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latest works from DAWN BLACK, KATIE KNOERINGER AND MATT MORRIS on display during aUGUST exhibition

Baton Rouge Gallery (“BRG”) is proud to feature the latest works from three of its artist members – Dawn Black, Katie Knoeringer and Matt Morris – during its August exhibition. The exhibition will be on display at BRG beginning on August 3 and through August 28, 2014 with no admission charges during normal gallery hours (12-6 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday). 

A ‘First Wednesday’ Opening Reception will be held at the gallery, located inside BREC’s historic City Park (1515 Dalrymple Drive) to celebrate the exhibition on August 6, 2014 from 7 – 9 p.m. As always, ‘First Wednesday’ Opening Receptions are free and open to the public. 

On Sunday, August 10, the gallery’s ARTiculate Artist Talk series will offer an intimate look at the inspirations, techniques and thoughts that led to the works featured in the gallery. Both Black and Morris will be on hand to discuss their work and answer questions from those in attendance. 

Visitors to the exhibition will experience Black’s multimedia exploration of the practice of masquerade and how it affects hierarchies of power, Knoeringer’s comparing daydreams to wild dogs in how they often  behave unexpectedly and Morris’ first photograph-only exhibition at BRG. 

 

Dawn Black – Death Cult 

With her first BRG exhibition since 2012, “Death Cult,” Dawn Black continues to examine the practice of masquerade and its role in relation to conceptions of identity and power. Depicting people from various sources, societies and time periods using gouache, watercolor and ink, she focuses in on the various permutations of social practices that engender power hierarchies. In addition to more narrative works, the exhibition also includes selections from Black’s “Conceal Project,” an ongoing work started in 2009 that consists of roughly 400 postcard-size drawings of disguised or concealed people. Finally, the exhibition also includes the artist’s first showing of sculptural works at BRG, using materials ranging from flowers to hat pins.  

A BRG artist member since 2010, Black was born in Louisiana and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University before earning her Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts, specializing in Painting and Sculpture, from the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History. Her work has been included in exhibitions the world over; from Kunstoffice (Berlin, Germany) and the Curator's Office in Washington, D.C. to the University of the Pacific (Stockton, Calif.), the Jonathan Ferrera Gallery (New Orleans, La.) and Gallery 119 (Chicago, Ill.). Her work is also included in various private collections including the Zacharius collection and has been reviewed by Art in America, the Washington Post and Art Papers Magazine. 

 

Katie Knoeringer – Wild Dogs 

Katie Knoeringer’s second exhibition at BRG since joining the gallery in 2012, “Wild Dogs,” she draws inspiration from a Joyce Carol Oates novel to make an analogy that compares daydreams to wild, feral dogs. As she puts it, daydreams, “come out of nowhere and run their course. That is the power and intrigue of the waking dream; to sweep its maker downstream toward some unknown destination where you may want to stay a while and look around.” 

The acrylic paint and graphite works are the result of Knoeringer’s imagining of how dreams materialize. They depict thoughts, which are otherwise ethereal and fleeting, by combining different realities, from a drawing of someone on the street corner to imagery inspired from books and memories. 

Originally from Long Valley, New Jersey, Knoeringer   received her Bachelors of Fine Arts and Bachelors of Science in Art Education at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from Louisiana State University in 2011 before being invited to join the BRG artist membership in the Fall of 2012. To date, her work has been exhibited across the United States including spaces in Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Arkansas and in the popular “No Dead Artists” show at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (New Orleans, LA) in 2009. Knoeringer recently relocated from Hammond, Louisiana to Philadelphia, PA, where she serves as an adjunct art instructor at Drexel University. 

 

Matt Morris – Working Memory 

“Working Memory,” Matt Morris’ latest exhibition at BRG, is something of a departure for the artist. He has abandoned his typical process in mixed media, where the various types of media have represented components of an analogy. Instead, this body of work includes exclusively color photographs that have been staged and shot in the studio. Using his own paintings, prints and props to create a still life, he is exploring the relationships between disparate elements in a new, visually striking way. 

“Relationships between nature and technology are still being explored,” Morris insists. “But I hope there is another dimension to the play between reality and perception due to the final product being presented as a photograph.”  

Upon returning to the United States after several years in Bavaria, Morris joined Baton Rouge Gallery’s artist member roster in 2009. While maintaining a private studio in Bavaria, Morris had the opportunity to exhibit his work in several group and solo shows in Germany and France and among other side projects, contributed source photography to the Paramount Pictures film, "Mission Impossible 3." Morris earned his M.F.A. in painting, printmaking and photography from San Diego State University in 1997 and currently serves as an adjunct professor at Louisiana State University.

 

For more information on Baton Rouge Gallery or this exhibition specifically, call 225-383-1470 or visit batonrougegallery.org.