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Film Review
Monday 04 June @ 11:14:29 (Read: 4052)
ArtsParis Je T'aime


by ERIK McCLANAHAN




An enjoyable but different cinematic experience, Paris Je T’aime (Paris, I love you) is essentially what the title promises: a love letter to the most revered of romantic cities, a city also known for its strong cinematic history (most notably in the French New Wave of the 60’s, an era that continues to inspire present-day filmmakers). The collection of directors—eighteen in all—is an impressively eclectic one, showcasing some of modern cinema’s most talented filmmakers. Minnesota natives Joel and Ethan Coen (Fargo, The Big Lebowski), whose new film No Country for Old Men received high praise at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and will be released late November, contribute with a strong and amusing effort here.



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NYC trip a great excuse to check out political theater
Wednesday 30 May @ 13:05:17 (Read: 4269)
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by POLLY MANN






Three of us from Minneapolis--antiwar activists all--were in New York City for a week; a class reunion provided the excuse for the trip. Each evening we went to the theater. We saw one Broadway production–“Spamalot,” the musical version of Monty Python’s “Knights of the Round Table,” a wonderful choice with knights galloping across the stage to the rhythm of clattering coconuts; this helped somewhat dispel the melancholy produced by the previous night’s viewing of “The Brig,” done by The Living Theatre.


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The Iraq Art Project
Wednesday 16 May @ 15:39:04 (Read: 6499)
Artsby LIBERTY FINCH

Sami Rasouli is a name familiar to many in the peace community. In 2004 the former Minneapolis restaurateur left a safe and comfortable life in the Twin Cities and returned to Iraq to be with family in his war-torn homeland. With a focus on reconciliation, Rasouli founded Muslim Peacemaker Teams, which were modeled after the Christian Peacemaker teams he had gotten to know in Iraq.

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The power to dream, the power to achieve
Wednesday 09 May @ 13:40:04 (Read: 4399)
Artsby BETSY MOWRY

Last Friday night the winning entries in the 2006 Native American Student Art Competition opened at the Ancient Traders Gallery in Minneapolis. Held by The Office of Indian Education and the U.S. Department of Education, the competition celebrates Native American values and documents the success of education in Indian communities. Work was selected from over 1,398 submissions from American Indian and Alaskan Native communities, grades pre-kindergarten through 12. Student winners represent 17 tribal nations including Ojibwe, Hochunk and Dakota.

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A decade of art
Wednesday 02 May @ 14:31:24 (Read: 4482)
Artsby LIBERTY FINCH

During the last decade, the Twin Cities has experienced an artistic Renaissance—from large-scale museum expansions, to mid-sized studio development, to individual growth in fine arts and crafts.

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A Sound in Art / Art in Sound
Friday 27 April @ 13:26:20 (Read: 6002)
Artsby Christopher Koza

Though audio and visual art are best friends forever, they are seldom found weaving the maypole at area art galleries with any cooperative intention other than a convenient flirtation. But beyond the typical high-fashion-big-glasses-and-belts opening night gala, where the DJ is in plain view and the painter is made to speak, sound overlaps in nearly every aspect of American life, although these expressions rarely converge as art for art's sake.

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Something for Nothing
Wednesday 18 April @ 16:11:26 (Read: 5186)
Artsby BETSY MOWRY

Gallery 13 in Northeast Minneapolis presents Something for Nothing by John Olympio, an abstract impressionist and symbolic artist from the small West African country of Togo. A self-taught artist, the word “abstract” hardly captures the intensity of his subtle layers and the instinctive execution of his work. The pieces are rich and textured in both design and medium, reflecting a depth of method and experience rarely seen in an emerging artist.

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Big Little Victories
Wednesday 11 April @ 15:01:24 (Read: 4295)
Arts by LIBERTY FINCH

Deconstructing work by stencil/collage artist and painter John Grider can be a challenge—from the oversized, billy goat wall mural (“Billy”), to the smaller, beer-bellied bald man facing a buffalo during a rocket launch (“Domestic Dispute”)—and may reveal more about the viewer than the artist. The day Big Little Victories opened at Art of This gallery, Grider sat down to talk about his first local solo show.

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Re/Act: The Art Show
Wednesday 04 April @ 13:43:00 (Read: 4158)
Artsby BETSY MOWRY

Last weekend, an evocative exhibit by artists from the African Refugee Artists Club & Youth Development (ARAC) opened in tandem with a theatrical production of "The Lost Boys of the Sudan" at the Children's Theatre Company. Re/Act: The Art Show unites local and international young people, who artistically express how the atrocities in Southern Sudan have affected their lives. The exhibit combines three collections: The Art of The Lost Boys, paintings by Sudanese refugees at Kakuma, a Kenyan refugee camp; Photographs from Kakuma, a collection of photographs taken by local photographer Daniel Chang Yang; and artwork from Southwest High School students.

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Bob Dylan's American Journey
Wednesday 28 March @ 15:08:03 (Read: 6029)
Artsby LIBERTY FINCH

My insatiable appetite for music-related art recently led me to the Bob Dylan retrospective at the Weisman Art Museum. Whereas the Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ San Francisco Psychedelic champions the relevance of a group of counterculture performers, Bob Dylan's American Journey 1956–1966 at the Weisman focuses on the historical significance of one musician, one decade. This diverse and prolific amalgamation of all things Dylan is a multimedia extravaganza that captures the essence of young Bob, and offers insight into how an Iron Range kid became a world-renowned musical icon.

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FiveTwoSix Gallery
Wednesday 21 March @ 14:53:43 (Read: 4493)
Artsby BETSY MOWRY

There’s no shortage of things to do in St. Paul’s Cathedral Hill, located in the Selby-Dale neighborhood—from Solo Vino and Common Good Books (Garrison Keillor’s bookstore), to FIVETWOSIX, a small gallery that is making a name for itself as an unconventional venue for artists, furniture makers and designers. FIVETWOSIX Gallery features work by more than 30 local and regional artists and artisans. The gallery is situated in a large, open setting at the back of the FIVETWOSIX Salon and Spa building.

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Psychedelic Art
Wednesday 14 March @ 15:53:42 (Read: 4571)
Artsby LIBERTY FINCH

The San Francisco Psychedelic exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts may be less about visual art than it is about music history. The collection of photography and poster art celebrating counterculture’s utopian period is certainly arresting, but it’s the visual liner notes stenciled on the museum walls that are required reading.

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Postcard Diaries
Wednesday 07 March @ 14:00:19 (Read: 4678)
Artsby CHRISTOPHER KOZA

Visual and musical art can often blend together, and that’s what happened in recent months here in the Twin Cities as notable musicians and visual artists have passed through our galleries.

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Frogtown Artist Lofts
Wednesday 28 February @ 13:56:47 (Read: 5224)
Arts by BETSY MOWRY

Tucked off University Avenue just west of Rice Street in St. Paul sits the Frogtown Family Lofts, the lesser-known cousin of the St. Paul's Lowertown Lofts. As a cooperative living space for artists and their families, these unique, multi-leveled units were originally built in 1917 as a printing press factory. Renovated by Artspace Projects in 1992, Frogtown Lofts now include 36 apartments. Residents share landscaped gardens, a children's play area and a common art gallery/atrium, where tenants can exhibit their work in the gallery.

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Glamorous Garbo
Wednesday 21 February @ 17:07:43 (Read: 4566)
Artsby CHRISTOPHER KOZA

The media constantly fuels the notion that celebrity “party girls” influence the ever-impressionable preteen consumers. Newsweek recently ran a story asking, "What Are Celebs Teaching Kids?" that focuses on the over-the-top and tasteless antics of Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and the hordes of inelegant cohorts. These celebrities are the angels of acceptance whose prized advice is a smack in the face to anyone watching them exit limousines. But class hasn’t always been on the fringe—it goes in and out of vogue.

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Say smoooooch!
Thursday 15 February @ 15:28:26 (Read: 4023)
Artsby BETSY MOWRY

"All right now, Loki needs to smooch you. Push your hair back … look straight ahead … keep your face forward …" says photographer Bonnie Fournier as she calmly and self-assuredly directs a mini photo shoot of my dog, Loki, and me at her apartment. Click! Click! Click! Bonnie shoots about a dozen pictures as Loki (aided by a bit of peanut butter) "smooches" my face. I laugh and squirm during the session, which takes less than ten minutes. Fournier says it's hard to smooch or be smooched without warming up and smiling, and she's right--smooching is fun, with or without the peanut butter!

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Kramers Ergot
Wednesday 07 February @ 15:13:44 (Read: 4251)
Artsby CHRISTOPHER KOZA

“Alright, who is ready to get freaked out?” screams Pastor Jackson, in costume, on the edge of one of Daniel Zettwuch’s drawings. This St. Louis, Mo., artist and many others can be heard, or actually seen, shouting this question in unison in St. Paul throughout February.

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801 Gallery
Wednesday 31 January @ 13:58:26 (Read: 4895)
Artsby BETSY MOWRY

Over the past couple of years, artists’ lofts have been cropping up like mushrooms at a Grateful Dead concert. These places may be attractive to the public, but what distinguishes an “artist loft” from a funky, former warehouse where anyone can live if they make the rent? For one thing, in true artist lofts, actual artists live and work on site. Secondly, these places further the arts movement as a whole by supporting individual artists in the process.

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Mike Elko: We Drove, We Saw, We Ate
Wednesday 24 January @ 15:06:45 (Read: 4365)
Artsby CHRISTOPHER KOZA


Minnesota artist Mike Elko puts his ’50s golden-era spin on the family vacation with a sprinkling of modern cynicism in his new exhibition We Drove, We Saw, We Ate. In what is essentially a walk-through montage of memories, Elko depicts a nuclear family's trek to the Omaha Civic Auditorium, marking their stops along the way.

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RACE: Are we so different?
Wednesday 17 January @ 14:47:25 (Read: 4660)
Artsby LIBERTY FINCH

Walking into the Science Museum of Minnesota to view the recently installed exhibit RACE last Monday—on a day dedicated to celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King—was a serendipitous coincidence. Watching the multitude of people act and react to what they were seeing was almost as interesting as the exhibit itself.

This ambitious installation, which makes its world premiere in St. Paul, tackles a big question: RACE: Are We So Different? A project of the American Anthropological Association that received funding from a number of national and regional foundations, this sophisticated exhibit is more than just an interesting display. It’s designed as a multimedia, interactive program that invites visitors to tackle one of the biggest issues in our nation’s, and in our world’s, history.

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Won't you take me to ... Shanty Town?!
Wednesday 10 January @ 16:27:08 (Read: 4369)
Artsby BETSY MOWRY

It was a dark, dark night, and on that dark, dark night, there was a dark, dark lake, and on that dark, dark lake, there was some moderately cold, cold ice, and on that moderately cold, cold ice, there was…an Art Shanty! Don't be afraid, it's just art, and ice houses, and tap dancers, and zombies and art cars, melded into one really cool art encounter done the way only Minnesotans can.

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The Warren: An Artist Habitat
Wednesday 03 January @ 17:29:32 (Read: 4630)
Artsby BETSY MOWRY

Located in the Camden neighborhood of North Minneapolis, The Warren sits inconspicuously at the intersection of Osseo Road and 44th Street, cozily situated amongst local restaurants and hobby shops. What started out as a personal workspace is gradually evolving into a center for artists and community members - the very definition of community arts.

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Pattern Language: Clothing as Communicator
Thursday 28 December @ 15:23:06 (Read: 4373)
Artsby CHRISTOPHER KOZA

Weisman Art Museum curator Diane Mullin has organized a fun, fascinating and adventure exhibit that offers a cure for the common clothes. Pattern Language: Clothing as Communicator explores the (sometimes) wearable responses that artists have to the aesthetics and utility of clothing.

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Quantum Circus
Wednesday 20 December @ 19:47:41 (Read: 4317)
Artsby CHRISTOPHER KOZA

Hurry, hurry, hurry. Scurry! There are only a few days left to see Quantum Circus at Soo Visual Arts Gallery. New York artist Michael Zansky and Minneapolis artist and 2005 Jerome Fellowship recipient Andrea Stanislav combine forces to reveal a stunning installation touching on topics such as freaks and evolution. These are ambitious and weighty artists whose individual careers include cinema, commercial applications, and shows in international galleries and museums.

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The Girls & Boys of Mother Goose
Wednesday 13 December @ 21:15:22 (Read: 5413)
Artsby BETSY MOWRY

This little artist, she worked her hardest,
On nursery rhymes for children galore.
Mosaics, no doubt,
Gave her reason to shout,
Upon publishing tales of yore.


People don’t come up with fascinating nursery rhymes anymore—poignant stories with deep, hidden meanings and nonsensical storylines. But creative interpretation of the classics is clearly in the hand of artist Barbara Keith, who for the past year has been diligently making a series of mosaics based on favorite nursery rhymes. The work illustrates 20 nursery rhymes in Keith’s self-published book “The Girls and Boys of Mother Goose,” (Brownian Bee Press), and this weekend she’ll be on hand at local mosaic purveyor Mosaic on a Stick for a book signing.

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Prints on Ice
Wednesday 06 December @ 16:06:43 (Read: 4666)
Artsby BETSY MOWRY

For any arts organization in the Twin Cities, a fifth year anniversary is quite an accomplishment. The Highpoint Center for Printmaking passed this mighty landmark earlier in the year and its success is truly a testament to the public support of the arts in our state and the quality of the institution itself.

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Being Seen/In Between
Wednesday 29 November @ 13:44:50 (Read: 4757)
Artsby CHRISTOPHER KOZA

The backdrop of this year’s Great American Sleep Out and Hungry and Homeless Cut-a-Thon at Moxie Salon and Art Gallery was the thoughtful series entitled Being Seen/In Between, the visual product of a collaboration between nonprofit organizations, artists and homeless youth. Though the kickoff event has since passed, stylish haircuts are still on Moxie’s menu, and between hair spray, scented mousse, hairdryers and ample you-never-looked-so-good mirrors, photography is still on the walls.

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Guillermo Cuellar
Wednesday 22 November @ 14:46:47 (Read: 5120)
Artsby BETSY MOWRY


Who says St. Paul doesn’t have an art scene? Certainly not the thousands of artists and arts organizations that reside there; certainly not potter Guillermo Cuellar, whose opening at the Raymond Avenue Gallery on Friday night was packed to overflowing.

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Ornament Envy
Wednesday 15 November @ 13:37:27 (Read: 4314)
Artsby BETSY MOWRY

There are many perspectives on the history of the Christmas ornament. One is that they originated from witch balls, an ornament placed on the tree to help prevent “gift envy” of the packages beneath the tree—things like burlap shirts and fresh bedding hay. Another legend states that Martin Luther decorated the first Christmas tree with candles as entertainment for children during the 16th century in Germany. It was OK for children to play with fire back then because they didn't have PlayStation. Ornaments on early trees were also said to be symbolic of the Paradise Tree in the Garden of Eden. Apples, and, later, Communion wafers were used as decoration, as well as candies, fruit, paper flowers, hard cookies or pastries and tinsel. Apparently mice weren't a big issue.

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The Weather Reports
Wednesday 08 November @ 11:53:19 (Read: 4777)
ArtsLIBERTY FINCH

Melisande Charles is not your average granny. At 75, this sharp-witted matron prefers computers to crocheting, and has dedicated her most recent work, The Weather Reports, to measuring the political barometer of our society. The exhibit is prominently on display in Gallery 13 through Nov. 14, then will move to the back of the space.

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Art Attack powers activate: form a sculpture
Monday 06 November @ 14:41:26 (Read: 4792)
Artsby betsy mowry

Got big plans for this weekend? Well, make sure they include spending at least a few hours at Art Attack in Northeast Minneapolis. Now in its ninth year, Art Attack takes place in the Northrup King building and features more than 150 local artists who will open their studios to the public who can view and purchase their work.

