Movement - Process - Reflection
Featuring Jil Evans & Margaret Wall-Romana
Friday, September 30
through Monday, November 21, 2011
Artist Discussion with Christina Schmid
Johnson Gallery, CC Building, 2nd Floor
Opening reception following the talk
About the Artists
Jil Evans a painter and printmaker who lives in Minneapolis. Her artwork is informed by a diverse range of interests and experiences, ranging from an on-going study of Italian and Dutch Baroque painting, to a recent trip to the Galapagos Islands to investigate the vegetation and the geological forms of volcanic activity.
"I am interested in what is called the "emergence" of aesthetic experience and creativity. There is a lot of work being done right now by philosophers and evolutionary biologists in the attempt to account for our experience of beauty and ugliness, values, ethics, and even consciousness itself. (As seen in the popular publications by Daniel Dennett and Richard Dawkins, and a very different view in the philosophical work of Douglas Hedley in "Living Forms of the Imagination".) As a visual artist who has long been interested in how meaning is made and derived from the process of visual abstraction, I am very excited about the possibility for artists to contribute substantially to this on-going debate."
Evans has shown nationally and internationally, and has work in several museum and corporate collections. She has received the Jerome Foundation Grant, Arts Midwest/National Endowment for the Arts, Minnesota State Arts Board grants, the Pew Grant to study and paint in Italy, and residencies at the American Academy in Rome and Atlantic Center for the Arts. Evans has a BFA from Calvin College, and received her MA in painting at the University of Iowa, and MFA in painting from Stanford University.
In works deploying her signature visual syntax of flora and fauna in various states of growth and decomposition, Margaret Wall-Romana exercises a wide-ranging interest in the history of painting, from Mannerism and The Dutch Golden Age to Abstract Expressionism. While referencing traditions of still life and landscape, her paintings resist the closure that this might imply, and instead hover on the brink of a complex spatiality where the picture plane is neither window nor surface but both. Viewing her paintings is an experience meant to unfold gradually, revealing improbable juxtapositions and scale shifts, and cycling back and forth from gestalt to detail, from flatness to illusion, figurative description to open-ended evocation. Margaret lives in Minneapolis and received her MFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She is working on a solo MAEP show that will open in January 2011 at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
Gallery Director and Assistant Professor of Art