Nicola López, Concentration City (detail), 2007, mixed media on paper, 40 x 325"
Due to the great successes the exhibition is prolonged from the January 12th 2008 to the January 19th 2008
New Exhibitions by Nicola López, g. bradley rhodes & Qiu Anxiong
Opening Reception Saturday November 17, 6-8pm
Minneapolis - Franklin Art Works is pleased to present three concurrent solo shows premiering ambitious new works by New York artists Nicola López and g. bradley rhodes, and Shanghai-based Qiu Anxiong.
In the Main Gallery - Nicola López: Constriction Zone
The New York-based artist Nicola López will premiere a site-specific installation and monumental drawing that continue her fascination with how technological growth and sprawl are shaping our contemporary landscape.
López is known for her print-based installations, composed of silkscreen and woodblock prints on mylar, that the artist composes into billowing accretions that take advantage of each gallery's architecture by traversing walls, ceilings and floors. In contrast to her subject matter, her works remain distinctly handmade - so much so that her tires, cell phone towers and highway systems incongruously display a certain delicacy and vulnerability.
Nicola López received her MFA from Columbia University in 2004. She has exhibited extensively in the US and abroad, at venues including the Center for Contemporary Art (Santa Fe), The Museum of Modern Art, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (San Juan), El Museo del Barrio, and Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (Cusco, Peru) and she has completed recent artist residencies at the Headland Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA) and La Curtiduría (Oaxaca, Mexico). This is López's first exhibition in Minnesota.
In the Project Space - g. bradley rhodes: as if you know me
The Brooklyn-based artist will present a series of three paintings, composed of cut-out, painted and drawn collaged figures and environments on panel, that explore the emotional complications of the contemporary world.
rhodes brings together a massive cast of characters to create fantastical compositions that investigate human relationships, social structures, political themes, religious uncertainty, and the psychological drama of everyday life in America. Although reminiscent of the violent worlds of Bosch and Brueghel, the intricacy and dynamism of rhode's works distracts the viewer from his complex and dangerous scenes.
g. bradley rhodes received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy (Michigan) in 2006 and has been featured in exhibitions at Larissa Goldston Gallery, Lemberg Gallery (Michigan), and Robert Rentz Gallery (Virginia). This will be his first exhibition in Minnesota.
Also on view - Qiu Anxiong: Minguo Landscape
The Shanghai-based Qiu Anxiong will present his acclaimed trio of animated videos which examine 20th century Chinese history and comment on the ills of present day culture to jarringly poetic effects.
Qiu's animations are derived by filming and later manipulating a series of black and white oil paintings, which appear identical to traditional ink wash drawings. The videos, Fly South (2005), Jiangnan Poem (2006) and Minguo Landscape (2006) feature panoramic landscapes dotted with ancient and modern structures that are peopled with rural figures, armies, animals and insects. A devout Buddhist and student of Confucian classics, Qiu's works are "the paradigm of quietude and detachment." (Chang Tsong-Zung)
Qiu Anxiong was born in 1972 in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, and is based in Shanghai. His works have been featured in the 2006 Shanghai Biennial, Grace Li Gallery (Switzerland), and in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. He is currently included in the traveling exhibition China Power Station II, organized by the Astrup Fearnly Museum of Modern Art (Oslo) and the Serpentine Gallery (London).
This is Qiu Anxiong's first solo exhibition in the US, and only one of two exhibitions in the US to-date.
The exhibitions continue through January 12, 2008 and admission is always free. For more information, to arrange school 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 cutting edge contemporary 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.