April 2016

Opening: Saturday, April 2 2016 @ 7:00 pm


ROY G BIV Gallery presents work by Christie Blizard and Jonathon Engelien. Blizard’s unsolicited performances “hijack” morning show broadcasts. Engelien’s work imagine a post-apocalyptic Midwestern landscape. The work of both artists is on display April 2–30 at 997 N High St. Hours: 1 to 6 pm Wednesdays through Sundays. Admission is free. 


Christie Blizard’s “Death Drive” will screen documentation of her unsolicited performances on the Today show and Good Morning America. For the last year, Blizard has repeatedly appeared in crowd shots while holding her text-based paintings. Her disruptive and parodic “hijacking” prompts new interpretations of the otherwise generic live broadcasts. Also included in the exhibition are works that transpose her recent performances into new forms, including performance-related objects, give-away works and a live performance during the opening reception.


Blizard works in alternative mediums that merge painting, poetry and performance. She has exhibited widely, including the McNay Art Museum (San Antonio), the School of Visual Arts (New York) and 1708 Gallery (Richmond). Her work has been featured in Art News, Hyperallergic, Blouin ArtInfo and Art in America. Blizard received her MFA in Painting and Drawing at Georgia State University.


Jonathon Engelien’s “Apocalyptic Nostalgia” includes prints and sculptures that imagine a post-apocalyptic Midwestern landscape. The work depicts a new stone age, where bands of people rediscover artifacts from the digital age. Engelien creates this future landscape to force a reexamination of our contemporary moment in the twenty-first century, which oscillates between uncertainty for the future of the environment and longing for the return of the wild.


Jonathon Engelien (b. 1992) is an interdisciplinary artist who grew up in Wisconsin Rapids, WI, and now lives and works in St. Paul, MN. He holds a BFA from Bethel University. He has exhibited throughout the Upper Midwest, and is the current recipient of the Tribune Grant through the Incourage Foundation of Central Wisconsin.