-8 pm

Bockley Gallery is pleased to present new mixed media drawings by Julie Buffalohead. Since her last gallery show in 2014, the Twin Cities-based artist has realigned her finely honed craft of storytelling by trading her personal, intimate tales of motherhood and domestic life for more public and universal narratives. These potent new works explore the complex relationships between Native American and mainstream American culture, humans and animals, humans and the environment, and current cultural events.

November 18 through December 30, 2017

untitled, 2017
29 x 39.25 inches
acrylic, ink, and graphite on Lokta paper

Edgar Heap of Birds

Opening Reception: Friday, September 8, 5-8 pm

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition Edgar Heap of Birds. The show will feature a range of Heap of Birds text-based works that span some three decades of his artistic practice, beginning in the mid-1980s. Also on view will be examples of his abstract, acrylic on canvas Neuf paintings and one commissioned public artwork that will be installed on the exterior wall of the gallery. Heap of Birds, who lives in Oklahoma and has taught Native Studies at University of Oklahoma since 1988, is an enrolled citizen of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes.

September 8 through October 21, 2017

Native Hosts for Minnesota, 2017
6 x 12 feet
vinyl banner

Summer Group Show

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 20, 7-9 pm

Bockley Gallery presents a selection of works by gallery and invited artists: Kim Benson, Andrea Carlson, Barbara Kreft, Stuart Nielsen, Jim Proctor, Lauren Roche, Dietrich Sieling, Elizabeth Simonson. Barbara Kreft's work shown in cooperation with CIRCA Gallery.

July 12 through August 12, 2017

Lauren Roche
untitled, 2017
22.5 z 30 inches
mixed media on paper

Jim Denomie
Oz, the Emergence

Opening Reception: Friday, May 5, 6 to 8 pm

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce the premiere of Jim Denomie’s most recent project, the mural-size painting Oz, the Emergence. Using the celebrated 1939 film The Wizard of Oz as a thematic stepping-stone, Denomie has conjured up a fantastical landscape where Dorothy and her pals become immersed in new, darkly imaginative adventures. However, this is not The Land of Oz, as we know it, but rather “a spooky and surreal landscape full of symbolism and tense situations” where the protagonists face a host of contemporary, 21st century issues.

May 5 through June 10, 2017

Oz, the Emergence, 2017
98 x 140 inches
oil on canvas


Opening Reception: Friday, March 10, 6 to 8 pm

Bockley Gallery in collaboration with Walker Art Center introduce the work of Postcommodity, an art collective based in the Southwest, to the Twin Cites. There will be an exhibition at Bockley Gallery based on Repellent Fence, a 2015 installation on the U.S.-Mexican border and at the Walker an artist talk and Op-Ed launch on March 11 at 6 pm. Talk of border walls is in the news almost daily. In 2015 Postcommodity installed Repellent Fence, a work that raised questions as to what a border is—a divider, a filter, as well as a site of potential meeting, an arbitrary line cut into ancient land, home to indigenous people for thousands of years.

March 10 through April 15, 2017

Repellent Fence, 2015
land art installation and community engagement (earth, cinder block, para-cord, PVC spheres, helium
installation view, U.S./Mexico Border, Douglas AZ/Agua Prieta SON

a group show

Opening Reception: Friday, February 3, 6 to 8 pm

Bockley Gallery presents a selection of works by gallery artists: Julie Buffalohead, Andrea Carlson, Pao Houa Her, Stuart Nielsen, Jim Proctor, Elizabeth Simonson, and Star Wallwoing Bull.

January 25 through March 4, 2017

Andrea Carlson
Sunshine on a Cannibal, 2015
c 48 x 180 inches (overall)
oil, acrylic, ink, color pencil, and graphite on paper

Frank Big Bear

Opening Reception: Friday, November 11, 6 to 8 pm

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition Nativia by Duluth-based artist Frank Big Bear. In his 12th solo show at the gallery, Big Bear continues to explore the complex issues in force at the intersection of Native American and American popular cultures. Running throughout this offering of new paintings, drawings and a single collage is the broader leitmotif of the human figure and, more specifically, the portrait.

November 11 through December 31, 2016

Frank Big Bear
Multiverse #8, 2015
detail, full work 75 x 194 inches (overall)
collage on invitation card

Dyani White Hawk
Storied Abstraction

Opening Reception: Friday, September, 9, 6 to 9 pm

Bockley Gallery is pleased to open its 2016-17 season with an exhibit of new works by Dyani White Hawk. This is White Hawk’s third solo exhibit at Bockley Gallery. In a dozen paintings, White Hawk continues to expand her interrogation of the connection between Modernist abstract painting and Lakota aesthetics. White Hawk phrases this urge to abstraction as a question: “How do I pare down these complex ideas into visual statements made as gracefully and poignant as possible?”

September 9 through October 22, 2016

Dyani White Hawk
Interrupted, 2016
18 x 48 inches
oil, vintage glass beads, and thread on linen

Pao Houa Her
My Mother's Flowers

Opening Reception: Thursday, June, 23, 6 to 9 pm

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce its first solo exhibition of photographs by Pao Houa Her titled My Mother’s Flowers. Her is recognized for her provocative and unflinching photographs of the Hmong, the indigenous people of Laos, hundreds of whom immigrated to the United States following the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. Her’s family fled Laos in 1983 before finally settling in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1986 when she was six. In My Mother’s Flowers, Her explores through a highly personal lens the enduring presence and significance of flowers in Hmong culture. Working in both black and white, and saturated color, Her’s ink jet prints shed light on the almost numinous role of flowers - and their seeming ubiquity - in ethnic Hmong culture, whether in contemporary Laos or the United States.

