MAEP Katelyn Farstad and David Frohlich "Isohyet; Isopleth" and Gregory Fitz "Seven Billion"
April 20, 2012 through July 1, 2012
MAEP Galleries

"Seven Billion" is the debut of Fitz's ambitious three-part installation, comprising DayGlo gestural landscapes, paintings made after Ansel Adams photographs, and cinder-block table sculptures. The artist?s work is made from economical materials such as insulation foam and chipboard, and he works quickly. By doing so, he intends to reveal his decision-making process as a counterpoint to the legacy left by modern painters and sculptors. This leaves his work wide open for questions about the sacred value given to art, the environmental concerns of art-making, and the emphasis placed on craft and presentation.

"Isohyet, Isopleth" is the second collaborative installation by Farstad and Frohlich. The title of the exhibition is borrowed from meteorological terms for lines drawn on a map to connect two or more points that share similar data. For these two artists, working together on a single exhibition, the words allude to what might happen when different work styles merge in a single space. This show comprises new paintings, prints, and sculptures, in various media. Through these works, audiences will have access to the artists' expanded practices and will learn how they use concepts of idle time and desperation in their work.

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 19, at 7 p.m. Artists' Talk: May 17, at 7 p.m. Special Guests: June 21, at 7 p.m.

Generous support for the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program (MAEP) is provided by The McKnight Foundation and Jerome Foundation.