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Don Pollack
I'm Witnessing a Forest Fire-Oil Painting, Fictional Penguin Classic Book Cover

2019

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Using song lyrics combined with Penguin classic book covers, Don Pollack opens us up to a discussion of the current state of our environment in this oil painting entitled "I'm Witnessing a Forest Fire". Don Pollack I'm Witnessing a Forest Fire oil on linen 31h x 19w in 78.74h x 48.26w cm Don Pollack BIOGRAPHY Don Pollack is a Painter and Adjunct Associate Professor of Visual Communication at theSchool of t he Art Institute of Chicago. His work investigates among other things, the relationship between personal mythologies and representation in painting and how it may simultaneously give reference to a narrative.Working in cross disciplines has influenced his perspectives as projects begin with an epic adventure. Conceptually proceeding from the premise that all vision is historic and constructed, Pollack’s research starts with the planning of a long distance trek,– such as a 3000 mile journey via bicycle following Lewis and Clark. His work has utilized maps, documents, photography, painting, and installation.This work was routed in a previous investigation into the role of museums in the process of forming collective memory. Don studied design at the University of Illinois and painting at the Ohio State University where he received his MFA.The state of Illinois has recognized his history based work with a special bicentennial edition of the ‘Order of Abraham Lincoln’ award. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and has shown many solo shows in, Chicago, New York, Atlanta, and Canada. True Life Novelettes is the most recent addition to the bigger project; Crossing The Great Divide which is loosely a series of landscape and history projects I began in 2009. It explores among other things, current events and personal literary interests through the construction of large scale [48x72”] book cover paintings. I use a variety of images juxtaposed with bylines and misplaced authors in order to create new meanings. I read the print edition of the New York Times for current content and subject matter, and because I still like the feel of a large document and printed typography. Recently and with a twist of prescient irony, a found myself reading a special supplemental section of the Times declaring that “the post-text future is here!” Could that be good for painting, now that we are entering an online culture ruled by pictures! But if our information will become dominated by pictures, slogans, and emotional announcements, I do fear that the arguments driving political discourse will soon become completely supplicated by popular memes. What should the new best sellers look like? Do I have enough time to read them? Underneath all this fanfare is it possible that the discussion will also be reduced to the display of personal artifacts of material culture? In the fashion section of today’s Times the headline reads, “Can you wear Dior to the Protest March?” (Enter my books.) I first start by writing columns and mixing up the authors with made-up titles (from films and books) and looking for strange connections to create a metaphorical tension. I then look for popular images and taglines in the news, print media, and the publishing business, and search for catchy phrases from film dialog. Then I combine everything into a new design layout to form a hybrid of ‘true life novelettes’ and modern classics. Climate change denial and alt/fake news declarations become great sources for topics in the overwhelming modern noise machine too grim to bear. I cancel my cable subscription. But what are the conditions for making a painting in a world saturated with images? While the representational, abstract, and technical concerns of painting collapse into the same memory well, what are we to say especially when we have “seen all the films and seen all the pictures”? The works of Tursic and Mille have pointed me into this new direction. In order to visually reclaim myself from disappearing into the ruins, I adopt a strategy combining editorial cartooning, oil painting and graphic design. I am attracted to those handsome publisher’s design formats, especially the ones that utilize carefully-placed typography and eclectic images– such as Everyman’s Library, Penguin Books, and Barnes and Noble. There are colored stripes running along the sides of the covers identifying the modern story collections, with