Mary Ann Strandell
February 24-May 18, 2012
The Movable Salon + Other Frontiers: Mary Ann Strandell takes a closer look at the images and ideas that frame the artist’s upbringing in South Dakota. The exhibition is a continued exploration of her ongoing theme of east meets west.
The is the second installation of The Movable Salon and Other Frontiers Exhibition,
curated by Mary Maxon, and organized by David Merhib and Jodi Lundgren of
The Washington Pavilion for the Arts, Sioux Falls, SD.
South Dakota native Mary Ann Strandell returns from New York to explore
the collision of historic spaces where East meets West River.
If an artist may be described as a force of nature, it would be an apt description of Strandell. Like a whirlwind, the artist gathers inspiration from the myriad of influences in her life. In this exhibit you will find imagery from the highway, the back road, the internet and the airport, a testament to her life as perpetual traveler. You will see tidbits gleaned from printed media of all sorts, from the encyclopedia to fashion, science and nature publications, and from high art to food. You will notice details from plein air sessions in a multitude of locations. You may see chandeliers and china monkeys, period architecture or a flowered hat. You will also see multiple references to the artist’s family in South Dakota, their lives, their interests and their surroundings. The collected imagery collides, shifts, combines, scatters and is ultimately released in layers of pale blue and black onto canvas and into print, translated from the chaos into a unique visual language. All melds into a rich presence that resounds with the pure and clear voice of the individual.
Strandell’s solo exhibition honors her grandparents, Esther and WIlliam Bielmaier and Alfred and Bonnie Strandell, four Dakotan pioneers from Wall. Strandell also looks into additional family histories of East River. And honors the Kurtzhal and Lacey families of early Sioux Falls.
In addition to over 40 oil paintings and drawings, the exhibition will include a 35 foot sumi brush wash drawing with lenticular print installation. Oil paintings and hand-painted china by Esther Bielmaier will be featured to compare Strandell’s early influences.
There will also be a selection of Alfred Strandell’s “tidbits of news” from his Pennington County Courant column, “Al Says” (c. 1960-70).
The exhibit will open with a reception for the artist, 6pm-8pm, Friday February 24, 2012. Artist Talk: TBA.
This exhibit is sponsored in part by SD Arts Council, The Steever House of Lennox, SD, and The Johnson Pochop Law Firm, Gregory, SD.