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Immigrant Status
Thursday 26 October @ 16:00:09 (Read: 4420)
Artsby BETSY MOWRY

“Immigration” isn't a dirty word, although it certainly sparks controversy and a barrage of negative emotions these days. From 2000–2005, more than 68,000 immigrants arrived in Minnesota. With so many issues swirling around our newest citizens these days, positive creative expression is a refreshing departure.

Contributions at Intermedia Arts is the fourth and final installment of Immigrant Status, a multidisciplinary arts series that sheds light on the many variations of the immigrant experience. Contributions was created by, for and about new immigrant artists, curators and community leaders. As with all of Intermedia’s programs, the exhibit is revealing and meaningful—not only providing an eyeful of sumptuous work, but truly enlightening viewers with firsthand narratives and stories.

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Waiting
Tuesday 24 October @ 13:36:32 (Read: 4527)
Artsby J.M. BAIN

Vulnerability. Resilience. Strength. When one artist carefully crafts a story of the human condition it makes for great art. When two come together to tell those stories through visual images, it becomes an event.

Waiting, which opened at Gallery Co on Oct. 7, pairs the photography of Wing Young Huie with the monochromatic prints of Susy Bielak. The large, warm gallery provides the stage for the stories to be told.

Wing Young Huie is best know for his ability to get his subjects to show him the truth of who they are. His local works, “Frogtown,” “Lake Street USA” and “Rural Minnesota” capture the soul of everyday people in their everyday lives. Susy Bielak is a studio artist with a background in psychology and anthropology, a true storytelling combination.

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Outsider Art
Thursday 12 October @ 11:02:25 (Read: 4708)
Artsby BETSY MOWRY

In a community immersed with gifted artists and inimitable art, the Twin Cities is fortunate to have the solely unique vision of Outsiders & Others, a gallery dedicated to new and self-taught artists.

Outsider art, a sector gaining popularity worldwide, is defined as visionary, folk and naïve work. Most outsider artists are not traditionally trained, and many are “undiscovered,” realizing the appeal and/or value of their work only with public appeal over time, or when discovered by a “connoisseur” of the industry.

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First Amendment Gallery
Wednesday 04 October @ 15:31:48 (Read: 6235)
Artsby LIBERTY FINCH

For a gallery that opened less than a week ago, First Amendment is making a lot of noise—literally and figuratively—in its new digs at Broadway Ave. and Stinson Blvd. in Northeast Minneapolis. First Amendment’s debut last Friday peacefully (but loudly) assembled hundreds of hipsters into the 3,000-square-foot basement space that is the new studio and showplace for Burlesque of North America and artists Amy Jo Hendrickson, Lonny Unitus and Kirk Snyder. A massive crowd packed the space to ogle the latest in socio/pop art, and swagger to beats by POS, Paper Tiger (Doomtree), The Seawhores, Andrew Broder and Tim Glenn (Fog).

Burlesque of North America is an art cooperative comprised of premier screen printers and graphic designers, including Todd Bratrud, Letta Christianson, Bjorn Christianson (Letta's brother), Mike Davis, Aaron Horkey, Skye Rossi, George Thompson and Wes Winship. They produce posters, illustrations, CD and album packaging and logos.

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Contemporary Felt
Thursday 28 September @ 11:37:08 (Read: 4718)
Artsby BETSY MOWRY

“Anyone who loved making mud pies or sloshing through puddles as a child will enjoy felting.” —Susan J Sperl, felt artist

It’s not uncommon for artists to excel at more than one discipline, and Susan J Sperl is certainly no exception. A former dancer trained in ballet, jazz and contemporary dance, she performed for years with her partner, Milo Fine, in an improvisational duo called the Gutter Cleaners.

This Saturday, the next phase of Susan’s artistic career is officially launched as Contemporary Felt: the lotus root collection, the first public exhibit of her beautiful work, opens at Homewood Studios in North Minneapolis. Sperl is no “emerging” artist in the textile industry. She grew up sewing and knitting under the guidance of her mother. By chance, in 1981, Sperl was referred to the late Roberta Myers—the Guthrie Theater’s first milliner. Over the next seven years, an informal apprenticeship under Myers taught Sperl the art of fine hatmaking using felt forms as a base.

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Mosaica
Monday 25 September @ 13:07:50 (Read: 4982)
Artsby LIBERTY FINCH

Look no further than Gallery 360’s Mosaica exhibit to see work by two of the best mosaic artists in the Twin Cities: Sheryl Turoila and Michael Sweere. In this show curator and gallery owner Marry Beck pairs profoundly different but equally extraordinary mosaic artists in the main gallery, and also features work by a number of ceramists, tile makers and stained glass artists elsewhere in the space.

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The annual celebration of art and the individual— the Burning Man festival
Monday 25 September @ 14:18:19 (Read: 5251)
Artsby SKY HORNIG

My friend Dante and I were on our way to get coffee. We had pedaled our bikes over dry, cracked desert through a mass of naked or costumed people, while parachuters descended overhead. Out of nowhere, a man painted entirely silver darted past us on a silver skateboard. “That’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen!” exclaimed Dante. I laughed. It was Dante’s first day at Burning Man and he was bound to utter that exact sentence at least a dozen times a night for the next four nights.

Burning Man is a week-long festival where 35,000 participants gather in Black Rock Desert, Nevada to construct “Black Rock City”—a collision of each and every creative mind present.

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Grand Hand Gallery
Friday 15 September @ 03:13:20 (Read: 5201)
Artsby BETSY MOWRY

Located inconspicuously near the far end of Grand Avenue on Cathedral Hill, the cozy, but appreciable Grand Hand Gallery exhibits and sells fine American crafts, and is the only local gallery to do so. Opened in 2004, the Grand Hand is gaining popularity among artists and buyers throughout the cities. On Saturday, Sept. 9, the small space was packed to the brim with arts lovers there to view the works of Minnesota painter Mark Literski and Washington state glass artist Jeremy Newman.

Newman’s graceful elliptical sculptures captivate viewers. Clean shapes and rich earth tone colors distinguish his unique style (imagine the complete opposite of a gaudy Faberge egg). Organic, flowing design elements and color applications subtly flow into each other, twining around the sculptures like roots or dynamic watermarks.

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Babylon Project
Thursday 07 September @ 15:58:58 (Read: 4737)
Artsby BETSY MOWRY

Sculptor Aldo Moroni offers an open door to his cluttered, well-used studio in the California Building in Northeast Minneapolis. The walls are covered with maps, historical timelines and research. Speaking with manic enthusiasm, he quickly circles the room and launches into a description about his pinnacle project, Babylon. Simply explained, the piece takes up 160 square feet of space mounted on a three-foot high black platform, much like a model train enthusiasts' landscape gone bad. Blue sand representing waterways flows amongst the array of buildings, structures and rough terrain. Some sites stand individually, while others appear representational, imbedded into a slab of clay.

Aldo points out “archeologically preserved areas” from pastcommunities that have fallen into ruin and been built over. This isn't a stagnant project but organic—an ever changing and evolving facade that clearly depicts the war torn stories of the history of civilization, while eerily reflecting similarities to the current political climate, which is exactly what Moroni intends it to be.

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Delightful: Jennifer Davis & Amy Rice
Wednesday 30 August @ 23:43:15 (Read: 5222)
Artsby CHRISTOPHER KOZA

Jennifer Davis and Amy Rice are two busy Twin Cities artists who hooked up for Delightful, a dual show at Roselux Gallery. And it’s no mystery why: Davis and Rice both create work that is inviting and succinct, and when paired together, complementary and convenient.

Jennifer Davis keeps her pieces short and sweet, at times displaying her visual prose in vignettes as if they were pictures of friends or family gathered on a wall. But this is a family of daydreaming cousins and whispering grandmothers—relatives who might start a familiar bedtime story the same old way before trailing off into a personal language that seeps with melancholy.

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Rocketman
Thursday 24 August @ 20:22:37 (Read: 4721)
Artsby BETSY MOWRY

Elton John has nothing on Mr. Ky “Rocketman” Michaelson. In fact, “Rocketman” Michaelson may have actually lived a much more fascinating life than Sir Elton. He has worked on stunts in over 200 films, television programs and commercials, and the majority of stunt specials that have been seen on TV over the past 30 years. Literally hundreds of feature articles have been written about him and his adventures.

At 60-something years old, this Bloomington resident has the energy of someone less than half his age. His current exhibit clearly demonstrates his creative genius. A selection of Michaelson’s rocket-powered vehicles, referred to as “functional sculpture,” completely fills the Inez Greenberg Gallery at the Bloomington Art Center, leaving just enough room for his enthusiastic presence among the visitors.

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The Surreal Calder
Wednesday 16 August @ 12:50:24 (Read: 4854)
Artsby CHRISTOPHER KOZA

As babies we lay in cribs, squirming on our backs and staring up at floating mobiles adorned with smiling shapes and music pealing box bedtime songs. Were these mobiles to have dangled an awkward bird or mutated star, or played a song echoed through the caverns of a visionary mind, then perhaps we would have been living in the bespangled nursery of the surreal Calder.

Leading into the prescient collection of Alexander Calder, on exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, is a selection of works by Max Ernst, Rene Magritte and others—friends and contemporaries of Calder who were part of the surrealist movement of the era. This visual prologue, which allows less work to remain hidden away in the storage archives of the MIA, demonstrates the unique nature of Calder’s choices of materials and concepts while simultaneously placing him within the parenthesis of surrealism.

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Tekween: Arab Art
Sunday 13 August @ 22:59:33 (Read: 4683)
Artsby BETSY MOWRY

As if being an artist isn’t challenging enough, Tekween—a combination of visual arts and art-related workshops—at the Center for Independent Artists (CIA), explores the unique characteristics and difficulties of being both an artist and an Arab in the United States. In Arabic, Tekween means “forming” and “formation,” and for this show it provides a thoughtful forum for Arab artists to ask meaningful questions surrounding both their heritage and their artwork. Is work by an artist of a particular culture accessible to other cultures, and should it be? Should immigrants stay true to the “visual vocabularies” of their cultures? How is art produced that is recognizably Middle Eastern? Is it more important for Arab artists to connect to their roots when they are living away from home? Can work translate into other cultures? Why is Arab art subjected to Western definitions and values?

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Portraits of Peace
Thursday 03 August @ 15:17:58 (Read: 4841)
Artsby Liberty Finch

The opening message on the website for the PEACE Foundation offers a gruesome reminder that in the summer of 2004, North Minneapolis’ Jordan neighborhood endured 27 assaults, four rapes and three murders in just three short months. Today, the crime wave continues—homicides on the Northside are up, and the PEACE Foundation has already held multiple vigils, including one for Marcus White, a 19-year-old who was a volunteer outreach worker for the organization’s PEACE Games last year. While the relentless cycle of violence has left residents weary with grief and frustration, it has also galvanized community members to work harder and harder for peace, public safety and youth development.

The PEACE (Public Engagement and Community Empowerment) Foundation was established in 2003. “We saw the escalation of violence and as a community we asked, ‘what are we going to do?’” explained founder Sondra Hollinger Samuels (wife of councilmember Don Samuels). Utilizing more than 100 volunteers and engaging area businesses and churches, the PEACE Foundation organizes Northside youth activities, street parties and monthly street tours for policymakers.

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Diane Arbus
Wednesday 26 July @ 15:24:51 (Read: 4833)
Artsby Betsy Mowry

The current exhibit at the Walker Art Center, Diane Arbus Revelations, presents a remarkable and comprehensive insight into the true essence of photographer Diane Arbus. The display is extensive and solicits a thought provoking appreciation of this pivotal artist.

In 1941, at just 18, Diane Nemerov began her career and married Allan Arbus. She worked for many years in fashion photography alongside her husband. Fifteen years later, she left the fashion industry to focus specifically on her own creative photography. Arbus worked extensively as a photojournalist and had many pieces published in magazines and newspapers, such as Esquire, the New York Times and Harper’s Bazaar. Undoubtedly her experience straddling the beauty and illusion of the fashion industry and the realism of capturing human stories as a photojournalist influenced her desire to unmask the hidden and expose the unusual.

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Art at Augsburg
Thursday 20 July @ 13:16:02 (Read: 4712)
Artsby Christopher Koza

Randy Walker is an architect who has found his niche as an artist by using colorful textile thread, elastic string, found objects and geometric structures. The resulting sculptures in By A Thread are what might happen if your sweater unravels and Walker is around to collect the material.

So why use string? “I never really thought about thread, and was never really into textiles,” said Walker. “But then I wanted to try looking at thread as lines, as a way to define space, and I got interested in the fact it could be transparent, instead of a solid plane of color.”

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Foci Glass Art
Wednesday 12 July @ 13:13:11 (Read: 5088)
ArtsWhat lurks in the husks of buildings of considerable size in the whereabouts of North East Minneapolis? Artists, of course! Artists are like cockroaches in that they show up everywhere; willingly inhabiting the otherwise discarded and overlooked structures of our nation's loft-addicted cities. But unlike the world's most indestructible bugs, those who perpetrate creative utility are often welcomed with good favor rather than a shoe sole.

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Caponi Park
Thursday 06 July @ 11:27:15 (Read: 4831)
ArtsBy Betsy Mowry

A reflection on sculptor Anthony (Tony) Caponi brings to mind the theory of “six degrees of separation”—that anyone can be connected to any other person in the world through a chain of five individuals.

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Ever More
Wednesday 28 June @ 14:33:21 (Read: 4696)
Artsby Betsy Mowry

Ever More, the current exhibit showing at the Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA) in St. Paul, examines heightened artistic impulse and repetition in the creative act. In layman’s terms, the exhibit features work by artists who excel in the labor intensive process of creating work through the application of bits and pieces, the repetitive painting of detailed images and/or the piecing together of a multitude of objects to create a complete and thought provoking composition.

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Ever more - 20 pieces by eleven creative minds
Thursday 22 June @ 00:08:00 (Read: 4516)
Artsby Betsy Mowry writes: "

EVER MORE, the current exhibit showing at the Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA) in St. Paul, examines heightened artistic impulse and repetition in the creative act. In layman’s terms, the exhibit features work by artists who excel in the labor intensive process of creating work through the application of bits and pieces, the repetitive painting of detailed images and/or the piecing together of a multitude of objects to create a complete and thought provoking composition.

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The Chair:125 Years of Sitting
Thursday 15 June @ 15:57:01 (Read: 5372)
Artsby Liberty Finch

“When fortune calls, offer her a chair,” is a Yiddish Proverb and one of the first things you read as you enter the The Chair: 125 Years of Sitting at the Goldstein Museum of Design on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus. This clever quip introduces you to an unusual and interesting display that explores the aesthetics and utility of chair design, as well as how the desire to merge creativity with ergonomics led to a movement in furniture design.

The exhibit features late 19th and early 20th century chairs from the Museum's own collection. And while there are examples of Shaker craftsmanship and a DoMore Swivel Office Chair, it’s the Scandinavians who steal the show. Without the clever and innovative concepts developed by Alvar Aalto, Verner Panton, Eero Saarinen and others, there would be no Ikea today.

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Best in Show
Friday 09 June @ 17:24:58 (Read: 5643)
Artsby Liberty Finch

If 40 is the new 30, and white is the new black, then dogs are the new offspring-the latest self-indulgence of everyone from hipsters to hippies, baby boomers to retirees. In some countries people eat their hounds. In America, dogs have always been “man’s best friend,” and these days they’ve acquired a certain cachet that rivals that of your BFF or the most doting grandmother. No longer just companions, protectors or hunters, dogs have also become celebrity fashion accessories (think Paris Hilton and Britney Spears).

And it’s not just pet owners and celebs trying to redefine the phrase, “a dog's life,” there’s a community wide effort underway. Just look around: Coffee shops offer dog biscuits along with medium roast, espresso and croissants; doggie day care centers and dog-walking services are flourishing; and Florida Governor Jeb Bush recently signed a “doggie dining” bill that allows restaurants to serve both dogs and owners seated outdoors.