the authors’ names set in script fonts. These various formats also hold the space to paint a combination of historic events and contemporary imagery from popular culture. I also patrol the web and search for vintage advertising campaigns for copy. Perhaps this grimness can have an uplifting thread. However, Virginie Vuillaume in Another Girl warns, “desire leads to disaster, partly bound up with fiction but also with death and catastrophe. The fate of those who are in love with images is always tragic, desire always leads to disaster.” So now Tursic and Mille’s painting that appropriated an image of a house on fire from a scene from Andrei Tarkovski’s film The Sacrifice also becomes my subject matter for the cover of the Year of Living Dangerously. For 2017, The Year of the Eclipse, the cover takes direction from a modern classic rendition of Frankenstein, with his head screwed on backwards. Maybe the only way left to paint now is by moving things forward by the only way possible,– through other mediums. The byline lyric for Eclipse is now taken from the Youngbloods popular song of 1967, Get Together,–so come on Frankenstein, ‘Smile on Your Brother’. Don Pollack EDUCATION m.f.a. Ohio State University Columbus,Ohio b.f.a. 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Atlanta,Georgia 2006 MargaretThatcher Projects, american gothic, past imperfect, NewYork,NewYork Perimeter Gallery, improvisation, Chicago, Illinois 2005 Newzones Gallery, missives, Calgary,Alberta, canada MarciaWood Gallery, south of the tennessee, remains of the campaign, Atlanta, Georgia 2004 Perimeter Gallery, voyages of discovery, from the earth to the moon, NewYork, NewYork 2003 Newzones Gallery, garden of forking paths, Calgary,Alberta, canada Perimeter Gallery, a search for heroes, lincoln & the illinois landscape, Chicago, Illinois 2002 Perimeter Gallery, ancien regime, NewYork,NewYork MarciaWood Gallery, ancien regime, Atlanta,Georgia 2001 Newzones Gallery, ancien regime, Calgary,Alberta, canada 2000 Perimeter Gallery, between heaven and earth, Chicago, Illinois Newzones Gallery, preview, Calgary,Alberta, canada 1999 Newzones Gallery, north american inheritance, Calgary,Alberta, canada MarciaWood Gallery, american inheritance, Atlanta,Georgia 1998 MarciaWood Gallery, entering the circle, Atlanta,Georgia 1997 Newzones Gallery, crossing the next meridian, Calgary,Alberta, canada 1996 Peter Miller Gallery, landscape and memory, Chicago, Illinois MarciaWood Gallery, mythopoeia, an american portrait, Atlanta,Georgia 1995 Elliot Smith Gallery, St.Louis,Missouri Marx-Saunders Gallery, International Art Exposition, Chicago, Illinois 1994 Deson-Saunders Gallery, shadowlands, Chicago, Illinois 1993 Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver,British Columbia, canada Bess Cutler Gallery, NewYork,NewYork 1992 Deson-Saunders Gallery, Chicago, Illinois 1991 Bess Cutler Gallery, NewYork,NewYork Deson-Saunders Gallery, between earth and sky, Chicago, Illinois 1989 Deson-Saunders Gallery, Chicago, Illinois 1988 Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, Illinois 1987 Houghton College, Houghton,NewYork SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2015 architectural biennial, Brininstool and Lynch, Chicago, Illinois 2014 black and white, Perimeter Gallery- Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 2012 art miami , Perimeter Gallery- Chicago, Miami, Florida Group Show, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Illinois 2011 art chicago, The Merchandise Mart, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Illinois Group Show,Kenise Barnes Gallery, Larchemont,NewYork 2010 pull, MarciaWood Gallery, Atlanta,Georgia memory is a metaphor, Kenise Barnes Gallery, Larchmont,NewYork our kind of town, Rena Sternberg Gallery, Glencoe, Illinois 2009 nature satisfies by its loveliness, Kenise Barnes Gallery, Larchmont,NewYork the exquisite corpse, Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois the big picture show, Newzones Gallery, Calgary,Alberta, canada 2008 this just in, MarciaWood Gallery, Atlanta Georgia portraying lincoln, Madden Arts Center, Decatur, Illinois contemporary art institute of detroit, Curator’s Choice, Detroit,Michigan art chicago, The Merchandise Mart, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Illinois 2007 artwork 5, Gallery 2,Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois artscapes, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville,Tennessee atlanta gallery association preview, rep: MarciaWood Gallery, Eatonton,Georgia