June 23 through August 6, 2016

Pao Houa Her
untitled, 2016
40 x 32 inches
digital archival inkjet print

Elizabeth Simonson

Opening Reception: Friday, May 6, 6 to 9 pm

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition of new work by Minneapolis artist Elizabeth Simonson. It features a selection of small watercolor drawings and a dozen sculptures made from her signature glass beads and filament line, and reveals her proclivity to create both system-based and more intuitively conceived work. Simonson has stated, “My work is structured through the creation of repetitive systems…I feel that abstraction and the use of logic, systems, and patterns is a powerful language.” However, certain recent pieces stem from a more intuitive approach and reflect an air of freedom and chance. “In the current exhibition I bring together both paths of my art-making,” says Simonson. “Some of the work is systematic in its structure, and other’s are more intuitive and spontaneous in their conception – they come from my imagination.”

May 6 through June 18, 2016

Elizabeth Simonson
untitled, 2016
5 x 51 x 1 inches
glass beads

Zoran Mojsilov
Queen’s Fence (Caricina Ograda)

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 24, 6 to 8 pm

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce the Queen’s Fence (Caricina Ograda), our upcoming exhibition of carved and stained wood sculptures by the Twin Cities-based artist Zoran Mojsilov. The forceful work is a direct outgrowth of Zoran’s 2015 trip to his native Serbia where he was reintroduced, unexpectedly, to the traditional kilim rugs particular to the ancient Serbian town of Pirot. These tapestry-woven rugs are identified as Pirot Kilims because of their fine craftsmanship and unique designs, and have been painstakingly produced in workshops that date back to the Middle Ages.

March 24 through April 30, 2016

Zoran Mojsilov
studio, 2016

Lauren Roche
Silent Partner

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 13, 6 to 8 pm

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce its première exhibition of 2016, Lauren Roche: Silent Partner. This is the Minneapolis artist’s first one-person exhibition although her work has been included in previous group shows at Bockley Gallery such as Two Dark Horses in 2014. Silent Partner will feature five of Roche’s elaborately conceived and vividly hued drawings where figures and animals mysteriously merge through abstract form, pattern and color. Her uncommon protagonists act out oblique narratives in an indeterminate universe of shifting spatial relationships.

February 10 through March 19, 2016

Lauren Roche
Silent Partner, 2015
27.5 x 39.25 inches
mixed media on paper

Meryl McMaster

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 14, 5 to 8 pm

Artist Talk: Saturday, November 14, 4 pm

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition Meryl McMaster: Ancestral that will feature a selection of digital chromogenic prints from two of the artist’s photo-based projects, the Ancestral and In-Between Worlds series. The exhibition Ancestral is the premiere showing of McMaster’s work in the Twin Cities and the artist, who lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, will give an artist talk in the gallery preceding the exhibition opening. series.

November 4 through January 2, 2016

Meryl McMaster
Ancestral 9, 2008
40 x 30 inches
digital chromogenic print

stuart nielsen

Artist Talk: Wednesday, October 7, 6:30 to 8 pm

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce its première fall exhibition titled East/West that features a single painting of the same title by acclaimed Minneapolis artist, Stuart Nielsen. Measuring more than 8 feet by 13 feet, the monumental oil on canvas work will dominate one wall. Its minimal composition comprises a single wedge-shaped band of overlapping luminous color that narrows at the painting’s center and widens at its edges. This abstract, emblematic form of transparent rainbow hues appears suspended on a black ground and suggests a lighthouse’s sweeping, radiant beam in the pitch-black of night. As a singular work, gallery visitors will be able to visually immerse themselves in the aura of East/West.

September 10 through October 17, 2015

Stuart Nielsen
East/West Study #5, 2013-4
31.5 x 51.5 inches
ink and paint on paper

Artists Singular: A Group Show

Opening Reception: Friday, July 17, 2015, 6 to 9 pm

Bockley Gallery is pleased to present an eclectic selection of work from artist Frank Big Bear, Jim Denomie, Norval Morrisseau, Dietrich Sieling, Elizabeth Simonson, John Snyder, among others. Each piece exuberant and singular, the installation will celebrate unusual juxtapositions.

July 17 through August 15, 2015

Jim Denomie
untitled, 2015
32 x 40 inches
ink on paper

colin matthes
Instructional and Flood Resistant Work

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 14, 6 to 9 pm

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce its first exhibit by Milwaukee artist Colin Matthes. Instructional and Flood Resistant Work presents paintings, drawings, and sculpture. Ten works from Essential Knowledge, a series of drawings on paper illustrating basic skills for success in challenging situations, are included in the exhibition. Additionally the artist has constructed flood resistant luxury objects; foam noodle floats and a provisional raft are used to ensure the survival of his oil on canvas paintings during times of rising sea levels.

