Priscilla Briggs & John Diebel bring you two worlds this August with Way For Life and Binnenland
Exhibition Dates: August 3- September 1, 2019
Opening reception: Saturday, August 17th, 7-10pm
In Way For Life Priscilla Briggs continues to explore issues of globalization and the environment. This exhibition of photographs focuses on intersections of man and nature in India’s forests, suburbs, and city centers. As humanity swells and technology advances, the natural world is domesticated and diminished. These images create a visual representation of a course from sublime to controlled/mediated nature.
Priscilla Briggs is a visual artist living and working in Minneapolis, MN. Her creative research has been supported by grants from the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at venues such as The Minneapolis Institute of Art, The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, the Landskrona Photo Salon in Sweden, The Living Arts New Genre Festival in Tulsa, OK, and the Christensen Gallery at Augsburg University in Minneapolis. Her artist monograph, Impossible Is Nothing: China’s Theater of Consumerism, was published by Daylight Books. Priscilla is a Professor of Studio Art at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN.
With his latest body of work, John Diebel explores points of interest in the non-fictional and barely-tangible landscape of Binnenland, an inner wold that the artist posits each person carries within themselves. The name is derived from the German for “landlocked or interior land”, a simple geopolitical term, and indeed the land of the personal interior can often seem far from the coastline, with a mysterious and barely explored interior. With this in mind, Diebel has used the geological and architectural metaphor to contemplate monuments, memorials, and ruins of a personal world that commemorates small-scale triumphs and tragedies known only to the person who has lived them. Through drawing, collage, mixed media, and small constructions, Diebel’s snapshots from this inner world come to life in approximations of the third dimension, incorporating diorama and relief techniques to express the spacial possibility of inner landscapes, as well as the intangibility such spaces within the “real world”.
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