Saturday, October 1, 2011
The North Dakota Museum of Art was kind enough to allow MSU to host the Fantastic exhibit during NOTSTOCK. The exhibit will be in the Missouri Room on the third floor of the Student Center October 6-8 and October 10 from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the Minot State University campus. A tandem reception for Eudaly and the Fantastic exhibit will follow Eudaly’s 7 p.m. presentation on October 6 on the third floor of the Student Center.
Fantastic brings together of the work of a dozen artists from the United States, Canada, England, Iceland, and Argentina who delve into the implausible, incredible, and improbable. It is as though the artists provide the viewer with the characters and the setting, but require that the viewer supply the narrative. Many works echo earlier paintings. Argentinean artist Rez borrows from Da Vinci and Velázquez. David Becker of Detroit seems steeped in Bosch and Bruegel. Grand Forks’ Brian Paulsen keeps company with Edward Hopper and Franz Kline. For example, the beautiful woman holding an ermine in Da Vinci’s 1490 painting now holds a pig’s head in Rez’s 2009 version. Gay, colorful, and downright weird, the exhibition poses as a collection of old masterpieces and rollicking excursion into fun.
Ready-made lesson plans for Fantastic are available for educators. You can get a sneak peek at the images here, but don't miss the opportunity to see the exhibit in person. The artwork is truly amazing!