May 13 through June 20, 2015

Colin Matthes
Road Trip, 2012
40 x 48 inches
ink and acrylic on paper

Louise Erdrich
Asynchronous Reading: A collaborative installation with Aza Erdrich, Pallas Erdrich, and Heid E. Erdrich

Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 1, 6 to 9 pm

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce the first ever show of visual art and text by distinguished author Louise Erdrich. Asynchronous Reading presents Erdrich’s paintings, collage boxes, and found-object constructions along with poetic text and audio works to create an experience to be viewed, read, and heard. Aza Erdrich and Pallas Erdrich contribute key images and media works to an installation curated by Heid E. Erdrich, who also collaborated on parts of the exhibit.

April 1 through April 25, 2015

Louise Ercrich
Rough Draft, A Love Poem, 2015
9.5 x 8 x 2 inches
mixed media, birchbark, found object

George Morrison
Drawing at the Horizon

Opening Reception: Friday, February 13, 5 to 7 pm

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition George Morrison: Drawing at the Horizon that features a selection of drawings and important sketchbooks by the Ojibwe artist. Many of the works, including documents, sketchbooks and diaries were recently shown in an exhibition of the same title at the Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, MN. Drawing at the Horizon also coincides with the traveling retrospective exhibition Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison, which opens to the public at the Minnesota History Center, Saint Paul, its final stop, on February 14, 2015.

February 13 through March 21, 2015

George Morrison
Surrealist Forms, 1980
8.5 x 11 inches
ink on paper


Opening Reception: Friday, January 16, 6 to 9 pm

Bockley Gallery is ringing in the New Year with THE TEMPORARY AUTONOMOUS MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART MINNEAPOLIS, an exhibition of work by seven artists. Eclectic and unpredictable, the show comprises a range of two and three-dimensional work driven by ideas of personal narrative and story telling. Both emerging and seasoned artists are featured in THE TEMPORARY AUTONOMOUS MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART MINNEAPOLIS, which includes paintings and drawings by Lauren Roche, Dietrich Sieling, and the team of Andrew Mazorol and Tynan Kerr. Rounding out the show are quilted wall hangings by Lindsay Rhyner, Rachel Blomgren’s embroidered works, and a kinetic sculpture by Ryan Fontaine. The exhibition was organized with the help of Ryan Fontaine.

January 7 through February 7, 2015

Dietrich Sieling
Shirt Off Geoff, Dietrich at the Ocean Wearing Oreo Shirt, 2014
48 x 96 inches
oil based ink on board

Bill Thorburn
Midnight Garden

An exhibit to benefit the Minneapolis College of Art Design.

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 18, 5:30 to 8 pm

December 18 through 27, 2014

untitled, 2014
9 x 14 inches
archival pigment print on aluminum

Jim Denomie

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition Jim Denomie: Dialogues. With this cache of new oil on canvas paintings, Denomie deftly delivers what we have come to anticipate from this Minnesota artist – an edgy dialogue that illuminates the complex relationships between Native American and contemporary popular cultures. However, with this new work Denomie raises the temperature of his dialogue from hot to boiling by exploring Christianity’s impact on Native peoples, and through biting exchanges between the Lone Ranger and Tonto.

Gallery Talk with Jim Denomie this Wednesday, November 19, 6 to 7:30 pm. Talk will start at 6:30.

November 1 through December 13, 2014

Vatican Cafe (detail), 2014
60 x 96 inches
oil on canvas

Julie Buffalohead
Uncommon Stories

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce its premiere 2014 fall season exhibition Julie Buffalohead: Uncommon Stories. The show will feature new works on paper whose compelling cast of characters – deer, rabbits, coyotes, crows and raccoons, who sometimes masquerade as humans, and vice versa – are now familiar protagonists to fans of Buffalohead’s imaginative worldview. In her recent body of work, the artist continues to investigate personal issues, such as her identity as a woman, mother and Native, or larger sociopolitical concerns such as the act of hunting animals or carrying a gun, and the pervasiveness of cultural stereotypes.

Opening Reception Friday, September 19, 6 to 9 pm.

September 19 through October 25, 2014

The Stampede, 2014
20.5 x 31 inches
acrylic, ink, and pencil on Lokta paper

Andrea Carlson
Ink Babel

The Bockley Gallery boasts the debut of Ink Babel, Andrea Carlson’s newest large-scale painting. As in previous works, Carlson continues to draw upon landscape and storytelling. Her new efforts apply a direct connection to the formal and physical constrains of the cinematic filmstrip. Ink Babel is a work painted with ink and oil on 60 paper panels assembled into a grid that reaches ten by fifteen feet. Film titles, divination devices, cartoonish figures and towers are recreated again and again reminiscent of cells in a filmstrip. The exhibition will include drawings, sketches, sketch books and other materials that supported the creation of Ink Babel.

Andrea Carlson is a fiscal year 2014 recipient of the Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota States Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage funds.

August 8 through September 13, 2014

installation view

Zoran Mojsilov
MEGAshow: sculpture and drawing

Bockley Gallery is pleased to present 30 YEARS OF WORK by Zoran Mojsilov in a truly megasized exhibit comprised of dozens of wood and stone sculptures and charcoal drawings. Exhibited in the Grain Belt Bottling House Atrium in partnership with Artspace, the show transforms a huge atrium into a celebration of decades of Zoran’s work including new large-scale hanging pieces and 10 and 20-foot drawings.

