Artist Christopher Palbicki tackles what he calls “the root of humanity’s suffering” in the exhibit, Ego-logical from Separation to Interbeing. Through his hyper-realistic and detailed acrylic paintings, Palbicki examines how we, as a society and as individuals, have become egocentric and separate; from one another, our natural world, and even ourselves. Yet it is our connectedness, Palbicki asserts, that makes us most powerful and provides us the ability to work towards the well-being and development of the whole. Unambiguous in design and infused with life, the resulting paintings are a demand for action and a solemn elegy over what has been lost . . . and what hangs precariously in the balance. By highlighting the inevitable conflicts and conundrums that lurk just beneath the surface – both figuratively and literally – these colorful narratives are as much about ideology as aesthetics.
“At its core, my artwork doesn’t pretend to provide easy solutions to enduring dilemmas, nor does it seek to pacify our emotions with some naive measure of closure. Rather, it asks that we merely begin the process of rebuilding our world and ourselves by fearlessly facing the world’s we’ve created.”
– Christopher Palbicki
About the Artist:
Christopher Palbicki is an award-winning artist born and raised in San Pedro California. He holds a B.A. from UCLA in history with an emphasis in ancient cultures, and an M.A. from Emerson College in media arts. In 2007 he was fired from his ‘dangerously cushy’ corporate job as a TV producer in Hollywood. On an intuitive impulse, Palbicki relinquished the comforts of Southern California the following year and moved to NYC where he uncovered a passion for painting and eastern mysticism. Palbicki’s artwork reflects his ongoing commitment to the expansion of human consciousness through daily meditation, regular study, and mindfulness practice. Palbicki currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota with his wife Shona and their two cats.
For more information about Christopher Palbicki visit https://www.ommadestudios.com/
Gallery Location and Hours: The Atrium Gallery is located on the second floor of the Bloomington Center for the Arts at 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road in Bloomington, MN. Due to COVID-19 the limited Gallery hours are Monday- Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is no admission fee.
About Artistry: Artistry is a producing theater and visual arts nonprofit serving a regional audience of more than 82,000 people through stage productions, exhibitions, lifelong arts learning, and arts-centered community development. In pursuit of artistic excellence, we engage our region’s most talented artists in work that welcomes and develops audiences and opens hearts and minds.
EGO-Logical: From Separation to Interbeing
Artist: Christopher Palbicki
July 23 – September 12, 2020
Greed is The Trap, acrylic on watercolor board, Christopher Palbicki