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Biophilia:Paint, Canvas, Pixels and Paper

Works by Joe Bussell and Fred Trease

Exhibition: April 3 - May 11, 2017
Gallery Reception: April 7, 2017; 5:00pm- 7:00pm


Joe Bussell

Artist Statement:

Joe Bussell (1955, Topeka, KS) is an artist who works in a variety of media. With a conceptual approach, he creates personal works by means of rules and omissions.

His artworks respond to the surrounding environment and uses everyday experiences fro the artist as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. By choosing mainly formal solutions, he tries to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, which incite the viewer to make new personal associations.

His work doesn’t reference recognizable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. By applying abstraction, he tries to approach a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way. He likes to involve the viewer in a a way that is sometimes physical and believe in the idea of function following form in a work.

His works are based on formal associations which open a poetic vein. Multilayered images arise in which the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality is questioned. Joe Bussell currently live and works in Rosedale, Kansas.



Hippie, gay activist, AIDS advocate, gypsy, art educator and ex-pat have described Joe Bussell over the years but the artist defines himself.

In 1979 Joe received a BFA in Painting from Kansas University. From that time to the present, he has lived in London, on both US coasts and a variety of cities in between. He’s received two MFAs, one in Painting and the other in Ceramics from Washington University in St.Louis. He Taught art for eight years, five at Washington University and three at Johnson County Community College. His work has beeb represented by a variety of galleries from New York City to Santa Fe and Rome. His work has been exhibited throughout the US and Europe. In addition to working at a myriad of art related jobs, Joe also worked in an AIDS hospice for six years, all the while keeping his studio practice current and vital.


Gallery of Works:

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    Fred Trease

    Artist Statement:

    My education has been as a biologist and a sociologist. The majority of my career has been spent in the practice of environmental public health. Whether I was making double exposures with a Brownie as a boy, photographing chromosomes and cells in college or documenting environmental conditions professionally, photography has always been a part of my life.

    In 2006 I began exploring the medium as an artistic outlet. For me a photograph is not a static entity, it takes a moment and allows it to be preserved for later contemplation. My images are extracted from daily life and after spending time in my head they eventually become photographs. My work has been shown in a variety of local, regional and national exhibitions.


    Gallery of Works:

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