ATTN: This exhibit is not at Bockley Gallery. It is at the Grain Belt Bottling House Atrium, 79 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis 55413. Hours: 9 am to 5 p, Monday through Friday.

June 20 through August 2, 2014

installation view

Into the Light: Paintings and Prints by Dyani White Hawk

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibit of new works by Dyani White Hawk. Opening reception June 20, 6 to 9 pm.

June 20 through August 2, 2014

Dyani White Hawk
All that Glitters, 2014
42 x 42 inches
oil, gold leaf, antique ledger paper on canvas

Frank Big Bear

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition of Frank Big Bear’s new work. Homage presents three new paintings, three drawings, and one collage in which Frank Big Bear pays homage to mentors, warriors, and artists. This is Big Bear’s 11th solo exhibition at Bockley Gallery.

May 15 through June 14, 2014

Frank Big Bear
Self Portrait in Studio with Earrings, 2014
22.25 x 30 inches
color pencil on paper

Two Dark Horses

Bockley Gallery is pleased to present the group exhibition Two Dark Horses featuring work by Lindsay Rhyner, Lauren Roche, and both collaborative and individual works by Andrew Mazorol and Tynan Kerr. The work differs in scale and materials, yet the four artists share an aesthetic rooted in the elusive territories of the imagination and memory, and in the power of storytelling.

March 22 through May 3, 2014

Lauren Roche
Two Dark Horses, 2014
20.25 x 30.5 inches
mixed media on paper

David Sollie
Hollow Stone: The Life And Disappearance of Narek Grigoryan

Bockley Gallery is pleased to present a new body of work by Minneapolis artist David Sollie titled Hollow Stone: The Life And Disappearance of Narek Grigoryan. A work of visual fiction, Hollow Stone is a mysterious story about the surroundings and inner life of an Armenian chemist named Narek Grigoryan told through photographic image and brief passages of text.

February 7 through March 15, 2014

David Sollie
2631, 2013
10.75 x 13.125 inches
archival pigment print with mixed media

A Winter’s Tale: Visual Tidings from 7 Artists

To give warmth to the advent of frigid weather and celebrate the upcoming holiday season, Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce our new exhibition A Winter’s Tale: Visual Tidings from 7 Artists. Collectively, A Winter’s Tale work cuts across media and generations but is united stylistically by an abstract approach to artmaking and often a penchant for bold, dynamic color. A Winter’s Tale features a quilt by Gees Bend artist Mary Lee Bendolph, two mixed media collages by Frank Big Bear, an intimate suite of beaded deer hide pieces by Glen Hanson, a carved and polychromed totem by Lelooska (1933-1996), an acrylic on canvas painting by Norval Morriseau (1932-2007), an oil on canvas painting and a print by George Morrison (1919-2000), and a gesso on canvas painting, and a related carved limestone sculpture by John Snyder.

December 12, 2013 through January 25, 2014

George Morrison
Red Rock, 1955
18 x 24 inches
oil on canvas

Star Wallowing Bull
Mechanistic Renderings

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce our upcoming exhibition, Star Wallowing Bull: Mechanistic Renderings which will feature not only a selection of his signature color pencil on paper drawings, but also, for the first time, several acrylic on canvas paintings. Although a relatively new path for Wallowing Bull, the paintings continue the Ojibwe-Arapaho artist’s pointed investigations of the intersection of Native American and contemporary pop cultures. The show features work created from 2007 to 2013.

October 26 through November 30, 2013

Star Wallowing Bull
New Age Fancy Dancer, 2010
60 x 48 inches
acrylic on canvas

Stuart Nielsen
recent work: 2008-13

Bockley Gallery is pleased to launch its fall exhibition season with Stuart Nielsen: recent work 2008-13, the Minneapolis-based artist’s first solo show in a decade. The exhibition will feature large-scale oil on canvas paintings, watercolor on paper preparatory drawings and a series of modestly scaled, wall-mounted relief plaques made from lead, paint and metal leaf.

September 11 through October 19, 2013

Stuart Nielsen
untitled, 2008
29 x 24 inches
oil on canvas

The River
an evolving group show

This summer Bockley Gallery will present an extended group show that will be constantly changing through the course of its run. The beginning iteration will include work by Frank Big Bear, Andrea Carlson, Barbara Kreft, Stuart Nielsen, George Morrison, Aolar Mosely (Gee's Bend), Mike Perry, Elizabeth Simonson, Joe Sinness, Dyani White Hawk and others. As works sell, others will take their place.

May 25 through July 27, 2013

Barbara Kreft
Zonas du Nord, 2011
65 x 48 inches
oil on canvas

Hazel Belvo
Spirit Tree

Opening Reception: Friday, April 12, 6 to 9 pm

Bockley Gallery is honored to present an exhibition of paintings by distinguished artist and Professor Emeritus, Hazel Belvo. These paintings focus on the artist’s primary subject for more than 50 years, Manidoo-giizhikens---once known as the Witch Tree---now more commonly referred to as the Spirit Tree. This is Belvo’s first exhibit with Bockley Gallery, which she was drawn to because the space presents the possibility of a “shrine-like” exhibit of this series of life-sized works.

