Gallery Talk Raw Reckoning

Michael will be having an Artist Talk Sunday, July 28th from 1 to 3pm in connected with his current one-person exhibition Raw Reckoning now on view at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago. He will be joined by Dr. Robert Cohen, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Occupational Lung Disease Program at Northwestern University. He is also Clinical Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Illinois School of Public Health. Mediator for the talk will be Adrienne Kochman, Curator of UIMA and the driving force for this exhibition. Here is a link to the event.

https://uima-chicago.org/events/2019/7/28/raw-reckoning-gallery-talk

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Exhibition Card for Raw Reckoning UIMA Chicago

Here is the front of the card for my one-person exhibition Raw Reckoning that opens June 7th and runs to August 4th at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago.

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Information on Raw Reckoning Opening and Exhibition

Opening Reception: 6-9pm, June 7th, 2019
On display from June 7th-August 4th, 2019

Raw Reckoning is veteran Chicago artist Michael K. Paxton’s one-person exhibition of large-scale paintings and works on paper that derive their structure from the study of slide sections of the effect of black lung disease on coalminers. Paxton, a sixth generation West Virginian creates pillar size fields of chalk, charcoal, gesso and acrylic on raw canvas that embrace this ongoing devastation from coal in an effort to point to a place and people not heard from often in contemporary art. Through a well ingrained working process of size and materials, the open-ended approach of how each painting is developed produces a colorful and awkward work of aggressive mark making that refuses to stand still. Pushing hard against expectations an otherness surrounds his work as he looks for the exact point where his bone deep Appalachian heritage can carve out a place for a heart’s desire to speak of something important, personal and yet as common as dirt. 

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Columbia College Chicago Screening November 30th

There will be a free screening of the documentary film "Work At Hand" Friday, November 30, 2018 at 7:00 pm at Columbia College Chicago Film Row Theater, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 8th floor.

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Chicago Premiere of "Work at Hand" at Chicago Filmmakers

The Chicago premiere of the documentary film "Work At Hand" will be presented by Chicago Filmmakers in two free screenings on Saturday October 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM at 5720 North Ridge Avenue, Chicago, IL. Both screenings are free and open to the public.

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The Art of The Eye Exhibition

I am pleased to be included in the group exhibition The Art of The Eye that opens March 31st at the new Kenosha Creative Space, WI. I will be showing one of my newest works on paper that is based on a slide section of the effects of Black Lung on coal miners from my native West Virginia. Shown Round Drawing, 2018, 26" x 20", graphite,watercolor, acrylic and flashe on paper. Judged and Curated by Diane Levesque and Kristen Bartel, I also send a big thank you to David Jones and Marilyn Propp. 

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Faculty Works Exhibition

I am pleased to be in included in the Faculty Works exhibition that opens August 22, 2017 at the Hokin Gallery of Columbia College Chicago. Featuring work completed in 2016 I will have on view Cobbtown 72 in. x108 in., chalk, charcoal, gesso on prepared raw canvas.

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