In my work I use a variety of materials and objects gathered from diverse locations and representing multiple cultural associations. Materials used in recent work includes wood collected at the childhood home of Charles Lindberg, elephant ivory from discarded musical instruments, and marble from the quarry that produced the stone for Michelangelo’s Pieta. I am interested in the engagement and transformation of these object’s cultural, mythological, and political histories. Rather than seeing them as mute substance, or having a one-to-one correspondence with specific meanings, they become vehicles for unlocking possibilities and allow for polysemic engagements that cross boundaries of time, space, and culture.
Accomplishments / CV
Recent exhibitions include the one person show Methods and Zahirs at Augsburg College, the two-person exhibition This Time, This Space at Form + Content Gallery, Whirls and Stripes at the Coffman Union Gallery at the University of Minnesota, EcoByways at St. Johns University, and the 2009 Midwest Biennial in Wausau, Wisconsin where he received the Best of Show award.
Shown throughout the United States, including the Phillip Slein Gallery in St. Louis, Koplin Del Rio Gallery in Los Angeles, and Circa gallery in Minneapolis, where he has been represented for the past six years.
Member of the Form + Content Gallery in Minneapolis, Drawing Center in New York, and has work in more than fifty corporate, academic, and individual collections.
Recipient of two Minnesota State Arts Board grants and a grant from Bethel University in direct support of his studio work.
Professor of Art in Sculpture at Bethel University in St. Paul.
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Hi Kenneth, thanks :) ...funny I never noticed, what is just two marble gallery benches on the floor in front of my painting... but they work!..completely line up with the 'split'... food for thought really!! Its just mixed media, with some metal filings. Thanks again for your comments. Cheers, Lee T
Thank you for adding me as a contact. I see that you are a professor of art at Bethel? I currently live and work in Mississippi, but I am from St. Paul. I came down here to go to school. I bet that you have taught a number of the people I went to elementary school with. Yes, the work work is from my BA show. I am hoping to get some more work completed soon... I have found that time is not as abundant as it was in college! I enjoyed looking at the photos of your work. I hope to learn the art of simplicity like a true seasoned artist.