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The Midwest Biennial Reception is Tomorrow!

September 11, 2009

If you missed the Minnesota State Fair (or even if you didn't), I just found out there's another chance to see in person my favorite painting from the Minnesota State Fair Fine Art Exhibition (which is not pictured in my post, but you can read about my preferences here).

Wintertime, by James Penfield (see it on his website: click on "paintings," then click the first icon in second row of painting icons) is included in the Midwest Biennial. To find out more about the show, use the link provided below. And note that the reception is tomorrow. If you are in the area go check it out!

The Midwest Biennial invites everyone to join us for
the Midwest Biennial Artist’s Reception which will be held on Saturday,
September 12th, from 5 – 8 PM
when we will announce the winners of the
Midwest Biennial. The Artist’s Reception is free and open to the
public. The Midwest Biennial’s Wausau Exhibition is located at 622 N.
3rd Street, in the heart of the Arts District in downtown Wausau,
Wisconsin. [information quoted from the Midwest Biennial Website]

Penfield graciously provided some background information on the piece I love so much:

I'm about to embark on a series all on wood, in the same style as the boar, with acrylics, pencil and India ink, the theme dealing with the current state of our country, world, and its potential impact on society in the future.  Full-bodied exaggerations of predictions. 

I love working with a wide range of medium to produce effects in which I haven't seen before. I love experimenting…I've found that wood offers such a controllable, yet completely chaotic organic surface to manipulate and work with, thus providing almost a second level of creation which occurs on or within that surface. Its like you apply your idea to the wood and the wood applies its idea to the medium. I try and apply this kind of mentality to most of my commercial work (I do need to update my "commercial" section on my website), blending both fine art and graphic elements together, providing, like the boar, new interpretations of reality that can be readily available to the public (I mostly work with musicians, providing CD cover artwork). I'd like to expand on this idea and potentially explore design more in the near future. 

I am fascinated by the idea of the "chaotic organic surface" which applies its own idea back to the medium. This type of tension and exchange is evident in the work and certainly draws me to it. I love this type of energetic interplay and risk taking. I look forward to watching out for the new interpretations Penfield creates in this series.

If you get a chance to attend the opening, or visit the exhibit at another time, I would love to hear from you about it—this crazy cold has me trapped at home. Also, Penfield's painting will be for sale at this event!

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