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Minnesota Rocks!
Wednesday 31 May @ 23:20:47 (Read: 5006)
Artsby Betsy Mowry

Don’t miss this summer’s “rock-a palooza” event that is now shaping up St. Paul. The Minnesota Stone Carving Symposium, Minnesota ROCKS!, is making noise (and dust) on the (formerly) lush green lawn of the St. Paul College at the corner of Kellogg and Summit Avenue in the Capital City.

Minnesota ROCKS! brings fourteen master stone carvers together for a unique event that celebrates creativity in its most basic form—an artist and a block of stone. Besides Minnesota, artists hail from Japan, Germany, Mexico, China, Zimbabwe, Finland and Egypt. Rock is used from throughout the state, emphasizing the immense natural and creative resources available in Minnesota.

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Soap Factory
Thursday 25 May @ 16:53:47 (Read: 4708)
Artsby Christopher Koza

To divide the space of this column evenly between all 24 artists on display at the Soap Factory’s 8x8x8: LON/MSP/NYC would not provide even enough space to list each artist and one of their works. This delightfully sprawling exhibition infiltrates every presentable area of the gallery’s walls and floor, offering a stunning array of paintings, sculptures, videos, installations and other inventive mediums. For example, while slowly stepping back to take in a life-sized photograph of an apartment building by Rosemary Williams, entitled “Dwelling,” I was knocked in the back of the head by a massive wormish floor-bound creation, breathing heavily through an endless cycle of inflation and deflation like some kind of tubular heart valve distributing creative juices into the building. All the while the soundtrack of a projected bottle clanking and spinning on the floor from Katinka Galano’s “3 Channel Installation” and Emily Lutzker’s video/installation “I (heart) you Prince” swirled through the air.

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Critical ... Art
Wednesday 17 May @ 16:12:41 (Read: 6903)
Artsby Betsy Mowry

Altered Esthetics’ group show, Bike Art, brings the work of close to 50 artists and cyclists together in an engaging juxtaposition. The exhibit is sizeable, with more than 100 works of art capturing every conceivable element of the cyclist genre. Featuring a wide array of mediums—from sculpture, photography and painting, to live performance, comics, multi-media and collage, the show has something for everyone. Work covers each well-worn wall and hallway. Viewers should allow plenty of time to examine and enjoy each piece in the gallery’s comfortable environment. It’s a great way to support your local artist-run gallery, while getting an eyeful of some incredible and diverse art.

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MCAD Student Show
Thursday 11 May @ 09:03:51 (Read: 4647)
Artsby Christopher Koza

MCAD has built its reputation by fostering cutting edge design, contemporary media and quality technique among its talented student body. It is not a place to see the kind of artwork meant for coffee shops or grandma’s house—this
stuff is on the track to someplace else, whether that is modern relevancy or the recycling bin. In any case, the immediacy and scope of the 2006 Student Commencement Exhibit is inspiring, and besides, these kids have just spent the last three to four years of their lives for this one show, so it is worth a viewing.

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Kyle Fokken
Wednesday 03 May @ 15:20:57 (Read: 4953)
Artsby Betsy Mowry

Imagine wandering through the prestigious Uptown Art Fair. You weave your way through the massive crowds, glancing at booths. There’s handmade silver jewelry … ceramics … wildlife oil paintings…headless dog bodies on wheels…fused glass…waaaait a minute—headless dog bodies on wheels?! You’ve just discovered the remarkable work of Twin Cities sculptor Kyle Fokken.

Intrigued? His imminent exhibit, Flying Solo, at the Marshall Arts Gallery in Northeast Minneapolis, will provide you with an opportunity to enter into the imaginative world of Fokken. Fokken creates colorful, visceral and physical sculptures
reflective of antique toys, but with a twist. Using found objects, thrift store machine parts, metal and scrap, Fokkens’ work is playful and entirely unique. In fact, it’s much like a boy’s collection of toys pulled apart and pieced back together to create completely new structures. “I never consider myself a junk sculptor,” he says. “Instead, I try to look at my work through the eyes of someone who has a vision about what they want to make.”

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Franklin Art Works
Friday 28 April @ 14:24:16 (Read: 5004)
Artsby Christopher Koza

What is now an inspiring gallery space was at various times a party venue, a bike shop, a house of risqué cinema, and initially a silent movie theater. But for the last four years this building on East Franklin Avenue is home of Franklin Art Works, a space that exhibits local and national visual and performance artists. While aspects of the building’s history are intriguing, the real appeal comes from the gems housed within.

Currently on exhibition are three national artists whose distinctive styles combine to create an underlying narrative. Collectively their work is rich in humor, dabbles in irony and seems both quaint and looming.

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Contemporary Quilts
Thursday 20 April @ 17:40:26 (Read: 4956)
Artsby Betsy Mowry

A stop at the Minnesota Textile Center provides an unexpected treat for those who might anticipate a collection of country style displays of stuffed calico cats, rag rugs and Laura Ashley-like outfits. The current exhibition in the Joan Mondale Gallery, Traditions Transformed: Contemporary Quilts, is a colorful display of 13 quilts by some of the nation's most talented textile artists.

Each artist uses his or her own distinct approach to quilting, which makes for a diverse and interesting exhibit that prompts viewers to contemplate a favorite. Some quilters focus on the design of the material, while others use appliqué,
hand painting and stamping, or intricate fabric piecing to create the piece.

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HOME House Project: The Future of Affordable Housing
Thursday 13 April @ 13:32:07 (Read: 5556)
Artsby Christopher Koza

As the Earth’s natural resources continue to dwindle, and the practice of balanced efficiency between humans and nature continues to give way to greed and political nearsightedness, societies will be required to inhabit a strange and innovative hodge-podge of dwellings, according to the architects and participants of HOME House Project: The Future of Affordable Housing. In this fascinating exhibition of prefabricated houses and adventurous architecture, the Weisman Art Museum is transformed into a real estate office prognosticating the future.

But this exhibit is more than just architectural science fiction or a display of Richard Branson’s designer neighborhoods for the conscientious space-tourist; it stresses the fact that we can and must to do better with what we’ve got.

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The Katrina Collection
Thursday 06 April @ 11:09:49 (Read: 4993)
Artsby Liberty Finch

It might take a village to raise a child, but what if the village is obliterated by a category five hurricane? And what if instead of a child, those in need are members of a once-thriving art community who lost everything in the wake of Hurricane Katrina? How do you help that community rebuild, literally and figuratively, what they lost—from homes and studios to paint brushes, canvases and a life’s work of creativity?

Here in the Twin Cities, art aficionados and community activists are answering those questions.

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Art on Campus
Wednesday 29 March @ 17:24:16 (Read: 5080)
Artsby Christopher Koza

When thinking about where to see art, don’t forget the academic world which feature artists from graduate students to regional exhibitors. This week, Pulse of the Twin Cities turns its attention to galleries on two University of Minnesota campuses: Larson Art Gallery in St. Paul and Coffman Art Gallery in Minneapolis.

Digital Discourse, the current exhibition at the Larson Art Gallery, features digital artists Emily Radosavljevic and James Michael Lawrence. Both artists base their work in photography and use the digital medium to embellish, enhance and alter their imagery.

Radosavljevic largely utilizes people or human qualities.

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A second helping of Lutefisk Sushi
Monday 27 March @ 12:44:06 (Read: 6387)
Artsby Liberty Finch

For those whose cartoon sensibilities rarely stray from the likes of Dilbert or The Family Circus—sucks to be you. For those who relish misadventure, biting social commentary and perversion, Lutefisk Sushi Volume B offers a raw comic buffet to satiate your appetite and warm your twisted little hearts. And for the rest who prefer traditional superheroes or futuristic Japanese magna, there’ll be a plethora of panels for you, too.

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Kiki Smith
Thursday 16 March @ 17:09:49 (Read: 7387)
Artsby Christopher Koza

For viewers who are sometimes left wanting more from exhibits that promise great things, you’ll be impressed and grateful for the sheer volume of work in Kiki Smith: A Gathering 1980-2005 at the Walker Art Center. Featuring pieces from the last 25 years, Smith’s exhibition satisfies the intrigue it elicits at the start. The variety of her artistic medium is fresh for those who are familiar with her work and engaging for those are who not.

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Mememto Mori
Thursday 09 March @ 15:34:28 (Read: 4756)
Artsby Steven Lang

Installation-based contemporary art shows that deal with suburbia are nothing new. But installation-based contemporary art shows in suburbia? Now that’s cutting edge.

Someday, when all the McMansions in Osseo have been divided into multiplex public housing units and nothing lives beneath the oil-slick of Lake Minnetonka but Eurasian milfoil, our world might look like the world we see in Gettin’ Above Yer Raisin’s, a themed installation show by six Minnesota artists currently on display at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts.

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Chris Bohnhoff Photography
Friday 03 March @ 17:35:07 (Read: 5478)
Artsby Liberty Finch

There’s no shortage of galleries in town, yet more and more, art is creeping into coffee shops, bars, cafés—even bike shops (see “Bikes & Comics,” Pulse 03.02.05). Whether they’re adorning interiors of swanky establishments or classing up walls of well-worn watering holes, artists are finding outlets outside traditional venues to showcase their work.

The delightful Birchwood Café doesn’t need help spiffing up anything. Its friendly and attentive staff have been serving up delicious, organic food in a clean and cheerful environment for more than 10 years in the Seward neighborhood. Owner Tracy Singleton decided from the beginning to display work by local artists. It’s an idea that fits well with the community mindedness of the café, which utilizes organic, free-trade goods from local farmers and businesses.

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Ruth Duckworth at the MIA
Thursday 23 February @ 15:38:30 (Read: 4962)
Artsby Christopher Koza

Don’t know what to do or where to go? The gallery listing page in the Pulse always has plenty of suggestions, and here is a new one: Why not escape the subzero temperatures of a suddenly vintage Minnesota February in the surprisingly cozy confines of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts? While pursuing the vast collections of ancient Chinese silverware or Dale Chihuly’s glass chandelier, be certain to devote a meaningful part of your visit to the current exhibition featuring modernist sculptor Ruth Duckworth.

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Jon Langford
Wednesday 15 February @ 12:05:05 (Read: 5087)
Artsby Christopher Koza

If you’ve seen a local newspaper in the last week, you probably noticed a certain luminary whose artistic output has been embraced and commissioned by art directors and audiences. Last week in the Twin Cities, Renaissance man Jon Langford put his guitar away long enough from his performances at the Walker Art Center and Electric Fetus in-store to open his one-man art show at Rouge Buddha Gallery. This collection of paintings and etchings are in some instances visual companions to his music, and in others, seekers and claimers of uncharted territory.

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Against Forgetting
Wednesday 08 February @ 12:50:19 (Read: 5640)
Artsby Christopher Koza

How do refugees escaping from countries in turmoil adapt to their new environments? Will images of Auschwitz ever mean anything to those denying the Holocaust? Can culture outlast genocide? These questions and others surface in Against Forgetting, Intermedia Arts’ exhibit of three photographers who pursue parallel imagery of civilized horrors.

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Jon Langford: Renaissance Man
Wednesday 08 February @ 10:30:29 (Read: 8825)
Artsby Holly Day

Anyone coming to the Walker Friday or Saturday night expecting to participate in a soul-affirming, conservative Christian rally is going to be sorely disappointed. Sorry, folks—the Jon Langford performing this week is not Jon Langford the folk singer, a favorite at Birmingham, Alabama’s annual VisionLand Christian Music Festival, father of quadruplets (two boys, two girls), leader of the Jon Langford Ministries and head of the Church of Cahaba Ridge in the fine city of Pinson, Alabama.

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At Witt’s End
Wednesday 01 February @ 11:39:04 (Read: 5322)
Artsby Christopher Koza

Ghostbirds and Gumbells? These characters and others from the mind of artist David Witt infiltrate Lowertown St. Paul in a series of new paintings currently on exhibition at the cozy Back Alley Gallery. The works are colorful, humorous, illustrative and identified by titles such as “A Conspiracy of Ghostbirds,” “A Beanbug’s Distress” and “March of the Gumbells”—street signs in a universe where Willie Wonka and Dr. Seuss take tea amidst the playfully twisted existence of strange inhabitants.

Casually dressed artsy-types preferring Interpol to Chopin crowded the recent opening reception of Witt’s Rise of the Gumbells show. The atmosphere would have been incomplete without the keg beer and molasses-sweet aroma of little smokies that lured patrons from the building’s main lobby down a flight of stairs to a narrow, twisting hallway leading to the gallery’s entrance.

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Bad Bambi
Thursday 26 January @ 13:17:36 (Read: 7553)
Artsby Liberty Finch

If Kat Surth’s provocative Bad Bambi show at Niche 3708 doesn’t ignite conversations of a socio-political nature, it may evoke some interesting childhood reflections. The mere mention of this unusual Barbie-themed photography exhibit to girlfriends recently elicited the following responses: “I used to tie up my Barbies all the time!”; “I’d dress up my Barbie dolls and then have Ken ‘do it’ with the maid.”; “Right after my friend got the new Barbie convertible, her older brother super-glued Barbie and Ken ‘69-ing’ in back seat.”

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Exhibits at Augsburg
Thursday 19 January @ 20:16:41 (Read: 5320)
Artsby Wes Stitt

Borders, an installation by Barbara Claussen at Augsburg College’s Gage Family Art Gallery, raises issues surrounding the unstable separation of public and private spaces. Dividing the gallery into several sub-spaces, each modeled on a different type of designed environment—information kiosk, office, museum/gallery exhibit and free giveaway basket—Claussen has built a forum to address her subject matter from several directions.

Texts dominate the walls. Some are theoretical or informative, others imperative, still others specific and possibly fictitious examples (hint: look out the window for the red house). Illustrated by models or hung from bulletin boards, they lead the viewer through different areas and ultimately ask for a written or drawn response to be added to the message boards, which are shaped to recall houses, kiosks or monuments, that fill the center of the space.

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Manifestations of Desire
Wednesday 11 January @ 17:23:04 (Read: 5219)
Artsby Sam Richard

From the cute and cuddly creatures, to the drool, blood and, ahem, sexual fluids, Gary Baseman’s art continues to go in new directions and always remains a little bit outside of your typical gallery experience. Baseman’s art can be seen in many mainstream venues, from television and film (his three-time Emmy winning Disney show, “Teacher’s Pet,” and a movie of the same name), to books (his newest art book, “Dumb Luck”) to board games (Cranium). But when it comes to his gallery exhibitions, like the Manifestations of Desire show at Ox-Op Gallery, you wonder how Baseman ever got involved with the likes of Disney.

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Used is New
Wednesday 04 January @ 16:26:17 (Read: 5929)
Artsby Christopher Koza

It’s just a few days into the new year and already we’re struggling to keep up with our resolutions—shrinking waistlines and moderating habits. But if you’ve chosen to emphasize recycling as your good deed in 2006, you can feel better about yourself by merely supporting local artists.

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Kevin Red Star
Wednesday 28 December @ 11:10:33 (Read: 5290)
Artsby Christopher Koza

Running Rabbit, Kevin Red Star’s current exhibition at Ancient Traders Gallery, offers a generous series of landscapes, characters and storytelling that surround and descend on the unsuspecting viewer, leaving one to ponder the blend of fact and fiction; the personal narratives and pseudo-stories that coalesce into formative imagery on canvas.

As a youth, Kevin was a devoted pursuer of the arts in Montana before attending the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After New Mexico, Red Star went on to further study at the San Francisco Art Institute, Montana State and Eastern Montana State Universities. And on East Franklin Avenue, where being Norwegian has little to do with being Minnesotan, Red Star’s work seems to dissolve the winter and the bus exhaust with welcome memories and images of Big Sky country.

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Preholiday Highpoint
Wednesday 21 December @ 18:34:29 (Read: 6082)
Artsby Christopher Koza

A wonderful characteristic of the Twin Cities art world is that it occurs on almost every street corner in some way, shape or form. I’m not referring to any Lucy, Linus, Snoopy or Charlie Brown figurine you might spot at any given intersection, but rather to the abundance of coffee shop galleries and legitimate art spaces sustained with the same frequency as gas stations, and convenience stores, which happily outnumber White Castles.

