Michael Kareken Salvaged Views
Artist's Talk & Reception:
November 15, 5:30, Wilson Hall's Concert Hall
Michael Kareken's detailed paintings of discarded bottles, scrap metal piles, and debris reflect his use of painting to control the chaos of the urban landscape that surrounds his Minneapolis studio. In this series, which includes drawings and prints, Kareken develops an uncanny sense of quiet drama that unsettles ordinary associations with the subject matter he depicts: recycling centers and garbage dumps. Since 1996 Kareken has taught at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, where he is a Professor of Fine Arts. His work is included in the collections of The Walker Art Center, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Minnesota Museum of American Art, the Frederick Weisman Museum of Art, and the Minnesota Historical Society, among others.
Right: Magnet, 2009, oil on canvas, 96 x 78 in.