Maia Flore is a French artist, educated at l’Ecole des Gobelins, Paris, who creates photography inspired by what she perceives as the boundaries between reality and unreality—she says, “one way to challenge the mundane everyday is to reveal surprises within it.”
Flore’s work has been exhibited in France, Italy, Spain, London, and Guatemala. She is signed to Agence VU and has done editorial work for Chanel, Christian Dior, Valentino, and Louis Vuitton. Flore has also been reviewed by The New Yorker as well as being featured on the cover of Le Monde.
See her amazing work in our stunning Contemporary Wing.
Exhibit dates: January 6 - March 30, 2014.
Allen Brewer's work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art Library, New York. He was in the 2013 Minnesota Biennial at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis. He is serving as a professor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD).
Exhibit dates: February 3 – April 11, 2014
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SCHAPES N SHPACES can be viewed as one painting, completed over a 2-year time frame. As soon as one stretches woven canvas over wooden bars, one opens a dialogue about truth and deception. Is the artist trying to give you a copy of something, or maybe a version of copies painted without looking? Is there room in your perceptual bank for more options, more ways of seeing and understanding?
SCHAPES N SHPACES share the same letters, just rearranged to add clarity, as well as uncanny ambiguity, Brewer said. The paintings in the show mimic this play with language and lexicon by offering slight changes in our perception of their clarity, realism and ambiguity. Since all the work resides on two-dimensional planes, the challenge becomes ultimate believeability...a task that only our memory and perceptual context can accomplish.
Four years of paintings and simple sculptures chronologically strive to present more personal, clear and focused gestures dealing with linguistic codes, the painted surface and human perception. The 2D surface immediately distinguishes itself as an “illusionary” space in which to work, forfeiting all ideas of any “reality” as soon as paint touches the surface.
Many are begun as simple textual prompts, then painted to exemplify the potential of the word(s) or representation of the object itself, no longer a “painting”, rather a shape in space. Words are just that, until our cerebral inclination and cultural contexts bestow them with meaning and inflection. The paintings are the inflections. By offering an expansive painting lexicon, SCHAPES N SHPACES illustrates the limitless conversation the painted surface began in its conception and continues to have today.
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