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Two Artists Featured in New
Exhibit at UW-Eau Claire

 MAILED:  Feb. 3, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — “Abstraction and Figurative Narrative: Recent Paintings and Drawings by Jil Evans and T. L. Solien” will open Feb. 5 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Foster Gallery in the Haas Fine Arts Center. The exhibit will be on display through March 16.

An opening reception will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in the Foster Gallery. Both artists will be on hand to give presentations about their work, starting at approximately 8 p.m.

Evans’ work reflects her interest in the dramatic, ecstatic nature of Baroque art. Although her work is largely abstract, Evans has said that she seeks to recreate “the ecstatic habitation of place” that she sees in the Baroque masterpieces of eighteenth-century Venetian painter Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. She is interested in the conflict between the corporeal experience of the physical world and the human desire to be free of the constraints of the body.

Evans currently is an assistant professor of art at St. Olaf College. Her work has been exhibited in the Minneapolis Museum of Arts, the Steensland Museum (traveling show), Halle Ford Museum of Art, Valparaiso University Museum of Art and the Tweed Museum. Her work also can be found in many private and public collections.

Solien’s art is concerned with the relationships between symbolic presentations of the self and the existential framework in which the self operates. He mixes pop subject matter with a classical style of painting and often makes deliberate references to the work of other artists.

Solien currently is an assistant professor of art at UW-Madison. His work has been exhibited in galleries in New York, Chicago and Minneapolis, as well as in group exhibitions at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Corcoran Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Whitney Museum in New York. His work is included in many important collections, including those of the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C.

Foster Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays, 6-8 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4:30 p.m. weekends. For more information about gallery exhibits, call Tom Wagener at (715) 836-2328.


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Updated: February 3, 2004