Life Pod – John Diebel & Nick Howard
Rosalux Gallery is proud to present “Life Pod” in November, featuring new work by John Diebel and Nick Howard.
Exhibit Dates: November 8th- 30th
Opening Reception: November 8th, 7-10pm
Rosalux Gallery, 1400 Van Buren Street NE,Minneapolis MN 55413
“Life Pod” explores themes of change, chaos and our collective desire to flee what seems like impending doom through Diebel’s precise geometric collage and photomontage and Howard’s dark and humorous psychologically charged drawings.
Join the artists for a reception on November 8th from 7-10pm. The show will run until November 30th.
The cut-paper collage work of John Diebel explores the effects of fear of violence and anxiety about ecological collapse on our outlook for the future. His newest works limn the Utopian art movements of the early 20th Century, contrasting the imagined structures of a positive human future with unnerving Dystopian scenes. Some images are metaphors, others are more literal imaginings of how Utopian structures can be turned into dystopian vehicles for abetting the very forces they were designed to abolish. Diebel explores aspects of the conflict between idealized and actual human behavior in the face of global ecological collapse, wars for natural resources, terrorism, and increasing stratification of human society. He collages intricately engineered cut-paper configurations upon found imagery and digital photomontages. The resulting works raise questions about the viability of humankind to overcome self-interest and whether it is possible to reclaim Utopian ideals in the face of wide-spread Dystopian thinking in the current culture. johndiebel.com
Nick Howard’s new series of drawings are reflections on the visceral aliveness of the relationship between uncertainty and control. Howard’s tightly rendered black and white illustrations begin a process of conscious dissembling through the use of charcoal, gouache, colored pencil, and cut paper. His configurations of masked figures and furry tubes are sometimes destroyed and take on the appearance of piles of burnt rubble, or they spring into life as rays of bright color shine through surface apertures. These drawings look at both the playfulness and the anxiety of our human struggle for control while living constantly on the edge of change. nickhowardart.com
Gallery hours are 12 – 4 PM Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment and admission is free and open to the public.