The Highpoint Center for Printmaking is one of these neighborhood spaces. It serves as both a gallery and a fully equipped studio cooperative for printmakers.

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Jenny Nyström: The Mother of Swedish Christmas
Wednesday 14 December @ 18:07:02 (Read: 5115)
Artsby Larissa Anderson

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate the holiday season outside of packed parking lots and crowded shopping centers, the American Swedish Institute (ASI) at 26th Street and Park Avenue offers some respite.

ASI’s current exhibit Jenny Nyström: The Mother of Swedish Christmas highlights, among other work, her illustrations of tompten, the Swedish Santa Claus. Nyström’s images of tompten depict cheery, helpful elves who deliver Christmas gifts and dance around the Christmas tree with a string of smiling children. Her illustrations have graced postcards, covers of Christmas magazines and several children’s books—earning her a reputation as one of Sweden's most beloved artists for defining the image of Scandinavian Christmas.

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Death is Hippest
Wednesday 07 December @ 21:03:24 (Read: 5517)
Artsby Christopher Koza

There is a limit to what textbook reproductions can do to convey the true value and spectacle of historically invaluable works of art. The current exhibit at the Walker Art Center brings to life 26 selections from Andy Warhol, whose real-life works in this display are often massive and captivating.

Andy Warhol/Supernova: Stars, Deaths and Disasters, 1962-1964 is a brief sprinkling of the subjects that obsessed Warhol and monopolized his output during these years. In the case of the Walker exhibit—which will also travel to Chicago and then later to Ontario—these stars are not minor, nor are their deaths silent or peaceful. “Disaster” doesn’t recognize celebrity—it condemns everyone equally—and Warhol shows that gruesome and tragic death afflicts both icons and unknowns.

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Books Abound
Thursday 01 December @ 21:12:10 (Read: 6346)
Artsby Liberty Finch

What better place to house an art exhibit on books than in a library? Metropolitan State University’s Third Floor Gallery has done just that with Books Abound, a collection of one-of-a-kind handmade books by artists associated with the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA).

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Amber Waves of Loss
Wednesday 23 November @ 18:32:53 (Read: 5682)
Artsby Christopher Koza

In a modern era of daily war-related casualties, color-coded alert levels and rising tension on Capitol Hill, leave it to the voice of the artists to silently invite the daily citizen to become a participant in an ongoing and emotional debate.

War and Peace, the current exhibition at Roselux Gallery, offers somber imagery and symbolic suggestions of mortality from artists Camille J. Gage and Kate Pabst. This series of earnest commentary seeks to expose the crippling fear and privacy of violence and its definitive consequence.

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A Semblance of Life: The Art of Post-Mortem Photography
Wednesday 16 November @ 16:53:36 (Read: 5850)
Artsby Chris Atkins

A Semblance of Life: the Art of Post-Mortem Photography, now on at the Hennepin History Museum, is your chance to gaze at death. In these photos you will see portraits and poses, caressing and cradling, people lying down or sitting. In other words, you'll recognize the common body language of everyday family photography. But all the while you have to keep reminding yourself that the common denominator of all these photos is death. These are post-mortem photographs. Due to the prohibitive costs of photography in the late 19th to early 20th century, photographs were reserved for only special occasions. In this case, the photos in the exhibit were taken shortly after (and sometimes before) relatives passed away—from disease, old age or even murder.

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Figuratively Speaking, Less is More
Thursday 10 November @ 21:05:55 (Read: 5568)
Artsby Christopher Koza

The current exhibition Twin Cities Male Artists Exposed at Gallery 13 gives us 21 new and recent works by artist Kristen M. Copham—a sometimes Minnesotan turned New Yorker who maintains a profile in the Midwest and a residence in the Northeast. Copham’s artistic history leaves little to be desired. Since achieving a BFA from St. Olaf College in 1992, Copham has shown her work in dozens of galleries, completed various commissions and is collected across the country. In 2000 she achieved an MBA from the University of Minnesota. Accomplishments and certifications aside, this series proves Copham has been paying attention along the way not only to her professors, but also to her very personal, emerging artistic voice.

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“Patriot Acts” will open minds to new possibilities
Wednesday 02 November @ 02:26:59 (Read: 5240)
Artsby Lydia Howell

Theater for the 21st century is being born, with Pangea World Theater as midwife. The “Bridges Project” unites different artistic mediums—spoken-word, filmmaking, music, dance and theater—in fresh collaborations. “Patriot Acts,” made by 22 diverse artists (both local and international), crescendos beyond convention to take on today’s crucial post-9/11 issues.

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The Many Faces of Dick and Al
Wednesday 02 November @ 01:51:29 (Read: 4721)
Artsby Josh Kraetsch

Collaboration is celebrated this season on the walls of Gallery 360. The current show, The Many Faces of Dick and Al, is a heady brew of two homegrown talents and one Southside creative haven that have been converging and working Minneapolis magic for years.

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Capture the Moment
Thursday 27 October @ 18:56:42 (Read: 7391)
Artsby Lliberty Finch

A disclaimer at the entrance to the photography exhibit at the Minnesota History Museum warns that some of the images included in Capture the Moment, the vast collection of Pulitzer prize-winning photographs, are shocking and may not be suitable for some audiences. It’s true that most of the images are sobering, some even gruesome, but it seems like required viewing for a public that remains largely ill informed and/or apathetic about weighty global events.

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Mind Over Matter, Body Under Design
Thursday 20 October @ 23:55:24 (Read: 4864)
Artsby Mary Ann Vincenta

When we see a human body, we not only see a familiar visual form, we also see a physical organism with survival needs—and, we see a life rooted in a history, a culture, a relationship to the world, as well as a series of individual preferences, desires and beliefs. All on fashion design.

The human form is the constant in South Korean artist and scholar KeeSook Geum’s electrifyingly ethereal and endlessly inventive show of handmade (and unwearable) apparel. The meanings layered upon these garments come from Geum’ s understanding of human potential within the cultural complexity of the 21st century. With each dress, vest or jacket, Geum communicates more intentionally than most people do with their daily dresses, vests and jackets, mainly because she has chosen not to be burdened with the requirements of functionality. For her, a shirt is not just a shirt.

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Tom Huck at Rogue Buddha Gallery
Thursday 13 October @ 01:51:49 (Read: 5062)
Artsby Liberty Finch

Perusing the Bloody Bucket exhibit of Tom Huck’s woodcut prints at Rogue Buddha Gallery is exhausting. Not because there is so much to look at—there are only a dozen prints in the show—but because there is so much to look at within each piece. Ten of the 12 prints are large scale (38” x 52”), and the level of detail within each one is staggering.

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A Touch of Gold at Robbin Gallery
Thursday 06 October @ 01:14:38 (Read: 5348)
Artsby Liberty Finch

Artists love the Twin Cities for their generous patrons. Residents love the cities for their multitude of artists. It’s a splendid relationship that affords us a bevy of creative types—from visual artists to dance companies, filmmakers to playwrights. And, of course, scads of musicians.

There are literally hundreds of art galleries in Minneapolis and St. Paul proper, and more and more are popping up in the ‘burbs. Although I only recently discovered Robbin Gallery in Robbinsdale, the volunteer-run cooperative has operated as a gallery for more than 25 years. Housed in an historic library that was built in the 1920s, Robbin Gallery is an inviting space that lends itself beautifully to exhibits.

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U2: Photoessay
Thursday 06 October @ 00:22:50 (Read: 10410)
Artsby Steven Cohen

A few months back, we covered an exhibit of music photography at the Minnesota Center for Photography called Musicapolis (which has incidentally been extended to run through Oct. 21), and now, we're putting our money where our mouth is. Photographer Steven Cohen approached me about doing some work for Pulse, and when U2 came calling, I jumped at the chance to have Cohen do a photoessay for us.

You can view the U2 photo essay as it appeared in Pulse (in a pdf) by clicking here.

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Kitty City at Flanders
Thursday 29 September @ 14:35:58 (Read: 5382)
Artsby Liberty Finch

What is it about cats that some people find so appealing and others find so appalling? Why are there generally two distinct animal camps: dog people and cat people? Why is it acceptable, in fact commonplace, to have one or two cats without arousing suspicion, but own multiple felines and you’re labeled the crazy cat lady?

Well within her right mind, artist Judy Chicago has made it a part of her life’s routine to keep cats–specifically six cats—at any given time. While collaborating with her husband, the photographer Donald Woodman, on the “Holocaust Project,” between 1985 and 1993, Chicago became interested in the treatment of animals, the “often callous disregard” for household pets and the distress placed on animals used in factory farming. In an attempt to make a difference—and to put some humanity into the animal society—she and Woodman decided to care for half a dozen cats.

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Vernissage at Rosalux
Thursday 22 September @ 00:59:44 (Read: 5287)
Artsby Natasha Walter

Rosalux gallery is currently hosting the exhibit Vernissage: New Work from James Wrayge and Terrance Payne. The coupling of these seemingly disparate artists strikes an unusual, but imaginative balance.

James Wrayge is an abstract painter who believes that “Paintings don't have to tell stories, that’s what books are for.” He is influenced by his other life as a jazz musician and inspired by decaying city walls and rugged surfaces of nature. The most interesting aspect of his work is that at first glance it seems soothingly messy, but read the illuminating title and adjust to the enveloping mood, and a serious study of abstraction comes into focus.

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Shepard Fairey: Visual Disobedience
Friday 16 September @ 04:29:40 (Read: 6035)
Artsby Natasha Walter

Ox-Op is currently exhibiting fine art by Shepard Fairey of the Obey campaign. The Obey campaign, which began by inundating cities across the country with the now infamous Andre the Giant stickers and wheat-pastes, “can be explained as an experiment in Phenomenology. The first aim of phenomenology is to reawaken a sense of wonder about one’s environment…” according to the Obey website.


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Boundary Crossings: Temporal Dialogues in Finnish Photography
Friday 16 September @ 00:37:18 (Read: 5259)
Artsby Liberty Finch

Boundary Crossings: Temporal Dialogues in Finnish Landscape Photography is the current exhibit at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota. Featuring the work of four photographers: Johannes Gabriel (J.G.) Granö, Pentti Sammallahti, Jorma Puranen and Taneli Eskola, the works explore the relationship between photography as an artistic medium and pictures as a sociological record, with Finland as the cultural mediator between East and West.

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Joan of Art Gallery
Wednesday 31 August @ 04:07:32 (Read: 5452)
Artsby Natasha Walter

Many of you have probably driven past the colorful Joan of Art gallery just off Franklin Avenue near the River Road and thought, as I did many times, “I really should stop in there sometime.” The vividly painted gallery is guarded by jovial Humpty Dumpty statues who practically shout “Come in, be merry!” to passersby.

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Gallery 13 Joins NE’s Arts District
Friday 26 August @ 02:05:00 (Read: 5783)
Artsby Natasha Walter

Karen and Stephen Sugarman are eager to fill a niche in Northeast’s established art scene. Their new space, Gallery 13, is the latest addition to 13th Avenue, aptly dubbed “Art Street.” Their latest show features Minneapolis artist Booka B (Adam Bucher), St. Paul design artist Delphinius6 (Justin Olson) and— most notably—Japanese artist Yasutaka Taga.

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The Ladybird Chronicles
Wednesday 17 August @ 15:24:21 (Read: 5161)
Artsby Liberty Finch

Let's not kid ourselves, folks … summer is waning, so you’d better soak up as much solar-powered vitamin D as possible in preparation for what lies ahead. As you set your agenda for August’s last hurrah—cramming in camping trips and planning a day at the State Fair—consider an outing to Como Park in St. Paul, where you can placate both your environmental and your artistic sensibilities. Now through the end of the month, a photography installation by Jane Davenport, entitled The Ladybird Chronicles, is on display outside the Conservatory grounds.

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David Bowman Photography
Thursday 11 August @ 03:59:16 (Read: 5094)
Artsby Natasha Walter

The Frank Stone Gallery in Northeast’s designated arts district is hosting End of Land Sadness, an exhibit of David Bowman’s landscape photography. But this isn’t any ordinary landscape photography. Bowman captures both the hopeful beginnings and the bitter endings of what he dubs “the migratory landscape.” Commenting on his own journey, Bowman writes, “Since 2002 I have traveled repeatedly between Minnesota and California, searching for the poetry that resides in the constructed, modern landscape of the American West.”

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In the Balance
Wednesday 03 August @ 17:10:35 (Read: 5334)
Artsby Natasha Walter

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, in collaboration with the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program, is currently presenting the provocative show In the Balance. According the MIA website, “The MAEP is an artist-controlled exhibition program ... This curatorial department [of the MIA] is a true study in democracy—its exhibitions are selected by a panel of artists who are elected by and from their peers at an annual meeting of the artist community …” In the Balance features painter Margo Selski and sculptor Davora M. Linder.

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Musicapolis: “All I’ve got is a photograph...”
Wednesday 27 July @ 16:47:45 (Read: 6388)
Artsby Steve McPherson

At their root, music and photography share the need for creativity and impeccable timing. This commonality becomes even stronger when our attention focuses on live music and rock photography, each of which often relies on the artist’s ability to, in a split second, create something to make a lasting impression. This might be an improvised solo, the spontaneous tossing of an instrument, or just the right angle on the interaction between performer and crowd. For the audience and musicans, the performances will fade into memory, but the photographers get to go back and relive, again and again, a casual moment between Gary Louris and Mark Olson before they went their separate ways, or the sight of a young Prince Rogers Nelson, kneeling into the splits, guitar upright, Afro fully blown out. The Minnesota Center for Photography and curator Colleen Sheehy have put on Musicapolis so we can all share in this nostalgia.

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Photos window on Somali world
Thursday 21 July @ 20:36:19 (Read: 11842)
Arts‘Diaspora’ exhibit shows everyday moments of refugee community

by Lydia Howell

Minneapolis is the Somali capital of America, yet, the fastest-growing immigrant population in Minnesota remains mysterious to most of us. Photographer Abdi Roble’s The Somali Diaspora documents a community before assimilation with grace, beauty and feeling. Many misconceptions are challenged in these lush black and white photographs of everyday life.

“People ask, ‘Why Minnesota? Why Columbus? It’s so COLD!’ People don’t understand the refugee life. People in a refugee camp for 10 years, you’ll go anywhere,” Roble emphatically says in his soft musical voice. “The main thing is to be safe. Shelter. To have a life again.”

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Niche 3708: An Artistic Odyssey
Thursday 21 July @ 15:30:47 (Read: 5322)
Artsby Liberty Finch

Jared Fuller’s Niche 3708 is a quaint live-in studio and gallery situated across from Longfellow Park in Minneapolis. Open for just more than a year, the simple yet inviting space packs a punch with its current show, Fire & Salvation, featuring two new series of works by Yuri Arajs.

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Four McKnight Artists at MCAD
Thursday 14 July @ 02:17:00 (Read: 4898)
Artsby Natasha Walter

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design’s exhibit Four McKnight Artists highlights work selected by the McKnight Foundation Fellowship Program for Visual Artists. The Foundation was established “with the purpose of identifying and rewarding outstanding Minnesota artists who are at a mid-level stage in their careers and have an established record of artistic success. Fellows receive a cash award of $25,000, which allows them the freedom to pursue their own work over a 12-month period.”

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Five Years at Gallery 360
Wednesday 06 July @ 00:47:03 (Read: 5217)
Artsby Adrienne Urbanski

The frame around a piece of art is usually not the focal point of an artist's work. Often constructed of wood or metal, few would think of a utilitarian frame as being a significant aspect of the art. But for Gallery 360’s Five Years show, the frame is just as important as the artwork it displays.

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Curiously Strong Art at Soo Visual Arts Center
Thursday 30 June @ 09:52:17 (Read: 4976)
Artsby Natasha Walter

Soo Visual Arts Center is currently hosting an exhibit sponsored by Altoids, appropriately entitled A Curiously Strong Collection. Each year Altoids challenges artists, galleries, critics and curators to identify work from candidates across the country that is strong, original and curious. Altoids itself purchases between 20 and 25 new works annually.

