New Exhibitions by Maximilian Toth, Shana Kaplow, & Judit Kurtág
Opening Reception Friday April 11, 6-8pm
Minneapolis - Franklin Art Works is pleased to present Maximilian Toth's massive 12 x 48 foot painting installation The Insurgents, new paintings by Shana Kaplow, and a high-definition video by Judit Kurtág
In the Main Gallery - Maximilian Toth: The Insurgents
The New Haven based artist will present his monumental painting, The Insurgents. Toth creates large-scale canvases of sketchy figures on chalkboard-black grounds. His figures consciously suggest a process, a fast rendering of a moment by which the raw physicality of a line describes both the potential to uncover a narrative as well as the active presence of a narrator.
Maximilian Toth's paintings use multiple layers of meaning and symbolism to depict images from personal experiences, such as his friends' stories, ancient mythology and gossip from his childhood town in Massachusetts. His images are raw, arresting and filled with the sinewy stress of excess, aggression and unfiltered loss. This mural of white lines on black ground is the largest work Toth has yet to complete.
Maximilian Toth was born in 1978 in New Orleans and received his BFA from Art Center, Pasadena and an MFA from Yale University in 2006. Since then he has exhibited at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Dallas Contemporary, Jack Tilton Gallery, Daniel Weinberg Gallery and Fredericks & Freiser (New York). This will be the artist's first exhibition in the Midwest.
In the Project Space - Shana Kaplow
The Saint Paul-based Shana Kaplow will present a suite of figural paintings. While rendering her subjects in broad strokes, Kaplow uses a delicately thick and textured oil paint to suffuse the canvas with the tensions of interpersonal isolation, reminding us of our participation within and amidst social interactions.
Shana Kaplow was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1965 and has been featured in exhibitions at the Walker Art Center, Weinstein Gallery, Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota, Asheville Art Museum (North Carolina), Thomas Barry Fine Art, and Franklin Art Works.
In the Video Gallery - Judit Kurtág: Episode
The Berlin-based artist will present her recent video projection, titled Episode. The Hungarian artist's videos foster a consciousness of time in which the moving image is a keeper at the border between the immediate and memory. Her work presents an idiosyncratic harmony of sound and image, and an uncanny digital manipulation that reflects contemplation upon subjectivity.
"For me reality is what really happens, what we think is happening, and what happens in our memories . . . so these three layers are mixed, in a Cubist way." Being introspective yet open to wider explorations, Kurtág's works play within the limits of expression where the differences between artist, narrator and audience become blurred. Taking motion as the ultimate point of reference, Kurtág embraces a liminal perception of reality instead of a true depiction of the world.
Judit Kurtág was born in Budapest in 1975. Her videos have been included in numerous exhibitions internationally, including the Centre George Pompidou (Paris), the Ludwig Museum (Budapest), Musée des Beaux-Arts (Saint-Etienne, France), Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (Luxembourg), Museo De Arte Contemporaneo Da Castilla Leon (Spain), and Artists Space (New York). Kurtág lives and works in Berlin. This will be the artist's second exhibition in the US.
The exhibitions continue through May 24, 2008. Admission is free. For more information or to arrange group visits or tours, please contact Franklin Art Works' staff at 612-872-7494.
Franklin Art Works is a non-profit alternative space devoted to presenting new work by local, national, and international artists. Through a mix of exhibitions, collaborative projects and education, Franklin Art Works celebrates the art of our time in all its complexity and diversity.
All three shows are curated by Franklin Art Works' Director Tim Peterson.
Franklin Art Works
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