New Work by Patrick K. Pryor
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Exhibit Runs Through July 20, 2013.
No annual tour of Art-A-Whirl is complete without a visit to the Kolman & Pryor Gallery (formerly the Anita Sue Kolman Gallery) in the Northrup King Building—especially this year.
Recently named one of City Pages “Top 10 Galleries in the Twin Cities,” Kolman & Pryor is inaugurating a series of solo shows with “Moving Pictures,” new work by gallery co-owner Patrick K. Pryor. It is Pryor’s first solo show at the gallery and runs through July 20, 2013. The opening reception, at which guests should expect the unexpected, is Thursday, May 16, 2013,6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
“I’ve selected the title ‘Moving Pictures’ because movement is paramount in my work, and because I will be moving the pictures into the gallery throughout the opening reception, as well as moving them around the gallery during Art-A-Whirl,” Pryor explains.
“It’s a huge honor for me to have a solo show in the new Kolman & Pryor Gallery,” Pryor adds, “and to have the first solo show in a new series that will highlight each of the adventurous and innovative artists who are housed and represented by this gallery.” The gallery’s artists also include Kate Casanova (recently named City Pages Artist of the Year), Betsy Ruth Byers, Jodi Reeb, and Karl Unnasch. Selections of their work will also be on view during the run of the show.
“Our solo exhibitions will showcase our gallery artists,” says Anita Sue Kolman. “I’ve been working with Patrick since 2008—first as his artist representative and now as gallery co-owner. Over the years, his work has become looser and more playful, without losing the tremendous sense of movement, color and abstraction that makes his work so effervescent.”
Pryor’s acrylic, abstract paintings engage mind and heart by using color and gesture to explore ideas of humor, beauty and absurdity. The exhibition includes work from his sojourn to Mexico in 2012, as well as new large-scale pieces that expand his visual language. The new work explodes beyond the circular forms for which he’s well known, reintroducing “wild mark making,” line, layering and a greater range of color for more expressive depth.