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Contemporary Chinese Art: The Collection of Pat Hui
Wednesday 22 June @ 16:46:34 (Read: 5184)
Artsby Mary Ann Vincenta

An exciting collection of two-dimensional works by contemporary Chinese artists will fill the spacious walls of the Katherine Nash Gallery until the end of July. Many pieces are so sublime they give you that bursting-in-your-chest, elevated-to-midair feeling. It is astonishing to see the mystique of a 3500-year-old tradition influenced by Western expressionism and abstraction. You'll recognize the poetry, painting and calligraphy, typically intertwined in Chinese art, as well as the rigorous techniques used to depict the majestic breadth of the natural world. You'll also recognize the restless energy, fragmentation and coloring of Western art. You'll see collaborations between painters, calligraphers and poets; immense vitality; exploding ink paintings; the Grand Canyon; computer generated calligraphy. There is far too much to mention. This is a noteworthy time in the history of Chinese art, since the West had little effect on China until the 20th century.

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Gigantic at the Soap Factory
Wednesday 15 June @ 00:24:40 (Read: 5494)
Artsby Natasha Walter

Now that winter is behind us, the Soap Factory, which closes its poorly heated warehouse during the cold season, has re-opened. The first exhibition of the season, Gigantic, embraces the Soap’s distinctive interior with pieces hanging from the high ceilings, videos projected inside tucked-away rooms and one piece lowering the ceiling, making it necessary to crouch and scuttle to get to the other gallery spaces.

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Outsider art shines at Inside Out Gallery
Wednesday 08 June @ 01:40:44 (Read: 5735)
Artsby Liberty Finch

Wandering through the current exhibit at Inside Out Gallery at the Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, it’s difficult to decide what’s most engaging about this show—the art on display, the stories about the artists or the adventures of the collector, Kate Pabst.

A Collector’s Story is an eclectic assortment of art from Pabst’s extensive personal stash, available now for viewing and for sale. Included are paintings, watercolors, silkscreens, wood cuts, photography and more, amassed from years of scavenging antique stores, flea markets and out-of-the-way shops worldwide.

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Museum of Russian Art lands in Minneapolis
Wednesday 01 June @ 00:18:47 (Read: 5778)
Artsby Natasha Walter

Curiously, the newly relocated Museum of Russian Art is housed in a Spanish-Revival style church based on elements of the Texas Missions of San Antonio. The orange tiled roof and desert-style garden are a dramatic contrast to the extensive collection of Russian realism inside.

In the Russian Tradition showcases 50 historically significant paintings from collections at the State Tretyakov Gallery of Moscow and from the museum itself. The exhibit emphasizes that Russian realist painting was built upon the cumulative knowledge of generations of master painters with art academies as bastions of rigorous and formal art education.

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Photography exhibit chronicles AIM
Wednesday 25 May @ 16:46:14 (Read: 6944)
Artsby Liberty Finch

Long before greedy U.S. administrations and power-addicted neo-con militants were thumbing their noses at international treaties or bombing the shit out of places like Vietnam or the Middle East, the government was engaged in domestic campaigns to oppress or eradicate indigenous populations right in its own back yard. Anyone who can read between the lines of a homogenized classroom history text knows that the European white man stole this country from the native peoples who had inhabited the land, respectfully and peacefully, for thousands of years.

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Art-A-Whirl Celebrates 10 Years in Northeast
Wednesday 18 May @ 13:42:09 (Read: 4967)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

This annual event has grown from a handful of artists displaying their wares to a widespread art-glut including over 400 participants. Anyone who gives a damn about local art knows that Northeast has got it goin' on. This springtime event gives nosy art lovers an opportunity to see what the Minnesota artists have been up to in the seclusion of their studios all winter.

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Hemingway Ceramics
Wednesday 11 May @ 15:24:47 (Read: 5219)
Artsby Natasha Walter

Take a walk along Northeast Minneapolis’ 13th Avenue, or “Art Street,” and you'll be charmed by the quirky coffee shops, art galleries and community spaces. Hemingway Ceramics is no exception. This new Northeast gallery is as inviting and fresh as the spring weather. Warm colors, ceramics, jewelry and prints sprinkle the space. Amy Hemingway, along with her co-owner husband and current show headliner Steve Hemingway, had the goal of making this space inviting for art lovers of all stripes.

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Yilpinji: Love, Magic and Ceremony
Thursday 05 May @ 18:18:03 (Read: 5146)
Artsby Natasha Walter

In a delightfully uncommon show, Highpoint Center for Printmaking welcomes an international traveling exhibit of Australian Aboriginal artists to its gallery. The exhibit celebrates the phenomenon of Yilpinji, or “Love Magic Rituals.” These ceremonies, utilizing song, dance and painting are enacted by men and women to attract potential relationships. They also serve as a medium to affirm behavioral codes and a tribe’s connection to the land.

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Angie Buckley Photography Show
Wednesday 27 April @ 21:52:51 (Read: 5136)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Human histories are told in stories passed from one generation to the next. The telling can come in the form of written traditions, oral traditions or song. In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, we have photographs, and more recently, home video, to capture our families’ chronicles. In addition to all this, families share genetic codes that link physical traits and personality characteristics. Delving even deeper, some scientists claim that our DNA carries collective memories and formative experiences. The experiments of Angie Buckley’s photography explore the literal and mystical side of ancestry through visual expression, grounding these abstract interpretations of the past and present to geography.

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New Works at Rosalux by Amy Rice and Jonathan Nelson
Wednesday 20 April @ 01:38:50 (Read: 5996)
Artsby Natasha Walter

This month, Rosalux gallery is host to artists Amy Rice and Jonathan Nelson. Rice’s images span the gamut from children to caterpillars, teapots to paper dolls. These spray-painted images are scrawled on such varied surfaces as wood, screen and panel. The courage to explore and make use of unusual surfaces is a feature Rice shares in common with fellow exhibitor Jonathan Nelson. His sculptural pieces are composed on remnants of theater marquees, suitcases and other striking materials.

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Spot On: Zines & Graphic Novels
Tuesday 12 April @ 23:32:20 (Read: 7615)
Artsby Natasha Walter

The Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA), housed in Open Book literary center, recently debuted Spot On, an exhibition dedicated to the grassroots art of zines and the many styles of graphic novels. Utilizing distinctive pin-board like displays and featuring a wide variety of topics from personal narrative to social commentary, Spot On offers ideas to contemplate, zines to interact with and acclaimed graphic novels to gawk at.

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Easy Riders at Icebox
Wednesday 06 April @ 23:33:01 (Read: 5616)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

The motorcycle lifestyle imprints itself into the flesh, heart and soul of bikers. Diverse individuals absorb the culture and keep it thriving. Biking is not just for outlaws anymore. From the roughnecks to the refined, myriad riders have been romanced by the road and its risky thrill.

At the100th Anniversary Celebration of the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Company in August and September 2003, Michael Pry decided to document the people who represent the pastime in his photography series, Without Wheels, on exhibit at Icebox Gallery.

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Deb LeAir at Infinity Gallery
Wednesday 30 March @ 17:24:17 (Read: 5668)
Artsby Liberty Finch

Walking into Deb LeAir’s handmade tile exhibit at the Infinity Gallery at Clay Squared is like setting off for an adventure into a fabled woodland. In fact, the first piece you see at the gallery’s entrance is entitled “Fairy Woodland.” But unlike the gothic demise met by Hansel and Gretal or Little Red Riding Hood, this trip through the clay forest is filled with happy, dappled hues and hand-carved, textured imagery that leaves you feeling light and hopeful.

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Inside Eternity
Wednesday 23 March @ 01:06:40 (Read: 5727)
Artsby Mary Ann Vincenta

The classical and elegant exhibit Inside Eternity challenges our temporal map. It is a library of timeless, floating dreams. The sculptor Natasha Dikarev and the painter Vladimir Dikarev tell us there is a beautiful place to live—for real—outside the stupid and evil cruelties of history, outside that which is petty, and outside the rat race, even as we inhabit our particular streets and calendar dates. The father-daughter team grounds us in our true home—the universality of mythology, philosophy, sacred text and the collective unconscious. They show us the touchstones of life that are found when all veneers are peeled away.

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Gorgeous & New
Wednesday 16 March @ 17:32:34 (Read: 6256)
Arts by Natasha Walter

Do you like the idea of a comfortable home enhanced by abundant art? If so, you’ll like what Image Dump Exhibitions has to offer. Strolling down 6th Street NE, the gallery home may seem to be nothing out of the ordinary, but walk inside and you’re treated to inviting rooms bejeweled with paintings, drawings and prints by Keegan Wenkman and Ted Quinn in a show entitled Gorgeous and New.

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Walking on the Moon
Wednesday 09 March @ 16:57:06 (Read: 5859)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

The Moon Museum’s pacific blue hue soothes frazzled nerves. Mellow colors and artifacts invite musing and meditation. But wait...look—there’s a ladder made of giant bones! And that greenish plastic blob might start oozing at any minute. In fact, the whole room burbles disquietingly with low, arrhythmic music. Something is going to happen here. A latent energy dully vibrates beneath the surface of the benign colors.

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Bikes & Comics
Wednesday 02 March @ 19:20:07 (Read: 8930)
Artsby Liberty Finch

Being concise is a challenge for any writer, but for cartoonists brevity is supreme. For many, words are secondary to pictures and it’s the illustration that matters most.

What distinguishes a great cartoonist from a talented illustrator is his or her ability to tell a story with words and pictures—to write and draw— delivering a powerful message succinctly, using a particular style—humor, satire, socio-political commentary, serial, etc.

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Central Air Opens in Uptown
Wednesday 23 February @ 00:22:25 (Read: 5164)
Artsby Natasha Walter

When John Corrigan noticed that the quaint space beside Lucia’s on 31st Street and Hennepin Avenue was for lease, he jumped on it. Not many people could seize such opportunities with so much ease, but it’s just that kind of zeal that makes Central Air, Uptown's newest art gallery, unique. The name was chosen because, according to curator and owner Corrigan, “the energy it takes to cool is much greater than what it takes to actively heat a space.” Indeed, Central Air regards its artists’ work with a cool gaze, keenly curating just the right combination to make a successful show.

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Megan Bell & Luis Chamizo at ArTrujillo
Friday 18 February @ 22:07:06 (Read: 5227)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

ArTrujillo combines a painter and sculptor in this powerhouse display at its new(ish) space on 13th Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis. Megan Bell’s warm abstracts reflect their golden light on Luis Chamizo’s sculptures, which themselves glow from the inside out with the natural luster of wood.

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Cedar-Riverside: Histories & Visions
Wednesday 09 February @ 16:59:20 (Read: 5748)
Arts by Liberty Finch

Thousands of us have stomped around the U of M’s West Bank, winding our way across campus, inevitably waiting for the light to change at the corner of Cedar and Riverside Avenues. But how many of us, I wonder, really know much about the history of this landmark intersection and the area surrounding it—an area once dubbed the Haight-Ashbury of the Midwest?

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Hip Art That’s Square
Wednesday 02 February @ 16:49:31 (Read: 5849)
Artsby Natasha Walters

The Goldstein Museum on the U of M’s St. Paul campus is hosting a survey of record covers now through April called Hip Art That’s Square. The show gives the today’s media-saturated music buff broad access to how the record industry looked when it was born and chronicles images through modern times. Ranging from contemplative to outrageous, mainstream to subversive, this exhibit of popular art gives both the die-hard fan and the casual listener something to talk about. In the classic crossover between marketing and art, Hip Art That’s Square offers us a field trip back in time.

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Ecology & Art at Metro State Gallery
Thursday 27 January @ 14:39:51 (Read: 5699)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

The task of the artist is to interpret the world around us. Artists Alis Olsen, Julie Baugnet and Christine Baeumler shine their artistic spotlight on the natural world—what’s left of it, anyway. The work in Cross Pollinization: Ecology and Art at Metro State Gallery translates plants and animals with wood, paints and brush. The artists also take the viewer to task, encouraging us to consider how things came to be this way, and to ask: what can we do to protect what’s left?

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Does This Art Review Make Me Look Fat?
Thursday 20 January @ 11:45:47 (Read: 5996)
Artsby Liberty Finch

My best friend’s 8-year-old daughter recently confessed that she was concerned about being “fat.” While the tow-headed wonder exudes precociousness, creativity and a biting wit, I’d hardly describe her weight as anything but proportionate for her stature. Her declaration was alarming, but sadly, not uncommon.

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Religious Visions at Outsiders and Others
Wednesday 12 January @ 19:22:23 (Read: 6238)
Artsby Natasha Walter

If you’ve heard the notion that outsider artists, or self-taught artists, are a bit like fitful finger-painters, the Outsiders and Others Gallery will dispel such dismal rumors and introduce you to artists with vision. Outsiders and Others, a regal vine-covered gallery in South Minneapolis, houses Minnesota artists who stray off the beaten path, whether by choice or by circumstance. Outsiders is committed to showcasing artists from all walks of life, welcoming one and all to an art scene uniquely capable of catering to fringe artists.

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Bent Contemporary Art Gallery
Wednesday 05 January @ 16:29:57 (Read: 7012)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Bent Contemporary Art Gallery is new to Northeast Minneapolis, at the base of the Thorp Building, an artistic hub of the area. The space features original work of Michael Birawer, a Twin Cities native who has honed his style from the hometown streets.

Faces and places twist themselves into a familiar dreamspace. Actual buildings become cartoonish images, morphed from reality to quirky, idealized memory. By distilling a setting’s color and energy, Birawer turns landscape painting into romantic tribute.

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Hot & Cool: The Jazz Posters of Niklaus Troxler
Tuesday 28 December @ 20:21:23 (Read: 5712)
Artsby Liberty Finch

Who doesn't love a music poster? From adolescent bedrooms to college dorms, we pay homage to our favorite musicians and most memorable shows by adorning our walls with art that jogs happy memories and triggers carefree times.

The legendary Fillmore Theater in San Francisco has an entire collection dedicated to the evolution of poster art.

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Ten Artists are “Initiated” at Offbeat Gallery
Thursday 23 December @ 11:15:45 (Read: 7568)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Galleries are often transient spaces that evolve into being. A show will pop up in someone's living room, transforming a private space into a social haven. An empty commercial space waits to be sold, and serves as an art venue in the meantime. In the case of Offbeat Gallery, six women combined their resources to form a gallery of their own. Initiate marks their second show in the space on North Glenwood Avenue.

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Are We Not Art? We Are Mutants!
Wednesday 15 December @ 20:35:24 (Read: 5697)
Artsby Liberty Finch

Do you ever wonder, as you’re digging through flea markets and browsing antique stores, where all those old photos come from? You know the ones, sepia-toned vintage shots of people from an era long ago and far away. They don’t smile for the camera or yuck it up; their posture is stick straight and they stare sternly ahead.

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Gallery Dar La Luz Lights Up South Minneapolis
Sunday 12 December @ 19:06:11 (Read: 5821)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Jane Kirby has curated the inaugural show at Gallery Dar La Luz in South Minneapolis. Taking advantage of an empty commercial space for sale, Kirby turned the empty rooms into a gallery. “I wanted a place that wasn't snooty, where everyone could enjoy approachable art,” Kirby said.

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Visual Virtuoso Ryan Kelly at Rogue Buddha
Wednesday 01 December @ 20:01:07 (Read: 7088)
Artsby Liberty Finch

It’s no secret that Northeast Minneapolis is a creative hotbed. For the last few years, artists have flocked here—many fleeing high-priced real estate on the south side. At last count, as many as 500 artists were living and working here, resulting in a high concentration of studios and galleries throughout this humble community.

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The Wood & I: Images by Heidi Henderson
Tuesday 30 November @ 20:07:01 (Read: 6170)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Thanks to Christmas merchandisers, reds and greens are erupting everywhere. Artist Heidi Henderson has reclaimed these colors, saving them from commercialization and injecting vibrancy and new meaning into traditional holiday hues. Her subject and medium blend seamlessly in her recent series, The Wood and I.

