BLK/MRKT Gallery proudly opens the season with a solo show of new paintings, mixed-media three dimensional works and a site specific installation by Minneapolis-based artist Gregory Euclide on exhibit from September 8th – October 6th 2007 with an artist’s reception on the evening of September 8th from 6-9pm.
Gregory Euclide works primarily with paper, using it not only as a surface to which he can apply paint, but as a primary material. He is an artist concerned with the interstice of nature and humanity, and he has taken as his primary line of inquiry epistemological questions regarding experience and memory. He is a painter of landscapes, but not a landscape painter. For Euclide, landscape serves not only as subject matter, but as a metaphor for the process of transformation and decay that is at the heart of human experience.
He views landscape as more than a reflection of the natural world—it is the plane on which multiple modalities of human understanding: biology, topography, geography and meteorology, meet. In choosing to map the topography of his personal experience through painting remembered landscapes, he replicates the collective human condition. Like a child wandering in the woods, our state is to be able to grasp within our limited perception no more than a general outline of our surroundings and disjunct details. These random pieces to an immense puzzle are reshuffled constantly upon recollection to fit the narrative of our life and self-understanding. Euclide notes that “once a moment is experienced it is impossible to correctly remember or own in its pure form again. It becomes a matter of relationships, a mixture of one’s memories, a twisted mess that starts to decay and take on its own meaning… created by our minds”.
Euclide recently has had solo exhibitions in Seattle, Washington and San Francisco, California, has been awarded the Minnesota State Arts Board Initiative Grant through the N.E.A. His work has recently been published in BLK/MRKT Two (Die Gestalten, 2007) and Fourteen Hills (June, 2006). He currently lives in Minneapolis where he is a working towards a M.F.A. at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, having been awarded the Trustee Scholarship.