April 13 through May 18, 2013

Survivor, 2012
66 x 48 inches
mixed media on canvas

John Snyder

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition entitled HELLO by Decorah IA based artist John Snyder. This is his first showing in the Twin Cites in 10 years. With influences as diverse as Oceanic Art and Buddhist Cave Painting, Snyder’s new work represents the culmination of 10 years of refining an idiosyncratic visual language that describes his interest in religious mysticism including that of his own so called The Church of the Unknown. The resulting work includes large canvases, sculpture, and works on paper.

March 2 through April 6, 2013

Hello, 2013
84 x 104.5 inches
gesso on canvas

Edge of Camp

Opening Reception: Friday, January 18, 6 to 9 pm

Bockley Gallery is ringing in the New Year with Edge of Camp, an exhibition of work by eight artists. Eclectic and unpredictable, the show comprises a range of two and three-dimensional work driven by ideas of personal narrative and story telling. Both emerging and seasoned artists are featured in Edge of Camp, which includes paintings and drawings by Angelena Luckeroth, Lauren Roche, Dietrich Sieling, and the team of Andrew Mazorol and Tynan Kerr, whose painting Edge of Camp was inspiration for the show. Rounding out Edge of Camp are quilted wall hangings by Lindsay Rhyner, Korla Luckeroth’s ceramic wall reliefs depicting common architectural structures, and assemblages constructed from natural objects such as seeds or acorns by Jim Proctor.

January 19 through February 23, 2013

Andrew Mazorol and Tynan Kerr
Edge of Camp, 2011
48 x 64 inches
mixed media on canvas

Elizabeth Simonson

Opening Reception: Friday, November 16, 6 to 9 pm

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition of mixed media sculpture and drawings by Twin Cities-based artist Elizabeth Simonson. On view will be five of her signature globes crafted from strands of filament wire and glass and acrylic beads. Suspended from the ceiling, these ethereal but animated pieces were inspired by molecular structures. The largest, Instar 3, was the third element in her acclaimed 2011 installation in the atrium of Walker Art Center. For the show, Simonson has created two new, helix-like works from beads and red and brown threads that express a more restrained aura.

“Each hanging piece has its own character, its own personality,” says Simonson. “I embrace these globes as individual entities, as creatures in their own right.”

Rounding out the exhibition will be several of Simonson’s richly hued ink on paper drawings, and a temporary installation constructed from beads and wire sited in one corner of the gallery. “I truly embrace the concept of beauty in my work. It is not intended to be political or profound, but actually to celebrate beauty,” comments Simonson. “I am trying to make intimate, beautiful structures at a time when beauty is not so easily apparent.”

November 17, 2012 through January 12, 2013

, 2012
10 x 10 x 10 inches
glass and plastic beads, wire, fishing line

Julie Buffalohead

Opening Reception: Friday, October 12, 6 to 9 pm

Bockley Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Julie Buffalohead, who is the just-announced winner of the prestigious Contemporary Arts Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, Indiana. The fellowship celebrates established and emerging Native American artists of merit.

Buffalohead’s new works meld human and animal worlds in darkly amusing tableaux. Her mixed media works, presented on textured and colored papers, create an initial effect of light-heartedness that quickly becomes less than benign. Buffalohead’s art mixes delight with a sense of the shape-shifter at work. Her imagery is darkly playful, portraying wild animals interacting with humans—often women and children—in party-like settings. The deer, wolves, fox, raccoons, and other small creatures Buffalohead portrays are elegant and full of character and movement, signifying complex narratives just below the surface.

October 13 through November 10, 2012

The Lone Ranger Rides Again
, 2012
20 x 30 inches
mixed media on paper

Zoran Mojsilov

Opening Reception: Friday, September 7, 6 to 9 pm
Video Screening: 9 pm

Bockley Gallery is pleased to present new works by Zoran Mojsilov in an exhibit comprised of two large-scale wood sculptures, one stone and wood work, and charcoal drawings. Zoran’s sculptures are created from a black walnut tree blown down in a storm that struck the Lake of the Isles area in 2011. In addition, Zoran’s large granite piece Grandma’s Mountain is currently installed nearby, adjacent to Kenwood Park and Kenwood School. Another smaller work, an untitled white stone “bench,” sits in front of the school playground across from the gallery. On opening night a video featuring Zoran’s new projects will be screened by Big Event at 9 PM just outside Bockley Gallery.

September 8 through October 6, 2012

, 2012
74 x 96 x 37 inches
black walnut and steel

Summer Group Show

Bockley Gallery is pleased to present our annual summer group show. The exhibit will open Friday, August 10, 6 to 9 pm and run through Saturday, September 1, including work by Carolyn Anderson, Julie Buffalohead, Jim Denomie, Pat and Gage Kruse, Jim Proctor, Norval Morrisseau, Stuart Nielsen, Dietrich Sieling, Elizabeth Simonson, David Sollie, John Ratzloff, John Snyder, Francis Yellow, among others.

August 10 through September 1, 2012

Jim Denomie
Bad Ass, 2012
40 x 56 inches
oil on canvas

Frank Big Bear
Time Zones (Red Owl)

Bockley Gallery is pleased to present a two week showing of the new, spectacular Frank Big Bear collage Time Zones (Red Owl). It will be on display Friday, July 13 through Saturday, August 4. The collage is constructed on old invitations for his son's exhibit The Art of Star Wallowing Bull. It measures 66.75 x 159.5 inches overall and comprises 170 individual elements. There will not be an opening event.

