"MIXX7: Seven Artists’ Recent Work" will be shown on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8 and 9 at the 4ZERO7 Gallery, 407 N. 24th St.
Exhibit times are 5 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 8 and 3 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 9. "MIXX7" is part of an irregularly timed series of pop-up art shows organized by a group of locally based artists to feature their current studio musings and projects.
The public is welcome to join in for art viewing, discussion and refreshments.
Information about the artists follows:
- Jon Lodge is currently experimenting with mechanics of surface tension by layering materials (static cling vinyl, acrylic, air bubbles, paper) through stochastic processes. Test modules/specimens are exhibited at "MIXX7." Lodge's formal art training was in jazz performance and composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Working as the school’s photographer and art director, he gradually migrated into visual media.
- Lillie Grace is experimenting with cord that is drawn over and around pegs and inserted into predrilled holes in a plywood board. These cords cross, separate, appear and disappear and occasionally come together randomly to form dense nodes of overlapping cords. Grace's formal art exposure embraced watercolor, video, sculpture and lithography. She received her BFA at Montana State University Billings, and her MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. Currently she is using visual rhizomes to illustrate unrelated thoughts, decisions, and/or choices that join to build nodes of ideas and actions.
- Jodi Lightner is exploring ideas regarding the malleability of built structures that envelop and surround our daily lives. These mundane and functional stalwarts of architecture rarely accommodate a sense of play and imagination that informs early life and instead leave patterns of complacency in our interaction with them. Lightner completed her MFA degree at Wichita State University in 2010 and teaches painting and drawing at MSUB.
- Mark Earnhart writes, “Encountering a thing is complicated. There is a system of recognition where material, function and value are assessed. Earnhart is assistant professor of sculpture at MSUB, where he has taught since 2013. He earned a BFA from Ohio University in 2007 and an MFA from the University of Maryland in 2013. He was the Sculpture and Ceramics Studio Technician and Adjunct Faculty at Marshall University from 2007 to 2010.
- Keeara Rhodes enjoys creating persona-based masquerades that focus on the psychological impact of rules, boundaries and misunderstandings. Using parody, MEMES and pop-drama, her self-performed characters critique social hierarchies and nonsense in everyday life. Born and raised on the Wyoming side of the Black Hills, Rhodes is curious and devoted to meaning-making; she spends her time constructing, deconstructing and reconstructing. Living and working as an exhibiting artist in Seattle for over a decade, Rhodes enjoys collaborating with artists, producing films, writing scripts and songs, playing drums, and performing. She relocated to Billings in 2017, accepting a tenure track position as assistant professor in New Media / Photography at MSUB.
- From 1979 to 1982, Gordon McConnell made dozens of collages, cut and torn and pasted from the comics, advertising and other newspaper graphics. He then turned to photographic source material for his paintings, and for more than three decades, found a peculiarly personal expression as a painter, interpreting cinematic images as direct and heartfelt experience. McConnell was first seriously touched by "The Art Spirit" in classes with a charismatic painting and drawing instructor named Gary Stoneman at Baylor University in the early 1970s. By the time he was a senior, he had experimented with large-scale color field painting, site-specific sculpture and installations and conceptual art. His work is well-recognized and widely collected. Surveys of his work have been mounted at the Ucross Foundation, Nicolaysen Art Museum, University of Wyoming Art Museum, the Yellowstone Art Museum, Charles M. Bair Family Museum and Visions West Gallery. An exhibition curated by Leanne Gilbertson will be mounted at MSUB in September 2018.
- Jane Waggoner Deschner’s ongoing project, “Remember me: a collective narrative in found words and photographs,” integrates vernacular photographs with material culled from obituaries written by the deceased family and/or friends. In the project, 101 nicknames are hand-embroidered into a montage of anonymous family photographs. Deschner earned her MFA from Vermont College in 2002. After working for over a decade to explore our collective narrative through vernacular photographs, she is currently obsessed with searching obituaries published throughout the United States and Canada for interesting expressions she uses narrate the photos. “Remember me” will be in her solo exhibition at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2018.