Moberg at the Garden

Monday, November 13 2017 thru Sunday, January 28 2018

Visit the North Gallery from Nov. 13-Jan. 28 and immerse yourself in the work of five Iowa artists: Bill Luchsinger and Karen Strohbeen, Lindy Smith, Jeffrey Thompson and Chris Vance, presented in conjunction with Moberg Gallery.

Bill Luchsinger and Karen Strohbeen are widely regarded as two of the Midwest 's most successful fine artists. Creating their first prints in 1970, Luchsinger and Strohbeen were among the originators of the digital printmaking art form and have continued to evolve the genre ever since. They have melded their lifelong love of gardening with their expertise in photography and computer process to create sculpture, photos and prints on paper, canvas and ceramic tile. Luchsinger and Strohbeen's artwork can be found in residential and corporate collections around the world. The duo also hosts and produces "The Perennial Gardener with Karen Strohbeen" on PBS. The program showcases the beautiful gardens of their impressive 80-acre farm, which often inspires their work. 

Lindy Smith grew up in a small town in Western Iowa and found her passion for photography at age seven when her father gave her a Brownie camera and taught her how to develop film. Smith specializes in Kallitype, a photo process  that involves a sensitizer mixture of iron salts and silver nitrate. The sensitizer is mixed and coated onto paper; a negative is placed on the paper under glass and exposed to ultraviolet light, then developed in a complex process. Smith says, "My method, developed over the past 10 years, is rather than use a negative, to collect plants, and expose these plants under sunlight." She adds, "What fascinates me about the Kallitype as opposed to other processes is the range of tonalities achieved through conditions such as heat, humidity, time of day, time of year, temperature, choice of paper, the variety of coating mixtures I use." What's more, these are also unique images, that is, there are no editions but only one image that is made by hand. 

Chris Vance says that art is his diary; a marker of place and time. His work is the expression of daily events that form ideas and transform the canvases. "I don't attempt to settle the piece before paint hits the canvas,” he says. "I like the canvas to tell me what it needs in the form of line and color. I look at composition and balance, and my feelings drive the piece on a subconscious level.” He says that understanding his work is to understand him as a person, and the evolution in his paintings shows how small ideas turned into big ideas and those ideas back from big to small. "The smallest things in life strike ideas that fuel my work in progression,” he says. For this exhibit, we have commissioned Vance to paint three floral images from the Botanical Garden. 

Jeffrey Thompson’s recent work focuses on a paradoxical and whimsical combination of still lifes and narrative paintings. Using toys and what he calls “other objects of absurdity,” Thompson says his work can be viewed either as still lifes of toys or as “scenes from great dramatic historical fictions starring heroes and villains that happen to be playthings of my childhood.” To him, the toy paintings address several issues. "One is a question of identity, as in how I interpret their role as a nostalgic part of my childhood,” Thompson says. "For example, GI Joe was a potent symbol for me of acting out a masculine identity, as well as a very desirable toy. Mr. and Mrs. Potato-Head represent puzzle solving and creative, as well as a comforting reminder of domesticity. Another issue that I address in the toy paintings has to do with veracity of subject matter—because it takes close scrutiny to learn that they are in fact still lifes, and not scenes. They can be either or both.” In addition, he also incorporates a juxtaposition subject matter with the organic, such as a flower or landscape, paired with the artificial or manmade. "I want to express this ambiguity or unknown of ‘why' these two different objects have this relationship or why they don’t,” he says. "To me they represent the void within a human condition or desolation in all of us.”

All art displayed will be available for purchase.

Event Category: North Gallery Exhibits

Event Schedule

  • November 13, 2017 All Day
  • January 28, 2018 All Day