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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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 Reviewed

Paul Krainak, artist, educator and writer wrote a thoughtful review of “Pillars of Dust” for his Inland Art column in the October 2018 issue of the Community Word published in Peoria, IL.

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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-...

Work at Hand Film to be Screened

I am happy to announce that there will be a showing of the documentary film "Work At Hand" Friday, September 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Wealthy Theater, 1130 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan. A discussion of the film with the filmmakers and artist will follow the screening.

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"Pillars of Dust" One-Person Exhibition

I am pleased to announce that my one-person exhibition of large scale paintings and works on paper titled "Pillars of Dust" will open September 28th at the Heuser Art Center Gallery of Bradley University, Peoria, IL and run through November 6th.  A planned showing of the documentary film titled "Work At Hand Michael K. Paxton" will also be screened. Shown is a studio snapshot of one of the works to be on included in the exhibition.

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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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Line Work 8.5 and Dedication

I was both very surprised and humbled by the staff of the recently released Line Work 8 Box when I found a dedication in the form of a separate publication, Line Work 8.5. Here featured not only a very thoughtful tribute page to me a an instructor, but also my work on the front and back covers, a few of my drawings inside and most importantly the work from my Figure Drawing II class from which this whole issue sprang. What an honor to have know and worked with these young artist.

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