Symphony of Color marks Schlossman’s first solo exhibition in seven years and, by far, her most comprehensive. The 68 works here represent a cross section of her career, spanning nearly 20 years of work, and include paintings as well as several of the Roberts Street Chaplets she helped create in 2006. The exhibition was curated by Christina Schmid, faculty at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul. She showcases Schlossman’s work as a series of large-scale visual vignettes and to facilitate an overall meditation on color. In addition to the two galleries at the Museum, Symphony of Color will spill over into Schlossman’s Roberts Street Chapel, her Fargo studio, and into parks throughout the city.
Schlossman studied art under the influential painter Richard Bowman and adopted several aspects of his philosophy, especially the role of an artist as a creator of objects that propel human experiences beyond the ordinary. As Art Jones, professor and the chair of the department of art and design at the University of North Dakota, explains: “Schlossman, like earlier Abstract Expressionists, attempts to free her mind of conscious thought and relies on intuition as she ‘impulsively’ makes initial marks on the empty canvas. Through this process, biomorphic shapes and other compositional elements begin to emerge as her painting comes to fruition. Her process of discovery during the act of painting may be likened to that of Jackson Pollock.”
A scholarly catalogue will accompany the exhibition with an introduction by PAM Director Colleen Sheehy, and essays by Schmid and Jones. This exhibition is the second in our Mothers of Invention exhibition series recognizing artists who opened up the art world to the work of women in the 1960s and 1970s.
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