Photos courtesy of Veronique Wantz Gallery
Veronique Wantz Gallery is embracing a symphony of textiles and mixed media as it launches its first solo exhibition of work by Nathanael Flink, “Falling Into Place.” The exhibition opens its doors on Jan. 27 and will showcase Flink’s masterful use of formal assemblage techniques. “A new direction has been emerging in my work in the last two years, [which] connects my past with the present,” he says. “In a new body of textile works, I stitch together fabrics seeking unexpected visual occurrences.”
Flink, a St. Paul-based artist and curator with a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, employs a distinctive approach when creating his artworks—an approach that has not gone unnoticed among artists and textile afficionados alike. The artist has showcased his work in solo exhibitions across South Korea and Minnesota, and has also participated in group exhibitions in New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Vermont. His other accolades include the Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship and the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Grant.
Through his art, Flink uses intentional strategies to evoke associations of mood and light. The resulting pieces, ranging from bucolic to meditative or brash, draw parallels to the intricacies of life relationships. Soft and bold hues in Flink’s creations interplay, suggesting unexpected narratives and invoking a sense of nostalgia through the stitching together of shape, texture, and surface. His artistic process involves cutting and manipulating cloth fragments, skillfully treated with various dyes and coloration. These transformed pieces are meticulously arranged and sewn together to form captivating compositions, which are then stretched onto wall-based supports.
The exhibition opening is on Jan. 27 from 5-8 p.m.—free and open to all.