Traffic Zone Gallery presents A Different View, an exhibition of mixed-media paintings using photographs of pollinator-friendly plants taken at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum “from the bee’s perspective”.
These paintings are created by embedding photographs printed on tissue paper in the wax as collage. Artist Jodi Reeb developed this new body of artwork after researching how to support the pollinator/bee species in Minnesota.
Reeb has been painting with encaustic paint (molten beeswax, pigment and resin) for over 15 years. These mixed-media works have the luminosity of beeswax while maintaining the graphic nature of photography. It was natural for Reeb to partner with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum as a sanctuary for bees with several hives, acres of diverse pollinator habitat and an outreach education program partnered with the University of Minnesota.
To expand on this series, the artist has also included landscape images that are a superimposition of double exposures taken on film to create a single image and printed on tissue paper. These photos were taken at the Prairie Wetlands Center near Fergus Falls, Minnesota, during a Hinge Arts Residency awarded through Springboard for the Arts.
Working with beeswax as my primary painting medium has me very concerned about the recent decline of the pollinator population. Modern encaustic is primarily composed of 85% natural wax, produced by honeybees. There are over 400 species of native bees in Minnesota and pollinators are declining at alarming rates due to lack of habitat and pesticide use. This installation of paintings is a way to celebrate our region’s unique pollinator diversity and our individual and collective responsibility to ensure that future generations get to experience fields of wildflowers abuzz with pollinators.
Jodi Reeb lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota creating art for over 27 years as a full-time artist. She is the recipient of the 2021 Artist’s Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. In 2021, she was chosen for the Hinge Arts Residency program through Springboard for the Arts in Minnesota. Her work has been shown nationally, receiving numerous awards and is in many private and corporate collections nationally. She received a Bachelor’s degree from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design where she instructed printmaking in the Continuing Studies program for over 9 years. Reeb creates her mixed-media paintings and sculptures in the co-op studio at the Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art. She is a Golden Paint Artist Educator as well as an R & F Paint Core Artist teaching monthly workshops in acrylic and encaustic paint.
Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free and open to the public.
Saturday, October 14th, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Light refreshments will be served.
Free and open to the public.
Metered parking on Washington Avenue, and public parking in Ramp C.
Image: Jodi Reeb, At Dawn, Mixed media, 8 x 10 in. Detail
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