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.