John Bankston: Painting as Storytelling

Mon September 20th 2021, 11:00am - Fri December 3rd 2021, 5:00pm
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Department of Art & Art History
Coulter Gallery, McMurtry Building
John Bankston: Painting as Storytelling

The Department of Art & Art History presents John Bankston: Painting as Storytelling, an exhibition at the Coulter Gallery in the McMurtry Building.

Take a virtual tour of the exhibition.

September 20–December 3, 2021
Monday–Friday, 11 am–5 pm 
Open to Stanford affiliates; Stanford ID required for entry

This hybrid exhibition/classroom/atelier is part of a multi-year experiment with the goal of creating a more intimate, direct, and transparent teaching experience. Utilizing the Coulter Gallery simultaneously as presentation space, teaching space, and active atelier, the class is building on a long tradition of educating students within the artist’s studio. At the same time, this places the pedagogical experience squarely in public view, simultaneously bringing students into transaction with a highly creative practice and inviting the public inside to watch the process unfold over time.

John Bankston, the 2021-2022 Holt Visiting Artist at Stanford, has a practice that fits neatly into this experimental and physically transparent teaching space at the Coulter Gallery. He sees everyone as a storyteller, and his own work as an “ongoing visual narrative…the class to be a laboratory of image and story." To this end, he is structuring student projects to probe ideas of “memory, emotion and the self…in order to explore painting’s narrative potential."

The students in this hybrid class are surrounded by John’s work. His paintings are full of vibrant flowing colors, gently articulated figures, and highly evocative arrangements that subtly pull the viewer into the interactions that he portrays on canvas.

Over the course of the quarter, John will be creating new work in this space as his existing paintings sequentially transition into the adjacent Vitrine Gallery. This will enable the Coulter Gallery to gradually fill with student work and as he describes it, “allow the story of the class to unfold." –Gabriel Harrison, Curator

Image: John Bankston. Morning Sky (detail), 2020. 48x60. Courtesy of Walter Maciel Gallery.

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