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Unnamed | Undefined : Two-person exhibition

Twelve Hundred Miles
Twelve Hundred Miles
Mixed media with rocks and thread on unprimed canvas
30 x 30 in

Join me at the opening reception for my exhibition Unnamed | Undefined with fellow Minnesota-based painter Adam McCauley at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in Fridley, MN!

The reception will be held on Saturday, May 19 from 4-7 PM.

The work will be on view through June 16.

RSVP on the Facebook event page, and invite your friends!

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
6666 E River Road
Fridley, MN 55432

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Upcoming Exhibition: Healing Arts

Healing Arts Exhibition

Come see work by 12 regional artists in the “Healing Arts” exhibition at Hudson Hospital & Clinic in Hudson, WI. I have 17 works in the exhibition.

On Friday, May 4 from 6-8 PM there will be a reception with snacks and refreshments.

The work will be on view until July 8.

RSVP on the Facebook event page, and invite your friends!

Hudson Hospital & Clinic
405 Stageline Rd
Hudson, Wisconsin 54016

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Commission for a Florida Condo: Part 2

Commissioned Artwork by Cathy Durso
Florida Stone 1-4
Mixed media collage on paper
Each piece 15 x 11 in
2017

This set of collages was commissioned for a Florida condo to go along with this diptych. Since the original diptych is two 30 x 30 inch paintings on canvas, for the second commission I wanted to create a group of smaller works so that the two commissions would not compete with each other. The final result was this set of four collages.

Florida Stone 1-4, collages by Cathy Durso

Florida Stone 1 (detail)

Florida Stone 4

Florida Stone 3 (detail)

If you are interested in commissioning a painting from me, there is more information about the process here.

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Solo exhibition: Satellite

Come see my solo show Satellite, which opens on Friday, October 6, from 4-7 PM at MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, MN.

Elephant In the Forest

This body of work depicts circular forms in a variety of configurations. My painting process is determined by the urge to cut things into small pieces and the need to rearrange and move the pieces around. When working on canvas, I first paint onto raw canvas, cut circles out from what I’ve painted, and sew those painted circles onto a larger sheet of canvas. I bring chance into my work through my painting techniques: I water down the paint, I let colors bleed together and move around before being absorbed by the canvas, I spray more water onto the wet paint to see what will happen. The results are often surprising, and lead me to new ideas within my work.

The methodical and deliberate process of hand-sewing the painted circles onto larger sheets of canvas contrasts with the more spontaneous and free process of painting. This juxtaposition keeps my paintings balanced and allows me to move between different ways of working, which holds my interest in the work. The sewing process is slow and meticulous, while the painting process is loose and energetic.

I’m inspired by circular and cyclical ideas of all kinds, from the micro (cells, seeds, grains of sand) to the macro (planets, stars, galaxies) to the intangible (the circle of life, the cycle of the seasons, the rhythm of a beating heart). Circles represent many things in nature and in human society, and are universal symbols of unity, inclusiveness, movement, time, and potential. It all speaks to the concept of interconnection between all things, and to the idea that a circle can be one individual object and a whole universe containing everything that exists, both at the same time.

To see all 29 paintings from this body of work, click here.

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Solo exhibition: Orbital Resonance

How To Be Human

Come see my recent work in my solo exhibition “Orbital Resonance” at The Art Institutes International Minnesota’s main gallery.

If you’re in the area, join me for the opening reception on Thursday, May 18 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. This event is free and open to the public. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

The exhibition will run from May 13 through June 8.

RSVP on the Facebook event page, and invite your friends!

AIM Gallery – Art Institutes International Minnesota
15 S 9th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402