You are invited to the opening reception for John Egner who is in the exhibition “The Detroit Show,” curated by Gary Mayer, featuring artists living in Detroit and from the Detroit diaspora. The show opens on Saturday, August 4 from 5 to 7 PM and runs from August 4 until August 25, 2018, Tuesday-Saturday 3-9 PM. Best viewing hours are before 6 PM.
“The Detroit Show” exhibiting artists include Jim Chatelain, John Egner, Ed Fraga, Christine Hughes , Doug James, Katherine Brackett Luchs, Michael Luchs , Gary Mayer, Kurt Novak, Sandy Osip, Carlo Vitale, and Shelley Vitale.
About John Egner
John Egner attended the Philadelphia Museum College of Art (B.F.A. 1963) and Yale University (M.F.A. 1966), where he studied with Jack Tworkov and Frank Stella. He joined the faculty at Wayne State University in 1966 and soon became an influential force in the emerging Cass Corridor art community, as he was the first artist to move into Convention Hall, and was a founding member of the Willis Gallery.
Egners’ formalist approach to the problems of painting is exhibited in his use of grids as a compositional device. These first appear in his work in a series of patchwork like drawings that originated as designs for a carpet commissioned by collector James Duffy for his Grosse Pointe home. Similar drawings of color squares arranged in systematic configurations were used as the basis for Egner’s monumental wall painting on the park Shelton apartments on Woodward Avenue in 1974.
Egner’s work is part of several museum and private collections, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, and Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. He currently lives and works in Andes, NY.