Gallery Exhibit by Jean Koeller & Michele BonDurant
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Join us for Jean Koeller & Michele BonDurant’s exhibit during regular Visitor’s Center Hours, M-F 9:00-4:00, Sat 10:00-2:00, Sun 12:00-3:00.
Working from both life and memory, these ordinary, dense views redefine the boundaries of landscape and beauty. I move between experience and thought, representation and abstraction, distilling information by observation and recall. The paintings explore the tension between human perception of time and nature’s rate of change and the realities of chaos punctured by an illusion of order. I explore, physically and psychologically, the essence of a life of the interior – the “interior” of the landscape, and the interior self.
Jean Koeller grew up in Columbus, Ohio but has lived longer in Dayton, Ohio. She is a current member of Zeuxis, Still Life Association. She got into art because she had always loved seeing and looking around her surroundings and translating it to a 2D surface. Jean Koeller did her undergraduate in painting at WSU, and MFA in painting from Parsons School of Art and Design in New York City. There Jean studied with Leland Bell and Paul Resika. Jean also attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in the summer of 1981, and her largest influence was Milton Resnick. She was at the 1998 Ohio Arts Council Individual Arts Grant recipient, two Montgomery count Culture Awards for Individual Artists and Travels Grants for Italy and France from the University of Dayton. She was awarded Outstanding Alumni for 2005 by Wright State University College of Humanities.
Previous Art Shows:
One person shows will include the University of Memphis this fall. Jean had a one-person show at the Springfield Museum of Art in Springfield, Ohio, last year. Her other noted exhibitions include Purdue University, Wittenburg University, Keny Galleries, Duveneck Gallery in KY, Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts in PA, University of Mass Lowell, MASS, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, IL, Doris Ulmann Galleries, Bera, KY, Lakeland College, WIS, Xavier University in Chicago, IL, Austin Peay University, Clarksville, TENN, Carnegie Arts Center in Covington KY and numerous group shows nationally and internationally such as France, Tokyo, and Hungary. She has received many awards and her work is found in many collections such as the Evansville Museum of Art, Springfield Museum of Art, Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts in Columbus, OH, Deloitte & Touché, Mallincordt Corp, MO. Has been included in two shows in New York the last year. Currently in an Exhibition at the Riffe Gallery, “Naturals Expressions” and will be opening a show at the University of Memphis this September.
About the Art:
The art pieces were created between 2018-2019. Jean’s inspiration comes from knowing Michele for a number of years and admiring her work. They chose to work together for this gallery since they both love landscape but have very different takes on this idea.
My work is about color, light, shadows and patterns. As I walk the alleys and streets, I look for small, utilitarian buildings, garages, sheds, etc… the structure and space around those structures of buildings I find incredibly complicated though the buildings are simple. These are painted from observation using oil paint. A second iteration of these images, is creating painted, cut paper collages. This further simplifies and abstracts the image enhancing the patterns and shadows.
Michele BonDurant is a painter based in Dayton, Ohio, receiving a BFA from Wright State University. BonDurant’s works have been exhibited nationally including Prince Street Gallery and First Street Gallery in NYC, The Maryland Federation of Art, Circle Gallery, The Riffe Gallery, Columbus, Ohio, Wright State University, Robert and Elaine Stein Gallery, The Contemporary Dayton, and Dutoit Gallery, Dayton, Ohio. BonDurant has studied with Lois Dodd, Elizabeth O-Reilly and Ken Kewley. This led to a residency at Vermont Studio Center, an invitation to Cranberry Island, Maine to paint with the Heliker LaHoten Foundation, and her own ventures to Georgian Bay, Canada and France.