Prints & Drawings

Michael Kareken

March 14 - April 18, 2020

Prints & Drawings

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Prints & Drawings by Michael Kareken .  Kareken, a Tacoma, Washington native, moved to Minnesota in 1993 after ten years of studying and working in New York. Kareken has been the recipient of grants and awards from the Bush Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the McKnight Foundation, Arts Midwest, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Vogelstein Foundation and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Kareken was the 1997 recipient of the Louise Nevelson Award for Art from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, and in 2000 won an award for printmaking from the National Academy of Design.  Most recently, Kareken received a 2017 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. He currently teaches painting and drawing at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Kareken describes his work in the exhibition: “My recent drawings & prints explore the landscape where I grew up in the Pacific Northwest.  The work focuses on locations that have special meaning to me: the woods and shoreline of the San Juan Islands and the Olympic Peninsula.  As a child I was overwhelmed by the drama of this landscape – its scale and ever-shifting quality of light and atmosphere made a tremendous impression on me.  Those early experiences remain vivid in my imagination. 

The prints are meant to convey the beauty and mystery I felt and still feel in those places.  I chose to restrict myself to black and white for this body of work, partly in response to the tonal quality of the Northwest landscape, but primarily to establish a psychological tone and evoke a sense of memory, reflection, and distance on the subject.  Many of images take a subjective point of view of the landscape – looking up, looking down, or moving in close – as a way to suggest a “child’s-eye” sense of scale or perspective.”

This exhibition will include a series of monotypes and conte drawings on duralar.

The artist will be present at the opening reception Saturday, March 14th from 2-5 pm. The opening reception and exhibition runs concurrently with Alight & Aloft: Avian Observations by Carl Oltvedt. Both shows continue through April 18th, 2020.