Jon Oulman presents:
“In a bar, there are no didactics. There's no panel on the wall providing the name of the artist, date, and medium for the work ... It fuels the conversation that naturally happens in such a gathering spot, and freed from the formal strictures of a gallery setting, these informal displays open up avenues for more free-wheeling considerations of the work.”
— Writer Andy Sturdevant
Twin Cities, MN, May 19-22, 2016—Amidst the ever expanding whirlwind of NEMAA’s Art-A-Whirl, restaurant/bar/venue Owner Jon Oulman will be displaying a multi-venue exhibition of the work of artist John Bowman at Oulman’s various spaces across MSP, including the 331 Club, the unofficial music hub of Art-a-Whirl since 2006; the Sheridan Room, 331’s widely acclaimed new neighbor; Amsterdam Bar and Hall, a fixture of downtown St. Paul’s live music scene; Como Dockside, the lakeside jewel at the iconic Como pavilion; and yet-to-be-announced pop-up galleries.
Perhaps best known locally for his painting Crossings (1988)—a moody, much-admired landscape scene prominently displayed at Northeast Minneapolis's 331 Club since it opened in 2005—the New York-based Bowman has been making lyrical, enigmatic paintings and "Erasures" of urban landscapes for over 40 years. Bowman has had an association with Oulman for nearly as long, and this will mark the first major exhibition of his work in Minneapolis since 2006. The retrospective will be accompanied by a limited-edition booklet, which will include a new interview with Bowman and Oulman, and an essay by Minneapolis artist, writer, and cultural commentator Andy Sturdevant, who previously wrote about Bowman's work in his 2013 collection of essays, Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow.
John Bowman works in a variety of media including painting, drawing, and sculpture. He is represented by the Winston Wachter Gallery in New York. Beginning in the 1980’s he has exhibited at various venues in New York including the Holly Solomon Gallery, the Lang O’Hara Gallery, and the Tibor de Nagy Gallery. He has shown internationally and is featured in many private and museum collections. He previously taught at the New York Academy of Art and has lectured widely. Bowman is now a Professor of Art at Pennsylvania State University.
"If you're looking for someone who's always on the cutting edge of the Twin Cities art scene, Andy Sturdevant is your man." — Chris Roberts, MPR
"Andy Sturdevant is one of those charming, inquisitive writers who reminds you the world is more interesting than it has any right to be." — David Rees
Andy Sturdevant is an artist and writer living in Minneapolis. He has written about art, history and culture for a variety of Twin Cities-based publications and websites. Andy also writes a weekly column on neighborhoods, art, history and architecture in Minneapolis-St. Paul for MinnPost. His first book, Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow, was published by Coffee House Press in 2013. His artistic projects have been exhibited at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Flaten Art Museum at St. Olaf College in Northfield, as well as in museums, galleries and spaces in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle and elsewhere.
“Meat counters, beauty salons, art galleries, rock clubs, destination restaurants: there seems to be little Oulman hasn’t done. There also seems to be a little he can’t do. “ — Ellen Burkhardt, The Growler
Arts entrepreneur, cultural instigator, and style icon Jon Oulman has made a career of building beautiful spaces and bringing creative people together through his art galleries, salons, music clubs, and other cultural projects. He has served on the boards of a number of arts institutions and organizations, including the Minnesota Center for Photography, the U Film Society, the College of Visual Arts, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series. He is co-owner of the 331 Club, Amsterdam Bar and Hall, Como Dockside, and the Sheridan Room.
331 Club (current home of Crossings)
331 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
The Sheridan Room
Thursday, May 19, 6-9 pm: Artist Welcome and Reception
337 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Amsterdam Bar and Hall
6th & Wabasha, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Sunday, May 22, 4-6pm: John Bowman Farewell
1360 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul, MN 55117
Jon Oulman Gallery
Yet to be announced pop-up galleries...