The Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University is pleased to announce Slow Hand. This exhibition will open Friday, January 16 and continue through Friday, February 13. F Scott Hess will give a lecture on his work on Friday, January 16th at 5:00 pm, with an opening reception following from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Grunwald Gallery.
The exhibition Slow Hand aims to emphasize the rewards of sensuous touch and imagination in recent painting. Departing from the strictly observed gives the artist free reign in the manipulation of the chosen subject matter. In opposing the perceptual or ocular response to a given subject, the artists in this exhibit approach painting from a conceptual and conceived perspective, resulting in imaginative and sometimes fantastical images that are narrative in nature. Rather than being subservient to the literal appearance of the world or by only admitting events and characters that are likely to occur in everyday life, the artist allows the imaginative and subconscious point of view to exist or even dominate. These artists frequently use techniques, such as glazing or an obsessive attention to detail, that could not be accomplished using perceptual techniques. This way of developing a painting privileges the emotional and psychological over the journalistic and quotidian – or rather, it allows the journalistic and the quotidian to be transformed in order to arrive at a greater emotional and psychological truth.
A Short Introduction to the Artists
Nancy Morgan Barnes received her undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s College in South Bend, IN and her graduate degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, where she later taught. Her paintings have been exhibited in Italy and throughout the United States. She shows at the Greenhut Galleries in Portland, ME and gWatson in Stonington, ME.
John Brosio is a graduate of the University of California at Davis and the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA. He shows at Arcadia Gallery in New York and was an intern at George Lucas’s Industrial Light and Magic. He teaches at Laguna College of Art and Design.
Paul Fenniak received his BFA from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and MFA from Concordia University, Montreal. He is represented by Forum Gallery in New York and has had solo shows there and at the Galerie de Bellefeuille in Montreal. Fenniak has participated in many group exhibitions in museums across the United States and has received several awards, including a Pollock--‐Krasner Foundation Grant.
F. Scott Hess attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria, and Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, earning a BSA from the University of Wisconsin in 1977. He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Fellowship and a J. Paul Getty Museum Individual Artist’s Fellowship. He is represented by Hirschl and Adler Modern in New York and Koplin Del Rio Gallery in Los Angeles. He currently teaches at the Laguna College of Art and Design.
Tina Newberry received her BFA from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and MFA from Indiana University in 1986. She lived and worked in Philadelphia for over 2 decades, where she taught at Drexel University. She has shown at the More Gallery in Philadelphia and currently shows at Hemphill in Washington, DC. She is currently an Associate Professor of Painting at Indiana University.
Caleb Weintraub received his BFA from the Boston University School for the Arts and his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. He has had solo exhibitions at Peter Miller in Chicago and Jack the Pelican Presents in New York. He has been an artist--‐in--‐residence at Redux Art Center in South Carolina and The Santa Fe Art Institute. He is currently an Associate Professor of Painting at Indiana University.
This exhibit and corresponding programs were made possible by the College Arts and Humanities Institute and the Painting Guild, both at Indiana University.