By drawing together multiple printmaking processes and sampling mass media imagery, Fink’s work expands the world of contemporary printmaking. Flat Tail Press co- director, Micah Bloom, comments: “In Luna Joker, Fink presents a rich diversity of printmaking methods, often combining word play with colorful ‘borrowed’ images in a pastiche of pattern and wit.”
Born and raised in the American West, Fink is fascinated with its unique, postmodern expressions of popular culture. “Since arriving in the remote Northern Plains fifteen years ago, I learned to embrace the remoteness of the Dakotas. I became interested in issues of comparative culture and cultural memory,” Fink states. Referencing the Montana poet, Richard Hugo, on the West’s ancient newness, Fink quotes: “Out West . . . the only thing is neon.”
Over a year ago, Micah and Ryan started looking at this one beautiful, but relatively unused space in the administration building. Because of its quiet nature and remarkable lighting we began to ask if it might be converted into gallery space to help carry forward the educational goals of the press while beautifying our campus. Thanks to funding from MSU's President, we were able to renovate the space. Next week, all of Micah's hard work will come to fruition.
Our hope with the gallery is to showcase mostly works on paper with shows rotating every three to four months. The space actually includes 3 distinct areas (a landing, upper stairwell, and upper landing). Exhibits may range from a micro-show of approximately 5-6 pieces, up to 20 or so depending upon sizes of the work.
Luna Joker opens Thursday, January 28th at 6:00-800 with comments from the artist at 7:00pm.
See more of Kim's work at: http://www.kimfink.com/