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Overviews and Afterlands: Landscapes by Jim Nawara

October 19, 2007 - January 20, 2008



The Muskegon Museum of Art is hosting an exhibition featuring landscapes by Detroit painter and printmaker, Jim Nawara from October 19, 2007 through January 20. 2008. Nawara has been part of the Detroit art scene for more than 35 years, and teaches art at Wayne State University. The exhibition will include more than 20 works spanning the artist's prolific career. Jim Nawara is Professor, Area Coordinator. Painting and Drawing, Department of Art and Art History, and can be reached at 150 Art Building, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan 48202-3925.

Nawara is inspired by the landscape. The earliest paintings in the exhibition are "overviews" that present plausible, though imaginary, landscapes seen from an aerial viewpoint. Works from the late 1980s to the present are "afterlands"-ground-level observations of actual places in Michigan, Vermont, and Ohio, where pruned trees, mowed weeds, or remains of man-made objects, show the aftermath of human activity on natural surroundings. These often non-descript subjects are evocative and dreamlike. "Subject matter is simply a vehicle to express something intangible beyond itself," says Nawara. "Ultimately the work is about imagination, memory and the process of painting."

The Muskegon Museum of Art regularly exhibits artworks by contemporary regional, especially Michigan, artists whose vision enhances and challenges our view of the world. The Muskegon Museum of Art has organized Overviews and Afterlands: Landscapes by Jim Nawara to introduce this artist to West Michigan, thus continuing to nurture vital artistic endeavor in Michigan.

Please click here to view the exhibition brochure which contains a statement about the artist's work by Jane Connell, Director of Collections and Exhibitions/Senior Curator, Muskegon Museum of Art.

This exhibition is underwritten by the VanKampen Boyer Molinari Charitable Foundation.

(above: Jim Nawara, Drain, Oil on linen, 2001. Collection of Alex and Karen Shepard)


(above: Jim Nawara, Sundown, Watercolor on paper, 2007. Collection of the Artist)

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