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Everything’s Coming Up Violets
Wednesday 17 November @ 00:01:39 (Read: 7001)
Artsby Liberty Finch

Chris Monroe is a homegrown heroine with a style immediately recognizable to many. From her Global Village ads to the Seward Co-op newsletter, Chris has left her indelible inkings throughout the Twin Cities for more than a decade.

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Dreamy Surrealism at Ox-Op Gallery
Friday 12 November @ 15:17:50 (Read: 7041)
Artsby Liberty Finch

Attention citizens! Still stinging from Election Day? Seeing red? Feeling blue? Do yourself a favor and see this amazing show at Ox-Op, where girls swing with orangutans and meat hovers dreamily above a Russian landscape.

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Home, Land, Security at Intermedia Arts
Thursday 04 November @ 07:43:59 (Read: 6428)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Minnesota’s population is constantly changing, and as we become a more diverse community, residents adjust their worldviews accordingly. Some people become more inclusive and tolerant, reaching out to help their fellow citizens acclimate to a new culture. Others lash out, squawking about lost jobs and language barriers; some even act out violently, spurred by their xenophobia. In such a contentious environment, many people want to stick their heads in the sand. One local organization, however, has stepped up to lead a creative, constructive discussion about diversity and immigrant issues.

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The Art of Democracy: Tools of Persuasion
Wednesday 27 October @ 22:01:00 (Read: 5895)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Sound bites and slogans fill the walls at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for The Art of Democracy: Tools of Persuasion exhibit. The only criterion to local participants was to create politically flavored art—party affiliation didn't matter. The result is a mish-mash of thoughtful art, political cartoons, campaign signs and stickers, collages and unusual concept pieces.

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Uptown Welcomes Flanders Art Gallery
Wednesday 20 October @ 14:58:47 (Read: 7016)
Artsby Liberty Finch

Flanders Art Gallery recently moved from downtown Minneapolis to a beautiful new space at 3012 Lyndale Avenue South. The new venue is more than 5,000 square feet, with two-story ceilings and a welcoming front courtyard. The current exhibit features recent work by Robert Natkin, Donald Woodman and Judy Chicago.

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Chicano Now: American Expressions
Friday 15 October @ 17:07:12 (Read: 7072)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Chicano art is revealed in the Twin Cities in Chicano Now: American Expressions. A traveling multimedia installation at the Minnesota Museum of American Art (and related exhibit, Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge at the Weisman Art Museum) the exhibit is bursting with an education for the uninformed, and offers validation to artists who've been producing work on the fringes for years.

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Company of Angels: The Story of Charlotte Salomon
Wednesday 06 October @ 18:21:39 (Read: 5790)
Artsby Liberty Finch

The ever sublime Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre kicks off its mainstage season with an emotional production called "Company of Angels: The Story of Charlotte Salomon." A fictionalized autobiography, the play tells the story of a young German Jewish artist, Charlotte Salomon, who died in Auschwitz at age 26—but not before creating an abundant legacy of nearly1,300 paintings she called “Life? or Theatre?”

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The Graphic Side of Literature
Wednesday 06 October @ 18:21:33 (Read: 5786)
ArtsA Gathering Creative Storm

For the 16th consecutive year, a celebration of a singular and unique art form will take place here in the Twin Cities. This art form is one of a handful, like jazz, recognized as being purely American in origin. It has been an effective means of generating support and national pride in times of war and crisis. It has been a platform for civil rights, equal rights for women, and education on topical, relevant social issues. It has brought compassionate attention to the problems of drug abuse, alcoholism, homelessness, and depression.

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5-Foot Shows & From Ohms to Avenues @ Gallery 360
Thursday 30 September @ 11:56:18 (Read: 6131)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Gallery 360 caters to a different clientele than the inner city art crowd. The venue is slick. Not just aesthetically, but in a “we actually sell stuff” kind of way. They've got loads of stationery, shiny handmade trinkets, paintings by Jennifer Davis and great photo transfers on Botticelli marble by Natasha D'Schommer. “Canova, the Louvre” is a visual dance, where centuries-old statues come alive in a lucid light, on the unusual surface of cool marble.

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Beauty Exposed at the Independent
Wednesday 22 September @ 13:05:30 (Read: 28679)
Artsby Liberty Finch

Figurative work can sometimes present a dilemma—especially in nude photography: how to render your subject without objectification. Bombarded by ads that portend to define beauty for all, many of us are left sulking in front of the mirror, at best discouraged and at worst devastated, that we look nothing like the androgynous waifs in Vogue or the artificially endowed Maxim girls.

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Box Fresh at the Soap Factory
Thursday 16 September @ 16:57:24 (Read: 5895)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Huge spaces make for huge shows. Soap Factory has filled its warehouse with work from college art programs in the area. Most prominent are U of M, College of Visual Arts, and Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

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Series Takes on Immigrant Issues
Thursday 02 September @ 15:54:13 (Read: 6547)
ArtsArt performances give voice to displaced peoples in Minnesota

by Carey L. Biron

Like the start of a haiku, the façade of south Minneapolis' Intermedia Arts states, in three-foot-tall letters, "Home, Land, Security," the title of an upcoming art exhibit. The highly visible, politically pointed mural on the wall of the Lyndale Avenue art gallery displays the bold new direction it has taken in the last two years, a change sparked by a memorial service two years ago.

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Poetic Alchemy at Eye of Horus Gallery
Thursday 02 September @ 15:53:19 (Read: 6226)
Artsby Tom Schimmel

I came here looking for some good eye candy from the fantasy realm mingled with what I hoped was some decent poetry. I found paintings and prints as well.

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Franconia Sculpture Park
Thursday 26 August @ 16:56:16 (Read: 6492)
Artsby Tom Schimmel

If you hop on 35W North, exit on 8 and drive to Taylor’s Falls, you’ll see a large number of strange objects rising above the treeline on the right. This is Franconia Sculpture park. Please apply the brake and prepare to turn right. From the parking lot, everything you need to know about the park is right in front of you. It is time, as the bumper sticker says, to “START SEEING SCULPTURE.”

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Banned On These Premises @ MCAD
Wednesday 18 August @ 10:08:37 (Read: 6449)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Survivors of gun violence will view this show as crucial. Their families will, too. Curated by MCAD student Yeng Lor, this show takes on the issue of guns, concealment laws, widespread fear, and the aftermath of an actual shooting. Not a whimsical or fun show; the enormous crowd was quite somber and reflective at the reception. If you are pro-gun, you should probably consider these images.

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(3) at Gallery Co
Wednesday 11 August @ 18:04:36 (Read: 6371)
Artsby Tom Schimmel

If you’ve never been to Gallery Co or the Wyman building, it’s an architectural anomaly that even Frank Lloyd Wright would dig. He might not understand why, but he would be fascinated with the strange quirks and the beautiful light and the floor plans.

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Visible Fringe @ Thorpe Building
Wednesday 04 August @ 15:52:04 (Read: 6686)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

The curators of Visible Fringe managed to collect a huge variety of media. Steel sculpture, block prints, ink drawing, all kinds of painting, and even photographic tableaux are shown. The warehouse-size exhibit at Thorpe serves as a sampler overview of the chosen seventeen.


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Ritual del Animal @ Mira Gallery
Wednesday 28 July @ 17:02:52 (Read: 6313)
Artsby Tom Schimmel

There are mild elements of Santeria present — leaves, rose petals, incense and small altars of personal nature. Everywhere I turn, there is a painting or a wood carving or a photograph that stares at me. There are a lot of voices in my head suddenly and they’re all asking the same question: How deep is your voodoo?


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Zinefest draws writers, artists from across US
Wednesday 21 July @ 17:30:03 (Read: 7216)
Artsby Emily Urness

Like many of us, Nate Gangelhoff spent middle school sitting bored in the back of class, vandalizing notebooks with drawings and writing. Unlike many of us, he found a forum for that creativity when he saw his first “zine” — a low-budget, self-published magazine. The zine that changed Gangelhoff’s life was “Cometbus,” a black-and-white booklet of stories from the life of infamous zinester Aaron Cometbus.

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Mimetic Bodies @ Ex Nihilo Gallery
Wednesday 21 July @ 17:02:50 (Read: 5932)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Lowertown Saint Paul still has its art makers, movers and shakers. The gracious hostess and gallery director Heather Kim of Ex Nihilo presents an eclectic array of new work by local artists. Kim started the gallery in 2003, ex nihilo (Latin: means “out of nothing.”) You could say these works, and innovative arts in general, are conjured from nothing more than an idea, to become something concrete and thoughtfully portrayed.

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Minneapolis 55408 @ Intermedia Arts
Wednesday 14 July @ 14:17:04 (Read: 5903)
Artsby Tom Schimmel

First off, let me clarify something to everyone. In the sunken gallery area, the Buckthorn exhibit at Intermedia Arts is a joke. Yes, there are big dandelions down by the river, but they aren’t 12 feet tall. And I tell you this because I thought I was looking at a passionate, if disturbed, individual effort to heighten world awareness of a weed invasion.

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Jennifer Davis @ The Clown Lounge
Wednesday 07 July @ 12:12:45 (Read: 5895)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

What follows is an interview profile of Jennifer Davis. Get into the mind of a local artist:

“I grew up in Plymouth, MN, west of Minneapolis. I have always like to make art but started to get really into it after taking a few drawing classes in college. I graduated from the U in 1998. I love Richard Diebenkorn, Egon Schiele, Francis Bacon...so many. I am most inspired by my fellow MN artists—there is so much great art being produced right here/now in the Twin Cities. I LOVE Rosalux.

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TAKO: Japanese Kites @ Weisman Art Museum
Thursday 01 July @ 12:17:05 (Read: 6556)
Artsby Tom Schimmel

Driving across the river, the sun breaks through the clouds and turns the Weisman into a giant ball of reflected light. Frank Ghery designed a really cool museum. I’ve admired the weird exterior quirks for a long time, but I’ve never seen the quasar effect before today. I’ve also never seen so many kites. It’s all because of the latest exhibit at the Weisman, TAKO: Japanese Kites Inspire Western Kitemakers.

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Between the Lines @ Studiopolis
Thursday 24 June @ 19:53:57 (Read: 6358)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Red denotes lifeblood, passion, virility, warning, love, communism, meat...no other color encompasses such varied symbolic connotations recognizable in mass culture. What better theme for an artistic salute? Kids down at Studiopolis do it up in Between the Lines: Behind the RED CULTure, with works by emerging painters Alissa Valdovinos and Lindsy Halleckson. Opening night was accompanied by the music of William Collins, playing laptop songs composed in the key of red.

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How to Shoot Like a Girl
Thursday 24 June @ 20:49:37 (Read: 7117)
Artsby Eric Larson

By 6:24 a.m. last Saturday morning, I couldn’t speak properly. My brain hurt. I was developing a sty on the rim of my left eye. My notes became indecipherable cat-scratches. Even after five or six cups of coffee, two Mountain Dews, cold water splashed over my face, fresh air and a magnificent sun rising over the river, my eyes threatened to shut and stay shut.

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‘Coexistence’ exhibit focuses on understanding
Wednesday 16 June @ 12:56:18 (Read: 6130)
Artsby Mark Connor

The St. Paul leg of the “Coexistence” international art exhibit opened Monday evening at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul, sponsored by the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts. The exhibit, created to foster tolerance and equality, opened with speeches from local dignitaries, including St. Paul State Representative (and artist) Cy Thao, and a proclamation from Mayor Randy Kelly’s office.

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Untitled 3 @ Soo Visual Arts Center
Wednesday 16 June @ 12:48:11 (Read: 6138)
Artsby Tom Schimmel

Soo Visual Arts Center is a people friendly building. There are people standing on the sidewalk and having a beer, just like they used to when the space was Fuji-Ya and the art was made of sea creatures. Now there’s a six-foot plush tiger shark hanging in the window. He’s got a mean set of choppers. Scary, except for the pink bunny ears. I’m smiling before I get inside. This is the first glance I get of SooVAC’s new Untitled 3 exhibit.

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Liz Miller @ Augsburg College
Wednesday 09 June @ 11:10:26 (Read: 6418)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Christensen Center Gallery provides the perfect space for installation. Liz Miller, an MFA student at the U of M, takes advantage of the long, narrow room with her installation The Failure of an Eloquent Defense. A journey through vibrant topography, from one end of the room to the other, her intricate design mimics a speedy world tour, so varied are the separate landmarks.

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Fresh Works & Desire @ Minnesota Center for Photography
Thursday 03 June @ 12:54:37 (Read: 6400)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Slick, sharp and centered, or matte, fuzzy and skewed; whatever your aesthetic, you can find it at Minnesota Center for Photography. Fresh Works, an exhibit by youth from participating community schools, reveals joyful artistic exploration by children. Desire features work from area members of America Society of Media Photographers, providing high contrast to the students’ work.

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Your Heart is No Match for My Love
Wednesday 26 May @ 15:42:22 (Read: 7247)
Arts@ No Name Exhibitions at The Soap Factory

by Valerie Valentine

Everyone’s fallen in love at some point (I hope!). The curators and artists of Your Heart is No Match for My Love set out to refine love’s theme visually. In this attempt, the art goes beyond Cupid’s arrows and curvy Aphrodites, managing to transcend the myriad clichés we have about love.

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Brian Kelly Army
Wednesday 19 May @ 14:36:29 (Read: 8883)
Artsby Troy Pieper

A local illustrator and licensed tattoo artist wants to see what happens when he markets a stylized image of himself in the form of stickers, buttons and, yes, tattoos. You may have seen his comics in the City Pages or in the Penguin Books novel by Joel Turnipseed, “Baghdad Express,” or maybe on a car bumper. He also draws a space-age rock and roll comic called “Francis and the Vegas Tramps,” and he paints.

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May Day 2004 @ Rogue Buddha
Wednesday 12 May @ 12:54:02 (Read: 6319)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Stepping into the space, I get a shiver. It might be a bit of spring’s damp chill; the cool air and drippy sky encourage goose bumps. But truly I think it’s a sensation from the art in the room. The images and styles are uncanny, and give this reviewer an eerie feeling of déjà vu. The women milling about their creations also have a sense of familiarity. The show is called May Day 2004: 10 Different Visions, all by women artists.

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Coarse Grain @ Stevens Square Center for the Arts
Wednesday 05 May @ 16:24:23 (Read: 6699)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Found objects mix up fine art. Materials besides paint and canvas can dress a creation up or down, depending on what the artist uses: a gemstone would add different zang than a piece of industrial debris, for example. Gallery director and show curator for Stevens Square Center for the Arts, Gerald Prokop proves in Coarse Grain that found objects create cause for reflection. Artists can change an item’s meaning by taking it out of its everyday place in the world and surrounding it with artistic space.

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Art of Recovery @ Larson Art Gallery
Wednesday 28 April @ 13:44:03 (Read: 6693)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

"Soon there won't be anyone who isn't a criminal, or a victim of crime." -Henry Rollins

If you’re not the criminally-inclined, then you’ve likely experienced some kind of crime against your person. Identity theft is the fastest rising crime in the nation; or maybe you’ve had your car or home robbed. Physical assault is a scarier crime, and can traumatize your mind for years to come. So, how to deal with the inevitable rage, distrust and emotional pain that can linger long after the incident? The artists in the current Paul Whitney Larson Gallery exhibit, Art of Recovery, use visual art to exorcise their fears.

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Mike Dvorak @ Artistic Indulgence
Wednesday 21 April @ 12:49:37 (Read: 7256)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Go to openings: a guiding principle of any arts writer. By attending gallery nights, you can fit in a whole night out in one stop. Galleries offer a free visual feast, with attendees as entertaining as the new art on the walls. Sometimes music or performances take place. I can meet the artists if I have questions about their work. I may even enjoy the occasional free drink or buffet. Oops, did I just give all the secrets away—my fun is done! Well, no. I hope to see hundreds flocking to all the new openings in weeks to come. Curious droves, come out of hiding! It’s spring, after all.

