The McLean County Arts Center presentsMemory of Water,a solo exhibition of paintings by Brian Frink in the Brandt Gallery from September 11 to October 31, 2015. An Opening Reception will be on Friday, September 11 from 5 to 7 pm. The Art Talk by Brian Frink will take place on Saturday, September 19 at 2 pm. Both of these events are free and open to the public.
A direct experience with water on Great Cranberry Island in Maine inspired the paintings in the exhibitionMemory of Water. Artist Brian Frink spent a month working in a studio by the Atlantic Ocean experiencing the movements of the sun, stars, fog, and water and invited them into his paintings. Initially he painted what he saw, but faced with his last piece of paper to work on, he turned his back to the view and painted what he had sensed throughout the previous days. Frink states,“By not looking at my subject I began to understand it. By focusing on my memory of water--previous experiences, conscious, sub-conscious, genetic, became part of the subject. MyMemory of Waterseries is a contemplation and consideration of the mysterious, defining, paradoxical relationship between memory and experience.”
The resulting nonrepresentational paintings allude to elements of seascapes in their titles-Wave and Fog,Moonrise on Island Lake, Morning Constellation.The colors, shapes, and compositions of the paintings range in intensity from brilliant to subdued and their sizes expand from the intimate, framed sketchbook watercolor paper, to the immersive canvases of over 8 feet. Frink’s expertise with manipulating paint is apparent from the controlled color staining drips to the precise linear ripples of the brush. The depth of these layered paint transparencies creates sublime imagined scapes to traverse. The overall experience is a sensory pleasure boat ride and a celebration of the perfections and imperfections of nature, paint, and an artist’s memory.
Brian Frink is a Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Chair of the Department of Art at Minnesota State University in Mankato. He earned is BFA from Illinois State University and his MFA from University of Wisconsin in Madison. Frink founded Rural America Contemporary Art (RACA), a group that advocates and fosters community among rural contemporary artists.