The North Dakota State Memorial Union Gallery is offering the public a glimpse inside the mind of an artist.
The gallery is showcasing the 2016 Juried Fargo/Moorhead Visual Artists. This exhibition displays the work of 29 local artists, ranging from paintings, photographs, sculpture and mixed media artwork.
In light of the display in the gallery, two of the artists featured in the exhibition gave demos detailing their artistic process: Dennis Krull, a digital media artist, and Tyler Evin, an art student at Minnesota State University Moorhead who creates charcoal drawings.
Krull began the evening by dissecting what all goes into his expressive, densely layered photo illustrations.
Krull, who is educated as a graphic artist, is still relatively new to the visual art world.
“It’s been about six or seven years now since I started to claim that title of fine artist,” Krull says.
His educational background and skill in graphic design are very evident through his work. One can sense the expertise it takes to craft these lush illustrations.
Different and distinct pictures of various subjects, such as a barn, lake, smoke or cracks in the pavement are taken by Krull. These photos are then complied on top of each other to form the resulting artwork.
“Graphic design has a lot to do with why I play with my images so much,” Krull goes on to explain.
When detailing the steps of his process, Krull says he begins by selecting one picture to build off of, a stepping-stone of sorts. He then starts adding various other photos on top for texture, color or dramatic effect.
The process results in a stoic image with a quality of depth that can be read into and analyzed or simply viewed at face level. The final photo illustration contains a fantastical element making it very intriguing to whoever the audience happens to be.
“I think that with my process the way it is; it’s more of just enjoying this image, not necessarily tearing it apart. So I’ve taken for myself images that are kind of personal. They’re memories for me. It’s different moments in my life that I am grateful towards,” Krull concludes.
Following Krull’s talk, Evin went through the process behind his charcoal drawings by actually creating a piece in the gallery.
“I apologize, things are going to get messy here,” Evin says as he begins the charcoal demonstration.
Evin, who is a senior at MSUM, is majoring in art education and studio art with an emphasis in painting as he mostly specializes in oil painting.
“It wasn’t actually until very recently that I began experimenting with charcoal and other mixed media pieces,” Evin says.
Evin’s work primarily depicts real scenes and images. As part of the demonstration, he chose to create a simple landscape. Even with an image that is more concrete and realistic, Evin adds a quality of surrealism.
“I always try to incorporate some abstractness into my work,” Evin says.
Evin’s work follows a very minimalist structure that allows room for audience interpretation and his drawings have a very serene quality. Due to the openness of the final product, the work portrays a feeling of great expressiveness and leaves a significant impact on the viewer.
Krull’s and Evin’s work is currently being displayed in the Memorial Union Gallery’s 2016 Juried FMVA exhibition which will close Thursday, March 3.