Perceptual Interference

poster2The Helen E. Copeland Gallery and the School of Art at Montana State University are pleased to announce the Master of Fine Art’s thesis exhibition of Alyssa Riann Willard, Perceptual Interference. The exhibition will take place at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery in Haynes Hall on the Montana State University campus in Bozeman, Montana, Monday, March 25th- Friday, March 29th, 2019 from 9:00 am- 5:00 pm. Willard’s thesis defense will take place March 25th at 11am – 12pm in the gallery. There will be a reception for Perceptual Interference on Thursday March 28th, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. All events are open to the public.

Willard’s work serves as an outlet for her questions about the origins of matter and life, the unknown future, and the interactions between matter and energy. While collaborating with Montana State Universities Physics Department, she created various works that were a response to research being done on the sun and works that examine the interlocking pieces of the fundamental interactions of reality – that is: Electromagnetism, gravity and the strong and weak nuclear forces. “I am fascinated by the sun’s interactions with our magnetic field, as well as the magnetic field lines that are made visible by solar flares. Although the sun gives us vision, we cannot look at the sun with the naked eye. Similarly, fundamental forces are not visible. Because of this, a visual depiction of these inherently incorporates surreal and transcendent qualities, things I enjoy incorporating into my work. Through my art I explore ways to depict the invisible forces that shape our world and investigate interactions and connections between different forms of energy and between energy and ourselves; attempting to evoke something beyond ourselves and beyond our perceptions.”

Alyssa Willard received her B.F.A. from Central Washington University in 2015 and has exhibited regionally and nationally during the last decade. She recently engaged in the first collaborative creative project on MSU campus between the Physics Department and the School of Art, which resulted in her winning first prize and the offer in fall 2018 to be the first ever Artist in Residence in Physics. The painting that won her the residency will be on public display in Montana State University’s Barnard Hall for three years. Her yearlong residency will conclude with an exhibition of work in Barnard Hall, run concurrently with Perceptual Interference.

 

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Ontogenesis: Megan Sprenger

MSprenger_OntogenesisPoster.jpgThe Helen E. Copeland Gallery and the School of Art at Montana State University are pleased to announce the opening of Ontogenesis, the Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition of Megan Sprenger.  The exhibition will take place at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery in Haynes Hall on the Montana State University campus in Bozeman, Montana, March 11th -15th, 2019. Sprenger’s thesis defense will take place March 11th at 11:00 am  in the Helen E. Copeland Gallery.  There will be a public reception for Ontogenesis on Thursday, March 14th, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. All events are open to the public.

Ontogenesis is a body of work comprised of sculptural objects and drawings that allude to architectural spaces as a mirrored and collective subconscious communication within the human growth. This development is both an internal and external growth of humans as they are shaped by the spaces they live and breathe.

Sprenger’s interest in phenomena of space stems from the idea of independence as well as mutual development of both the city and the self. Ultimately, she views this development of humans in comparison to the city as being a sotto biological organism rather than a cog in a machine. According to Sprenger, “I have found great inspiration looking back to my time in Turkey, more precisely Istanbul. One place that left a lasting impact on me was the Hagia Sophia. Within the Hagia Sophia, there was an interesting juxtaposition of the layers exposed, scaffolding being used to uncover as well as restore the building. There is a beauty to the chaos that is happening within the space. Crowds of people gawked at the immensity of the place where they stood. There were so many different materials used, but one thing stands out — the fragility of how the scaffolding looked. At times, it was as if the only thing supporting the parts of the interior were the intrinsic structures of the scaffolding. In connection to this fragility I believe that humans grow both externally and internally through the influence of the spaces where we reside.”

Megan Sprenger received her BFA from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2016. Her work stems from her experience abroad in Turkey, Italy and many other European countries. By participating in workshops at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass Village, CO; Red Lodge Clay Center  in Red Lodge, MT; Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN; as well as her time living in both Duluth, Minnesota and Bozeman, Montana, she has been afforded time to reflect on her own culture in relation to the others she has observed and studied. For more information on Sprenger and her portfolio please visit: www.megansprengerceramics.com

Finally, Ontogenesis is the second of the five MFA candidates. Following Ontogenesis will be Alyssa Willard, who will be presenting her thesis exhibition on Monday, March 25th – 29th, 2019.