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Naked Woman, Naked Man @ Artamotive
Wednesday 14 April @ 13:04:51 (Read: 8588)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Spring is the perfect time for a salute to skin. We get to put away the down coats and the wool sweaters, and start pulling out tank tops and sundresses. In spring, skin comes alive. Ducks and squirrels start getting busy, and minds
of humans inevitably turn to the same sensations. Artamotive’s latest show gives us bare bodies to enjoy in this time of nature’s rebirth and lust’s renewal. 10 artists in oils, watercolors, charcoal, mixed media, acrylics and sculpture present a range of physical forms.

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The Hard Hat Show @ Outsiders & Others Gallery
Thursday 08 April @ 13:52:44 (Read: 6531)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

After one year, Outsiders and Others Gallery is going strong. Yuri Arajs decided to honor those who helped get the gallery off the ground in an exhibit themed around trade workers, The Hard Hat Show. Represented here are an electrician, a house painter, a remodeler and a house framer. The show effectively stretches the mind towards new ideas of what constitutes art.

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Juanita Umbel @ Inside Out Gallery
Wednesday 31 March @ 14:21:40 (Read: 6369)
Arts

by Valerie Valentine


Extraordinary circumstances lead to extraordinary art. Juanita
Umbel proves this statement with her recent work, “Woman of Hand &
Eye,” on display at Inside Out Gallery. Crippled by a stroke at the age
of 26, the artist lost use of her right side. Her spirit, however, would not
be devastated. After training at the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa
Fe, and earning a BFA at Bath Academy of Fine Arts, she was not about to disregard
all the years she’d already dedicated to her art. In defiance of the grim
circumstances, she relearned how to work with clay, using only one arm.

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Flying Carpet Project @ Highpoint Center for Printmaking
Wednesday 24 March @ 12:44:15 (Read: 6401)
Arts



by Will Conley


It’s no wonder this show is being toured around the world.
This is a far-reaching, boundary-smashing show. One hundred sixty-five women
from 24 different countries band together in this visionary compendium of art.
The brainchild of Swiss printmakers Barbara Bandi, Susanne Glauser and Carla
Neis, Flying Carpet is densely packed with talent, imagination and innovation.
Every printing technique you can name is used. Style and form differ radically
from piece to piece.

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Fifteen @ MCAD Concourse Gallery
Wednesday 17 March @ 12:20:01 (Read: 6719)
Arts

by Doc Pop


Those who frequent the halls of MCAD (students, teachers, janitors),
might take for granted the hundreds of excellent works they see around them
daily—in the halls, upon the walls, in portfolios and desktops.

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NEMAA’s First Thursdays @ Various NE Minneapolis Locations
Wednesday 10 March @ 13:54:52 (Read: 6985)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

“If you’re open, they will come” would be a great mantra for the galleries and studios in Northeast Minneapolis. The artistic talent concentrated in this sector of the city is exceptional, and positions the Northeast area to overthrow the Cities’ art scene.

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New Photography @ Icebox Gallery
Wednesday 03 March @ 13:33:42 (Read: 7007)
Arts

by Will Conley


Last year, veteran gallery owner Howard Christopherson sent out a statewide
call for submissions for photography shot in 2003. He received 391 images to
choose from. He took his 22 favorites and handed them off to his buddies at
True Tone Imaging to be digitally enlarged as giclee prints.

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Guard Art @ Stevens Square Center for the Arts
Friday 27 February @ 12:56:48 (Read: 7058)
Artsby Will Conley

You could say security guards at the Walker Art Center, Weisman Art Museum and Minneapolis Institute of Arts might know some things about art. Gross understatement. So why is their work so different from anything you see in a museum? Probably because the guards are jaded through constant exposure to the last millenium’s canon; they want to create something new and personal.

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Lets spend the night together: Walker closes for a year
Wednesday 18 February @ 13:57:22 (Read: 6411)
Artsby Jack Eden

On Valentine’s Day, the Walker Art Center romanced over 3,000 people to sell out its all-night closing bash. The slumber party was in celebration of its $64 million expansion and renovation that will close the Walker Art Center for a year.

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Bruce Tapola, Clea Felien & Francis Gomila @ Franklin Art Works
Wednesday 18 February @ 13:49:49 (Read: 6841)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Once again, Franklin Art works manages to suck me into its gracious space. The renovated theater always contains a proper dosage of quality art. FAW Director Tim Peterson possesses magnificent tastes, not to mention some handy international connections that make for intriguing exhibitions.

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Seventh Generation Exhibit @ Ancient Traders Gallery
Wednesday 11 February @ 11:20:04 (Read: 7129)
Artsby Chris Allison

Want to get out of your comfortable little shell of a world and experience something different? Well here's your chance as four American Indian artists join together for the Seventh Generation art exhibit at the Ancient Traders Gallery. Not only is this a culturally rich exhibit featuring some well-established American Indian artists, but it also includes some groundbreaking diversions from tradition and trends, the likes of which I've never seen anything to compare it to.

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Winter Carnival @ St. Paul, MN
Monday 09 February @ 15:56:02 (Read: 7242)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Bundled against subzero temperatures and blinded by snow glare, many Minnesotans may marvel at their own audacity to occupy a near-Siberian environment. The St. Paul Winter Carnival shows Minnesotans for the brave souls that we are, and thumbs its nose at the (perhaps slightly saner) inhabitants of warmer worlds. During the Carnival, we suffer the chill and we like it.

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Babylon Provided Home to Underground Art and Politics
Tuesday 27 January @ 21:00:55 (Read: 7662)
Artsby Meg Novak

When the Babylon burned down Friday, January 17, it was a loss to both the arts and political communities of Minneapolis. I was a part of the small group of people who started the Babylon in July of 2001.

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Unprepared @ MIA MN Artist Gallery
Tuesday 27 January @ 20:20:54 (Read: 6901)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Faye Passow and Jenny Schmid are showing some serious work. The printmaking exhibit, Unprepared, at the MIA’s Minnesota Artist gallery represents thousands of hours of physical labor. Printmaking requires huge precision, and the personal-political topics make it even more powerful. Yet, a humor shines through to ease the viewer into contemplating difficult subjects. This art is the fruit of neo-feminism.

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Sonya Luhm @ Dunn Bros. Coffee 34th/Hennepin
Wednesday 21 January @ 15:05:13 (Read: 7542)
Artsby Will Conley

She says her exhibit has no theme. I say it has three themes: Minnesota, Brazil and Placeless. Really, in a certain way, all of these photographs are placeless.

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Kendra Gebbia @ Cuppa Java
Wednesday 14 January @ 12:50:35 (Read: 7150)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

All over the Cities, artists are creating. Kendra Gebbia found a corner cafe to display her latest work. The pastels and abstract forms smolder quietly as Bryn Mawr locals go about their caffeinated business at Cuppa Java.

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Plaster the Town @ Back Alley Gallery
Wednesday 07 January @ 12:54:17 (Read: 7173)
Artsby Doc Pop

Enter the glass door, head straight ‘til you reach the stairway door, spiral down one floor, go through another door, take a right and walk down the hallway until you get to the Back Alley Gallery.

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Ana Lois-Borzi @ Franklin Art Works
Tuesday 30 December @ 17:48:31 (Read: 7008)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Inside the barren, sterile main gallery at Franklin Art Works, Argentinian Ana Lois-Borzi inspires a weird reflection on motherhood and mutation. Through installation and sculpture, the artist has created a compelling portrait of creation and destruction. This viewer’s interpretation of the concepts circled around the politics of making new life in a world full of inexplicables, namely, violence and genetic manipulation.

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Tobechi Tobechukwu @ Black Dog Coffee
Tuesday 23 December @ 19:39:04 (Read: 7030)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Artwork that startles can also be full of grace. Tobechi Tobechukwu’s most curious photograph inspires the baffling question, “How did they do that?”

In “Billboard,” several muscular male figures are draped nude over the back of a billboard.

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Ndimgbe: A Compendium of African Visual Artists in Minnesota @ Intermedia Arts
Wednesday 17 December @ 14:05:10 (Read: 7589)
Artsby Will Conley

Say it: in-dim-bay. It means “The People of the Times” in the Igbo culture. The Ndimgbe are the ones who are chosen to represent the community in the Mbari celebration, reflecting on community events and celebrating if the gods have treated the community well. The current show at Intermedia Arts is just such a celebration and is the first major African-born artists’ compendium to occur in the Twin Cities.

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Screening at Walker proves that even British commercials are classier than ours
Wednesday 10 December @ 12:54:16 (Read: 7399)
Artsby Dwight Hobbes

You haven’t truly laughed yourself sick until you’ve seen some of the funnier selections from the British Television Advertising Awards. For that matter, those people from across the ocean are pretty damned good about getting serious, too, with public service announcements that might actually make someone stop and think.

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Lee Anne Swanson-Peet @ Soo Visual Art Center
Wednesday 10 December @ 12:44:47 (Read: 7433)
Artsby Clea Felien

I love the way Lee Anne Swanson-Peet paints. Her subject matter is always clever and chic. She’s one of the “grooviest” painters in town.

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Wellstone Exhibit @ Weisman Art Museum
Wednesday 03 December @ 14:00:56 (Read: 6881)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

It’s only been a year, but it feels much longer. Senator Paul Wellstone’s death was the beginning of dark days, indeed. A great activist is gone; sometimes it feels like he was never even here. We have grieved for the brave man who was not afraid to speak up against the monstrous government machine. We miss him for bringing method to the madness of Washington.

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Main$tream @ ArTrujillo
Wednesday 26 November @ 13:28:20 (Read: 7587)
Artsby Will Conley

MAIN$TREAM: An Atypical Look At Pop Culture Art is currently the most colorful and incendiary exhibit in the Twin Cities. Its 25 artists hail from all over the globe. The visual works boldly mirror some of the major obsessions of our mass society: race, corporate ubiquity, the subconscious, the apocalypse, rock music, sexuality, chemical warfare, the stock market, guns, everything. The styles range from classical realism to comics to abstraction to collage.

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Stevens Square Center for the Arts
Wednesday 19 November @ 13:11:34 (Read: 7690)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

The latest art venue in Minneapolis evolved naturally due to location. Stevens Square is home to many artists, in part due to a high concentration of people. Its proximity to the MIA and other cultural institutions makes the neighborhood a thriving space for the creatively minded. For two years now, the Red Hot Art festival in the heart of Stevens drew people out to meet each other. By spreading the word through community organizations, neighbors got organized.

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John Orth @ Northrup King Building
Wednesday 12 November @ 22:30:30 (Read: 8007)
Artsby Will Conley

The Northrup King Building smells vaguely of the seed company that once occupied it, but resident painter and sculptor John Orth feels right at home. He grew up in Iowa farm country. There he was surrounded by farming machines and galvanized steel. Later he made use of those elements in his structuralist sculptures.

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Prokiev: Collage + Ambiguity @ Caffetto
Wednesday 05 November @ 11:06:26 (Read: 7319)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Prokiev’s new work represents a point in every serious artist’s life. How does one reconcile the mundane of everyday with what the world knows as “fine art?”

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“Four Women” combines powerful photos with words
Wednesday 29 October @ 14:55:03 (Read: 7496)
Artsby Hannah Lewis

J. Otis Powell! spells his name with an exclamation point and demands truth, sincerity and accountability. He has dreadlocks and disarming gentle eyes. Bill Cottman is an engineer with the aesthetic of someone who likes clean lines and smooth surfaces. He was drawn to the majestic scenes of Ansel Adams until he discovered black photographers like Roy Carava depicting everyday life. Cottman and Powell! are artists presenting their prose and photography collaboration “Four Women: Stories of Freedom, Identity and Responsibility,” at the Katherine Nash and Homewood Studio Galleries in November and December.

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Salt of the Stars@ Creative Electric Studios
Wednesday 29 October @ 13:52:12 (Read: 7074)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

In a cozy corner of Northeast Minneapolis, plants grow and paintings glow. The new work at Creative Electric Studios treats nature as a playground for ideas. Local artist Alex Ackerman’s sprightly watercolors vibrate on the walls, charging the atmosphere with warmth. Chicagoan Heather Lyon explores conceptual relationships to water and land, attempting to bridge the pieces with considerations of romance versus reality.

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Phillips MPLS: Youth Reflections of their own Community
Tuesday 21 October @ 16:57:55 (Read: 7156)
Artsby Mary Ann Vincenta

Waite House Community Center (at 26th Street and 13th Avenue South) is a fabulous place, according to 12-year-old twins Zonita and Zorita and their friend Vanessa. They get help with their homework, participate in sports and hang out with fun kids.

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Daniel Rocco DiDio: Life of the Creative @ aND Gallery
Tuesday 14 October @ 19:23:50 (Read: 7360)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Believe it or not, the Twin Cities art scene is connected to the rest of the world. We’re not just an isolated, insular community sputtering with flashes of brilliance; our hometown burns steady with local artists on fire. Their passion draws artists from other cities to the flame. Daniel Rocco DiDio of Brooklyn, New York is one of them.

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Dogs, Bugs & Spam @ Rosalux Gallery
Wednesday 08 October @ 11:24:12 (Read: 7969)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Recently moved from their original Northeast Minneapolis home, Rosalux Gallery has a new location in the restored Open Book building on Washington Avenue. A tri-level space gives the 25-member artist cooperative an extensive arena for shows.

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Metamorphosis@ Stonehenge Wisdom Room
Wednesday 01 October @ 13:34:49 (Read: 7632)
Artsby Mary Ann Vincenta

On Hennepin Avenue stands Stonehenge, a greenhouse for the cultivation of positive energy.

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Small in a Big World @ Franklin Art Works
Wednesday 24 September @ 14:29:25 (Read: 8199)
Artsby Mary Ann Vincenta

This is a sparsely worded, thought-filled show. At Franklin Art Works you can look through an open window into the gallery before you go down a little passageway that lets you into the exhibition space. This first view of Stacey Davidson’s Small in a Big World beckons you to experience her theatrical personas and rigorous workmanship. You get a fleeting glimpse of the colors of blood and money.

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Franconia Scultpure Park
Thursday 18 September @ 13:06:39 (Read: 8528)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Franconia Sculpture Park delights, whether you stumble upon it or seek it out. Like the Walker’s Sculpture Garden, it’s an outdoor, rambling experience. However, Franconia is earthier, less groomed. In such a natural setting, these wild sculptures are doubly surreal.

The beginning of my love affair with the 16-acre exhibition happened one day on my way to Taylor’s Falls. While passing the pastures, out jumped a gargantuan clothesline with humongous white shirts billowing in the breeze. “What the hell was that?!”


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Into Thaiowaland @ Rosalux Gallery
Thursday 11 September @ 14:23:17 (Read: 7961)
Artsby Natilee Harren

The way David Whannel and Neil Rasmussen treat their homelands—Iowa and Thailand respectively—could hardly be any more different. Whannel depicts Iowa farmland in his abstract landscape paintings with a deceivingly reckless yet loving hand, while Rasmussen presents Thailand through impersonal, postcard-perfect 35mm digital prints that were taken during a three-week vacation.

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Five Women Explore the Figure @ Shelley Holzemer Gallery
Wednesday 27 August @ 15:19:53 (Read: 7850)
Artsby Mary Ann Vincenta

Opening night at the Shelley Holzemer Gallery was hot, loud and crowded. It was definitely the place to be on a Friday night—nice snacks and wine laced with passionate political discussions in the kitchen, civilized flirtations in the gallery and conversations everywhere about art.

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Right-Handed Artists @ City Art Gallery
Wednesday 20 August @ 12:05:26 (Read: 8129)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Twin Cities artists need space to show work, and they need it bad. Artists Xerox work and tape it to bathroom stalls, set up vigilante booths on the street, and rally for shows with crazy elite galleries. They need space so they can show their stuff, sell it and get on with their life. “Selling it to whom?” remains a question sporadically answered by a vast and varied demographic. Often times I see artists selling their work to other artists—kind of an incestual but comforting relationship.