July 13 through August 4, 2012

Time Zones (Red Owl)
, 2012
6 x 8.5 inches (detail)
66.75 x 159.5 inches (overall)
collage on found paper

Francis Yellow
Takuskanskan (Power Moving)

Bockley Gallery is pleased to present works on paper, canvas and select 3-d work by Francis Yellow/Wanbli Koyake’. Colorful warriors, horses, bison, and picket signs overwrite stock certificates, checks from the U.S. government, maps and other documents. In this exhibit, figures hunting, fighting and riding, make keen comment on the differences between the lifeways of Yellow’s people, the Lakota (a name he translates as “Friendly”) and the ways of American culture.

June 2 through July 7, 2012

Ikicize Wan (A Fighter)
, 2011
4.5 x 7.5 inches
mixed-media on antique invoice

Wendy Red Star
Two recent print projects

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition presenting two recent print publications: The Four Seasons series, 2006 comprised of four prints, Fall, Winter, Spring, and Indian Summer and the Thunder Up Above series, 2011 comprised of 6 prints, Hoop in the Cloud, Medicine Rock Child, Sits with the Stars, Stirs Up the Dust, and Walks in the Dark. Both series are available at two sizes.

April 28 through May 26, 2012

Walks in the Dark (Thunder Up Above series)
, 2011
44 x 31 inches
edition of 15
archival pigment print on paper

Dyani White Hawk

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibit of paintings by Dyani White Hawk in a Twin Cities solo debut. The opening of this exhibit is in conjunction with a book launch for Heid E. Erdrich’s Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems. White Hawk’s work is featured on the cover of Erdrich’s new book. Readings and book signing will take place next door to Bockley Gallery from 7-9 pm. Erdrich’s book is available from nearby Birchbark Books.

White Hawk’s exactingly executed paintings often combine the Lakota art of quillwork with strong lines that echo blanket and moccasin patterns. Often the scale of her work, large canvases as well as very small, or “extreme close-up” images, creates an interesting confusion between landscape and object or between pattern and figure. Her use of abstraction brings American Indian tradition into a dynamic contemporary context to reveal a powerful intellect and a remarkably original artist.

March 23 through April 21, 2012

Been Seeing You For Awhile Now
, 2011
60 x 60 inches
acrylic and oil on canvas

Frank Big Bear
Skull Paintings: an Homage to Fritz Scholder

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition of Frank Big Bear’s new work. Skull Paintings: an Homage to Fritz Scholder presents new paintings, drawings, and collages that reveal Big Bear’s current inspirations and obsessions. Consisting of bold portraits of skeletal warriors, among other images, his current series of paintings responds to work by the American artist Fritz Scholder (1937-2005). Another of Big Bear’s muses, the rocker and poet Patti Smith, is revealed in a large work incorporating 150 individual collages created on invitations from Bockley Gallery’s past exhibition Patti Smith: American Artist, Photographs by Frank Stefanko.

Big Bear’s images also play on a traditional trope which curator Todd Bockley describes as “mediations on the artist in studio—a classic Western subject—but with the American Indian artist as warrior.” We see the artist with paintbrushes that become arrows, a side table and still life that become a palette that becomes a war shield. Other images foreground spectral faces against a backdrop of the dark cosmos. Often, behind all these images, the artist creates a frame, a window onto the horizon, a reminder of Big Bear’s life on Lake Superior.

These portraits—grimacing skulls, some patched with stitches like the bones of Frankenstein’s monster—suggest the American Indian artist as both “freak” and “warrior,” as Big Bear says. His works also suggest a conundrum: the contemporary American Indian artist regarded as both stereotype and anomaly at once.

February 18 through March 17, 2012

Black Skull Chief
, 2011
30 x 30 inches
acrylic on canvas

Ahmoo Angeconeb

Bockley Gallery is excited to announce its upcoming exhibition of works on paper by Canadian artist Ahmoo Angeconeb. This exhibit marks a chance to see Ahmoo’s work in the U.S. where he has rarely shown. This is his first show at Bockley Gallery.

Ahmoo’s bold and kinetic images arise from traditional indigenous stories and also convey his personal vision. His drawings feature colored pencil on dark paper creating a chiaroscuro effect while his prints make use of colored-paper background and dark pigments resulting in dynamic color contrasts. Known for his use of Anishinaabe iconography, Ahmoo tells personal and spiritual stories through figures and symbols his people have used for a thousand years. Many of his works are offered as a “restorative vision” for healing. Imbedded in the images are family history and biography. Figures depicted include Thunderbirds, water spirits, canoes, and clan animals surrounded by radiating “peckings” to indicate smoke used in ceremonies. The “wide-eyed” humans central to these works are a new and particular innovation specific to Ahmoo’s creations.

January 11 through February 11, 2012

Young Thunderbirds with Horned Serpent
, 2011
22 x 30 inches
color pencil on black paper

Dietrich Sieling
Aerodynamic Karaoke

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition entitled Aerodynamic Karaoke by Dietrich Sieling. The exhibition presents bold works on scratchboard and paper that combine text and form to portray impossibilities such as rhythms printed on air and karaoke to wordless music, alongside wished-for improbabilities such as grape-flavored Oreos and other refreshingly original treats. Dietrich Sieling’s many works presented in Aerodynamic Karaoke draw the viewer into a deeply interior world rendered with humor and intensity.

