Katherine Turczan, Carolyn Swiszcz, Oliver Michaels
Opening June 10, 2006. 6-8pm
Minneapolis – Franklin Art Works is pleased to announce a suite of three solo exhibitions featuring new work by the Minneapolis artists Katherine Turczan and Carolyn Swiszcz and the New York artist Oliver Michaels. An opening reception will take place on June 10 from 6 to 8pm. Admission is free. The exhibitions remain on view through July 29, 2006
Katherine Turczan: Promise of Recovery
Franklin Art Works will present the national premiere of a new body of large format color photographs by the acclaimed Minneapolis artist Katherine Turczan, depicting the people, structures and landscape of the Crimea region of modern day Ukraine.
Fittingly, her 20 works to be presented at Franklin Art Works focus on the sanitariums – or recuperative centers -- located on the Crimean peninsula jutting into the Black Sea. Turczan’s large-format images, measuring 30 x 40” each, take as their subjects men, women and children vacationing or recuperating, and new and newly restored structures of the region posited in the lush countryside and seascapes.
Katherine Turczan, of Ukrainian heritage herself, has exhibited extensively in the US and abroad at venues including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Ludwig Museum (Budapest), the Minnesota Center for Photography, and Yossi Milo Gallery (New York).
Carolyn Swiszcz: Some Days Are Better Than Others
The Minneapolis artist Carolyn Swiszcz will present over 140 acrylic paintings on paper from a series of approx. 270 works created over a nine-month period.
Swiszcz’s paintings imbue otherwise mundane subjects including strip malls, rest stops and newsstands with life and soul through her use of bright, striated color, subtly disjunctive perspective, and the occasional seagull. All are present in Swiszcz’s new series along with landscapes and abstractions. Produced one-a-day over a period of nine months, the works have the appearance of free flowing thought and inspiration.
Swiszcz has exhibited at the Plains Art Museum (Fargo), Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Art Prospects (New York) and Wendy Cooper Gallery (Chicago), among other venues.
Oliver Michaels: Train
The London-born, New York-based artist Oliver Michaels will present his acclaimed video Train (2003-04).
For the video, Michaels mounted a camera to the front of a toy train and then sent it on a 12-minute ride, traversing a multitude of rooms through a network of mouse-hole tunnels carved through the various walls. The train is visible only in moving shadow, leaving the viewer to focus on the varying states of the rooms, crawl spaces and the underside of furniture.
Michaels’ work has been featured in the recent Greater New York exhibition at PS1 (New York), the Toronto International Art Fair, the Herzliya Museum of Art (Israel) and the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), among other venues.