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The Material Verse: Matt Levy

Material Verse Show.pngThe Helen E. Copeland Gallery and the School of Art at Montana State University are pleased to announce the opening of The Material Verse, the Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition of Matthew Levy.  The exhibition will take place at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery in Haynes Hall on the Montana State University campus in Bozeman, Montana, March 4th– March 8th, 2019.

Levy’s thesis defense will take place March 5th at 11 am in the gallery.  There will be a public reception for The Material Verse on Thursday, March 7th  2019, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. All events are open to the public.

The Material Verse explores the role of materiality through the use of indigenous Montana clays and rocks. The culmination of Levy’s research into sourcing local materials, his sculptural works, and his clay panels seek to invoke the essence of the Montana landscapes and bring agency to these natural resources. The areas surrounding Western Montana are filled with a deep and rich history of mining and stewardship, where the resources of the earth were harnessed under the promise of progress and advancement. Butte is no stranger to the needs of industry, and through sourcing viable ceramic materials in the remains of the town’s once booming mining industry like the Slag walls of Silver Bow Creek, Levy seeks to give these spaces a voice.

Levy’s work is driven by three questions: how can he do the elemental compositions of his materials inform his aesthetic choices? Secondly, can materiality be expressed within the confines of the gallery space?  If so, can the raw materials act as a vehicle for connecting sculptures to the land from which they originate? According to Levy, “These questions are paramount to my obsession with indigenous materials and their impact on my practice as an artist. I am determined to find a way in which I can tie the land and the materials I find to the art objects of my making.”

Matthew Levy received his BFA from University of Wisconsin, River Falls. He has been focused on woodfired ceramics for over 20 years and has exhibited nationally and throughout the Midwest region. A grant recipient of the DSEL Interdisciplinary Education Program, Levy’s research on sourcing indigenous materials has been recently cited in the book, Undergraduate Research in Art (Routledge Publishing, 2019).  This has given his career a boost as Levy has been awarded a a residency in Tasmania, Australia for April/May 2019 where he will be participating in the 2019 Australian Woodfire Triennale. Levy will also be presenting at NCECA 2019 Minneapolis: Claytopia in March, bringing MSU’s International Wild Clay Research Project to a broader audience.

More information about Matthew Levy’s practices and ceramic works can be found on his personal website: www.woodfirelust.com

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Red Apples:Faculty and Staff 2019

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The School of Art at Montana State University is pleased to present Red Apples: Faculty and Staff 2019, on view Wednesday, January 9th – Friday, February 1st in the Helen E. Copeland Gallery in Haynes Hall on the Bozeman campus.  In conjunction with Across the Divide at the Holter Museum of Art in Helena from January – April, Red Apples will display the many techniques and media used by the School of Art faculty and staff.

Every three years, the Helen E. Copeland Gallery hosts an exhibition of work by the School of Art faculty and staff to allow every cohort of students to see the work of their mentors.  Such exhibitions illustrate that artists often straddle two careers: one of passion (their practice) and one to economically support their practice.  Artists are self-driven members of the community, who attempt to balance their responsibilities and professional obligations with their purpose and passion.

Across the Divide at the Holter Museum of Art will feature the same artists, as well as the  faculty and staff in the School of Art at University of Montana in Missoula.  Combining forces, the faculty and staff of both universities hope to highlight the importance of Fine Art to the Montana public, as well as legislators and lawmakers.  According to Gallery Director, Ella Watson, “There is no competition between Missoula and Bozeman for the Arts.  I think that both communities understand the importance of art advocacy and in the end, both schools are quite intertwined.  What is good for Missoula is good for MSU, and adversely, both universities are impacted by funding cuts at the other university.”

The list of artists providing work in Red Apples is as follows:

For Red Apples, Professor and Director of the School of Art Vaughan Judge chose a photographic piece entitled “Sisyphus” which sheds light on the irony of toxic masculinity in the 21st century.  A Neo-conceptualist photographer, Judge’s work captures tableaus of his design, in which every detail is a conscious decision, ultimately tallying to a larger commentary on the ills of society. Judge is also celebrating his newest publication, Undergraduate Research in Art published by Routledge Press.

