The Return

Sean Fansler
April 7-30, 2016
East Gallery

Like his Paleolithic predecessors, artist Sean Fansler celebrates his quarry, salmon. They provide him with work, sustenance, and through painting, a place to contemplate the importance of the natural world.

His work focuses on that part of the life cycle from which we have removed ourselves. For salmon, after spawning the carcass becomes sustenance for both fish and forest as the nutrients of the ocean are released into river and surroundings. It is this journey that connects the land to sea.

In this show Sean works both with a limited palette and in a thicker more haptic manner. Each is focused on a different presence; one, the heaviness of our lived world, the other, fluidity and change. Both use abstracted and natural elements found within the visual world to investigate this time of transition from meat to nutrients.