MARCH ART TALK: Resident Artist Lecture Series, Thursday, March 3, at 7:00 p.m. featuring Bob Koons and Jason Manley. Always free and open to the public.
Posted on 02/05/2005
Recreating Landscapes at
The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
First Thursday ArtTalk
Artists Bob Koons and Jason Manley both work with the visual language of landscapes, and they both approach their interpretations in surprising and creative ways. These artists share their insights into their different creative approaches toward similar subject matter during the Bemis Center’s first monthly ArtTalk: Resident Artist Lecture Series of 2005 on Thursday, March 3, at 7:00 p.m. As always, this event is free and open to the public.
Bob Koons uses his paintings to explore the use of landscape as subject. He begins by appropriating romantic, representational landscape painting sources and scans them as digital files, manipulating them into abstract images. Koons then meticulously copies these images by hand back into the analog format of a painting. Notes the painter: “The resulting object weaves back and forth between a natural and artificial presentation of landscape and between abstraction and representation. The artist received his BA in Studio Art from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Jason Manley’s work similarly explores transforming the everyday spaces of our landscapes. The artist creates a series of mixed-media paintings that intervene with installation art, which in turn further intervene with existing architecture. Works such as Interior Deconstruction, (2003), Memory Plan (2004) and Flood (2002) provide witty interpretations of both interior and exterior spaces. The artist received his BFA in Painting from the University of Kansas, Lawrence and his MFA from the University of Arizona, Tucson.
Bob Koons and Jason Manley may approach transforming landscapes in different ways, but they both succeed in transforming those very landscapes in a provocative and intriguing manner. Join us at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts the first Thursday in March and experience how these artists explore the visual language of landscapes.