 

rhino chandelier[4]Dean Adams, nationally and internationally shown ceramicist provides an eclectic look  to his pieces of phallic interpretation in ceramics.  Using humor to make his subject matter more approachable, Adams provides a commentary on how unbridled masculinity does not need to be pornographic, abusive, or reactive.  With his wide array of ceramic work, along with his many roles in organizations such as the Wild Clay Research Project at MSU and Integrative Teaching International, Dean mentors students on not just artistic practice, but also how to be successful through many varying ventures and ideas.

 

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Drawing and Painting professor  Rollin Beamish’s sophisticated use of graphite enmeshes his political and social commentaries, often with ironic qualifications.  His pieces are as profoundly skillful  and  as they are conceptually layered, and often bring attention to the architecture of the gallery space through his use of wall stencils and vinyl applications. Hours can be spent of his work, deciphering the puzzling meanings and relationships between images and texts.

 
Graphic designer professor, photographer, and author Jeffrey Conger has been providing a first-hand, behind the scenes view of motor sport photography for over the past 20 years.  Having written and photographed for more than all the major motor sport publications, Conger produces vibrant depictions of racers, bikers, cars, and cycles.  In Red Apples, Conger provided three images from his Salt Flats portfolio.

 

MVIMG_20190108_151808.jpgCeramic Professor, Josh DeWeese states, “I am inspired and challenged by the art of pottery and strive to make work that is successful on multiple levels. I want my pots to be well designed and comfortable to use; to be rich with ceramic wonder; seductive to behold; and to have reference to history and the field of ceramic art to spark the imagination.” DeWeese’s signature style investigates painting on three-dimensional forms, as can be seen by the five salt-fired jars in the exhibition.

 

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New this academic year, Graphic designer and architecture specialist, Ashley Fuchs engages questions of locality and environment through her work.  By creating interactive pieces that facilitate both modern technology and older techniques, Fuchs attempts to acknowledge the locality of the gallery space and the local identity of the community.

 

 

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Ceramic professor, Jeremy Hatch, who also has an exhibition at Old Main Gallery in Downtown Bozeman, recontextualizes childhood iconography through his impeccable use of slip-casted porcelain.

 

 

 

ink drawingLike the fluidity of water, Gesine Janzen has a body of work that flows through the soul.  A primarily woodblock printmaker, Janzen focuses largely on movement and line work through the bold lines of excavated wood grain.  Coming off of her recent sabbatical, in Red Apples, Janzen has chosen a large scale Sumi ink watercolor from her body of work that researched “water” in all its forms in the Northwest.

 

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Though her painting medium of choice is encaustic, Painting professor Sara Mast, facilitates multiple mediums to provide the viewers an opportunity for exploration and discovery.  Often collaborating with other artists or scientists, Mast uses animation, film, and sculpture to engage the viewer in interactive installations that are both entertaining and educational. Her CAVE collaboration will be on view in the new Norm Asbjornson Hall this spring.

 

MVIMG_20190108_151738.jpgThrough the expression of graphic design, print, and typography, Graphic design professor Meta Newhouse empowers her students to use graphic design to solve relevant problems.  In her own work, Newhouse employs sense of nostalgia using letterpress to reference pop cultural such as her pieces Red Apple. In this exhibition, multiple letterpress pieces of movie titles in Italian are hung salon style, providing the viewer with glimpse of Newhouse’s masterful ability to pair type face with cinematic personality.

 

 

petersen_tangWhen looking closely into the issues of popular culture, the plight of native people, and colonialism, one should look at the work of Metals professor, Bryan Peterson.  Using sustainable materials such as tin, Petersen considers the cultural associations in his material choices with the over arching conceptual intention of his work. For Red Apples, Petersen is exhibiting jewelry that references the impacts of EPA deregulation though color and material.

 

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Through the innovative use of cold wax and oil paint that is applied and removed with clay tools, Gallery Director Ella Watson is inspired by local nature, though her work is autobiographical. In Red Apples, Watson is exhibiting two works she began during SLAM this past summer.  However, her overall practice is becoming more socially and politically centered, as she has been inspired by MSU students in her role as co-advisor for the Black Student Union. Watson also has work on display at the YAM; her first year being included in the museum’s annual auction.

 

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With the works of Jim Zimpel, personal experience is translated from memory to sculpture.  A master woodcrafter, Zimpel’s works are also autobiographical, though there is social commentary surrounding masculinity in his work.  For Red Apples, Zimpel is presenting his newest creation: an 8’portable basketball hoop rendered in lumber—an exquisitely crafted piece that her created just for this exhibition.

