Works on Paper on View at Current Art Fair

I am happy to announce that I will have works on paper on view at the 3rd Annual Current Art Fair in Richmond Virginia in the Linda Matney Gallery’s Booth that runs October 24th through October 27th.

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Appalachian Futures Exhibition WVU Library

I am pleased to have a couple of my Pillar of Dust images included in the Appalachian Futures Regional Artist Respond group exhibition on view at the West Virginia University Library that will run from August 15 through October 15, 2019 and Curated by Sally Deskins.

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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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Raw Reckoning Opens June 7

June 7th will be the opening of my one-person exhibition Raw Reckoning presented by the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago (UIMA). This exhibition will feature my most recent 96” x72” large-scale paintings, 72” x 50” charcoal on paper drawings, sketchbooks and an extensive catalog produced by the museum. Organized and developed by Adrienne Kochman, Curator and Olivia Rozdolsky, Assistant Curator the exhibition will run until August 4, 2019.

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Artist Talk and Film Screening

April 25, 2019 I will be featured by the Peninsula Fine Art Center in Newport News, Virginia in an After Dark Film and Artist Talk from 6:30-8:30. The documentary film Work at Hand will be screened as part of this event. This was organized by Lee Matney of the Linda Matney Gallery and Diana Blanchard, Curator of the Art Center.

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March 29, 2019 Raleigh Studios, Hollywood CA

I am excited to announce our next screening of Work At Hand will be at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA. Join us at The Chaplin Theater in Raleigh Studios, Friday, March 29, 2019, 7-9 pm, 5300 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA. Doors open at 7 pm, screening from 7:30-8:30 followed by a Q&A with Michael K. Paxton and Peter Hartel. Admission will be $10 will all proceeds to benefit Columbia College Chicago Cinema and Television Arts Semester in LA Student Scholarships. Free street parking is available with additional parking in the studio garage for $10.

Visiting Artist and Film Screening

I had the pleasure to be a Visiting Artist for the day with both a screening of "Work at Hand” and also meeting with the painting students at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Monday February 25, 2019. A big Thanks to Robert Drea for setting this all up for me.

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"Raw Reckoning" Exhibition Announced

I am pleased to announce that my one-person exhibition of recent large-scale paintings and works on paper titled “Raw Reckoning” will be presented by the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL from June 7th through August 4th, 2019. Thanks to Adrienne Kochman, PhD, Curator of the UIMA for her wonderful support of my work and Olivia Rozodolsky, who will design the extensive catalog. This will be a major museum size exhibition and I am both honored and humbled.

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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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Artist Panel on Abstract Art in Chicago

Michael was one of the members of an Artist Panel September 29th presented by the Hofheimer Gallery, Chicago, IL that was an Art Expo After Hours Event. The question at hand was “Abstract Art and Its Relevance in Chicago Today” Pictured left to right: Susan Aurinko, Judith Roston Freilich, Charles Gniech, Michael K. Paxton and Gallery Owner/Director Teresa Hofheimer.

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Pillars of Dust Opens at Heuser Art Center

The one-person exhibition “Pillars of Dust” opened September 28th at the Heuser Art Center of Bradley University, peoria, IL. These large-scale paintings and works on paper will be on display until November 6, 2018.

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Pillars of Dust Links

“Pillars of Dust” a one-person exhibition of large-scale paintings and works on paper will be presented at the Heuser Art Center Gallery of Bradley University, Peoria, IL. The show opens September 28, 2018 and runs through November 6, 2018. The documentary film “Work at Hand” will be screened before the opening and Michael will also meet with graduate painting students during the day. Partially Funded by both the Illinois Arts Council and a Part-time Faculty Development Grant form Columbia College. Here are a couple of links to both Bradley University Art Department and Galleries websites. https://www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/art/news/story.dot?id=37a76887-d484-4487-b91e-f732d15201d0

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http://art.bradley.edu/bug/2018/09/pillars-of-dust-michael-k-paxton/



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Work At Hand now has a Screenings page

The documentary film Work At Hand now has a Screenings page where upcoming screenings and venues are listed. At the moment there are (3) on the books. Additional venues, dates and times will be added as they become available.

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Source: https://www.workathandfilm.com/screenings-...

Artist Interview Published In Voyage Chicago

As part of their Thought-Provokers Series Voyage Chicago has just published an artist interview with me that featured images of my most recent work plus this photo taken by Jeanne Nemcek of me standing in front of my latest large-scale painting in progress.

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Drawings in Line Work 8

Along with the tribute to my work as a Figure Drawing Instructor in Line Work 8.5, I was also included with a couple of drawings in the main issue of Line Work 8. Shown here is one of them of my late Mother Pauline.

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