FROM A FLOWER TO A GARDEN | Aug 18- Sept 5, 2022
967 Payne Ave, St Paul, MN
Aug 18- Sept 5
Thursday August 18, 5-8pm
music by Valentine Seebart
Gallery Hours: Fri Aug 19th, Sat Aug 20th 12-5pm
Fri Aug 26th, Sat Aug 27th 12-5pm
Fri Sept 2nd, Sat Sept 3rd 12-5pm
(L) detail Scott Seebart, Clown Show!, oil on linen, 23x24", 2020
(R) detail, Jessie Fisher, NiXing Bust with Millefleur, ink and oil on gesso panel, 24x18", 2021
Art@967 Payne is pleased to present a two-person exhibition of recent paintings by Jessie Fisher and Scott Seebart, marking the couples return to their beloved Twin Cities. Fisher’s panel paintings of her partner, their son, a favorite model and herself are shown along with a series of still lifes featuring personified and costumed sculptures which blur the boundaries between inanimate and animate form; fabric, flesh, stone, porcelain and plastic are hewn of the same sentience. The translucency of Fisher’s work is magnified when set against Seebart’s dense, almost woven brushwork on rough linen supports. Seebart delights us with his lush collections of everyday objects staged within the fictional world of the tabletop. Clear affinities between these artists who have painted together for more than 30 years emerge when viewing the exhibition. Rooted in observation, both artists are steeped the theatrical and bound to the personal, diverging in terms of arrangement, allegory and sensation.
Jessie Fisher received a BFA from the University of Minnesota and an MFA from the University of Iowa. She studied at the Scoula Internationale della Grafica in Venice, Italy and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and has been an artist-in-residence at the Visual Arts and Design Academy, Santa Barbara, the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Maine and Studio Art College International in Florence, Italy. She has lectured on her work at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Ambrose University, the University of South Carolina, the International School of Painting and Drawing at Montecastello di Vibio, Italy and the GuangXi Arts Institute in Nanning, China. She is a recipient of the Ohio Young Painters Prize and a founding member of Studio Nong, an international sculpture collective and residency program based in southern China. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in Minneapolis, Iowa, Ohio, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Italy and China, and is currently showing with the Prince Street Gallery in New York City. Fisher is a visiting critic and research fellow in the Painting Department at the GuangXi Arts Institute, Nanning, China and an associate artist with Studio Balma, preparing for a multi-year painting project in Terni, Italy. Fisher was a professor in painting at the Kansas City Art Institute from 2005-2022. She is currently the co-director of Case | Edgerton Studios in St Paul, MN.
Scott Seebart received his BFA from the University of Minnesota, a Post-Baccalaureate degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and his MFA at the University of Iowa. He has studied painting at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands and printmaking at the Scoula della Grafica in Venice, Italy. Seebart has taught at the University of Iowa, University of Missouri at Kansas City, The Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Central Missouri. Seebart has shown in group and solo exhibitions at the American Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Lo River Arts in Beacon, New York and the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City, Missouri. He is currently showing with the Prince Street Gallery in New York City. He has been a visiting artist at the Mount Gretna School of Art, The International Center for the Arts in Montecastello di Vibio, Italy and Studio Nong in Nanning, China, and is currently the co-director of Case | Edgerton Studios in St Paul, MN.
Case | Edgerton Studios is the current project of painters and educators Jessie Fisher and Scott Seebart who are currently renovating the former church in St Paul's East Side to house a community garden, interior and exterior classrooms and studios, a small arts library, film and lecture halls and dedicated spaces for artists-in-residence to engage in a thriving community of makers. CE Studios will introduce national and international writers, curators, and artists from outside of the Twin Cities metro area to the Payne-Phalen neighborhood while focusing programming on the needs of the community. Please stay tuned for the first ArtBoard in September at the corner of Case and Edgerton Streets which will kick-off a year-round program of images by local and national artists whose work will be the equivalent of the church board, broadcasting accessible art to the walkable community and passersby on this busy thoroughfare.