Shannon Estlund and Jim Hittinger, Paintings and Drawings

GRAVEYARD SHIFT: Drawings/Paintings by Jim Hittinger
LOW VISUAL DISTANCE: Paintings by Shannon Estlund

Exhibition Dates: August 12-27, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 12, 7-10pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday, August 12, 7-8pm

Jim Hittinger, Procession, oil on canvas, 36 x 48”, 2017
Jim Hittinger

About Jim Hittinger’s GRAVEYARD SHIFT: Graveyard Shift explores a sparsely populated world littered with empty lots, depleted suburban subdivisions, and chain-link fences tracing the confines of sites where things once were. Beacons and warning signs mark isolated islands of activity within the void: flags, sirens, neon markings on diseased trees, used car lot inflatable dancing men. The entire world is the outskirts of somewhere else. On the surface the world appears lifeless, but its inhabitants go through the motions of living; they celebrate holidays, bury their dead, and play baseball.

Snowman, 2016

Jim Hittinger received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan in 2012 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from The University of Minnesota in 2015. His work has been widely exhibited locally and nationally, including recent exhibitions at Whitdel Arts in Detroit, Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, and Rosalux Gallery in Minneapolis. He currently teaches in the Department of Art at The University of Minnesota. Jim Hittinger

Shannon Estlund, Untitled, oil on canvas, 48 x 60”, 2017 Shannon Estland










About Shannon Estlund’s LOW VISUAL DISTANCE:
Shannon Estlund’s abstracted landscapes are inspired by Rice Creek and the surrounding forest near her home in Fridley, Minnesota. The title Low Visual Distance refers to the way that dappled light, physical obstructions, and abstractions of form complicate an objective understanding of these spaces. Instead, the paintings offer a psychological interpretation of each site. The subjects of the paintings, which include downed trees, stagnant pools, and tangles of brush, demonstrate various states of growth and decay. Subjects are rendered using overlapping imagery, expressive color, repeating pattern, and abstracted form as a metaphor for a subjective and ever-changing perception of reality. The paintings in this exhibition represent a practice in becoming comfortable with the unknown and appreciating the impermanent and interdependent nature of all things.

Fifty Three Degrees, 2017
Fifity Three Degrees

Shannon Estlund holds a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and received her B.F.A. from the University of Florida. Shannon currently teaches at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Augsburg College. She has received several grants for her work from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Community Foundation. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at museums and galleries including the Crisp Ellert Art Museum (FL), the Elmhurst Art Museum (IL), Soo Visual Art Center (MN), the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens (FL), and at the National Galleries of Scotland. Her work has been featured in New American Paintings and Studio Visit magazines. Shannon Estlund is a fiscal year 2017 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Shannon Estlund



Laura Stack awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant

Laura Stack received a Minnesota State Arts Board, Artist Initiative Grant for her “Anomaly” series of drawings. This will help fund her 2016 Rosalux art exhibit.

Image: Anomaly #13,   ink, graphite on watercolor paper,  60″ x 40″

Anomaly 13 by Laura Stack


Anomaly 13 Detail by Laura Stack


Poetry/Fiction Reading at Rosalux Sept. 28, 7:00pm

Poetry/Fiction Reading at Rosalux Gallery Sept. 28, 7:00pm in conjunction with Laura Stack’s and Amy Toscani’s art exhibit. Featuring University of Minnesota MFA Writers: Lalinne Suon Bell, Katie Rensch, Florencia Lauria, J. Fossenbell, & Katherine J. Lee. Organized by Zoë Miller.



City of Heroes: New Works by John Diebel + Travels: Paintings by David Malcolm Scott

Rosalux Gallery is proud to present a double feature in November, 2011: City of Heroes: New works by John Diebel and Travels: Paintings by David Malcolm Scott.

City of Heroes: New works by John Diebel

With highly structured collage-based images Diebel evokes the era of European totalitarian regimes, exploring their use of architecture as political expression while bridging the gap between idealized conception and the less inspiring truths that arose after construction. Diebel’s polychromatic compositions represent distillations of actual archetypal edifices in Central and Eastern European cities; buildings which today- even when festooned with large-scale advertisements for free-market consumer goods- reveal a tortured history of war, political terror, and contrived civic happiness.

Diebel summons up a visual concurrence in some of his pieces by employing a false 3-dimensional perspective reminiscent of 1980s video games. Buildings angle across the viewing plane as a metaphor for an ideologically conceived path toward a future with no vanishing point. Within this device is expressed a subtle irony, as video game technology was on the rise at precisely the moment that European dictatorships were falling. As Diebel sees it, ultimately both video games and the remnants of fallen regimes represent virtual worlds which are today romanticized, reviled and encapsulated in outdated artifacts.

John Diebel on Flickr

Travels: Paintings by David Malcolm Scott

The paintings of David Malcolm Scott act as a cross-temporal dialogue between the artist and our environment, revealing to us a visual abstraction of the collision between the man-made and the natural worlds. Long and horizontal in dimension (and often taking the form of a scroll), Scott’s watercolor paintings tell visual stories of places and events through time. The artist’s understanding of the spatial reverberations at the intersection of human and environmental forces is further enhanced by his training as an architect, particularly notable in his deft renderings of cityscapes and ancient ruins.

The paintings in Scott’s latest series of work reflect over twenty years of travel, research, and study. Places as far-flung as China and the deserts of the American Southwest, as well as locations closer to his home in Minneapolis are explored in metaphysical timelines. As a corollary to the diversity of his subject matter, Scott’s work incorporates a variety of media beyond watercolor, such as pencil and ink drawing, collage and photography. The resulting work draws the viewer into a rich, non-verbal history recorded in rivers, prairies, lunar cycles and human settlements. 

Exhibit runs: November 4- 27, 2011

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 12, 2011, 7-11 PM