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
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
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
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
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
Two Dark Horses, 2014
20.25 x 30.5 inches
mixed media on paper
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
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
Red Rock, 1955
18 x 24 inches
oil on canvas
Star Wallowing Bull
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
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
29 x 24 inches
oil on canvas
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
Zonas du Nord, 2011
65 x 48 inches
oil on canvas
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
66 x 48 inches
mixed media on canvas
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
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
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
10 x 10 x 10 inches
glass and plastic beads, wire, fishing line
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
12 x 9 inches
graphite and color pencil on paper
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
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
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
42 x 36 inches
beads, wire, and filament
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
30 x 30 x 26 inches
wood and steel
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
26 x 36 inches
oil on canvas
Wendy Red Star
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
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
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 Knutson, Two Pony Farm, 2010
15.5 x 15.5 inches
archival pigment print on rag paper
Pat and Gage Kruse
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
Pat and Gage Kruse
My Brother's Blanket, 2010
48 x 32 inches
birch bark, red willow, and deer sinew
Two Maple Seed Specimens (detail), 2010
8 x 4 x 1 inches (shadowbox display size)
silver maple seeds, catalpa seed
hair, mulitfloral rose thorns
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, 2010
60 x 72 inches
oil, enamel on canvas
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.