Kasarian Dane: At the Intersection of Art and Sports

Who says art and hockey can’t coexist?  Not Associate Professor of Art and History Kasarian Dane, who curated an exhibition called "Game On! Art & Hockey," in Brush Art Gallery last winter. Dane has also exhibited his own hockey-themed paintings in Michigan.

Dane received his BFA summa cum laude in painting from the University of Minnesota in 1995 and his MFA in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998. Known for his reductive paintings on aluminum that investigate the complexities of color and surface, he has shown his paintings both nationally, from New York to Los Angeles, and internationally in London, Munich and other cities.

At St. Lawrence, Dane teaches Painting, Interaction of Color, Drawing and Visual Culture. "In teaching painting,” he says,” I emphasize a contemporary approach with a stress on learning basic paint-handling skills and fundamental concepts of color at the introductory level and incorporating current concepts with individual approaches at intermediate and advanced levels.  At all levels, I ask my students to consider both the historical implications and the contemporary role of painting.

“What does it mean to make paintings in a contemporary context alongside other art forms such as performance, installation, video, and digital-based works of art?” he asks. “How does a concept change when presented in the medium of paint? How can painting challenge other contemporary art-making practices?”