2004–2005 Jerome Residents (from left to right): Jeremy Lund, Jamie Swanson, and Karl Nelson

Jerome Residency 2004–2005

Jeremy Lund, Karl Nelson, & Jamie Swanson

  • Friday, January 21, 2005 from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • On View: January 21, 2005 – March 31, 2005

Highpoint recently celebrated the accomplishments of the 2004 Jerome Emerging Printmakers: Jeremy Lund, Karl Nelson, and Jamie Swanson. An exhibit of their newest prints—created at Highpoint during a recent nine-month residency—opened HP’s 2005 gallery season. The Jerome Emerging Printmakers’ Exhibition Meet-the-Artists reception took place on Friday, January 21, from 6:30–9:00 pm; the public was invited to attend this free event. The show will remain on view through March 4, 2005.

We thought he was leaving home, but he knew he was going home … by Jamie Swanson 2004In a Corner by Karl Nelson 2005
Atlas (29–35) by Jeremy Lund 2005

This latest exhibit marks the conclusion of the second Jerome Emerging Printmakers’ Residency at Highpoint. Made possible with generous funding from the Jerome Foundation, the Residency exists to provide a venue for emerging Minnesota artists to further their exploration of the printmaking arts. Eligible artists demonstrate technical printmaking experience and dedication to their work, but have not yet received a commensurate amount of professional accomplishment and recognition. The residents featured in this exhibition were chosen for their demonstrated artistic ability and promise, and have spent the past nine months creating new work in Highpoint’s printmaking studio.

Special thanks goes to the excellent panel of jurors that made the selections: Betsy Carpenter, Curatorial Assistant, Permanent Collection at the Walker Art Center; Tim Peterson, Founder and Director of Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis; and David Rathman, acclaimed printmaker/painter and Highpoint-published artist.

Jeremy Lund describes his prints as an “exploration of the fundamental questions of printmaking: what is a print, and how does printmaking enter into our world”. In recognizing the many different places that a print could be displayed, Lund has created a flexible structural format for his new works. “The presentation of this work can be modified for any number of locations or exhibition possibilities,” notes the artist. “I wanted to create a visual record of vast territory that is completely fictional but still able to echo current ideas of place”.

Karl Nelson has created a series of new etchings that “play with metaphors of uncertainty”. Nelson explains: “A clash of elements within each composition, for instance, a brick wall in the shape of a cloud, creates mixed metaphors that defy interpretation. While being meticulously drawn, these etchings have an irreverent and rambunctious spirit. Like visual limericks, this series of prints evoke the nonsense verse of Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll.”

Jamie Swanson has spent her time at Highpoint working on a collection of new woodcut prints that investigate personal ties to the world around her. Explaining that she has “always been interested in storytelling, whether oral, written, or visual,” Swanson’s prints depict “short stories about the people in [her] life”. She elaborates: “The narrative work has moved in a simplistic direction concentrating on the figures and allegorical images.”