out of the garden, Rena Sternberg Gallery, Glencoe, Illinois art chicago, The Merchandise Mart, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Illinois 2006 states of seige, Fine Arts Center Galleries, University of Rhode Island, Kingston,Rhode Island landscape x10, Newzones Gallery, Calgary,Alberta, canada pulse, MargaretThatcher Projects, NewYork,NewYork 2005 summer sensation, Thatcher Projects, NewYork,NewYork Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Illinois landscape x9, Newzones Gallery, Calgary,Alberta, canada 2004 Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Illinois landscape x9, Newzones Gallery, Calgary,Alberta, canada 2003 landscape x9, Newzones Gallery, Calgary,Alberta, canada San Francisco Art Exposition, Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art Calgary,Alberta, canada contemporary landscape, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Illinois deck the walls, Newzones Gallery, Calgary,Alberta, canada 2002 landscape x9, Newzones Gallery, Calgary,Alberta, canada San Francisco Art Exposition, Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art Calgary,Alberta, canada 2001 departure: american contemporary landscape, Indiana University Northwest Gary, Indiana Rena Sternberg Gallery, Glencoe, Illinois International Art Exposition:Chicago, Perimeter Chicago, Illinois Miami Art Exposition, Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art Calgary,Alberta, canada 2000 landscape x8, Newzones Gallery, Calgary,Alberta, canada San Francisco Art Exposition, Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art Calgary,Alberta, canada International Art Exposition:Chicago, Perimeter Gallery Chicago, Illinois 1999 requiem, Nexus Contemporary Art Center Atlanta,Georgia family album, MarciaWood Gallery Atlanta,Georgia 1998 the nature of landscape, South Bend Regional Museum of Art South Bend, Indiana cornucopia, Winston-Wachter Gallery NewYork,NewYork paradise and its transformations, Georgia State University, School of Art & Design Gallery Atlanta,Georgia landscape x six, Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art Calgary,Alberta, canada land, air, & sea, Elliot Smith Gallery St.Louis,Missouri 1997 Marguerite Oestricher Gallery New Orleans, Louisiana MarciaWood Gallery Atlanta,Georgia Peter Miller Gallery Chicago, Illinois International Art Exposition:Chicago, Peter Miller Gallery Chicago, Illinois Seattle International Art Exposition, Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art Calgary,Alberta, canada 1996 Center for the Arts Calgary,Alberta, canada Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art Calgary,Alberta, canada International Art Exposition:Chicago, Peter Miller Gallery Chicago, Illinois Seattle International Art Exposition, Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art Calgary,Alberta, canada introductions, Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art Calgary,Alberta, canada Peter Miller Gallery Chicago, Illinois 1995 contemporary realists, Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art Calgary,Alberta, canada the nature of landscape, Fontbonne College St. Louis,Missouri first in flight, Deson-Saunders Gallery Chicago, Illinois Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art Calgary,Alberta, canada MarciaWood Gallery Atlanta,Georgia International Art Exposition:Chicago, Deson-Saunders Gallery Chicago, Illinois 1994 contemporary realists, Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art Calgary,Alberta, canada Monte Clark Gallery Vancouver,British Columbia, canada 10th anniversary group exhibition, Elliot Smith Gallery St.Louis,Missouri International Art Exposition:Chicago, Deson-Saunders Gallery Chicago, Illinois 1993 Robert Berman Gallery Santa Monica, California the dreamer awakes, Deson-Saunders Gallery Chicago, Illinois west art and the law, traveling exhibition, John B. HynesVeterans Memorial Convention Center Boston,Massachusetts/ Kennedy Gallery NewYork,NewYork/ Loyola Law School Los Angeles, California/ James R.Thompson Center Chicago, Illinois/ Minnesota Museum of Art St. Paul,Minnesota pacific, Deson-Saunders Gallery Chicago, Illinois finesse, Skokie Public Library Skokie, Illinois skillfully, Deson-Saunders Gallery Chicago, Illinois International Art Exposition:Chicago, Deson-Saunders Gallery Chicago, Illinois 1992 Bess Cutler Gallery NewYork,NewYork Robert Berman Gallery Santa Monica, California finesse, Deson-Saunders Gallery Chicago, Illinois land of 100 dancers, Deson-Saunders Gallery Chicago, Illinois International Art