Exercises in Style: An art show by Rob K-S

Local artist Rob Kaiser-Schatzlein will be opening his exhibition entitled Exercises in Style on Tuesday, April 5, from 4-6pm. 

The show will be housed in the Studio Gallery on the first floor of the Tweed Museum of Art on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus. It runs one week and closes on Sunday, April 10. 

Exercises in Style is the installation of 99 drawings of circles that explore the ideas of repetition, standardization, and the value of uniqueness.

Kaiser-Schatzlein has been in the process of creating Exercises in Style for almost a year now.  It began as five 5′ by 5′ paintings, which were subsequently divided into 418 pieces measuring 6″ x 6″ each.  A circle was drawn with spray paint on each of these pieces, which were then carefully and laboriously edited down from 418 to 99 individual drawings.  The number 99 refers to the number of variations on one story in a book by Raymond Queneau to which the show owes its title: Exercises in Style.

Rob K-S recently organized one of the first shows — Neato Geo — at Ochre Ghost gallery on Second Avenue East.  He has also exhibited at the Duluth Art Institute.  While he experiments with mediums (this show is dominated by the use of acrylic paints), his working practice centers around drawing.

All the drawings will be placed on the floor of the gallery in rigid grid pattern.  The viewers will be able to walk through the art, yet feel the simultaneous imposition of the work.  The Studio Gallery will be recontextualized in a way never seen before.  Unlike most art exhibitions, this show features one solitary set of work that allows for a deeper contemplation on the ideas put forward in Exercises.  This show is cohesive and deceptively simple.

The historic Tweed Museum is located on the University of Minnesota Duluth, 2101 Ordean Court.  For museum hours call (218)722-8222. Information about and directions to the Tweed can be found on d.umn.edu/tma.  Work by Rob K-S can be found on robks.com.

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