Artists with a uniquely South Dakotan perspective exhibit their work on The Garage's walls, inspiring conversations and questions.
AN EXHIBITION BY LUKE GORDER
Luke Gorder's fascinating new exhibition at The Garage-Rapid City, “Little Fictions," spans from 2015 to 2019 and represents a slow evolution in figurative and abstract experimentation. It strikes a balance between painterly abstraction, representational figurative and landscape imagery. Most of the paintings on display are based on collages of images that he has collected over the years from magazines, family photographs, anthropological and wildlife, and books. The pieces gravitate toward overarching themes of the profoundness of primordial nature, death of moral innocence, the relationship between animal and human, and the spiritual impact of existing in a culture removed from nature.
For Luke, painting itself is a paradox because it welcomes the viewer to take part in an “unreality.” It is his hope to create some sort of equilibrium so that the viewer will want to inject the painting with his or her own reality.
He earned a BFA from the University of Wyoming in 2008, and an education degree from Black Hills State University in 2012. He currently teaches drawing and painting at Central High School in Rapid City. The show at The Garage runs now thru August 20. A free art talk and reception with Luke will be held at a time soon to be announced at The Garage.
Showcase Your Artwork at The Garage
The Garage welcomes artists from the Black Hills, and the state of South Dakota, to submit their work for consideration of an artist exhibition at our space. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Learn more and apply below.