by Wendell H. Arneson LC ‘68
October 28 – December 13, 2013
Kristin Wigley-Fleming, Center for the Arts
There will be a Gallery Reception on Thursday October 31, 2013 4:30 p.m. All are welcome.
Wendell Arneson is a Professor of Art at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota where he specializes in painting (oil, acrylic and watercolor), drawing and color design. Areneson received his BA from Luther College in 1968, and went on to receive his Art Education certification from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and his MA and MFA from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. His works have been exhibited widely in museums such as the Toledo Museum of Art, Van Wert Museum of Art, and Rochester Art Museum. His works can be found in numerous public and private collections as well as corporate collections of the Ford Motor Corporation, 3M Corporation and the First Bank Corporation.
“I am interested in work that resides in both objective and non-objective worlds. I am equally attracted to the gesture and the non-descriptive mark as well as the power and ambiguity of symbol and image. Painting inhabits a place between the known and the unknown.
The more a painting is viewed, the stronger it gets. . . . it gains power from the viewers interaction with the work. This work draws from an inventory of images that make multiple, yet uncertain references allowing for content to shuffle, reinvent, and remake itself. Art, for me, does not provide answers but rather provokes questions and seeks possibilities. I am an image-maker and interested in the juxtaposition of images that, for me, evoke time, place, memory, fragility, strength, journey, and hope. Through the process of discovery I seek clarity while honoring mystery and ambiguity.”
-Wendell Arneson '68