Current Exhibition:Michael Gaughan / Fluorescent Glaucoma in a Christmas Terrarium
Exhibit runs: July 18 - August 30, 2015
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MINNEAPOLIS Its been three years (almost to the day) since artist Michael Gaughans last exhibition at Burnet Gallery. In contrast to his 2012 works in Buck Turbo that he described as visual stand-up comedy, Gaughan regards his latest works in Florescent Glaucoma in a Christmas Terrarium as far more improvisational and fearless.
These works are different in that Ive given myself permission to incorporate the randomness and uncertainty of the medium, explains Gaughan. Ive taken a far more intuitive approach, allowing the work to respond to itself and evolve naturally versus executing a very specific idea. Im also using a lot more color and filling up the composition.
What hasnt changed about Gaughans vivid watercolors are his bold, vividly precise use of the medium, and his high energy sense of fun. I want to create a euphoric, positive sensation for the viewer, states Gaughan.
These qualities are clearly in evidence in Burst, a 47-inch by 35-inch watercolor on paper that depicts a hyper-colored close up of the boughs of a bedecked Christmas tree. Its one of about 30 pieces that make up Gaughans solo exhibition.
Michael Gaughan has an MFA in Painting from San Francisco Art Institute, a BFA in Painting from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and an MEd in Art Education from the University of Minnesota. He has been a visiting artist at the Walker Art Center and at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and has been a visiting lecturer at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Maryland Institute College of Art. He has exhibited his paintings in numerous group and solo shows including Burnet Gallery in Minneapolis, Deitch Projects at Art Basel Miami, Deplayer in Rotterdam, and Portland Institute for Contemporary Arts in Oregon, the Joshua Liner Gallery and Ace Hotel both in New York City, as well as the Soap Factory, Soo Vac Gallery, Co-Exhibitions, and Familia Skateshop all in Minneapolis.
He has been interviewed and featured in The Onion A/V Club, Beautiful Decay, Popular Mechanic, Make, City Pages, Irish American News, 89.3 the Current, and Radio K. He has made illustrations for Burton, Nike, American Apparel, Rhymesayers Entertainment Weekly, Jagjaguwar Records, Troma Films, CityPages, and other musical arts, magazines, and film projects.
Gaughan has orchestrated over ten city-wide scavenger hunts as performance art/public art. He collaborated with larger institutions to create larger scale, more accessible scavenger hunts when he was a visiting artist at the Walker Art Center 2007, at the University of Minnesota 2007, and at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art 2008.
Burnet Gallery is a commercial gallery showcasing works by a wide array of international, national and local contemporary artists. The gallery is located in Le Méridien Chambers, an award-winning art hotel in downtown Minneapolis.