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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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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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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