March 15 – April 23, 2013
Reception: Friday, March 15, 6-8pm
Referring to the two types of geometry—2D and 3D—“Plane & Solid” presents four artists who experiment with shape, pattern, and color to create work with strong geometric structure. In the wall sculptures of Alison Reintjes, the paintings of Hans Peter Sundquist, and the functional ceramics of Marc Digeros and Mark Pharis, viewers are invited to investigate the boundary between art and math. Through both intuitive and scientific approaches, the artists use simple shapes to construct objects of both intrigue and elegance.
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Marc Digeros grew up in Fridley , Minnesota, a northern suburb of Minneapolis . He received his BFA from the University of Minnesota in 1995. After receiving his MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle, he moved to Helena, Montana to work as a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation. During his two year residency, Marc received the first ever Taunt Fellowship. In 2000, Marc moved to Los Angeles where he still resides. He has worked for the architect Frank Gehry since 2001, as Model Shop Manager, an integral position that makes the everyday production of architectural models possible. Though his job is full time, he spends his time away from work in his studio creating as much ceramic artwork as he can. He has also taught at schools in the Los Angeles area including CSU (California State University) Northridge, CSU Long Beach, as well as the University of Southern California.
Mark Pharis is an ceramic artist and professor residing in Roberts, Wisconsin. Pharis studied ceramics at University of Minnesota with Warren MacKenzie. In 1985, Pharis began as a professor in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota, where he has also served as the Chair of the Department until 2004. His exhibitions are numerous and his work can be found in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England, Gardner Museum, Toronto Canada, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, Ferguson Collection, the Kansas City Art Institute, The Woodman Collection, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, Everson Museum, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, amongst others.
Alison Reintjes is a ceramic artist living and working in Missoula, Montana. She first moved to Montana in 2001 for a residency at the Archie Bray Foundation. Alison studied at Kent State University, the Canberra School of Art in Australia, and Northern Michigan University. In addition to her time at the Archie Bray, Alison has held artist residencies at Greenwich House Pottery in New York, Jentel in Wyoming, Mount St. Francis in southern Indiana, and the Clay Studio of Missoula in Montana. She has worked as an instructor in many places including the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft and the Missoula Art Museum. She has exhibited at the Oregon College of Arts & Crafts in Portland, AKAR Gallery in Iowa City, Museu de Ceramica de l’Alcora in Spain, ASU Ceramic Research Center in Tempe, Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago and the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, among others.
Hans Peter Sundquist is a Chicago-based artist who received a B.A. in Studio Art at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN and an M.F.A. in painting at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Hans gravitates toward low-fi means to create works of art that explore natural phenomena such as light and time. His abstractions are typically made by layering his own imperfect patterns and colors with the calculated abstractions found in patterned or fabricated materials. Sundquist wants to create a space where the image or object fades into experience.