Michael K. Paxton

Raw Reckoning Gallery Talk July 28, 2019

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

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Raw Reckoning Exhibition at UIMA Chicago

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

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Artist Talk at Screening at Peninsula Fine Art Center

Here is a photo of me with those in attendance for the screening of Work At Hand talking about one of my older ink on drafting film drawings on display at the Peninsula Fine Art Center, Newport News, VA.

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Q&A With Filmmakers and Artist

Here is a link to a Q&A with Director/Producer peter Hartel, Editor/Co-Producer Libi Hake and Artist Michael K. Paxton. This was filmed after the Premiere Screening of the film last year at the Wealthy Theater in Grand Rapids, Michigan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6ntA0MIj1E

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Screening and Artist Talk in Virginia

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.

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Film Screening in Hollywood March 29th

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.

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Visiting Artist and Film Screening

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.


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Screening at Film Row Theater November 30th

We are excited to announce that there will be a free screening of the documentary film "Work At Hand" Friday, November 30, 2018 at 7:00 pm at Columbia College, Film Row Theater, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 8th floor.

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Wonderful Evening at Chicago Filmmakers Screening

The premiere of "Work At Hand" was an incredible success for our film and the generous staff at Chicago Filmmakers. Thank you to all who attended the screening and also contributed to the Chicago Filmmakers fundraiser.

Chicago Premiere at Chicago Filmmakers

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.

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