We are pleased to announce that Michael will be having an Artist Talk connected with his current one-person exhibition Raw Reckoning. He will be joined by Dr. Robert Cohen, an international expert on black lung. Moderator for the talk will be Adrienne Kochman, Curator of UIMA and the driving force for this exhibition. Hope all can attend Sunday, July 28th from 1 to 3pm at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago. https://uima-chicago.org/events/2019/7/28/raw-reckoning-gallery-talk
Opening Reception: 6-9pm, June 7th, 2019
On display from June 7th-August 4th, 2019
Raw Reckoning is veteran Chicago artist Michael K. Paxton’s one-person exhibition of large-scale paintings and works on paper that derive their structure from the study of slide sections of the effect of black lung disease on coalminers. Paxton, a sixth generation West Virginian creates pillar size fields of chalk, charcoal, gesso and acrylic on raw canvas that embrace this ongoing devastation from coal in an effort to point to a place and people not heard from often in contemporary art. Through a well ingrained working process of size and materials, the open-ended approach of how each painting is developed produces a colorful and awkward work of aggressive mark making that refuses to stand still. Pushing hard against expectations an otherness surrounds his work as he looks for the exact point where his bone deep Appalachian heritage can carve out a place for a heart’s desire to speak of something important, personal and yet as common as dirt. More information at https://uima-chicago.org/raw-reckoning-1
Work at Hand will be screened April 25, 2019 at the the event After Dark Film and Artist Talk presented by the Peninsula Fine Art Center (Pfac) in Newport News, Virginia. After the screening an Artist Talk will be presented by Michael K. Paxton. This event was organized by Lee Matney of the Linda Matney Gallery and Diana Blanchard, Curator of the Art Center.
On March 29th a screening of the documentary film "Work At Hand, Michael K. Paxton" will be presented at Chaplin Theater at Raleigh Studios 5300 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles, CA. Doors open at 7:00pm, Screening 7:30, following the screening there will be a Q&A with the filmmaker Peter Hartel and artist Michael K. Paxton.
Michael K. Paxton was a Visiting Artist for the day with both a screening of "Work at Hand” and also meeting with the painting students at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Monday February 25, 2019. A big Thanks to Robert Drea for setting this all up and Chris Cosnowski and his class.
The Chicago premiere of the documentary film "Work At Hand" will be presented by Chicago Filmmakers in two free screenings on Saturday October 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM at 5720 North Ridge Avenue, Chicago, IL. Both screenings are free and open to the public.
In addition to Michael’s one-person exhibition “Pillars of Dust” and his Visiting Artist stay, Work at Hand” was screened at the Heuser Art Center of Bradley University, Peoria, IL on September 28th as a prelude to the opening of his exhibition.
Here is the new poster for the documentary film "Work at Hand" that Jeanne Nemcek has designed and will be used for the first time for the September 21, 2018 7pm showing at the Wealthy Theater in Grand Rapids, MI, as well for other screenings to follow that will be announced soon.
Peter Hartel, Director/Producer, pictured here on the Ohio River in Huntington, WV during filming, is happy to announce that there will be a showing of the documentary film "Work At Hand Michael K. Paxton" Friday, September 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Wealthy Theater, 1130 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan. A discussion of the film with the filmmakers and artist will follow the screening.