Xcel Energy Gallery
In her latest series, Civility is for the Birds, local artist Mackenzie Kouba uses satire in richly layered, colorful compositions to illustrate some of today’s most relevant societal concerns. Kouba’s work is realized with a variety of materials – from oil paint on canvas to collage and assemblage. Reflecting on this recent and ongoing body of work, the artist states, “In the world in which we live, polarizing opinions have drowned out fact and logic from our dialogue. Civility is for the Birds reflects on our interactions in society and its parallels in nature and history. Through bright colors and whimsical imagery, these works are meant not to provide an answer to difficult questions; instead, they inspire the viewer to ask questions about the decisions we make and the positions we take, as individuals and as a society.”
Kouba received her BFA from NDSU in 2011. Her work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Upfront Gallery, Gallery14/DK Custom Framing, The Art Connection, and Rourke Museum. Kouba is a dedicated public arts advocate and co-operator of the collective art space Robert St. Studio in downtown Fargo.
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Curated by Dr. Craig Howe from the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies (CAIRNS) in Martin, South Dakota, Lakota Emergence focuses entirely on the Lakota emergence narrative as recorded in “How the Lakota Came Upon the World,” published in 1917. The place of Lakota emergence is centered at Wind Cave in what is now known as the Black Hills in South Dakota.View Exhibition
If one looks closely and listens carefully, works of art can ask important questions that elicit understanding of our world. For example, what societal factors influence how an artist depicts another person?View Exhibition