Morton Salt Facade – Chicago, 2014
Oil on panel
5 x 7 in.
Value: $275 • Minimum bid: $165
Proceeds: Museum 50% • Artist 50%
Michael Banning received his BFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and his MFA in Visual Studies from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He currently lives and works in Minneapolis and teaches drawing and painting at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Banning’s intricate paintings of contemporary American urban landscapes have been included in the prestigious magazine New American Paintings and many other publications throughout his career. His award-winning work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions in Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, and New York, and in group exhibitions at several Midwestern institutions, including the Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, the Rockford Art Museum, and Kohler Art Center. His work can be found in several major institutional collections.
“As an observer and urban explorer, I am interested in the liminal spaces found at the edges of the inner city. Amid the trucks, weeds, and railroad tracks of these often post-industrial surroundings, one can find compelling views of the distant skyline, as well as a sense of peace and quiet, uncommon in the urban experience. As a painter, the depiction of this terrain’s light, texture, and space is a source of perennial challenge. These particular paintings focus on the geometry of industrial rooftops in the industrial corridor surrounding the Chicago River just NW of the Loop.”
Finkl Steel Rooftop – Chicago, 2014
Bismarck, ND native Emily Beaman has lived in Fargo for the past five years. An accomplished, emerging artist, she has studied locally at North Dakota State University as well as abroad in Oslo, Norway, and Viterbo, Italy. She is one of eight founding members of Ochre Creative Studios, which launched in February of 2016.
Beaman’s recent work focuses primarily on exploring human interpretation. “Dog Whistle is from a series of paintings that reflect how language can behave when used as an instrument of power structures. The visual relationships between organic and rigid forms act as proxies for a system of communication that is being intentionally manipulated. This piece references dog whistle politics, which is a kind of political doublespeak in which an implied meaning is interpreted only by those it applies to, by using proximity to the subject as a source of illumination.”
“Reading in the Dark plays with the concept of night writing, which was a precursor to Braille and was commissioned by Napoleon to fill the need of a system of code that soldiers could use to communicate silently and without light. On the contrary in this case, the design is visual instead of tactile and can only be seen in certain angles of light.”
Early Evening, 2017
Oil on canvas
48 x 36 in.
Value: $1,800 • Minimum bid: $1,080
Emma Beatrez is a Fargo-based emerging artist associated with the artist collective Ochre Creative Studios. Educated at North Dakota State University with an emphasis in painting, she recently received a Viterbo Scholarship which allowed her to study art abroad in Italy. Due to her evocative, unmistakable style, Beatrez has been awarded solo exhibitions at ecce gallery and Make Room in downtown Fargo.
“Early Evening is from a series of works that explores the modern relationship between humans and technology through color inverted paintings. Our new access to an immediate network has facilitated and normalized artificial social interactions, which has proven to deteriorate the psychological and physical health of individuals and communities. The color-inverted paintings represent two different environments that viewers are invited to experience. These paintings consider the significance of psychological dependence to developing technologies on the value of being present. Early Evening is a chromatically inverted painting that abstracts the nude form and allows the work to be more approachable. The intent is to engage the viewer with form, color, and anatomy.”
Oil on paper mounted on board
6 x 8 in., framed: 7 x 9 in.
Value: $500 • Minimum bid: $300
Pirjo Berg was born in Helsinki, Finland. She received her Master’s degree in Regional Planning at the University of Tampere, Finland, and went on to study painting and installation art at the School of Art and Media in Tampere. Painting trips during this time were made to Norway, Estonia, Italy, and Nepal. In 2005, she graduated from the Artists Trust EDGE-Program in Seattle, WA, and in 2008 she moved to Grand Forks, ND and established an art studio. Over the years she has been travelling with her husband, a geologist, all over the world (Nepal, Greenland, Arctic Spitsbergen, Baja California, Alaska, US South West Canyon Lands, Sierra Nevada, etc.) as his field assistant. The landscape, especially the sedimentary rocks and layers, are elements which have become familiar to her.
“These paintings are based on color, texture, and shape. The stripes, repetition, and texture are found not only in the familiar textiles, but also in geological formations. These recent paintings have layers (or beds) of landscapes, which are squeezed by time and ‘flattened.’ One can recognize the landscape in them, but they are in motion all the time as if you were watching a movie where you can slide back and forward in time and space. The Ocean series is symbolic of the impossibility of returning home; for an immigrant there is the nostalgia of the place left behind. There is the longing for something that is no longer there.”
Ocean Divide, 2017
Value: $500 • Minimum bid: $300
Autumn Meditation, 2017
Oil on linen
30 x 40 in., framed: 35 x 45 in.
Value: $5,000 • Minimum bid: $3,000
David Boggs retired in 2016 from Concordia College as Professor Emeritus of Art. Educated at Oklahoma State University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he holds signature memberships in the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor USA Honor Society. Boggs’ exquisite work has been exhibited widely. He was one of 20 painters worldwide invited to the critically acclaimed State of the Art 2001, the International Biennial Watercolor Invitational, and has also exhibited work at the National Art Center in Tokyo. Boggs has image representation in the Digital Archives of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution, and his artworks are in many public and private collections.
“During an October photography excursion through west central Minnesota, the distant horizon and wetland features were combined with images of a backlit dramatic sky to form this scene. While the images existed separately within moments of one another, the painting is the result of coalescing the most visually compelling characteristics of each into a striking composition, using many layers of relatively thick oil paint on a fine linen surface. The temperatures of the cloud and sky components here are much warmer than those of their typical blue and grey hues. My hope is that the stillness of land and water juxtaposed with the visual drama of the sky communicates the meditative scene as I experienced it.”
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 36 in.
Value: $1,500 • Minimum bid: $900
Mandel Cameron (formerly Mandel Mertz) is a painter, illustrator, and designer. Mandel’s paintings have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the North Dakota/Minnesota region, including at Plains Art Museum, DK Art Gallery, NDSU Art Gallery, and The Spirit Room Gallery. In the summer of 2016, Mandel completed a 400 square foot mural which can be seen on the east side of Junkyard Brewing Company.
“I have lived in Minnesota, North Dakota, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Nevada. This variety of landscapes and cultures has inspired my work in significant ways. I take the beauty that I see in everyday life, combine it with fantastical daydreams, and translate it into my own unique style.”
Dark Night, 2015
14 x 18 x 2.5 inches, framed: 15 x 19 in.
Value: $950 • Minimum bid: $570
David Cunningham spent numerous years creating landscape and figurative paintings and has recently been developing a large body of work focused on the urban landscapes of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Cunningham creates dark and beautiful images, following a rich tradition, but in a distinct and personal style. He had studied traditional oil painting at the Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art in Minnesota. The Atelier provided classical training with a series of exercises starting with charcoal drawings of plaster caste busts before progressing to more challenging subjects such as still life, portraiture, and the human figure, using oil paint. Cunningham currently works and lives in the Schmidt Artist Lofts in St. Paul, MN.