For more information on this exhibition, or on the Helen E. Copeland Gallery, please visit https://hecgallery.com or follow us on Facebook under the Helen E. Copeland Gallery.

The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located at 213 Haynes Hall on the second floor of Haynes Hall, across from the Aasheim Gate off of 11th, with the Ski Swing out front. Please note that the parking passes are required for parking during the business day (6AM-6PM). Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, (9:00 AM – 5:00PM/ Closed on weekends. For more information, visit www.hecgallery.com, email the Gallery Director, Ella Watson at ella.watson@montana.edu, or call (406)994-4501 during business hours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fall 2018 BFA Thesis

 

MY BFA SHOW emailThe School of Art at Montana State University is pleased to announce the opening of the 2018 Fall BFA Thesis Exhibition at the Helen E. Copeland located on the second floor of the School of Art in Haynes Hall, Bozeman MT.  The show will be on Monday, December 9th – Friday, December 14th, 2018.  The public reception is Friday, December 14th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and will be free and open to the public. Hors d’oeuvres will be served, as will a cash bar.

On view will be the thesis works of six emerging artists graduating with their Bachelors Degrees in Fine Art. A number of disciplines will be represented: drawing, painting, printmaking, and ceramics.

For BFA graduates, the thesis exhibition represents an important transition period from student to working artist. It marks an end to academically assigned work, and the beginning of their individual research and artistic maturity. The exhibited works synthesize the growth of each artist over their years spent at MSU.

Showcasing some of the finest that the MSU School of Art has to offer, the exhibition will include Hilary Honadel, Cameron Koch, Hunter Gillingham, Jake Mayo, Robyn Till, and Elise Perpignano.

The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located on the second floor of Haynes Hall.  Please note that the parking passes are required for parking during the business day (6AM – 6PM).

Helen E. Copeland Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9AM – 5PM / Closed on weekends

For more information on this exhibition, or on the Helen E. Copeland Gallery in general, please visit http://hecgallery.com or follow us on Facebook (http://facebook.com/msuhecg).

 

 

 

The Face of the River: Gesine Janzen

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The Face of the River: Sabbatical Exhibition by Gesine Janzen
Exhibition Dates: Tuesday, November 6th  – Friday, November 16th
Reception: Thursday, November 8th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

The School of Art at Montana State University is pleased to announce the opening of The Face of the River: Sabbatical Exhibition by Gesine Janzen at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery located on the second floor of the School of Art in Haynes Hall, Bozeman, MT. The show will be on exhibit Tuesday, November 6th  – Friday, November 16th. A reception will be held on Thursday, November 8th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm and will be free and open to the public. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

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During her sabbatical between 2017 and 2018, Bozeman artist and MSU School of Art Printmaking professor, Gesine Janzen traveled across Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona to study all forms of natural and man-made water formations: lakes, reservoirs, rivers and streams, dams, levees, and empty creek beds to name a few.  Using woodblock prints and ink paintings, Janzen captures the direction, power, speed, and immensity of water in this part of the country.

According Janzen, in the exhibition, “water is represented in its many states: low water and high water, frozen and unfrozen, stagnant, free-flowing, and dried-up. Its power and abundance are presented alongside evidence of manipulation, fragility and scarcity. Water crashes and roars over rocks, it laps at river banks and meanders slowly across the land. I am drawn to it because of its enduring nature, it’s strength and tenacity: it keeps going despite our interventions, eternally finding its way.”

ink drawingThrough her practice, Janzen explores themes of landscape, place, time, and the elusive qualities of memory. She uses multiple printing processes, layering ink, colors, and content to mimic the acts of recollection and remembering. Her work is shown widely in the US and abroad, including the Yellowstone Art Museum, the Missoula Art Museum, Dallas, Boston, and Philadelphia

Born in Kansas in 1967, Janzen received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Bethel College in her home state. She also has B.F.A in Printmaking from the University of Kansas and an M.F.A from the University of Iowa in Printmaking and Drawing. Janzen joined Montana State University in 2002, and has used her time in Montana to further develop her style, teaching the practice of  fine art printing to the next generation of artists.

