Dust & Smoke: Greg Lindquist and Damian Stamer
Friday, April 1st
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Greg Lindquist’s early years on the Wilmington coast of North Carolina inspired a passion for aquatic ecology. His father’s artificial reef projects that transformed boxcars into fish habitats instilled the urgency of environmental collaboration and the beauty of nature. Lindquist's paintings in Dust and Smoke are a continuation of an ongoing project with the local Wilmington community and over a dozen environmental organizations which addresses the impact of water pollution from coal-fired electric plants. Visualizing the coal ash in the recent Dan River spill, Lindquist transforms toxic swirls into abstract vortices of pulsating color. Lindquist also depicts Sutton Lake near the Cape Fear River where coal ash has deformed the Bluegill, which are fished for sustenance by local residents. Drawing from diverse movements such as Impressionism, site specific Land Art and the grassroots activism of Environmental Justice, Lindquist creates an immersive painting experience which also employs performances and discussions to illuminate the social and political complexities in our environment.
Damian Stamer, a native of Durham, North Carolina, grew up surrounded by rural farm architecture. These haunting landscapes of his native North Carolina reference memory, and our inability to clearly recall everything about a place and time. Playing with perspective, faint images of something familiar may appear to viewers at a distance while they blend into seemingly chaotic lines on closer look. Constantly experimenting with technique, his process borrows from abstraction, minimalism, realism and sometimes trompe l’oil. Stamer employs his advanced technical skills to represent a vague memory and idea, a blur of moments in time that overlap, confuse, and begin to erode.
Greg Lindquist was born in Wilmington, North Carolina. He studied art and English at NC State and attended graduate school in New York at Pratt Institute, earning a MFA in painting and masters in art history. During graduate school, Lindquist was a research intern at the Museum of Modern Art. Notable awards include the Marie Walsh Sharpe Residency (2013-2014), Milton & Sally Avery Foundations Grant (2009), and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2009). He currently teaches in New York and serves as the Art Books in Review co-editor for The Brooklyn Rail.
Damian Stamer received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Jacob K. Javits fellow in 2013 and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Herberger Institute of Art and Design and Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University as a National Merit scholar in 2007. He also studied at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts as a Fulbright grantee, and the State Academy of Art and Design in Stuttgart, Germany as a Rotary Ambassadorial scholar. Other notable awards include the North Carolina Fellowship Grant (2014), and a nomination for the 1858 Art Prize.