Coe College art exhibits to feature paintings, drawings

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2011-02-04 11:26:10 - General

Paintings and drawings by Arbe Bareis, as well as paintings by John Dilg, are featured in an upcoming Coe College art show. The works will be on display in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium, with an opening reception in the Sinclair lobby on Friday, Feb. 18, from 5-7 p.m. Both the reception and the exhibitions are free and open to the public, with gallery hours from 3-6 p.m. daily from Feb. 19 through March 20.

Details of the exhibits are as follows:

"A Rogaine alternative" by Arbe Bareis.

Paintings and drawings by Arbe Bareis
The paintings and drawings by Arbe Bareis embrace the history of still life, portraiture and structural abstraction. He is especially fascinated with Dutch paintings of the 17th century. As in many Dutch still lifes, the artist uses subtle glazes, color, compositional relationships and dramatic lighting to give objects a translation into painted form. Combined with dramatic lighting, this tenebrism sets the stage for a theatrical presentation unfolding in timeless space.

"As an artist, it is my desire to grow, take chances, and to pursue new realms of expression," noted Bareis in his artist’s statement. "As a still-life painter, my work provides a window into a complex world of dynamic imagery. The underlying theme is one that questions roles and relationships, inviting the viewer to open new channels of thought regarding art and its relationship to the contemporary world."

As a portrait painter, Bareis seeks to capture the essence of the subject at a given moment. Sometimes the paintings are silly and sometimes they are not.

“The paintings are sometimes filled with kitschy references and can allude to time periods that are not of the present,” stated Bareis. “The surface effects in my paintings are an entry point, inviting the viewer to consider different interpretations.”

Bareis received an MFA in painting at the University of Iowa, and teaches courses in arts and the humanities at Kirkwood Community College. Prior to his career at Kirkwood, he taught courses in art at the University of Iowa. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally and also has paintings in the U.S. Embassies of Eritrea and the Kingdom of Swaziland.

A painting by John Dilg.

Paintings by John Dilg
John Dilg serves as a professor of painting and drawing at the University of Iowa, where has he taught since 1973. He received a BFA in painting and filming from the Rhode Island School of Design, and was the recipient of a Fulbright Grant to India, a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellow, and three Residency Fellowships at the Yaddo Foundation.

Since 2000, his solo exhibitions have been held at Luise Ross, New York; Schmidt Contemporary Art, St. Louis; Gallery 210 at the University of Missouri, St. Louis; and the Art Academy of Cincinnati, among many others. His paintings and drawings have been included in group exhibitions around the country.

Dilg’s work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Figge Museum of Art; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Villafames, Spain; the University of Iowa Museum of Art, the Arkansas Art Center, and others. His work has been reviewed in “Art in America,” “The New Art Examiner,” and The New York Times.

For more information on the exhibit, call 399-8581.