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Today we have a guest post courtesy of Matthew Ballou.  He discovered a video of four painters taking part in a panel discussion  organized in conjunction with the exhibit Form & Story:  Narration in Recent Painting curated by Elizabeth Schlatter.  Sensing that many of the insights that these painters express related to discussions taking place here at MWC recently,  Matthew has written the following for us as a response to the Form & Story panel discussion, and as an invitation for our readers to begin a discussion of our own.

And so, without further ado:

An impressive show entitled Form & Story: Narration in Recent Painting took place at the University of Richmond’s Harnett Museum of Art between January 21 and May 15, 2009. It featured work by four contemporary artists, Steve DiBenedetto, Angela Dufresne, Hanneline Røgeberg, and Erling Sjovold, who all, in the words of the Museum’s press release, “explore multiple narratives through images and materiality.”

The panel discussion, which took place on January 20th and is available in the video linked on this post, was insightful and intriguing. The language used, conceptual stances expressed, and the articulate advocacy of painting by the artists was exciting to me. I was particularly energized by what Røgeberg and Dufresne had to say.

As a way to stimulate discussion here at Midwest Capacity, I’m going to highlight a few of Røgeberg’s statements, comment on them, and then hope that the great group of thoughtful people who visit MWC will take over, digging through the video (the 15 minute block between 30:10 and 46:30 is especially tasty) and presenting their own thoughts, impressions, and digressions regarding narrative in art, the work or statements of the artists themselves, and painting (representational, narrative, or otherwise) as a form in general.

I’ll get us started. (more…)

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Joy Drury Cox is showing in text. (or in vacancy of) curated by Jeremy Mikolajczak at the Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University in Kansas City.

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Christine Gray

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Christine Gray

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Miyoko Ito

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Miyoko Ito

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A Journey Round My Skull

There are lots of cool new-ish painting blogs out there.  We’ve been trying to throw links to places like Painter’s Bread and Painting Perceptions into the comments section.  Here’s another, outside of the painting/contemporary art realm that is really knocking me out lately: A Journey Round My Skull.  It’s focus seems to be obscure illustrators.  So much of the work is so imaginative, so eccentric, it’s pretty unbelievable.  Definitely worth a look around.

Here’s some of the cool stuff they’ve posted recently:

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Viktor Pivovarov

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unknown Slovakian illustrator

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Maggie Brown

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Timothy Callaghan

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Timothy Callaghan

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Brion Noda Rosch’s collage Untitled (Exercising for Tomorrow) from the exhibit  “Censor Approved” at the Dolphin Gallery in KC.  (I still haven’t figured out if the title alludes to a theme for the show or if it’s just cool-sounding).  It’s up until September 5, 2009.  The exhibit  features work by Emily Sall, Archie Scott Gobber, Michael Krueger, Todd Chilton, Rachel Hayes and others.   Be sure to check out the installation shots to see Lynus Young’s big, funky wall drawing.

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