Featured Artists: Nathan Hurst and Chalice Mitchell
February 18 - March 26, 2014
Artists' reception, Friday, February 21, 5 to 7 pm, gallery talk at 6:00 pm
Exhibit: EMBODIED/DISEMBODIED – contemporary explorations of the figure.
In the exhibition Embodied/Disembodied Hurst and Mitchell, both recent graduates with MFA’s in painting, tackle the human body in
Hurst completed his MFA in Alaska while Mitchell completed
hers in Florida, two states which couldn’t be further apart. It underscores their vastly different approaches. While Hurst fills his paintings with
saturated color and solidity, Mitchell’s seem to dissolve as though seen
through a veil or alternately as though illuminated by the staccato of a strobe
light. How does environment influence the artist? Does someone spending days in
the low light conditions of an arctic winter crave color and does an artist who
seeks relief from unrelenting sun comfort themselves with low light and a muted
The human form has been portrayed and received differently in
different cultures over time; revered in Greek art, elongated by the Mannerists
and fractured by the Cubists to name a few. This long lineage of approaches
converges in the 21st century where artists are liberated from style
and are free to subvert the body in many different ways. What seems to be a
common attribute to this work is the body as both fleeting and corporeal.
In these paintings you see light, presence, color,
solidity, impermanence, enduring, fleeting, and ephemeral. Paint is a substance
that can take many forms depending upon the skill and the hand of the artist
and can be all of these things. Both of these artists are proficient in their handling of the material and the subject. Every viewer will have their own take on the content.. Artist Talk will take place at 6 pm, at a 5-7pm reception on Friday, February 21.
There's a long association between Arts and Sciences. Each asks its practitioners to engage a subject and understand it in new ways, to see beyond simple surface reality, to create what doesn't yet exist. The School of Mines honors the arts and sciences
partnership with the Apex Gallery.
The gallery was established in 1989 and is housed in the Classroom Building (see
campus map). It is open to the public and offers educational Arts and Science exhibitions for the enjoyment and enrichment of people of all ages.
The gallery features contemporary works of artists and scientists, many of whom are nationally and internationally recognized. These exhibits are designed to reflect a cross section of cultural expressions and perspectives.
In addition to providing on-campus students and staff with opportunities to view the exhibits, the Apex Gallery offers tours to local middle-schools, features lectures from visiting artists, provides campus and community workshops and conducts collaborative
programming and exhibitions with Rapid City's Dahl Fine-Arts Center.
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