A new exhibit “Resonance of Floating Bodies by Joe Smith” opens Jan. 18 in the Kiehle Gallery on the St. Cloud State University campus.
The exhibit runs through Feb. 16 and explores the connections between the liminal spaces between objects being and non-being. Using large-scale sculptural incubators, Smith explores his uncanny development of labored forms as they lie in stasis. The exhibition is a quiet, dark and meditative space that invites viewers to ponder the essence of objectivity.
The Department of Art will hold an opening reception in the gallery from 1-3 p.m. on Jan. 18. Smith will give an artist talk in the gallery beginning at 1:30 p.m. during the reception and the talk is open to the public.
Smith is a visual artist and educator based in Minneapolis. In 1992, he received a Bachelor’s degree in studio art and graphic design at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, and in 1998 an MFA in painting at Cranbrook. Smith has a long and distinguished track record of exhibitions with solo highlights at David Petersen Gallery in Minneapolis, as well as at Lovaas Projects in Munich, Soccer Club Club in Chicago and Midway Contemporary in Minneapolis. Smith is a 2004 and 2014 recipient of McKnight Foundation grant.
The Kiehl Gallery is located in the Kiehle Visual Arts Center on the campus of St. Cloud State. The gallery hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.