Art exhibition featuring North Dakota artists at the Taube

An exhibition featuring art by North Dakota natives Matthew Anderson and Michael Conlan is on display at the Taube Museum of Art in downtown Minot from Sept. 1 through Oct. 8. The collaboration is called “From Here to Here.” There will be a reception for this exhibition on Oct. 1 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Taube Museum of Art. Anderson and Conlan will be attending the reception in person and will be available to discuss their works. This event is free and open to the public with wine and hors-d’oeuvres being provided.

Anderson, who is originally from Gackle, received a bachelor of arts from Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., and a master of fine arts degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He has exhibited his works nationally and internationally and is a part of public and private collections.

According to information provided by the Taube, Anderson’s drawings are expressions of his wonderment for the North Dakota landscape. They are based on actual places near his country home outside of Grand Forks. The rural landscape provides the compositional structure for the images, yet the work is not bound to an exact location. Anderson is focused on the conceptual language and interaction of subtle gestures, mark-making, color shifts and texture, which evolves as the work develops. His practice is intuitive and responsive to the immediate experience of making, as if playing visual music with the landscape.

Conlan, who is originally from Williston, received his bachelor in fine arts from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, and his master of fine arts at the University of North Dakota. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally and his work is included in both private and public collections. The artist recently returned home to North Dakota to raise his family and to have greater access to the landscape that inspires his work.

Conlan’s Lines is a new and ongoing body of work centered around abstracting the seemingly arbitrary dividing of the landscape through formal investigations of line, color, form, and hierarchy. These formal investigations are preformed through a variety of media and methods from screen prints to oil on canvas and sculptural works. Conlan is carefully distilling the concept of the landscape motif to its essence as he balances between the boundaries of the abstract and the nonobjective.

The museum is open from Tuesday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by special appointment. There is no charge for admission, but contributions are accepted to help the Taube Museum fulfill their mission of enriching lives through the visual arts.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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