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Art Exhibition: Layers

About the Exhibition
Capturing the mystery of spontaneous compositions and natural elements intrigue artists Denise Presnell and Kristina Fjellman. Whether it’s an abstracted study or the fluid movement of the aurora borealis both Presnell and Fjellman attribute light, shadow, and color as primary to creating the layers of their work. Together their abstracted interpretations of the natural world create a surreal environment at once intimately familiar and fantastically new.

Using steel wire, fabric, paper and thread, Fjellman’s sculptural pieces often hover away from the wall making their shadow effects an important part of the art experience. “The illusion of movement created from seemingly static objects is an element I am constantly striving to achieve in my work.” – Kristina Fjellman

Presnell’s abstract, multi-media paintings are often a precarious balancing act between chaos and compositional control. In order to achieve control Presnell builds up surface layers, marks, and mediums, then systematically breaks it back down. “I try to leave at least some areas of my work with a glimpse of each step of the process – a sort of visual mapping of my decision making.” – Denise Presnell

July 10 – August 7, 2020
Inez Greenberg Gallery
Artists: Kristina Fjellman and Denise Presnell

About the Artists

Kristina Fjellman is a visual artist and performer and is drawn to creative projects that will combine both of these passions. She has exhibited her sculpture in venues around the Midwest and Twin Cities and was a recipient of a Jerome Fiber Art Project Grant for 2010-2011 at the MN Textile Center. Recently, her piece “Diffusion” was on display in the 2019 exhibition at MN State Fair Fine Arts Building.
Kristina is a graduate of St. Catherine University with a MAED in Art and Theater Education, an ensemble member of Sandbox Theatre and a founding member of The Winding Sheet Outfit. A selection of her fiber work is represented by Gilded Pear Gallery in Cedar Rapids, IA. When not creating visual art or devised theater, she also creates colorful jewelry under the shop “Handmade by Kristina.”

Denise Presnell is a painter/mixed media artist currently living and working as a full-time artist in Sheboygan, WI. She earned her BFA in Printmaking from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and her MFA in Painting from the Pennsylvania State University. Graduate school was followed by 31 years of teaching art on the college/university level. Her acrylic paintings on canvas and cold wax, oil and mixed media works on paper and panel are process-based and abstract in style and content. Denise’s work has been exhibited in over one hundred solo, group, and competitive exhibitions across the United States as well as exhibitions in Tokyo, Botswana, Kenya, and Shanghai.


Gallery Location and Hours: The Inez Greenberg Gallery is located on the first floor of the Bloomington Center for the Arts at 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road in Bloomington, MN. Gallery hours are Monday- Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; There is no admission fee.

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