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The HECG is located on the second floor of Haynes Hall, across from the Aasheim Gate off of 11th, with the Ski Swing out front. Please note that the parking passes are required for parking during the business day (6AM – 6PM). Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9AM – 5PM/Closed on weekends.

iAiR: Cheon Pyo Lee

clee1. small sizeThe School of Art at Montana State University is pleased to announce  MSU School of Art International Artist-in-Residence: Cheon Pyo Lee at the Helen E. Copeland located on the second floor of Haynes Hall, Bozeman MT. Lee will lecture on his work in the gallery on Tuesday, October 30th from 4:30 -5:30 with time for questions afterwards. The public reception will follow immediately afterwards from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.  Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Cheon Pyo Lee is a New York-based artist whose multidisciplinary practice is grounded in notions of absurdity, play, and experimentation. At the heart of Lee’s work is a mischievous but resolute desire to subvert systemic notions of value and authenticity through personal encounters and experiences. Definitely a departure from the normal Bozeman fare, this is not an exhibition to be missed.  

clee2.jpgThere is a lot of pressure to create a full exhibition in the HECG in one month’s time, but the local area always prove to be inspiring– too inspiring if anything.  It can be hard to nail down a focus with so many possibilities for subject matter. Every iAiR that comes to MSU takes something different from the Montana experience, placing what is unique about the state in a new, fresh, contemporary light, bringing something to the Bozeman art scene that is unique, with an outsider perspective on what we consider standard Montana ways of life.

clee4. smallWhereas past artists have focused on landscapes and horses, in his time in Montana, Lee has gone tracking and hunting with locals which has been the main focus of his piece in the gallery.  He has become enamored with the art of hunting and field dressing, likening it to a dance. Lee’s installation will include video projections and short films made during his time here, ceramic pieces organized like Dutch still-lifes created by Lee and ceramic students, and smaller pieces and installations.  There will also be discussions about his latest book, Alibi of Autonomy, two stories that were written by fellow artists, based on photographs and receipts from Lee’s residencies in Wales and Basel.

According to Lee, “I work in a variety of mediums depending what impeding project requires, what matters most to me is to understand the different set of value systems that Art is. The desire is to expose myself to new environments where I can be intrigued to subject matters that demand an immediate response. In doing this I feel my works can function as an alibi of my autonomy.”

clee5.jpgIn Lee’s perspective, the artist who doesn’t produce primarily for the market, the artist who wants to maintain a certain autonomy in his or her artistic production, is dependent on ‘residencies’ in order to produce new work. Residence is also an obligation to move to another place. In this sense, the artist-in-residence is in the first place a migrant in order to be able to become an artist-in-residence. Embracing the fate of a migrant as a new mode of artistic production Lee presents works produced or collaborated during his residencies, and travels. The exhibition in the Helen E. Copeland Gallery is part video screening, part installation through which  Lee constructs a fragmented narrative based on samples collected during his temporary residence in Bozeman, MT.

clee3.jpgAs Lee states, “The formal desire is to acquire a palette of a crisp plasticity, mimicking graphic and industrial prototyping. Presented work samples are results of my investigation on the personal economy to create a narrative atmosphere. Each work espouses a particular approach to fabrication investigating the myriad forms of installation. The aim is to localize the abstract, by creating a context for me to interact with an inquisitive collaborator, in order to deal with ideas in an explicit way.”

Though born in 1980 in Korea, Cheon Pyo Lee spent his formative years in Paraguay. Lee lives and works in Brooklyn, NY with his wife who is also an artist, and has an MFA from the Yale University School of Art, and a BFA from the Art institute of Chicago. As world travelers, Lee and his companion have traveled far and wide, creating art that is site-specific and locally inspired.  Originally trained as a painter, Lee has expanded into installation art. Lee has exhibited internationally including in Texas, San Jose, Cincinnati, Brazil; and throughout New York City and Seoul, Korea.

For more information on Cheon Pyo Lee and his work, please visit www.cargocollective.com/cheonpyolee.

clee8. small sizesThe Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located on the second floor of Haynes Hall. Please note that the parking passes are required for parking during the business day (6AM-6PM).For more information on this exhibition, or on the Helen E. Copeland Gallery in general, please visit  https://hecgallery.com or follow us on Facebook (http://facebook.com/msuhecg.) For more information, please email the Gallery Director, Ella Watson at ella.watson@montana.edu or call the School of Arts at (406) 994-4501.