Kim and Sue Fink arrive this afternoon and we quickly launched in to hanging the exhibit in our newly renovated space. We are pretty excited...the work looks great. Come to the opening tomorrow night if you can. 6-8pm with comments from Kim at 7:00. Once again, the gallery is on the second floor, west landing of the administration building as you head up to conference center.
Next week will be a big one for Flat Tail Press! Micah and Ryan have been working for nearly 9 months towards the date...a sort of birth you might say. We are excited to announce that Flat Tail Press will now have its own gallery space on Minot State's campus. We will be kicking off our exhibition schedule with the work of Kim Fink, a former FTP guest in 2014.
By drawing together multiple printmaking processes and sampling mass media imagery, Fink’s work expands the world of contemporary printmaking. Flat Tail Press co- director, Micah Bloom, comments: “In Luna Joker, Fink presents a rich diversity of printmaking methods, often combining word play with colorful ‘borrowed’ images in a pastiche of pattern and wit.”
Born and raised in the American West, Fink is fascinated with its unique, postmodern expressions of popular culture. “Since arriving in the remote Northern Plains fifteen years ago, I learned to embrace the remoteness of the Dakotas. I became interested in issues of comparative culture and cultural memory,” Fink states. Referencing the Montana poet, Richard Hugo, on the West’s ancient newness, Fink quotes: “Out West . . . the only thing is neon.”
Over a year ago, Micah and Ryan started looking at this one beautiful, but relatively unused space in the administration building. Because of its quiet nature and remarkable lighting we began to ask if it might be converted into gallery space to help carry forward the educational goals of the press while beautifying our campus. Thanks to funding from MSU's President, we were able to renovate the space. Next week, all of Micah's hard work will come to fruition.
Our hope with the gallery is to showcase mostly works on paper with shows rotating every three to four months. The space actually includes 3 distinct areas (a landing, upper stairwell, and upper landing). Exhibits may range from a micro-show of approximately 5-6 pieces, up to 20 or so depending upon sizes of the work.
Luna Joker opens Thursday, January 28th at 6:00-800 with comments from the artist at 7:00pm.
See more of Kim's work at: http://www.kimfink.com/