Exposition:Chicago, Deson-Saunders Gallery Chicago, Illinois 1991 chicago art today, Gallery of Contemporary Art University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado west art and the law traveling exhibition,American Association of Law Libraries New Orleans, Louisiana/ NewVisions Gallery of Contemporary Art Atlanta,Georgia/ Minnesota Museum of Art St. Paul,Minnesota/ Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee,Wisconsin International Art Exposition:Chicago, Deson-Saunders Gallery Chicago, Illinois 1990 Nature/nature, Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois on nature, Deson-Saunders Gallery Chicago, Illinois spirits in the material world, Deson-Saunders Gallery Chicago, Illinois Los Angeles Art Exposition, Bess Cutler Gallery Los Angeles, California International Art Exposition:Chicago, Deson-Saunders Gallery Chicago, Illinois 1989 the unconventional landscape, John Michael Kohler Arts Center Sheboygan,Wisconsin elements of style, history of the dividing line, Deson-Saunders Gallery Chicago, Illinois west art and the law traveling exhibition, Bally’s Casino Reno,Nevada/ Arkansas State University Museum Jonesboro,Arkansas/ Robert Kahn Gallery Houston,Texas/ Minnesota Museum of Art St. Paul,Minnesota International Art Exposition:Chicago, Deson-Saunders Gallery Chicago, Illinois 1988 chicago now! , Arts Center South Bend, Indiana a european celebration, Limelight Building Chicago, Illinois 1987 new works, Objects Gallery Chicago, Illinois illinois 87, small painting exhibition, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois Objects Gallery Chicago, Illinois 1986 works, Dittmar Gallery Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois RuthVolid Gallery Chicago, Illinois national first annual wildlife and landscape exhibition, GalleryTriangle Washington,D.C. 1985 75th annual columbus exhibition, Columbus Museum of Art Columbus,Ohio 1984 shreveport national exhibition, Meadows Museum of Art Shreveport, Louisiana 1982 mid america biennial, Owensboro Museum of Fine Art Owensboro,Kentucky SELECTED AWARDS 2017 enrichment grant, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 2016 enrichment grant, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 2015 sabbatical grant, Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago, Illinois 2014 bernheim arboretum, artist residency, Louisville,Kentucky 2012 illinois institute of art, faculty of the year award, Chicago, Illinois 2010 marquette university law library, commission award, Milwaukee,Wisconsin sabbatical grant, Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago, Illinois 2009 order of lincoln, bicentennial edition, State of Illinois award, Springfield, Illinois school of the art institute of chicago, faculty enrichment grant, Chicago, Illinois illinois institute of art, faculty enrichment grant, Chicago, Illinois 2008 abraham lincoln presidential library and museum, grant, Springfield, Illinois 2003 philbrook museum of art, museum purchase Tulsa,Oklahoma 2002 illinois arts council fellowship, grant, State of Illinois Springfield, Illinois 1993,‘91,‘89 west art and the law, purchase West Publishing St. Paul,Minnesota 1983 ford foundation grant, Ohio State University Columbus,Ohio PUBLIC COLLECTIONS Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa,Oklahoma Racine Museum of Art, Racine,Wisconsin Marquette University Law Library, Milwaukee,Wisconsin Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut Union League Club, Chicago, Illinois Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, Illinois Vedder, Price, & Kammholz, Chicago, Illinois Fidelity, Charlotte,North Carolina Republican Governors Association, Washington,D.C. Allston & Bird, Washington,D.C. Corboy, Demetrio, and Clifford, Chicago, Illinois Poco Petroleum, Calgary,Alberta, Canada Burnett, Duckworth, and Palmer, Calgary,Alberta, Canada Evans, Martin, andWilson, Calgary,Alberta, Canada Metropolitian Life Insurance Company, NewYork,NewYork AmericanTelephone andTelegraph Company, Chicago, Illinois Prudential Insurance Company, Newark,New Jersey Arthur Anderson and Company, Minneapolis,Minnesota Federal Home Loan Mortgage Company, Chicago, Illinois G.D. Searle Company, Westchester,NewYork Schiff, Gorman, and Krkljes, NewYork,NewYork Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois University of Illinois, Illini Union, Urbana, Illinois Jupiter Corporation, Chicago, Illinois Atlantic Richfield Corporation, Chicago, Illinois SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY Jenna Esarey, bernheim art