North Dakota University System
BSC gallery shows Grand Forks artists' work

Posted on 2/27/2013

Dyan Rey vase
The Bismarck State College Gannon Gallery hosts an exhibit on the artistic collaboration of artist Dyan Rey and poet Eliot Glassheim of Grand Forks through March 15.

The work derives from a trip the husband and wife team made to China in 2009, where images of culture, society, landscape, architecture, art and economy inspired each to produce their own artistic interpretation.

On Thursday, March 7, the public has an opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments. The reception takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. in Gannon Gallery at the BSC Library.

Rey devised a series of vase collages influenced by the historical and contemporary art she saw. Glassheim wrote poems as he experienced the Chinese culture. Images of the trip and poems were included in "Foreign Exchange: American Encounters with China," a book written by Glassheim and published by the North Dakota Museum of Art.

The vases are collages that echo the shapes of Chinese bronzes, ceramic vessels and plant forms. They were cut from abstract ink paintings made years earlier. The calligraphic brushwork of the ink paintings was influenced by Abstract Expressionism, a style that itself was originally influenced by Chinese calligraphy.

Rey has taught at the University of North Dakota Art Department and now teaches at Northland Community and Technical College in East Grand Forks, Minn. She maintains a studio and gallery in downtown Grand Forks. Rey has exhibited her work locally and nationally for more than 30 years in 17 solo shows and more than 50 group exhibitions.

The exhibit is in cooperation with the North Dakota Art Gallery Association. It was recently shown at the North Dakota Museum of Art and at Northern Art Gallery at Mayville State College.

Also on display through March 22 in Elsa Forde Gallery, Schafer Hall, is "Egg-Splosion," abstract paint pieces by Amanda Engesser, a BSC alumna, and Erika Fagerstrom of Bismarck.

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