December 3, 2011 through January 7, 2012

untitled, 2011
12 x 9 inches
graphite and color pencil on paper

Jim Denomie
Works on Paper

Bockley Gallery announces its upcoming exhibition of new works on paper by Minnesota-based artist Jim Denomie. Bright and playful, these works open unexpected dimensions and point to new directions while they continue Denomie’s characteristic humor and serious social commentary.

The Lone Ranger and Tonto appear in one series, while a couple canoes alongside a grinning duck in another series. The exhibit includes a number of prints, both etchings and monoprints, as well as paintings created in acrylic on paper that introduce new Denomie characters in colorful portraits. These works on paper, mostly created since May of 2011, suggest just some of Denomie’s recent creative outpour. During a two-week residency in Oregon, Denomie created a body of over 72 new monotypes and monoprints. He has since reworked dozens of those prints in oil stick, which results in dramatic texture and wonderful clarity of color.

The exhibition presents dozens of images unframed in order to reveal the intimate nature of works on paper and to bring into focus how the artist’s materials influence his creative outcome. The result of this presentation of unframed works creates a feel as informal and as deeply informative as a studio visit. The installation allows us a close-up view as Denomie encounters “the unexpected” within his own new work.

October 22 through November 19, 2011

untitled (Canoe Series), 2011
30 x 22.375 inches
1/1, monoprint with oil pastel
printed at Crow's Shadow

Andrea Carlson

Bockley Gallery is proud to announce its upcoming exhibition of a selection of works by Twin Cities-based artist Andrea Carslon.  Recently expanded, the VORE series was originally mounted at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo in 2010 and acquired, in part, by the National Gallery of Canada earlier this year. These mixed media works on paper, several presented on four panels to create single large-scale images, both startle and attract the viewer.

September 17 through October 15, 2011

Apocalypse Domani
, 2010
45.5 x 60.5 inches
acrylic, oil, graphite, color pencil, ink, gauche, pastel and watercolor on paper

Pot Luck

Time again for our annual summer pot luck. Grills will be provided, so bring something to throw on, and, a side-dish if you are so inclined, refreshments will also be available.

Artists this year will include: Carolyn Anderson, Ahmoo Angeconeb, Frank Big Bear ,Stuart Brings Plenty, Julie Buffalohead, Jim Denomie, Glen Hanson, Pat and Gage Kruse, Stuart Nielsen, Jim Proctor, John Ratzloff, Wendy Red Star, Elizabeth Simonson, John Snyder, Brian Sobaski, David Sollie, Francis Yellow, Star Wallowing Bull.

July 30 through August 27, 2011

Elizabeth Simonson
Vacare, 2010
42 x 36 inches
beads, wire, and filament

Zoran Mojsilov
Grandma's Magic

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition of sculpture and drawings by Twin Cities-based artist Zoran Mojsilov. Titled Grandma’s Magic the show features work inspired by his native Serbia, the former Yugoslavia, and by the life and spirit of his Serbian grandmother who lived in the ancient village of Vlasi. Raised in Belgrade before moving to Minneapolis in the mid-1980s, Mojsilov is known for his powerful, rough-hewn sculptures, large and small, made from stone, wood and metal.

June 17 through July 23, 2011

untitled, 2011
30 x 30 x 26 inches
wood and steel

George Morrison
New York School

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of more than a dozen paintings and works on paper by Minnesota artist George Morrison (1919-2000) that were created during the time when he largely lived and worked in New York City from the mid -1940s until the early 1960s.

Morrison’s work reveals a unique fusion of Surrealist and Abstract Expressionist ideas, elements and techniques. His often paint-laden canvases and complex drawings were populated by bold abstract shapes, grid-like patterns of color and disembodied floating forms. They sometimes hinted at landscapes. A sophisticated colorist, Morrison understood how vivid and uncommon hues combined with the tactility of a gestural brush stroke could make even the most abstract of paintings dynamic. “I like the so-called magical surface of a painting, the marks that a painter makes,” he once explained.“…I am interested in the phenomenon of paint and the act of painting. Using Surrealist ideas and techniques, I let images emerge from masses of paint. So there are hidden associations that become real for me in the final mark.“

May 14 through June 11, 2011

, 1956
26 x 36 inches
oil on canvas

Wendy Red Star
American Spirit

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce our second exhibition with Portland based artist Wendy Red Star.

“For more than a century outsiders captivated by the perceived stereotypes of American Indian cultures have appropriated and distorted elements of those cultures for their own purposes. These people often ignored the impact of this colonizing process on the Indians themselves. The work in this exhibition examines the commercialization and appropriation of American Indian cultures and images. These persistent co-optations by western society constitute a form of cultural imperialism that contributes to the destruction of American Indian culture and identity.

American Spirit is both a comment on historical and popular culture’s revision of Native American culture, and my personal perspective on current Native customs as a biracial Crow Indian woman. The work in this series walks a fine line in attempting to blur or blend these two perceptions into a re-imagined approach to Native American imagery.”

