Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts presents “Formations, Sediments, Cover-ups, and Remnants.”
The June 21 to July 19 exhibition features artwork by Christopher E. Harrison, of Brooklyn Park, and Daniel Kerkhoff, of Minneapolis.
An opening reception welcoming the artists takes place 6-8 p.m. June 28.
Harrison’s work incorporates the natural world in materials and in subject. Utilizing sand, paper mache, wood, canvas, glues, and tempera paints, the artist creates three-dimensional abstract forms on two-dimensional surfaces.
He builds these works to question how the ordinary can be used to scratch at the surface of the profound – a practice that is not only exploratory but also grounded in destruction and rebirth apparent in contemporary society.
Materials for expression include felted wool with beading, polymer clay, digital painting, cut paper, fiber, encaustic, woodcut, paint, pen and ink, fabric and more. Harrison’s work explores the integration of natural materials and layers to examine the relationship between time memory and the world we inhabit.
In the series “Cover-ups and Remnants,” Kerkhoff takes artwork found at thrift stores and garage sales and paints over them leaving remnants of the original prints or painting. He also paints over his own paintings, leaving parts of the former painting.
Gesso, acrylic, and soil are used in this process.
These works explore appropriation and all of the various levels that the term “covering-up” involves. Kerkoff likes the relationships between what remains of the former art and what has been done in the covering-up process.
Bethany Whitehead, BLCA executive director, said about the exhibit, “I am looking forward to having these two artists in the Banfill Galleries as their work lends itself to the space so well. With the natural world viewable right outside the many gallery windows, both Daniel and Christopher’s work gives homage to nature, time, and our relationship to the earth. Viewers will be challenged to see the art through their own lens of relationship to natural materials.”
Free tours of the exhibition are available when arrangements are made at least a week in advance.
Banfill-Locke is located at 6666 East River Road, Fridley. Art Center hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the galleries is always free.
For more information or to arrange a tour, call 763-574-1850, email [email protected], or visit Banfill-locke.org.
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