From Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program
Artists: Jil Evans, James Holmberg, and Cristi Rinklin
December 20, 2001 – February 10, 2002
Minnesota Artists Gallery
In Situ featured new paintings by contemporary artists Jil Evan, James Holmberg, and Cristi Rinklin, who are all engaged with the creative connections between their paintings and the spaces that they occupy. The exhibition was named for the Latin phrase in situ, which means, roughly, “in the original location.” The installation presented Evan's pseudo-figurative works, suspended overhead to suggest the ceiling of a baroque interior; Holmberg's large-scale atmospheric canvases, accompanied by painted “details” of the larger works; and Rinklin's lush, wonder-filled oval paintings, surrounded by “frames” painted directly on the gallery wall.
These various paintings relied on a variety of pictorial strategies, revealing infinite, collapsing space, landscape-like space, gestural of flat allover pattern, and surfaces punctuated with biomorphic forms. Hybridized, these approaches invited the simultaneous contemplation of disparate kinds of reality, extending abstraction's formidable history of bending time and bridging object, space, and viewer.
In two monumental works painted as a response to the baroque, and in particular the work of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Jil Evans considered how to 'occupy place” in a painting. Her very gestural Fallen Angels swirled like clouds or tornadoes, collapsing the picture plane as they appeared to move.
Floating across James Holmberg's large, hazy canvases, simple cell-like shapes and their shadows confounded a dreamy, primitive kind of space that seemed both infinite and infinitesimal. For Holmberg, painting is a significant reflection of the subconscious, a visual manifestation of the actual process or state of mind he enters while making art.
Cristi Rinklin's concern with the limits of reality, outer space, and the vastness of the universe has haunted her since childhood. This preoccupation was evident in her paintings, especially through the chambers, windows, or capsule shapes that inhabited them. These magical containers depicted and were surrounded by natural wonders, art history fragments, and playful patterns that rose like sea monsters out of seventies pop culture.
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- Opening Reception: Thursday, December 19, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. in the Minnesota Artists Gallery.
- Artists' talk: Thursday, January 31, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. in the Minnesota Artists Gallery.