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Crystal Life
Date 8 a.m. Thursday, March 5, -
5 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 2020,
FeaturingLex Thompson
Location Johnson Gallery - View maps and directions

Event Description

Crystal Life

Lex Thompson

Artist Talk: Thursday, March 5 at 6pm in the Eastlund Room, CLC Building, 2nd Level. Reception in the Johnson Gallery following the talk.

On View: March 5 - April 19, 2020

Inspired by John Ruskin's The Ethics of the Dust, Lex Thompson's Crystal Life uses photography, video, sculpture and decorative arts to consider natural aesthetics, technological reproduction, and the divisions between life and non-life.

About the Artist:

Lex Thompson's work examines aspects of intellectual and cultural history in relationship to contemporary thought.  Obtaining a BA in History at New College of Florida and a MA in Religion and Visual Arts at Yale University, he received his MFA in Photography at the San Francisco Art Institute.  He is Professor of Art (Photography) at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. He is recipient of a 2010 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Photographers, a 2008, 2011, 2016 & 2018 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, and was selected as a 2009 Flash Forward Emerging Photographer and shortlisted for the 2014 Source-Cord Prize. His project Frame Drag was included in the Midwest Photographer's Project at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. His artwork is included in collections at the Getty Research Institute, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Stanford University, University of California Los Angeles, and Yale University, among others.

Image: The Geology of Nocturne in Black and Gold, Video still, 2019


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