Opening Reception: Saturday, January 28, 2-5 p.m.
Simple objects, such as vintage packaging and household ephemera, have long been favorite subjects for Joshua Huyser. Found around the home or at garage sales, Huyser depicts these objects against white backdrops, isolated from the world in which they exist. Left to occupy the space on their own, these ordinary items disclose their age, wear, and enduring presence. This most recent body of work, while similar in style, is more personal in nature.
As the artist explains, “This exhibition, a small survey of drawings and paintings of tools and toolboxes, was inspired by my father. Having grown up in an entirely self-sufficient family in Montana, he acquired an impressive array of tools and knowledge over his lifetime. I grew up around his shops and sheds filled with various specimens baring the scars and bruises of a lifetime of use. For me these objects represent strength and perseverance in the face of the struggle to survive in a harsh climate such as Montana or Minnesota and they are presented here purely and directly, removed from any context.”
Minnesota based artist Joshua Huyser was born in Montana and received his MFA at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History. He has taught at the University of Northern Iowa, Montana State University, and the Herzen Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia. Huyser moved to Minneapolis in 2005 and continues to exhibit both nationally and internationally. His most recent exhibitions have taken place in Marseille, France and London, England.
The artist will be present at the opening reception Saturday, January 28th from 2-5 pm. The opening reception and exhibition runs concurrently with Shadows & Reflections by Michael Kareken. Both shows continue through March 11, 2017.