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Oliver Art Center is pleased to exhibit the work of Neil W. Ahrens from August 12 through September 9, 2016. Neil will present an Artist Talk on Sunday, August 28, at 2 p.m., free and open to the public.
Neil is an artist living in the Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan, within 500 feet of Lake Michigan. He summered in Northern Michigan in his early years, earned his BFA at MSU and his MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art. All of the compulsions and obsessions of his art-making are tied to the natural world surrounding him.
Lake Michigan, and the lakes of Northern Michigan in general, have had a great influence on his artwork. The horizon line of a lake or land feature shows up as a design thread throughout his work. It plays into his work with thoughts on Life/Death, Yours/Mine, Above/Below, Drawing & Composition, and other Dualities.
Neil did a tour with the Navy in his early twenties. While in the Mediterranean, serving as a Boatswain’s Mate Third Class Petty Officer, he was part of a historic covert mission called “Operation Goldenrod” that took place on the ship the USS Butte (AE-27) in 1987. Neil writes “Operation Goldenrod is a legal lynchpin in the war on terror, and the first use of “Rendition” that is the cause for detainees at Guantanamo Bay today. I enjoy the history of the facility at Oliver Art Center, I will be exhibiting my work in halls other Petty Officers once walked!”