Wendy Red Star

April 9 through May 7, 2011

Stirs up the Dust, 2011
54 x 36 inches
archival pigment on canvas

Private Worlds

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce our upcoming exhibition Private Worlds that features assemblages and works on paper by 13 self-taught artists. The work, which has been culled from private collections and Todd Bockley’s personal inventory, demonstrates the personal inventiveness of self-taught artists and their keen disinterest in artistic or cultural norms. As the term ‘self-taught’ suggests, none had any specific art training. The artists, most of whom have passed away, lived and worked in Europe and the United States from the mid-19th to 21st centuries.

Artists include: Therésè Bonnelabay, James Castle, Henry Darger, Clementine Hunter, Frank Jones, Franz Kernbeis, Johann Korec, Raphaël Lonné, Otto Prinz, Josef Karl Rädler, A.G. Rizzoli, Simon Sparrow, Scottie Wilson.

March 5 through April 2, 2011

Josef Karl Rädler
Self Portrait as Draughtsman, 1917
verso and recto
12.5 x 10.125 inches
mixed media on paper

John Ratzloff

Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce its second exhibition with Twin Cities photographer John Ratzloff. The exhibition, entitled “Portraits," will display a selection of work from Ratzloff’s twenty-year career. 

In 1991, after the first bombing of Baghdad, Ratzloff began photographing peaceful people. The work began with portraits and interviews of peaceful activist women, including Meridel Le Sueur and Winona La Duke. This experience inspired his sixteen years of making portraits and landscapes on The White Earth Indian Reservation.

The 10 portraits in the exhibit span 20 years of photography. Five are from his early years. The balance of portraits in the exhibit are made on his most recent path of seeking and photographing local gardeners, sculptors, authors, musicians, explorers and morel mushrooms. In their essence, they are about potentials for noble existence life on this planet has to offer. As such, the portraits are honest, straight, respectful and hopeful. 

January 14 through February 19, 2011

Siri Kuntson, Two Pony Farm
Siri Knutson, Two Pony Farm, 2010
15.5 x 15.5 inches
archival pigment print on rag paper

Pat and Gage Kruse
Jim Proctor

Bockley Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition by Pat and Gage Kruse and Jim Proctor.

Pat and Gage Kruse create exquisitely crafted tableaus from Birch bark, a material which has a traditional meaning in the historical art and artifacts of Native American image-making and story-telling. Usually associated with narrative conventions (these being historically associated with the winter months, making their showing a fitting tribute to the emergence of winter), Pat and Gage Cruz have translated Birch bark into a contemporary and innovative mode of presentation. The tableaus which they create are not dependent upon traditional examples, but rather a translation and abstraction of these precedents in the aim of formal innovation and artistic re-imagining.

Jim Proctor is similarly interested in historical example and natural material. His work generally reproduces the established presentation of the scientific specimen, but he aims to introduce a newly unnatural and fabricated object into the natural world. Using discovered and disparate natural materials in order to create a hybrid and complex “reality,” Procter knowingly complicates our notion of the “real” and the “fabricated." With twinned activist and aesthetic imperatives, Procter forces us into a consideration of both natural wonder and imaginative innovation.

December 3 through January 8, 2011

Kruse and Proctor
Pat and Gage Kruse
My Brother's Blanket, 2010
48 x 32 inches
birch bark, red willow, and deer sinew

Jim Proctor
Two Maple Seed Specimens (detail), 2010
8 x 4 x 1 inches (shadowbox display size)
silver maple seeds, catalpa seed
hair, mulitfloral rose thorns

T.L. Solien

The exhibition, entitled “Bogusville," will display a representative selection of paintings and works on paper from the artist. Created over the last five years, these works are unified in their exploration of 19th Century American Western expansion as this relates to the practice of painting, and Solein’s central belief that both are fundamentally the products of myth and deception. In Solien’s words:

“The title refers to mis-information provided to potential land speculators by the railroad, prior to building a bridge over the Red River of the North, near Fargo-Moorhead, in the late 19th century. Speculators bought land adjacent to the presumed railroad's right-of-way and built the 'foundation' of a domestic and retail community…The railroad undermined land speculators by relocating the bridging plan to their advantage. The soon-to-be-abandoned initial development site was named 'Bogusville' by the locals…Metaphorically, I connect 'Bogusville' to the fictive 'theatricality' implicit in Painting, as well as to the 'bait-and-switch' process that has affected or, altered the constructs that suggest our personal, societal, political, ethical, and historical 'reality.'” T.L. Solien

These concerns — historical, conceptual, and painterly — are propelled in these works by the fictive protagonist of Ahab’s widow (as  appearing in Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” and Sena Jeter Naslund’s “Ahab’s Wife)," creating a heterogeneous and complex narrative of shifting (and often unreliable) effects.

October 23 through November 20, 2010

Lovebird Applique
Lovebird Applique, 2010
60 x 72 inches
oil, enamel on canvas

Julie Buffalohead

Bockley Gallery is pleased to begin its 25th season with an exhibition of new work by Julie Buffalohead. In these fantastic tableaux animal and human reality are the same, and in these drawings, she introduces new players in this hermetic world, cartoon characters like Sponge Bob and Snoopy (perhaps a nod to motherhood).

Some drawings are disconcerting and make us smile, others are quite dark, but dark with a purpose like a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Her strange world has an incredible internal consistency, though we may not understand its logic, we also don’t doubt it.

September 11 through October 16, 2010

Are You a Good Witch or a Bad Witch 2010, 22.25 x 30 inches
color pencil on paper