“Axum: The Artwork of Eyob Mergia"
SIOUX FALLS, SD –“Axum: The Artwork of Eyob Mergia” opens at Augustana College’s Eide/Dalrymple Gallery on Thursday, February 11, and runs through March 12. An artist’s reception will be held at the gallery on Friday, February 12, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
The Sioux-Falls-based, Ethiopian-born artist, Eyob Mergia, has filled the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery with an installation of his newest body of work: large-scale paintings, a nearly 30-foot drawing, and multi-panel arrangements of paintings that take on sculptural qualities. These newest works are based on Axum, one of the great capital cities of the ancient world, and the long-standing heart of Ethiopian trade, culture and identity. Mergia explores his heritage and the roots of his identity through symbols mined from the Axumite period, including carvings found on one of Ethiopia’s most important monuments, the 80-foot-tall Obelisk of Axum.
Mergia is a highly versatile artist who borrows from many different artistic styles, from the emotional realism of the Baroque period, to cubism and expressionistic abstraction of the early twentieth century. He has studied art movements from across time and throughout the world, using these visual traditions as a part of his artistic inheritance. But as with any inheritance, it is how you spend it and how you make it your own. Mergia is one of the most exciting and talented artists of this region.
Gallery hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 12:00-5:00 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is closed Sunday.
The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery is located in the Center for Visual Arts on the Commons Circle off 30th Street and Grange Avenue.
Image above, right: Aura of Axum by Eyob Mergia
Eide/Dalrymple Art Gallery