'The Human Anomaly' at Gordon Parks Gallery

By Robert Boos
Posted January 22, 2018

'The Human Anomaly' at Gordon Parks Gallery

Mixed media drawings explore humanity’s need to organize and control the natural world in “The Human Anomaly,” a solo exhibition by Minneapolis artist John Schuerman presented at Metropolitan State University Gordon Parks Gallery.

“I use drawing as a way of locating human ideas in nature.  I map out concepts, for example a mathematical model or a game diagram, and compose them of natural patterns. I’m corralling the physio in conceptual forms and conversely, deconstructing the forms with the patterns of nature.  I draw as realistically as I can to emphasize the contrast between human and nonhuman expression. I wonder (and enjoy) how the products of consciousness are so different from the natural world producing them,” Schuerman says.

“Through exquisitely executed drawings of natural elements, such as flowers, rocks, clouds and dust, Schuerman ruminates on complex philosophical questions,” says gallery director Erica Rasmussen about the exhibit. “In addition to drawings hung on the walls, I’m especially excited to include a short film in the gallery. With the assistance of digital technologies Schuerman has animated his drawings into a time-based ephemeral experience.”

The exhibit opens with a reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 25, with a gallery talk by the artist at 7 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 22. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday. The gallery is located at the university’s Saint Paul Campus on the third floor of the Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Erica Rasmussen, gallery director, at 651-999-5942 or e-mail her at erica.rasmussen@metrostate.edu.