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Mike Tegland | Selected Works 2007-2011

April 2nd, 2012 | Events, News, RNG Gallery

Opening Reception | Friday, April 13 from 7-10pm
The show will continue through May 6, 2012
Open to the Public

I first saw Tegland’s work at The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Annual Art Auctions. Tegland’s work stood out. At that time, I had never heard of the artist, nor had I ever seen work like his. The black paintings with graphite drawing atop, were magical. The way the light hits the works create a living thriving piece of art.

Almost black on black, the graphite lines bring shape and form in a graphic manner to the work. The work captivates the viewer to stay and watch them come to life.
I asked Mike are these paintings or drawings, he stated both. Tegland is an artist that works and stays out of the spotlight. He works for the art of the art. This will be his first solo show and so over due. His talents are known by The Bemis and many art collectors. Come see the work. One of the greatest aspects of having a gallery is the ability to find and show the works of top notch artist like Mike Tegland.

There will no Art Talk for this show, the work speaks volumes.

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From There to Here | work by Flo Oy Wong

March 5th, 2012 | Events, News, RNG Gallery

Opening reception | Friday, March 9 from 7-10pm
Open to the Public

Flo lives and works in Oakland, California, with art connections in the Midwest. She was a resident at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha and completed a residency at University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Wong’s “Omaha Pie Project”, honors persons from the Omaha/Council Metro Area. She integrates personal items with her talents to create a biography of the honored people. Also in the gallery will be Wong’s Rice Sack series and her Doll series. The Rice Sack series, Wong incorporates images and text to create a narrative for the viewer to absorb with wonderment. Hanging from the ceiling will be Wong’s Doll series.

It is an honor to show Flo’s work here at The RNG Gallery/Dixie Quicks. She, like Rene grew up in a family restaurant. Having her work in our new space is a home coming, back to this area and the environment of the restaurant.

There will be and Art Talk Saturday March 10 at Noon. Come and hear Flo speak on her thought processes and techniques. Her insights to life and art are wonderful to hear.

The show continues through April 8, 2012.

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Borders and Fences | New Works by Josh Powell

January 27th, 2012 | Events, News, RNG Gallery

Opening Reception | Friday, February 10 from 7 – 10pm
Open to the Public

In this show, the work is very different then what Powell has exhibited in the past and even in his last show “Golden Guts” at The bemisUNDERGROUND. This new direction, Josh rethinks painting and the subjects that he has painted prior to this exhibition. Gone are the cultural figures woven though the canvas, missing are the fast action shapes that haunt the corners and most of all is the absence of any forms, figures or foreshadowing.

The paintings are monochromatic, solid colors with a 1970’s minimum feel. Painted on small rectangles that are arranged to be an symbol, an outline of a step pyramid. Even their shapes recall the fluorescent light art of the 1970’s. Minimal art lets the artist escape from the over populated world and express the basic. Is Powell cleaning out his catch – all – draw, freeing his mind from the day to day madness or his he embracing a new look on life, art and mind.

Less is more here at this exhibition. The surface of the paint and the grain of the canvas are the image. Within these the viewer will explore their own borders and fences. Will they set themselves free or corral their thoughts and tame themselves to a centered place?

Powell will explain his new direction and reasons for this new body of work at the Art Talk, Saturday, February 11 at Noon. Pick his mind, ask questions and see the art and artist interact. The Art Talk is open to the public.

Show continues through March 4, 2012

The RNG Gallery
157 West Broadway
Council Bluffs, Iowa
(712) 256-4140

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