Thursday | July 10 | 5 to 7pm
E.F. Hebner, Professor Emeritus, creates paintings steeped heavily in a personal history of design, painting and performance collaboration. His work thrives in nimbly balanced color and daring, energetic composition. This exhibition presents excerpts from 50 years of art making.
"Sometime within the last fifty years, my marks, spills, splatters, smears, erasures, lucky color choices and precise edges have taken form as drawing, print, collage, transfer or painting. occasionally they look, to me, keepable, even exhibitable. shown here as excerpts are a few of them. i'm not always sure how far too far to go is."
- E.F. Hebner
E.F. Hebner was born in Alton, Illinois in 1926. A native of the Midwest, he earned a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis, and went on to earn an MFA from Indiana University. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Hebner had the opportunity to study painting with German Expressionist Max Beckman and was profoundly influenced by the lessons he imparted. In 1956, Hebner joined the faculty of The Ohio State University's Department of Art; he retired in l992 and is currently a Professor Emeritus.
Hebner has produced artwork in varied media from painting to drawing to collage to performance. Regardless of the media, his primary interest has remained process and change, the significance of transformation from one reality to another. What particularly engages Hebner is the search for that other reality, that image within image sometimes experienced in dreams and meditation.
Hebner has participated in over 170 exhibitions of paintings, drawings, prints and collage. His work has been shown in solo and group shows in New York City, Seattle, St. Louis, Chicago, St. Paul, Columbus and Dayton. He has participated in more than 40 performances and installations in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and New York City. His works are in public, private, and corporate collections in St. Louis, San Francisco, New York City, Columbus, Chicago, Toledo and Los Angeles
For more information, check out a blog review on this exhibition written by Tom Wachunas.
Images Credit: Christopher Kay