UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA PHYSICIANS MILL CITY CLINIC GALLERY
Soft time: An art exhibition by J. Wren Supak exploring experience through physical materials and actions of painting wholly abstract forms.
Exhibit runs June 12 – October 25
Artist reception Thursday, September 12, 5:30-7:30 pm
For Wren’s last solo exhibition, she produced a series of Afterimages, of impressions of influential figures and times in her life. The Afterimages were portraiture that had little to do with how people looked. The pictures were expressive of shared history, the shape of transition, and the mark of experience. That series was born of the through-line of translating memory by searching ideas through abstraction. Five of the paintings in this show are from the 2017-2018 Afterimage series.
Wren works by the language of color, mark, and form, resisting the leading nature of representational art.
She points the viewer directionally with both spontaneous and intentional gestures. Virginia Beach Origin
Story, the final Afterimage of this series, she started in 2017 and finished in 2019, shows evolutions in her process.
After a year and a half of working with fast-drying materials to increase spontaneity, Wren returned to oil paint to make a new body of work. Her images are becoming more physical than ever. Exploring material and process, she leaned into pouring and soaking thick paper to exaggerate the sense of “impression.” She has completed twenty-five new works on paper. Included in this exhibition are four new pour and soak paintings. These paper works show how her intentions for line, mark, shape, and outcome have eased, indicating a softening of hand, of mind, and of time.
UMN Physicians Mill City clinic gallery hosts three exhibitions per year in their dedicated public gallery space. Mill City clinic curator Donna Bruni Cox and clinic medical director, Dr. Jon Hallberg, have collaborated since 2010 to incorporate fine art into the healthcare space. With support from the University of Minnesota and participation of Minnesota artists, their visual art exhibition program addresses overall wellbeing within a holistic patient-centered, community clinic environment. Cox has visited Wren's studio several times and is honored to present her evocative abstract paintings.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
J. Wren Supak is an abstract artist working in painting or digital media, depending on the project. She explores the way that line, shape, color, and form perform a language for what is beyond the verbal. Wren graduated from the Vermont College of Fine Arts with a Master of Fine Arts in visual arts. She has exhibited widely, including Art Basel Miami, this summer in the Mini Video Art Festival in Budapest, and in the exhibition Earth, Air, Wind, and Fire at Mamü Gallery, Budapest, Hungary where she showed a digital painting called, Body of Water. Wren also holds a Master in Human Rights from the University of Minnesota.
As an honored Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership scholar, she researched, and now teaches the role of art in human rights work as artistic storytelling. Wren is a noted speaker and teaching artist on art, and peacemaking.
To see more of her artwork: www.jwrensupak.com
ARTIST RECEPTION // Thursday, September 12, 5:30-7:30pm
Light food, beverages, music, and conversation with artist J Wren Supak, clinic and gallery director Dr. Jon Hallberg and gallery curator Donna Bruni Cox. UMN Physicians Mill City Clinic hosts three exhibitions per year in the dedicated art gallery within the clinic.
EXHIBIT OPEN HOURS
901 S 2nd St. (Zenith Condominium Building)
Suite A Minneapolis, MN 55415
Across from Zenith Park and Guthrie Theater
Monday-Friday, 8-5pm and Saturday, 8-12pm
No appointment necessary
Free and open to the public
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