Mike Marth

This is Not a Still Life

June 21, 2018 - October 7, 2018

William and Anna Jane Schlossman Gallery

This is Not a Still Life explores the multiple dimensions of Moorhead (MN)-based artist Mike Marth’s artwork and its remarkable evolution. Exhibiting a mastery of materials, Marth’s work is often formal in nature, emphasizing its inherent qualities of form, style, symbolism, and texture. In 2000 Plains Art Museum exhibited a solo exhibition of Marth’s work titled A Decade of Still Life featuring his early work. This work consisted of painterly and sculptural pieces deconstructing the tradition of still life painting. Since then, Marth’s work has progressed in a variety of directions – often transforming industrial and organic material into surprising inventions and wide-ranging forms.

A tireless and prolific creator, Marth made the Fargo-Moorhead community his home in 1996. Marth has taught classes at Concordia, MSUM, and NDSU. Mike Marth received his BFA in Printmaking at Northwest Missouri State University, and his MFA in Painting from Southern Illinois State University at Carbondale in 1991. His work has been exhibited throughout the nation and is included in many public, corporate, and private collections including The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis; North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks; Microsoft; Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota; Southern Illinois State University; Plains Art Museum, Fargo; Rourke Art Museum, Moorhead; and Hotel Donaldson, Fargo. An exhibition catalog accompanies the exhibition thanks to support from Forum Communications Company.

Mike Marth: Conversation with the Artist
Thursday, June 21, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

  • Mike Marth, Mobile Tire Cube, 2012, Rubber tire tread, wood, caster wheels, enamel, screws, 28 x 25 x 25 inches, Courtesy of the artist
  • Mike Marth, Knob Tower, 2013, Furniture knobs, oil paint, sand, polyurethane, wood, 94 x 12 x 13 inches, Courtesy of the artist
  • Mike Marth, Flight of Earls #2, 2010 , Carpet padding, wood, wire, steel mesh, steel chain, screws, plastic, asphalt shingles, fabrics, polyurethane, oil on panel, 64 x 42 inches, Loaned by Doug Burgum & Kathryn Helgaas Burgum

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