Uta Barth to Premiere New Work at Franklin Art Works
Opening September 16, 2006. 6-8pm
Minneapolis – Franklin Art Works will present the national premiere of a 43-image photographic series by the Los Angeles artist Uta Barth. Also on view will be solo shows by the New York video artist Oliver Herring, and Minneapolis painter Christian Nielsen. An opening reception for the artists will take place on September 16 from 6 to 8pm. Admission is free. The exhibitions remain on view through November 4, 2006
Uta Barth: 2006
Uta Barth’s new photographic series documents several modest vases of flowers placed on the artist’s home office desk. This work, comprised of sub-series of images in diptych, triptychs, and four and five panels works, features true images and red “after images” in which the subjects scale and focus shift and are depicted in fields of red and orange.
Far from being a paean to the beauty of flowers, Barth states, “the work invests in ideas about time, stillness, inactivity and non-event, not as something threatening or numbing, but as something actually to be embraced. There is a certain desire to embrace that which is completely incidental, peripheral, atmospheric and totally unhinged...” – from Uta Barth, Contemporary Artists series, Phaidon Press (2004)
Uta Barth has exhibited extensively in the US and abroad with past solo exhibitions at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, SITE Santa Fe, Acme (Los Angeles) and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery (New York).
The exhibition is made possible by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Peter Norton Family Foundation.
Oliver Herring: Spit Reverse
The New York City-based artist will screen his landmark 2002 video projection, Spit Reverse, in which a host of young performers spit streams of water into the air in acrobatic fashion. The video features simple yet inventive special effects, adding to the works’ playful spirit.
Herring has gained international recognition for his work in sculpture and video, with recent one person shows at MIT List Visual Art Center (Cambridge, MA), the Frye Art Museum (Seattle) and Max Protecth Gallery (New York).
Christian Nielsen: New Paintings
The Minneapolis artist will present a selection of abstract oil paintings on panel, created over the past five months. The reduction method works create unusual illusions of depth and dimension, appearing at time almost photographic. This will be Nielsen’s first solo exhibition in Minnesota.