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  • Replicate

    Works by Noah Doely.

    Please join us for a closing reception on
    Saturday October 7th from 5-7 PM at the cafe!


    This Times Club exhibition includes photographs from two bodies of work: Facsimilies and New Forms. Through physical (re)constructions and digital manipulation, each series utilizes a different method of recursive replication to transform existing objects. In New Forms, Doely digitally fragments and rebuilds a single image of a butterfly wing through a process of patterning. In Facsimilies, Doely documents wooden replicas of passenger pigeons based on archival photographs that he has fabricated himself, made only to be destroyed at the end of the project. 

    About the Artist:
    Noah Doely (born Golden Valley, Minnesota) works across various media, primarily in photography, sculpture and video. He earned a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Northern Iowa in 2005 and an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego in 2013. Doely has had solo exhibitions in venues such as Steve Turner Contemporary in Los Angeles, California and the San Diego Museum of Art. Doely’s work has appeared in publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Juxtapoz Magazine, and Burnaway Magazine. Doely has been awarded fellowships and residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and The Macdowell Colony where he was named a 2015-16 Robert and Stephanie Olmsted Fellow. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Northern Iowa.   

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  • P O S T - S P A C E : T R A N I T O F M E M O R Y

    Works by Elizabeth Munger
    On view from March 6 - April 2, 2017

    Please join us for a closing reception on
    Saturday April 1st from 5-7 PM at the cafe!

    Exhibition Statement

    A curated collection of memories from an illusory journey. Using found paper in conjunction with mixed media including prints, photos and a recovered artifact the artist has attempted to record a fleeting transmigration.


    About the Artist

    Elizabeth Munger is a maker of artist books, and print and paper works, including installations and collage. She is an Iowa native residing in Iowa City where she has her print studio, as well as runs & operates a print shop (the Paper Nest).  She received her M.F.A. in 2014 from the University of Iowa Center for the Book.

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  • F I R S T T E N P A I N T I N G S

    Works by Matthew Foster
    On view from February 13 - March 5, 2017

    Please join us for a closing reception on
    Saturday February 25th from 5 -7 PM at the cafe!

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  • S Y N C H R O N I C I T Y

    Works by Kenneth Hall
    On view from Janurary 9 - February 12, 2017

    Please join us for a closing reception on
    Sunday February 12th from 4:00 - 5:30 PM at the cafe!

    Exhibition Statement:

    Tiepolo, Rembrandt, and Correggio have offered up elegant bodies, caught up either literally “into the sky” or figuratively “into rapture” as they swoon under passionate forces. Kenneth Hall uses these figures as surrogate forms – remnants of passion – in fractured spaces. Subsumed by atmospheric gradations of paint and pierced by gestural marks that move through the imagery like waves of radiation, his paintings reveal recognizable forms and figures from the Old Masters, woven into tumultuous abstract environments, suggesting both sensuality and tragedy. 

    Hall’s recent work is inspired by the raw forms and intense color fields of Abstract Expressionism, but also has roots in the earthy palette and brooding tenebrism of the Baroque period. This juxtaposition of art historical figuration and aggressive abstraction results in a pulsating energy. The swirling of paint, smeared and pixilated, becomes a metaphor for relational struggles, misunderstandings, and unfulfilled desire. The figures bring their own legacy of meaning, including human virtues or the struggle to find spiritual significance. The combination of old and new creates tension; it is a sort of displacement where the figures become ruins, weighted with nostalgia but still seductively beautiful in our contemporary age. 

    About the Artist:

    Kenneth Hall was born and raised on the East Coast, a “Navy brat” who made an early-30’s transition from a career as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard into a more creative career in the arts. Ken’s first “legitimate” art experience was at the University of Illinois, Champaign, where he enrolled in a Drawing I course while working toward a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering. After ten years in the Coast Guard (and with his wife’s full support), Hall decided to take a leap of faith and go back to school full-time for art. Columbus College of Art (BFA) and Miami University (MFA) were the seven years of training and immersion in art that helped to form his aesthetic and vision as an artist. 

    Kenneth Hall is an Associate Professor at the University of Northern Iowa now, where he teaches Painting and Drawing. He has shown his work nationally and internationally, from an art fair in New York City, to a group exhibition in Hamburg, Germany, to an international arts conference in Athens, Greece and a recent month long residency in Berlin, Germany. 

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