on display at carnegie center, Courier-Journal, February 6, 2016 LaurenViera, “don pollack, mysterious island, ChicagoTribune, March 5, 2010 Jason Mojica, “don pollack: improvisation”,Time Out Chicago, February 2-9, 2006 Edward Gomez, “reimagining the landscape”,Art and Antiques,Atlanta, Georgia, October, 2003 Alan Artner, “Don Pollack”, ChicagoTribune, March 21, 2003 Anne Severson, “in the wilderness of our mind”, Fast Forward, Calgary,Alberta, Canada, December 2-8, 1999 Richard Rhodes, ed., “fast forward:a canada-wide guide to the season’s best exhibitions”,Canadian Art, Vol. 16, No. 3, , Fall/September 1999 Shelley Boettcher, “Critic’s Pick”, Calgary Herald, Gallery Guide, Calgary ,Alberta, Canada, November 18, 1999 Catherine Fox, “a convergence of landscapes”, Atlanta Constitution, October 8, 1999 Lisa A. Rundquist, “remembering beauty: the seductive & nostalgic nature of ameri - can landscape”, (Catalogue), South Bend Regional Art Museum, South Bend, Indiana, August 8-October 4, 1998 Garrett Holg, “chicago: don pollack”,Art News, January 1997 Barbara Buchholz, “don pollack”, ChicagoTribune, November 8, 1996 Jerry Cullum, “old west, new myths”,Atlanta Constitution, August 23, 1996 MarciaWood Gallery, “mythopoeia, an american portrait”, (Catalogue),Atlanta, Georgia July 27-August 24, 1996 Alexandra Bellos, “symbol pleasures”, St. Louis River FrontTimes, March 22, 1995 Debra Riley Parr, “in review, don pollack”, St Louis Post Dispatch, March 9, 1995 Malcolm Parry, column,Vancouver Sun,Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 20,1993 Alan Artner, “don pollack”, ChicagoTribune, April 19, 1992 Alan Artner, “comfortable viewing”, ChicagoTribune, February 7, 1991 Alan Artner, “don pollack”, ChicagoTribune, July 7, 1989 Jacqueline Hall, “league gathers forceful raw works for exhibition”, Columbus, Dispatch, June 9, 1985 Jacqueline Hall, “arcadia inspires local artists”, Columbus Dispatch, July 14, 1985 PUBLICATIONS 2013 34 days to washington, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, catalog 2012 Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, catalog 2010 art chicago international exposition, Mart Center, Chicago, Illinois, catalog marquette law review, vol. 93, number 4, Marquette University, Milwaukee,Wisconsin, catalog 2009 the lincoln project,Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, Springfield, Illinois, catalog design school confidential, Extraordinary Class Projects from International Design Schools, Steven Heller & LitaTalarico, Rockport Publishers, Beverly Massachusetts, (selections featured from AdvancedTypography course, School of the Art Institute of Chicago) 2003 a search for heroes, lincoln & the illinois landscape, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, catalog 1996 remembering beauty: the seductive & nostalgic nature of american landscape, South Bend Regional Art Museum, South Bend, catalog mythopoeia, an american portrait, MarciaWood Gallery,Atlanta, Georgia catalog 1995 art chicago international exposition, Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois, catalog 1994 private arts, nos.8&9, Chicago, Illinois, Art Consultant, magazine 1993,‘91,‘89 west art and the law,West Publishing Co., St.Paul Minnesota, catalog, traveling exhibition 1992 art chicago international exposition, Navy Pier., Chicago, Illinois, catalog 1991 10 th anniversery auction, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois, catalog TEACHING EXPERIENCE school of the art institute of chicago, Chicago, Illinois, Adjunct Associate Professor, September 2005- present, courses: Image Studio,AdvancedTypography and Introduction toVisual Communications illinois institute of art, Chicago, Illinois, Professor, January 1995-present, courses: 2-D, and 3-D Foundation Design, Color,Typography, Corporate Identity, and Portfolio ray college of design, Chicago, Illinois, January 1986-January 1995, courses: 2-D, and 3-D Foundation Design, Color,Typography, Corporate Identity, and Portfolio ohio state university, Department of Art, Columbus, Ohio, January 1983- June 1984, courses: Art 290 & 190, Drawing, painting, 2-D, 3-D design, color, creative process ohio state university, Department of Art, Columbus, Ohio, GraduateTeaching Associate, September 1982 January 1983, assisted and taught, 2-D Design,Drawing TUTORIALS drawing & problems of representation, North Shore Art League,Winnetka, Illinois, January 1986-April 1986 19th century hudson river school perspectives- drawing and painting, Columbus, Ohio, June 1985- August 1985 LECTURES MLKYouth