For Immediate Release
Notre Dame de Namur University
1500 Ralston Avenue
Belmont, CA 94002
Contacts: Jane Gehrke
Notre Dame de Namur University’s Wiegand Gallery Presents
Donald Feasel: Terra Infirma
March 14 – April 19
Fundraiser Brunch: March 30, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Opening Reception: March 30, 2 – 4 p.m.
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.
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 34-page catalog with eleven color reproductions and an essay by artist and California College of the Arts Professor, John Zurier, will accompany the exhibition.
Gallery Hours and Information
Wiegand Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 12 – 4 p.m. Admission is free. The gallery is housed in the unique stone carriage house built in the 1860’s and is part of the Madison Art Center.
Visit the Wiegand website at www.wiegandgallery.org.
Notre Dame de Namur University is a Catholic, not-for-profit, coeducational institution serving 2,000 traditional aged and adult students from diverse backgrounds. Established in 1851, by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU maintains a strong commitment to academic excellence, social justice and community engagement. The university is fully accredited and offers 37 undergraduate, graduate and credential programs. The historic, 50-acre campus is located on the San Francisco Peninsula in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit www.ndnu.edu.