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

Ongoing Exhibitions

City Geode

Ongoing
City Geode
S.P.A.C.E. Sculpture

City Geode, created and installed in May 2019 by students and Professor Josh Zeis from NDSU is the latest creation. In response to the work, the lead artists said, “What is a city? This City Geode incorporates many of the things that we thought a city needs; buildings, streets, electricity, drainage, and above all else, the human spirit.

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Bee in Flight

Ongoing
Bee in Flight

Community artist and school art teacher MeLissa Kossick, who guides youth classes at the Museum on art, gardens, and pollinators, has created an enchanting mosaic design in the Creativity Pathway in the Serkland Gallery called Bee in Flight.

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The North Dakota Mural

Ongoing
The North Dakota Mural

Drawing on his childhood memories of the Great Plains, he created a work that speaks to the wide open spaces, huge vistas, and ocean-like skies of the region.

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Fragile Preservation

Ongoing
Fragile Preservation
A Tallgrass Community

While the Tallgrass Prairie is a community made up of a great diversity of species, Fragile Preservation represents a selection of them.

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