From Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program

Artists: Chris Faust and Mike Lynch
December 15, 2000 – February 11, 2001
Minnesota Artists Gallery

Essential connections between artist Chris Faust and Mike Lynch extend well beyond their mutual interest in the night. Their exhibition, simply titled “Night,” revealed similarities, even stunning resemblances, between Faust's panoramic photographs and Lynch's oil paintings, watercolors, and drawing-all depicting the industrial and agricultural landscape at night. Although a generation apart, both artists are masterful technicians, producing tonal compositions accentuating low values, and yielding dense, expressive pictures. In a certain sense, both come to art by way of physical interaction with the landscape.

Chris Faust is well known for panoramic black-and-white photographs of landscapes, images often filled with contradiction and the enduring tension between humans and nature. Faust achieves lush tonal quality through a process called compensation development, which he learned from John Sexton, a student of Ansel Adams. His night images are linked quite directly to his first inspirational encounter with Mike Lynch's painting, twenty-five years ago.

Mike Lynch has been recognized for decades as an artist whose oil paintings, watercolors, and drawings display rare economy and sensitivity. He has devoted himself to night scenes since 1953, when he began painting in earnest. Lynch creates his evocative work through the use of time-honored practices such as nineteenth-century British watercolor technique. A stoic fellow, he likens the mystery of his work to that of jazz music.


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  • Opening Reception: Thursday, December 14, 2000 at 7:00 p.m. in the Minnesota Artists Gallery.
  • Slide lectures by the artists: Chris Faust: Thursday, January 18, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. in the Pillsbury Auditorium. Mike Lynch: Thursday, February 8, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. in the Pillsbury Auditorium.

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