Leadership Day, Elgin Center, Elgin, Illinois,“crossing the great divide,– standing rock”, January 16, 2017 Northwestern University, Slivka College, Evanston, Illinois,“crossing the great divide”, February 1, 2016 Bronx, City College of NewYork, Bronx, NewYork, “crossing the great divide”, December 10, 2015 Fluid, Society for Literature, Science, & Art Conference, Southern Methodist University, Dallas,Texas “crossing the great divide, trying to understand the collage of my landscape”, October 9, 2014 - October 12, 2014 Postnatural, Society for Literature, Science, & Art Conference, Notre Dame University, South Bend, Indiana “34 days to washington”, October 3, 2013 - October 6, 2013 Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, “34 days to washington”, April 25,May 14,& 17, 2013 Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, “mysterious island”, March 5, 2010 Union League Club, Chicago, Illinois, the lincoln project, June 17, 2009 Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, Springfield, Illinois, the lincoln project, February 6, 2009 Merwin andWakeley Galleries, IllinoisWesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois, american inheritance, November, 13, 2007 University ofWisconsin,Eau Claire, cross cultural perspective of visual communication, presentation topic: Native America:Truth and Imagery”, April 20-21, 2007 Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, “improvisation”, February 2, 2006 Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, “a search for heroes, lincoln and the illinois landscape”, March 29,& April 3, 2003 Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, “between heaven and earth”, December 7, 2000 Newberry Library, Map Society, Chicago, Illinois, tlon, uqbar, orbis tertius: taking measure across chicago, March 18, 1999 Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago, Illinois, Faculty TrainingWorkshop, teaching strategies, July 10, 1997 Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago, Illinois, Quantitative Mathematics course, March 11, 1997 Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, landscape and memory, October 11 & 18, 1996 MarciaWood Gallery,Atlanta, Georgia, mythopoeia, an american portrait, August 1, 1996 Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, Advanced Painting course, February 22, 1994 Deson-Saunders Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, October 21, 1993 Deson-Saunders Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, April 16 & 18, 1992 Objects Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, April 19, 1988 Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, Art 190, native & american topics, April 16 & 18, 1984 Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, CS 102, Religious Themes in Literature, native & american topics, November 22, 1983 INTERVIEWS MLKYouth Leadership Day, Elgin Center, JanelleWalker,“crossing the great divide,– standing rock”, January 16, 2017 FNews SAIC Magazine, by Sophie Lucido Johnson, standing ground at standing rock, January 18, 2017 ChicagoTribune, by Heidi Stevens, artist assist standing rock, January 3, 2017 KYW News Radio 1060, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, taking measure across america, August 9, 2010 Fox/NBC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, taking measure across america, August 9, 2010 WGRZ NBC Buffalo, NewYork, taking measure across america, July 28, 2010 WTTW, Chicago, Illinois, arts across illinois, looking for lincoln, June 19 & 21, 2009 WFLD-Fox News Chicago, Springfield, Illinois, the lincoln project, February 12, 2009 WAND-NBC News Decatur, Springfield, Illinois, lincoln project, February 8, 2009 WCIA-CBS News Champaign, Springfield, Illinois, lincoln project, February 7, 2009 WICS-ABC News Springfield, Springfield, Illinois, lincoln project, February 7, 2009
  • Creator:
    Don Pollack (1958, American)
  • Creation Year:
    2019
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 31 in (78.74 cm)Width: 19 in (48.26 cm)Depth: 1.5 in (3.81 cm)
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  • Gallery Location:
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: DJP0191stDibs: LU55434444862
