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Earl Austin: Retrospective

Austin webEARL AUSTIN

September 2 – October 19, 2014
Corridor Gallery
Reception: September 11, 5 - 7 PM
Art sale: september 20, 10 am - 3 pm

Earl Austin has been a lifetime art student, art teacher, arts activist, and will remain forever a beloved Duluth artist. A painter and printmaker, Earl is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, and studied art at the university of Minnesota, Duluth, and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His style, gentle personality and commitment to local arts will be celebrated this fall with a special retrospective of his work.

Signs & Wonders

BenzerKlueg WebFATIH BENZER & JIM KLUEG

September 11 - November 2, 2014
Morrison Gallery
Reception: September 11, 5 - 7 PM
Gallery Talk: October 9, 5:30pm

Lawrence Weiner’s famous quote on the outside of the Walker Art Center states: “Bits & Pieces put together to present a semblance of a whole”. The statement is appropriate when looking at “Signs and Wonders”, the DAI’s fall exhibition celebrating the work of Jim Klueg and Fatih Benzer. Both these artists mine collective culture for images, language, and common references. Working in large scale wood panel paintings, Benzer draws from his background in Turkey and his work in the West to build bridges and connections that can co-exist, however tenuously, in his artwork. While working in the completely different medium of clay, Klueg employs visual and literary quotations that can resonate with a braod spectrum of gallery visitors.

Arc of the Antropocene

Connaughty webSEAN CONNAUGHTY
September 11 – November 2, 2014
Steffl Gallery
Reception: September 11, 5 - 7 PM

Sean Connaughty is a multi-media artist living in Minneapolis. He is a professor in the U of M Twin Cities Art Department and has an extensive exhibition record, nationally and internationally. Connaughty was selected by the Weisman Art Museum to be a featured artist in 2014 and presented his piece “Ark of the Anthropocene” in the museum’s outside courtyard. The same piece from the Wiesman Museum will travel to the Duluth Art Institute this fall as part of Connaughty’s exhibition. The show will also feature a series of terrariums – some submerged in Lake Superior and some visible in the gallery. Connaughty has been collaborating with the earth science departments at the U of M to develop these terrariums to mimic different biozones of planet earth. These orb-like structures will have live internet video feeds that will allow Depot gallery visitors to see, in real time, the sumberged orbs as well as manipulate the video link to change views – allowing them to view inside the terrarium or look underwater in Lake Superior.

A Delicate Balance

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JO WOOD

October 20, 2014 – January 22, 2015
Corridor Gallery
Reception: November 13, 5 - 7 PM

 

Jo Wood's bead and fiber landscapes celebrate her connection to Nature. They serve as portals to the peace and beauty of Place. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and is in the collections of Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul MN and the Mayo Clinics, Rochester MN. Her work has been published in Lark Books, NY 500 Beaded Objects (2004), and Beadwork Magazine, Interweave Press "Stitching a Sense of Place In Beads".

 

Wood was born in Berwyn, IL in 1952. In 1970 she moved to DeKalb, IL to attend Northern Illinois University and study weaving and studio arts. The North Shore of Minnesota has been her home for more than 20 years. Much of that time she lived in a rustic log cabin where she hauled water, heated with wood, and created her intimate scale landscapes in beads.

 

Drawing at the Horizon

Morrison web2GEORGE MORRISON

November 13, 2014 - February 8, 2015
Morrison Gallery
Reception: November 13, 4 - 6 PM

George Morrison (1919 – 2000) is an international treasure celebrated in institutions in New York, Minneapolis, and Washington DC. Morrison’s understanding of abstraction and its unique connection to natural surroundings made him a leader in the modernerist movement. His deep understanding of the horizon line and its universal appeal allowed his work to connect to broad audiences. The Duluth Art Institute is excited to present a show featuring drawings, notebooks, and source material for Morrison’s masterpieces. This connection to process is part of the mission of the DAI as we look at the act of making art as well as the finished product.