In Point of Roughness: New Work by Simon Huelsbeck
Saturday, November 5, 2011 6-9pm
November 5 - December 3, 2011
In Point of Roughness, a reference to winter solstice, the longest night, Simon Huelsbeck sorts out the monotony of the winter season to reveal images of humor, magic and a touch of foreboding. Huelsbeck’s oil paintings are rendered in classic atelier style, though his work is more than a technically astute portrait or landscape - he incorporates violations: scribbled confessions, doodles and incongruous imagery.
His experience as a parent has provided him with an awareness of the extraordinary in an ordinary life, as simple as finding the subtle nuances of value and color in an overcast sky. It is the brevity of our existence Huelsbeck wants to preserve, capturing what would have been missed. He gives each piece the weight of a revered artifact small enough to hold in one’s hands. The works are encapsulated memories; framed in resin-coated blocks, as though flash frozen in the snow.
Simon Huelsbeck lives and works in Rochester, Minnesota, where he is a full time faculty member at Rochester Community and Technical College. Huelsbeck has received numerous grants for his work including one from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. He has also exhibited extensively throughout the United States and the region.
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