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    "True North - Orientation" is a worms-eye view of a jumbled sky bursting with both fireworks and a rainbow. The surreal quality of the imagery makes the viewer question reality. The ellipsed edges confirm the scene as an inner vision rather than a window on the world. The foreground billboards add another dimensional question to the landscape. The painting itself is painted on a handmade wooden panel with beautifully finished edges so no frame is needed. Mark Bowers True North - Orientation oil on panel 9h x 12w in 22.86h x 30.48w cm MJB012 TRUE NORTH PAINTINGS Unconscious systemic biases may guide our actions or direct us---similar to the human construct of “True North”, which holds to coordinate systems. The Earth’s “Magnetic North” moves over time according to polar shifts; flux and correction is enabled by polarity. In these paintings (Privilege, Orientation, Belief, Identity, Equity), I use compositional elements referencing nautical com- passes to suggest that society must navigate not within systems, but naturally through positive relationships and change. I hope that my art represents our present day - but also imparts a dreamful glimpse of hope and faith within. Explanation: A magnetic compass does not point toward the true North Pole of the Earth. Rather, it more closely points toward the North Magnetic Pole of the Earth. The North Magnetic Pole is currently located in northern Canada. It wanders in an elliptical path each day, and moves, on the average, more than forty meters northward each day. Evidence indicates that the North Magnetic Pole has wandered over much of the Earth's surface in the 4.5 billion years since the Earth formed. Mark Bowers- Artist Statement With the depiction of landscape playing such a central role in the history of North American art, it seemed to offer many of the critical possibilities I was looking for, and it felt more and more like something I have always known. Something I could easily apply, stage, and manipulate as a diary. My work consists of small-scale highly detailed landscape paintings. They are inspired by the comfort, trepidation, and beauty found in the mundane Chicago Suburbs. I combine nature, decorative house wares...
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    Oil, Panel

  • True North - Privilege, Surreal Landscape w/ Blue Sky, Scattered Clouds, & House
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    "True North - Privilege" is a dream-like view of a cloud filled sky yet nothing feels quite real. The ellipsed edges confirm the scene as an inner vision rather than a window on the world. The foreground gives a glimpse of a white structure but we must use our imagination to piece the scene together. The painting itself is painted on a handmade wooden panel with beautifully finished edges so no frame is needed. Mark Bowers True North - Privilege oil on panel 9h x 12w in 22.86h x 30.48w cm MJB011 TRUE NORTH PAINTINGS Unconscious systemic biases may guide our actions or direct us---similar to the human construct of “True North”, which holds to coordinate systems. The Earth’s “Magnetic North” moves over time according to polar shifts; flux and correction is enabled by polarity. In these paintings (Privilege, Orientation, Belief, Identity, Equity), I use compositional elements referencing nautical com- passes to suggest that society must navigate not within systems, but naturally through positive relationships and change. I hope that my art represents our present day - but also imparts a dreamful glimpse of hope and faith within. Explanation: A magnetic compass does not point toward the true North Pole of the Earth. Rather, it more closely points toward the North Magnetic Pole of the Earth. The North Magnetic Pole is currently located in northern Canada. It wanders in an elliptical path each day, and moves, on the average, more than forty meters northward each day. Evidence indicates that the North Magnetic Pole has wandered over much of the Earth's surface in the 4.5 billion years since the Earth formed. Mark Bowers- Artist Statement With the depiction of landscape playing such a central role in the history of North American art, it seemed to offer many of the critical possibilities I was looking for, and it felt more and more like something I have always known. Something I could easily apply, stage, and manipulate as a diary. My work consists of small-scale highly detailed landscape paintings. They are inspired by the comfort, trepidation, and beauty found in the mundane Chicago Suburbs. I combine nature, decorative house wares...
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    21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Landscape Paintings

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    Oil, Panel

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