Gallery Exhibit to Feature 'The Rhythms of Life: Paintings by Bruce Preheim'
Date: November 20 - December 11, 2015
Times: Exhibit runs Nov. 20 - Dec. 11 | Gallery reception 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5
Location: Eide/Dalrymple Gallery
Ticket Info: The exhibit is free and open to the public.
The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery will present The Rhythms of Life: Paintings by Bruce Preheim, a new exhibition of large-scale paintings and drawings, from Friday, Nov. 20 - Friday, Dec. 11.
A gallery reception is set for 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, with an artist's talk at 2:30 p.m.
The exhibit is free and open to the public.
“I see abstraction everywhere,” says Preheim, whose gestural paintings capture the human form in various environments, physical and psychological. “I am fascinated by movement, patterns, and fluctuating changes of shapes, which I feel take precedence over representative depictions of the human form.”
He has said his inspiration frequently comes from musicians, music, and the under-side of life.
Dr. Lindsay Twa, director of the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery, says bright colors and bold brushstrokes produce a vibrant energy in Preheim’s paintings, but also mask the melancholy and struggle of his subjects.
"In 'Trash Can Boogie,' (shown above) for example, swirling movement and collaged bars of music produce a vortex around a man dancing or perhaps falling down in an alleyway. The plethora of bottles that protrude from surrounding trash cans suggest spinning intoxication, contrasting what seems to be an energetic dance with the social and personal ills of struggle with alcoholism," Twa said.
A 2015 Artist Fellowship Grant recipient from the South Dakota Arts Council, Preheim has a long history of creating art in South Dakota, having first earned a B.F.A. in painting from the University of South Dakota in 1970. He went on to earn an M.A. in painting from West Virginia University in 1972. He recently completed further graduate work at the University of South Dakota, where he also served as a graduate assistant Instructor for figure drawing classes from 2005-2007. He has exhibited throughout the region at venues including, the Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center, the Center for Western Studies at Augustana University, the South Dakota Art Museum, the University of South Dakota, Wayne State, and Mount Marty College. Preheim currently lives and paints in Sioux Falls.
The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery at Augustana is located on Commons Circle (30th Street and Grange Avenue), in the Center for Visual Arts. The gallery is open to the public and free of charge. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sundays.