*Marshall: Virtual Artist Talk with Jason Frank

03aug5:30 pm6:30 pm*Marshall: Virtual Artist Talk with Jason Frank

Photograph of driftwood and reflection in the water


(Thursday) 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm(GMT-05:00)

Event Details

Join us for a Virtual Artist Talk with Jason Frank!
Thursday, August 3rd at 5:30 pm
Join the virtual artist reception: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84913766476…
Meeting ID: 849 1376 6476
Passcode: 415122
Visit zoom.us or find it on your device’s app store to download and make your account before the meeting begins.
More about the exhibit:
Help SMAC welcome our current gallery artist, Jason Frank of Ortonville. This exhibit, titled “Abstract Elementals: A Prairie Wetland Portrait Series”, will be in the SMAC Gallery in downtown Marshall at 509 West Main Street through August 25, 2023. Jason received a SMAC Individual Artist Grant in 2022 specifically for this project.
The SMAC gallery is open weekdays 9 am to 12 pm and 1-4 pm. If you would like to view the exhibit outside of these times, please email info@swmnarts.org.
Artist’s Statement
Five years ago, along the eastern shore of a modest pothole lake, not far from the Minnesota River headwaters in Big Stone County, a weary congregation of cottonwoods, a few arthritic box elders, and one snarled snag of sun-bleached cedar found themselves swallowed up by rising waters. Successive years of heavy precipitation had filled their basin past its brim, and by the next summer, 2019, the trees were all swamped and dead. Through seasons of wind and rain, shifting ice and erosive decay, I sought to memorialize the sculpted personalities that began to emerge from the remnants of those once-great trees. From driftwood snags dancing the tango to lakeside reflections reminiscent of Japanese marbling, these Abstract Elementals range from starkly minimalist “stump portraits” to psychedelic renderings of entropy in motion—framed as dreamlike snapshots of equilibrium in decline, of atoms liberated from their rigid, individual containment—then cycled back into the watery continuum of eternal recurrence.
Jason Frank is a photographic artist and naturalist based in Ortonville, Minnesota. His work is deeply influenced by Taoist philosophy and Jungian analysis of mythic imagery, focusing less on explicit documentation of his subjects and more on the poetic impact of landscapes translated through the subtle corridors of the subconscious mind.

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