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New gallery honors artist with farewell exhibition

Thursday (Jan. 28), Minot State University will open Flat Tail Gallery to honor the printmaking artwork of Kim Fink, Grand Forks, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. An artist talk will begin at 7 p.m.

After a 2014 visit, where Fink created a series of woodcut prints with MSU art students, he returns to Minot for a farewell exhibit. At the close of the spring semester, Fink will retire as an art professor at the University of North Dakota, and this is likely one of his final exhibitions as a North Dakota resident. This exhibition will honor his artistic contribution to the state and region throughout the years, as well as showcase new work. By drawing together multiple printmaking processes and sampling mass media imagery, Fink’s work expands the world of contemporary printmaking.

“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,” Micah Bloom, Flat Tail Press co- director, commented.

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 15 years ago, I learned to embrace the remoteness of the Dakotas,” Fink states. “I became interested in issues of comparative culture and cultural memory.”

Fink received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Ore., and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia and Rome. During his career, he has had over 200 solo and group exhibits in the U.S. and abroad. He has taught and lectured widely during his travels. For the past 15 years, Fink has taught printmaking at UND.

The new Flat Tail Gallery will provide the public with opportunities to view prints and learn about the diverse methods of contemporary printmaking. Additionally, it will engage students in managing, curating and hanging exhibits. Located between the second and third floors of the Administration Building and the Student Center, the Flat Tail Press Gallery occupies three adjoining spaces allowing for flexible presentation of artwork. For questions, contact Ryan Stander, MSU assistant professor of art, at ryan.stander@minotstateu.edu.

The photo shows Kim Fink, printmaking artist, at MSU in 2014.

 

 

 

 

Published: 01/26/16



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