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Fruitless: Drawings by Chris Turbuck

ASMSU Campus Entertainment presents Fruitless, a collection of drawings by Chris Turbuck. The exhibit will be showing in the Exit Gallery February 16 – 26. There will be a free public artist reception Thursday, February 18th, 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

The work is composed of many pages from a graphic novel. The overarching story is a recounting of Chris’s failed attempts to become a university art professor during 2008. While the format of comic books (text boxes, speech balloons, panel divisions) may lead the viewer/reader to expect a frivolous, juvenile form of entertainment from his story, the work delivers something different: a new way of looking at regular life that reveals the profound in the ordinary; a chance to identify with his awkward, deeply personal experiences; a quiet note of encouragement that none of us is truly alone.

Chris Turbuck spent the first twenty five years of his life in Canada, graduating from the University of Regina with degrees in Art and English in 2004. He completed his graduate studies in printmaking at MSU in Bozeman in 2008. In early 2009, he was awarded a fellowship award and residency at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA. After his time in California, he was graciously accepted back at MSU as an adjunct instructor. He continues to teach here, working steadily toward the completion of his first graphic novel, the autobiographical Fruitless.

The Exit Gallery is located in Strand Union Building room 212, Montana State University, Bozeman. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Questions? Contact Madison Perrins, 406.591.1351.

STORIES: Wilbur Invitational @ The Emerson

Five Montana artists share eccentric and imaginative stories utilizing non-traditional materials. A reception will be held Friday, Sept. 5, beginning with a gallery talk at 5:30 and refreshments 6-8 pm.

Great Falls ceramist Ken Kohoutek features the daily life of several odd and hilarious characters in his brightly colored, ceramic wall tile sculptures (see above left).

Bozeman artist Kenda Minter and Missoula artist Francis Pearson (see right) both recycle found objects discovered in every day life to create highly textured wall-hung and freestanding sculptures.

Former Missoula artist, MA Papanek-Miller layers appropriated pop culture imagery often inspired by children’s toys in her translucent and mysterious paintings.

Bozeman artist Chris Turbuck, a recent MFA graduate of MSU’s School of Art, creates enormous 3 dimensional cartoon narratives that explore our common insecurities with drawn figures that are extraordinarily true-to-life.

Personal Narratives: MFA Thesis Exhibition by Chris Turbuck

The Helen E. Copeland Gallery invites everyone to celebrate the openings of the 2008 MFA Thesis exhibitions. This last exhibition for this year’s series, which runs from April 14th through April 18th, is the culmination of Chris Turbuck’s Master of Fine Arts studies at Montana State University – Bozeman. A closing reception for the artist will be held Saturday, April 19th from 6-8pm at the Copeland Gallery.

Called Personal Narratives, Turbuck’s work is comprised of autobiographical narratives that relate stories from his everyday experiences. He adopts comic book conventions that allow him to freely incorporate both text and image into the same pictorial space. Different kinds of texts, images and symbols confront one another in the images, suggesting within the conflict that the Self is unstable, divided, and incomplete. Turbuck reinforces the same characters by combining diverse materials and processes, such as printmaking, writing, collage, drawing, painting, and simple sculptural assemblage.

The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located on the second floor of Haynes Hall on the MSU-Bozeman campus. All receptions are free and open to the public. For more information or directions please call Erin W. Anderson at 994-2562.