In late 2010, a group of six artists with studios in the Northrup King Building in Minneapolis began brainstorming about a group project. We all wanted a mechanism to show our work, but were also seeking a project that would push us beyond our artistic comfort zones. The idea of collaborating on a proposal for an art exhibit offered an opportunity to discuss the art as a group, quite distinct from the usual solitary approach to creating one’s art. The artists involved are:
Nancy Patrick Carney: Nancy creates imaginatively stylized urban paintings of city landscapes and the variety of people who live there.
Calvin deRuyter:is a colorist who enjoys exploring the boundaries and outer limits of the mediums he uses, primarily watercolor.
Emily Donovan: explores the use of multi-media, texture and color to create abstract imagery. Her paintings are a response to impressions and instances encountered within daily life.
Susan Voigt: Susan’s artistic goal is to explore the strengths and limitations of art materials while showing her personal view of the world. She enjoys mixing and co-mingling art materials to create dazzling effects; a landscape’s subtle colors can be transformed into vibrant hues and simple still life forms pushed into new shapes and colors. She explores history, trends and new innovations while using her digital camera to capture realism and then transforming the ordinary into a fine art painting that speaks to the present.
Emmy White: uses watercolors to create interesting stories by reaching into her imagination, memory and feelings. She says, “sometimes it can get a bit goofy and fun.”
Pamela Weisdorf: creates “art for the imaginative home” through bold color abstractions. She explores the use of unique materials and techniques to intensify texture, mood and movement.
Our group of six, known as the "Escape Artists" chose this name because it embodied what we do every time we pick up our brushes. Hours can whiz by while painting, truly providing an escape into imagination. We are also E-scaping our usual genres and subject matter. Symbolically our paintings reflect unique forms of escape through our renderings of landscapes, cityscapes and realistic or abstract constructs.
What ties the Escape Artists together is a serious approach to creating work that is fresh, continues to expand one’s thought process and improves our skills. The common thread of this exhibit is that we are all interpreting the masters, hence the exhibit name, “Master Manipulation.” This educational exhibit will demonstrate how different viewers “see” and interpret art. We, as artists, will also learn more about the process of working together, developing a proposal, mounting an exhibit and the post-exhibit evaluation.