Reception of the exhibitions of the Contemporary Abel Gallery – Isthmus

Press release : July 22 – September 4, 2022, ACG present Pranav Sood- I am Absolutely Absolute, painting invitation: Collective exhibition, Reflection: Heads and Masks by Marlene Miller, In no. 5: Keith Kaziak: The paradox of things

Opening Friday, July 22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. open to the public

Shows open online Saturday, July 23 at 10:00 a.m. CDT

Artist talks:

Pranav Sood – Thursday August 4th 5pm Virtual CDT

Keith Kaziak – Saturday August 20e2 p.m. In person

Pranav Sood – I am Absolutely Absolute: Born in Punjab, India and currently residing in Brooklyn, New York, Pranav Sood creates bold large-scale acrylic paintings inspired in equal parts by Western Pop Art and Op-art, Byzantine mosaics and Indian miniature painting. traditional. Each painting details a chapter of a hero’s journey to personal and spiritual completion through abstract narratives. Deeply optimistic in their perseverance in the face of hardship and tragedy, the protagonists of Sood grapple with perpetual existential struggles. Through painstakingly rendered patterns and lines, Sood develops intricate iconography to explore love and family relationships, notions of identity and self, and spiritual and philosophical essays with humor, innuendo and metaphor, emphasizing the need for devotion. and determination.

Invitation to paint: Group exhibition: Featuring the work of Kelli Hoppmann, Dennis Nechvatal, Jean Roberts-Guequierre, Barry Roal Carlsen, Lori Schappe-Youens, Adam Stoner and Jonathan Wilde, this exhibition shows the many ways in which artists tell stories that are both personal and universal. With influences ranging from medieval artwork to a local farm field, all of these artists have a beautiful and fascinating story to tell.

Reflection: Heads and Masks by Marlene Miller : Marlene Miller’s work explores the human condition through figurative ceramic sculpture, expressing internal realities, both personal and universal. In its raw state, the clay responds to the maker’s hand with unparalleled sensitivity and expressive power – fingerprints, gouges and tool marks remain, energizing the surface of emerging figures. Based in Washington, Illinois, a ceramic sculptor, she received her BFA in Ceramics and Figurative Painting from Bradley University in 1976 and her MFA in Ceramics from Syracuse University in 1978. Her work has been included in more than one hundred national exhibitions and many international ceramics exhibitions. .

In no. 5: Keith Kaziak: The paradox of things: The paradox of things harnesses the ephemera and vernacular of human experience to highlight and explore the thing objects and materials. Ostensibly mundane objects – from Oreos to Wonder Bread, cinder blocks and cardboard boxes – are rendered unfamiliar through recontextualization and decontextualization. The mundane becomes both menacing and magical as each uncanny instance reshapes the object and pulls our perceptions away through an unfamiliar lens. Kaziak evokes associations of objects and materials rich in references to consumer and visual culture that recall a surreal painting and a 21st century vanitas landscape, revealing our precarious nature and our relationship to the world. Through this process, Kaziak’s sculptures often contrast with wacky innuendo, tied to conversations about consumption, the environment, and work. Kaziak holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BFA from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Julia P. Cluff