Detail of Thaw, 2001

Wiegand Gallery

Donald Feasel: Terra Infirma

March 14th - April 19th, 2014

Sunday, March 30
Fundraiser Brunch 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Opening Reception 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The reception will include a discussion by Donald Feasel and John Zurier.

There will be a champagne brunch fundraiser from 12:30 to 2:00 pm on March 30th, prior to the opening reception. Tickets are $75 and will include a complimentary catalog. To reserve tickets, please contact the gallery at (650) 508-3595 or artgallery@ndnu.edu.

I always put expressiveness over coherence. The less there is to grasp, the more you have to have faith that you're making something authentic or real. The same demand is made of the viewer. But really it's out of the painter's and the viewer's hands. -Donald Feasel

Wiegand Gallery presents the exhibition Donald Feasel: Terra Infirma. Feasel has been involved in the Bay Area art community since he received his MFA from UC Berkeley in 1984, both as an artist who has exhibited extensively, and as a Lecturer at San Jose State University. He is well known for pushing the boundaries inherent in painting through experimentation and the use of unorthodox methods and materials. The Wiegand exhibition includes a selection of his stain paintings as well as an extraordinary group of Goya-esque still life paintings that preceded the later work. One sees in his art a fierce commitment to forge a unique and at times unorthodox path. As John Zurier writes for the catalog:

For the past 25 years, Donald Feasel has pursued a complex and austere abstract painting. What links all of his works is his desire to mix together strong provocation with beauty. The seeming effortlessness of his painting belies the deliberate and involved construction that goes into the making of them.

Don has exhibited for many years with the highly regarded Brian Gross Fine Arts in San Francisco whose tightly curated exhibitions have been like snapshots of Feasel’s restless and ever deepening artistic exploration. The Weigand Gallery is glad to have this opportunity to show the “stains” and still life paintings as they relate to Feasel’s artistic development over the past three decades. A 32-page catalog with eleven color reproductions and an essay by artist and California College of the Arts Professor John Zurier will accompany the exhibition. Click here for catalog information.

Press Release

Review in San Francisco Chronicle, April 5, 2014