MINNEAPOLIS, Minn - An older man arrives by train, his meager possessions tucked under his arms. An oil derrick pumps behind a listing, abandoned farm building; a Union Pacific train loaded with shale crude rounds a vast prairie under an endless sky; an eager young pipeline worker expresses the mad thrill of the boom.
All these memorable images and more comprise the 26 new paintings by celebrated Minneapolis artist, Joe Burns in a new exhibition of work, set in the Bakken oil fields in and around Williston, North Dakota.
Joe is the first painter to document the historical transformation of the once-quiet landscape of that western region. The show, Canvassing the Bakken Oil Fields: Oil on Oil, runs from July 8 to August 8, 2015, at the Capella Tower on the second floor of the East Lobby (225 South 6th St. Minneapolis). It is free and open to the public during regular business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.