The Gallery at Fox Tax and guest curator Nathaniel Smith are excited to present a group exhibition which explores ideas surrounding crowds of people, and masses used by artists in their work. Specifically timed during Art-a-Whirl, the largest open studio arts tour in the United States, the exhibition openly questions the positives and negatives associated with massive groupings of people, from the power found in numbers, to the loss of perspective when alone in a large group. Guest curator, artist and arts writer Nathaniel Smith, has chosen six local artists whom utilize groupings in their work, either of people, information, or repetitive process to highlight inherent beauty when the one becomes many, and the information lost when the individual artistic gesture (or person) is lost in the whole.
Opening reception will take place on May 16th from 5 pm to 9 pm., and through the duration of the Art-a-Whirl studio crawl (Saturday 17th from 12 to 5, and Sunday the 18th from 12 to 5. The exhibition runs through June 20th, 2014.
The Masses is a group exhibition featuring artwork focuses on artists who have who utilize grouping, collections and repetition in their work, including paintings by Nick Howard, drawings by Noah Harmon, Erik Baden, and collaborative work by Andy Ducett, Ric Stultz, and Michael Joseph Winslow.
Nick Howard’s ink and gouache paintings group a repeating cast of characters which represent parts of the society created by man. Says Howard, “I am fascinated with people, relationships and mass psychology. In particular, I am interested in how the mind works and how the feelings, thoughts, ideas, and perceptions we have create our world, both personally and collectively.”
Noah Harmon describes his highly idiosyncratic drawings as exploring themes which “include but are not limited to: Relaxing, Enjoyment, Creeps, Hotties, Champions, and Rock & Roll. The work is informed by the internet, television, and the supernatural.” Harmon’s recent “Congolomo” series takes all of his characters and combines them into densely packed, highly detailed groups, where one becomes the sum of a whole.
Erik Baden pencil and ink drawings are collections of mark making in massive gatherings, which ultimately resemble flocks of birds, clouds, or crowds. These works, from the series begun in 2007, is called “The Multitudes”. Says Baden, “This work is driven by the relationship between the individual making and it’s collected whole; a plurality and its summative singularity.” A graduate of Milwaukee Institute ofArt and Design, Baden now lives and works in the Twin Cities.
The crowded, collaborative works created by Andy Ducett, Ric Stultz and Michael Joseph Winslow fit tightly into a show based around ideas of massed objects. Coming from different backgrounds, (Ducett, an artist, Stultz, an artist/designer, and Winslow, a writer), the three created a series of works where each added whatever they deemed appropriate to each page, until it was full, and therefore, complete.
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Nathaniel Smith is a Minneapolis-based visual artist, arts writer and arts exhibition organizer interested in contemporary art. He was the founder and Director of The FUTURE PRESENCE Gallery, which was awarded Best New Gallery (2011) as well as 3 of the 10 Best Art Exhibitions of 2012 honors by several publications in its one-year run. He is the online arts editor for LA-based art and design site Beautiful/Decay, a contributing columnist for l’étoile, and has also contributed tomnartists.org, the Walker Art Center’s website, and Minneapolis Public Radio, amongst others.