RAPID CITY, S.D. (Feb. 13, 2014) – The Apex Gallery at the
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will host its new exhibit,
“Embodied/Disembodied,” by Nathan Hurst, M.F.A., and Chalice Mitchell, M.F.A.,
Feb. 18 through March 26. The artists’ reception will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb.
21, with a gallery talk at 6 p.m. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday
through Saturday and from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.
“Hurst fills his paintings with saturated color and
solidity, Mitchell’s seems to dissolve as though seen through a veil or
alternately as though illuminated by the staccato of a strobe light,” Deborah
Mitchell, director of the Apex Gallery and associate professor of humanities,
She believes their starkly different styles are influenced
by their respective artistic training in Alaska and Florida – two states which
couldn’t be further apart. “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 palette?”
Both artists chose the human figure as their subject, a form
that has been portrayed and received differently in various 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, as both fleeting and corporeal.
“As I look over these paintings I 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 artists are proficient in their
handling of the material and the subject. The viewer will have their own take
on the content,” Mitchell adds.
Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines &
Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid
City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university
enrolls 2,640 students from 45 states and 37 countries, with a
student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. The average starting salary for graduates is
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