NSU professor’s art exhibition opens Friday in JFAC Gallery

Greg Blair web graphic

ABERDEEN, S.D. – “Know Your Place,” an art exhibition by Northern State University’s Dr. Greg Blair, opens Friday in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Gallery.

A closing reception is planned for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5. The event is free and open to the public.

Blair, associate professor of art and Northern Galleries Director, said the exhibition is an opportunity to bring together all of his major interests from the last 20 years including place studies, landscape, art, music, punk and political resistance. It is also an attempt to do what the title, “Know Your Place,” implies.

“I have tried to think about all the places I have lived and examine how they have made an impact on who I am as a person,” Blair said. “I have also tried to think about all the different ways in which we know the places we inhabit. I also enjoy wordplay, and the other meaning of ‘know your place’ has undertones of politics and the distribution of power in space.”

His work often used wood as a major material, but he is also interested in mixing media and using materials in unexpected ways.  

“I also like to make work that sometimes utilizes very fine craft and at other times explores the more de-skilled aesthetic that has become popular in the art world over the last 10 years,” Blair said.

The exhibition will be on display in JFAC through Jan. 8. For more information on gallery spaces at NSU, visit the Northern Galleries webpage.

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