Local artist Andrew Stark is well-known for his colorful abstract paintings, but community members can see a new side of the artist’s talent at his ceramic exhibit currently on display at Dakota Fine Art until the end of August. All are invited to the public reception from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, July 25 at the gallery located at 11 8th St. S. in downtown Fargo.
Stark’s work varies greatly in style and technique and moves between abstraction and figuration, reveling in the exploration of materials and media.
But as the artist states, “ceramic material serves as an extension of concepts exploring the fleeting nature of action, layers of internal depth and transience,” he says. “The work involves multiple recurring thematic references including creation, nostalgia, loss, meditation, anxiety, calm, transcendence, time, identity and isolation.”
Andrew David Stark is an Assistant Professor of Practice at North Dakota State University where he teaches Graphic Design, Illustration, Drawing, and Foundations classes in the Department of Visual Arts. Born on the North Shore in Two Harbors, MN and raised in Fargo, ND, he began drawing and creating as a child.
Greatly involved in music, theater, and art throughout his young adulthood, Andrew continued his passion for the arts with post-secondary education. He earned his B.F.A. in 2003 from Minnesota State University Moorhead and his M.F.A. with an Emphasis in Painting from the University of North Dakota in 2009.
Stark’s artwork has been exhibited extensively regionally and can be found in numerous regional and national private collections. His public and corporate collections include Minnesota State University Moorhead, University of North Dakota, Fargo City Hall, TMI Hospitality, Vogel Law Firm, Dawson Insurance, Gate City Bank, West Acres, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and the Hotel Donaldson.
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