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Girls with Guns @ Kellie Rae Theiss Gallery
Wednesday 13 August @ 11:38:36 (Read: 11950)
Artsby Natilee Harren

What if only women were allowed to carry guns? Girls with Guns, currently on display at Kellie Rae Theiss Gallery, uses this provocative question as the theme for a ten-print portfolio combining the work of ten local and national artist-intellectuals. Jenny Schmid organized the portfolio’s production for the April 2003 Southern Graphics, a national printmakers’ conference. The gallery showing, which includes additional works by some of the artists, was curated by Kevin Quandt.

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Seven McKnight Artists @ Northern Clay Center
Wednesday 06 August @ 10:58:39 (Read: 8012)
Artsby Mary Ann Vincenta

I went with a friend, an avant-garde musician visiting from Barcelona, to the opening reception of the McKnight recipients’ exhibit at the Northern Clay Center. She enjoyed the tasteful decor of the factory-turned-gallery as well as the exceptionally high quality of the vastly varied work.

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Las Malhechas @ Mira Gallery
Wednesday 30 July @ 13:09:10 (Read: 8141)
Artsby Natilee Harren

The rockstar title of Mira Gallery’s Las Malhechas, meaning “misfits,” sells this exhibition short. Rather than delivering a bad-girl punch, the work of artists Savita Bettaglio, Constanza Carballo, Alexa Horochowski, Patricia Mendoza and Deborah Ramos maintains a steadfast and calculated dignity. These local Latina artists narrate personal and communal histories of triumph and struggle through diverse media.

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Focus Group and Open Forum: Encampment @ Soap Factory
Wednesday 23 July @ 15:19:00 (Read: 8636)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Size matters in a show like this. The Soap Factory uses its huge 40,000 square foot space for extensive showcasing of radical ideas. The sheer volume of new art is easily overwhelming. Inspiring thoughts in a hundred different directions, the space takes a fresh approach, featuring “No Name” emerging artists.

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Timothy G. Piotrowski @ Speedboat Gallery
Wednesday 16 July @ 11:31:27 (Read: 8428)
Artsby Mary Ann Vincenta

You enter a low, white and brightly lit basement room filled with the hues and shades of photography particular to an earlier era, a photography in which the artist pursues a flawless aesthetic ideal to glorify the physical sensuality of that which is feminine. You are surrounded by a forest of comely women at the peak of their health and wholeness, adorned with the accoutrements of glamour peculiar to an age gone by.

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Beyond Good and Evil @ Babylon Art & Cultural Center
Wednesday 09 July @ 12:35:19 (Read: 9103)
Artsby Jake Keeler

Today we deal with a war that many of us don't understand, an economy that lags, and an administration we may not trust. It forces us to consider how good and evil exist in our everyday lives. Beyond Good and Evil at the Babylon Art & Cultural Center addresses this through work by several artists.

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Co-op members show “3” @ Highpoint Center for Printmaking
Wednesday 02 July @ 13:09:26 (Read: 8205)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Layer upon layer upon layer upon layer: the method. Printmaking as an art form includes a bit of science, much precision and a whole lot of vision. Printing processes are diverse; they allow for versatility. Still, the artist must still follow methodical steps to achieve a finished product. Highpoint Center for Printmaking dedicates itself to the process in every form, including display of finished works.

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Minneapolis meets Martinique @ Plan B Coffeehouse
Wednesday 25 June @ 12:21:13 (Read: 8191)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

When inspiration putters out, one must seek it somewhere. Every artist, writer and creative person has a perfect fix. For some it can be found in the street, closely examining one’s habitat. When that source is juiced, some artists get out of town. To look away and then look back gives clean perspective; vacations are a necessary rejuvenator. Jun Shiozawa left Minneapolis for a brief surge of creativity, and brought his visions of the French Caribbean island Martinique back to share with us.

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Tutankhamun's Wardrobe @ American Swedish Institute
Wednesday 18 June @ 13:20:08 (Read: 8308)
Artsby Jake Keeler

History is best seen through aspects that make up everyday life, like diet, language, mode of transportation or clothing. “Tutankhamun’s Wardrobe” investigates the ancient history of Egypt and the life of Tutankhamun (a.k.a. King Tut) by examining some of the clothing found in the tomb of this famous pharaoh. The exhibit illustrates how we are identified in society and culture through the clothing we wear.

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Andre the Giant wants you to OBEY
Wednesday 18 June @ 13:03:03 (Read: 14486)
Artsstory and photos by Nick George

It was proven that Andre the Giant has a posse in Minneapolis by the packed OX-OP Gallery opening of Shepard Fairey’s “Prints and the Revolution” show. Fairey’s Andre the Giant sticker campaign started as a Xeroxed sticker back in 1989, but has since exploded onto everything from books to shoes. These products have generated a good deal of profit for Fairey. One poster from the show mimics a Federal Reserve stamp and reads “Obey Federal Reserve, Cash for Chaos.” Fairey is definitely getting paid for the chaos he is creating. According to his Manifesto, the “campaign can be explained as an experiment in Phenomenology.”

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Elements @ Artco Gallery
Wednesday 11 June @ 15:37:03 (Read: 8067)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Fire, water, air or earth. Which one are you? Passionately impulsive Fire signs devour life. Versatile and eccentric Airs float through the atmosphere and depend on the intellect. Water signals intuition and flow of high emotion. Pragmatism and creature comforts envelop the stoic Earth signs. With an exhibit like this, the art patron can’t help but identify with one or the other.


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Red Hot Art - Stevens Square Park
Wednesday 04 June @ 13:11:46 (Read: 9870)
Artsby Katherine Farrior

Maybe you like going to art festivals—maybe you don’t. Maybe you’re not sure what an art festival entails—or maybe you know all too well. Don’t stop reading if you fall into the latter group because the event I’m going to tell you about will make you rethink the phrase “art festival.”

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Comic Pathos marks Jeune Lune's Figaro
Wednesday 04 June @ 12:47:20 (Read: 8654)
ArtsBy Ed Felien

In his continuing deconstruction of Mozart, Dominique Serrand presents us with an astonishing “Figaro.”

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George Thompson @ AND Gallery
Wednesday 04 June @ 12:18:59 (Read: 8310)
Artsby Jake Keeler

Art can be a sanctuary and a vehicle of criticism with various definitions of success—an open atmosphere to new ideas, and a culture that’s built on tolerance and free expression. George Thompson’s exhibit of paintings titled Business Casual embodies this idea, taking sanctuary in art while exposing the true colors of big business and capitalism through a counter-culture forum.

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Big Top Revolution @ Birchwood Cafe
Wednesday 28 May @ 11:52:31 (Read: 8570)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Strangeness relaxes us. When we see something really weird, we can rest assured we’re not that abnormal. Circuses are a case in point. Donna Miller’s recent work at Birchwood Cafe flip-flops reality in such a way. Her portraits of big top personalities echo societal roles, and encourage the audience to consider their reality as spectacle too.

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Journey of the Soul @ Rogue Buddha
Wednesday 21 May @ 11:53:18 (Read: 8897)
Artsby Jake Keeler

We journey through life often as observers, sometimes as participants. The places we visit, the people we meet, and our experiences become crucial in our personal beliefs. The exhibit, Journey of the Soul, at the Rogue Buddha gallery raises these issues through thoughtful and engaging photographs.





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Rhythmic Spirit: Taiko Women @ Center for Independent Artists
Wednesday 14 May @ 13:29:56 (Read: 9511)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Can you feel the thrum of the drum? Charissa Uemura’s photography show at Center for Independent Artists steps up to the rhythm in a big way. The ancient Japanese tradition of Taiko drumming is alive and thriving in the Twin Cities.

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Show Dedicated to Artists living with Mental Illness
Wednesday 07 May @ 10:35:15 (Read: 8894)
Arts@ Outsiders and Others Gallery

by Valerie Valentine

We’ve all heard of the fine line between genius and madness. From politicians to scholars to artists, the renowned are often the ones who push the envelope on the status quo. To make an impact on society, it usually takes someone with a lot of nerve and a touch of madness.

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Group Show @ Tea Leaf Gallery
Friday 02 May @ 13:12:56 (Read: 8718)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Zen is a great place to be, if you can find it. Maybe it’s a fleeting state of mind to some; for others it’s a way of life. Inner peace has become an outward expression for Tea Leaf Gallery owner Kelli Fifield, who has carved an out-of-time soul space to share her artful vision with other seekers.

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Dalek @ Ox-Op Gallery
Wednesday 23 April @ 14:23:36 (Read: 11444)
Artsby Jake Keeler

Tom Hazelmeyer was tired of seeing art that bored the hell out of him, and/or spoke only to the top one percent of academia. He knew of work that was being overlooked, if not ignored altogether by the Twin Cities’ art scene. So with some help from Wes Winship (LifeSuckDie Magazine), Tom created a venue to get the job done. Based on the annexed area of Grumpy’s Bar called the City Room, the OX-OP arts gallery evolved into a top-notch venue with professional lighting, solid design, and a merchandise room. With an impressive grand opening group show last month, the OX-OP set the bar high.

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Young Hearts, Young Minds @ Larson Art Gallery
Wednesday 16 April @ 13:12:40 (Read: 8176)
Artsby Jenny Assef

Walking into the Young Minds, Young Hearts exhibit is like entering a wild waking dream, but my dreams don’t get this colorful. The show, which features art by 9th to 12th graders from El Colegio Charter School, proves imagination is not commensurate with age. The works gleam with unfettered creativity.


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Alison Beenken @ Caffetto Café
Wednesday 09 April @ 12:28:07 (Read: 8677)
Artsby Valerie Valentine

Most people wake up in the morning and forget their dreams instantly. If the alarm clock doesn’t jolt a sleepwalker, then hot coffee or a shower kicks the brain into gear. Due to the rapid pace of everyday life, most dreams slip right out of our heads. REM remnants become ethereal afterthoughts. Some dreamers wander into day waggling their noggins thinking, “What was that about?” and then simply wash it down with their OJ.

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Yo! The Movement @ Calhoun Square Gallery
Wednesday 02 April @ 12:20:51 (Read: 8800)
Artsby Jenny Assef

Anyone worried about what the next generation of artists have to offer should rest assured. Heads Up, an exhibit presented by Yo! The Movement proves they have vision, fresh ideas and plenty of skill.

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“In the Heart of America” confronts war head on
Wednesday 26 March @ 11:11:55 (Read: 9625)
Artsby Lydia Howell

It’s been said, “Truth is the first casualty of war.” Art might be our only credible source for the deeper, unrecognized truths beyond Pentagon briefings and “embedded” reporters’ color-commentary battle coverage. Outward Spiral Theatre’s production “In The Heart Of America,” set during the first Gulf War, merges forbidden love, a soldier’s mysterious disappearance, family tragedy and Vietnam’s unhealed scars. Playwright Naomi Wallace has undeniable guts, digging into the psychological minefields of multiple identities, how soldiers are made and support for war is manufactured. Although the play was chosen over a year ago, opening night coincided with the start of all-out bombing of Iraq.

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Gimme “Shelter”
Wednesday 26 March @ 11:00:53 (Read: 8685)
Artsby Anthony Peyton Porter

“It’s a slice of reality up in politically correct Minnesota’s face.” That’s what playwright Dwight Hobbes says about “Shelter,” his new play opening at Mixed Blood on March 29, 2003, under the auspices of Pangea World Theater. “Shelter” is about three homeless people staying in a facility in downtown Minneapolis, and any resemblance to the Drake Hotel on 10th Street is deliberate.

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From Above and Below the Horizon @ Larson Art Gallery
Wednesday 26 March @ 10:54:11 (Read: 8406)
Artsby Jenny Assef

In the city, the horizon hides behind buildings and houses, sending us on long drives to look for it. We might forget that the horizon itself is an illusion—the world does not in fact recede to a point, and the sky never bends down to kiss the earth. It’s all a matter of perspective, and what we see depends on where we stand.

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The tragic irony of “Korczak’s Children”
Wednesday 26 March @ 10:42:37 (Read: 9150)
Artsby Ed Felien

It is sad to watch. The children in the Korczak Orphanage in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942 put on a play the day before the Nazis come to send them all off to Treblinka. You sit and watch, and you know there is nothing you can do to stop the inevitable. You cannot change history. It has happened. The children were rounded up and sent off to die in concentration camps.

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Arab Film Festival runs March 27-30 at Intermedia Arts
Wednesday 26 March @ 10:37:17 (Read: 8260)
Artsby Ed Felien

A four day film festival of Arab filmmakers is set to run at Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Avenue South, from March 27 through March 30. It is co-sponsored by MIZNA, the Arab journal.

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Art of the Teacher @ Intermedia Arts
Wednesday 19 March @ 13:25:27 (Read: 8788)
Artsby Jenny Assef

I don’t think I’ll ever forget my high school art teacher, whose classroom was a creative island in a sea of understimulating curriculum and bored students. I took his class nearly every semester and (almost) never skipped. But when he retired five years ago, I realized I’d never seen any of his art. Like most good teachers, he was in the business of encouraging others, and rarely turned the focus on himself.



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Comfort Food @ Soo Visual Arts
Wednesday 12 March @ 12:32:28 (Read: 8594)
Artsby Jenny Assef

When the wind bites and the cold stings, and we’ve all had it up to here with winter, it’s time to remember our favorite comforts. Many of these are food—the garlic mashed potatoes or hot tea or steaming bowls of soup that sustain us in more ways than one. Nonedible comforts bring vital sustenance as well, though it’s harder to gauge the nutritional value of timeworn jackets and handwritten correspondences. What we learn in enduring our roughest season is that we are creatures of multiple needs, and that, deep down, we know what makes us happy.

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Pro Peace Art Show @ Black Dog Cafe
Wednesday 05 March @ 12:58:49 (Read: 8349)
Artsby Jenny Assef

It’s hard to go anywhere these days without running into some form of creative resistance. People are dancing for peace, reading poetry for peace, staging plays for peace. The rest of us need to pay attention—artists have long been considered society’s conscience, and it’s often through their eyes that we first glimpse possibility.

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See Red @ Art Collective
Wednesday 26 February @ 11:41:42 (Read: 8643)
Artsby John Tribbett

Red is the color of heat warming these dastardly winter months. It is the glowing amber of two lovers flushed cheeks as wet lips converge. It is the scarlet steam rising in our veins when our voices climb. Red is the stove ready for the pot. It is the bull’s-eye taunting our unsteady hand and the sign commanding us to stop. Red is abrupt and enlivening. It is also the color the Art Collective has chosen to honor during its final show before it emerges from the ashes under the new moniker, Artco Gallery. “Red is the spiciest color,” says Sarah Whiting, one of four new partners who now operate the Gallery.

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Sheherizade: Risking the Passage @ El Colegio Gallery
Wednesday 19 February @ 12:33:37 (Read: 8449)
Artsby Jenny Assef

Two years ago, local artist Hend Al-Mansour began to crave company. For a long time, she’d been raising questions about the contemporary identity of Muslim women, and her work had become a sort of mirror. She wanted to see the same questions viewed through other artists’ eyes, to glimpse an emerging collective imagination. In short, she wanted to have a group show.

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Gus Van Sant: On the Road Again
Wednesday 12 February @ 15:18:24 (Read: 14232)
Artsby Dwight Hobbes

That Gus Van Sant is a capable—sometimes even gifted—director is a given. That every film he made is worth watching is not. Hence, the hit-and-miss retrospective Gus Van Sant: On the Road Again.

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Is this love that I'm feeling?
Wednesday 12 February @ 15:04:55 (Read: 8271)
Artsby KC Jade

I have often times grappled with what I thought love was. That struggle included many people trying to tell me what love should look like, what love feels like, how to know if someone loved me.

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Frank Theatre’s “Oppenheimer” Burns with Characters and Questions
Wednesday 12 February @ 14:57:57 (Read: 10894)
Artsby Lydia Howell

Frank Theatre and playwright Carson Kreitzer always embrace provocative themes with a bold ambiguity and complex character development, leaving audiences with more questions than answers. “The Lovesong of J. Robert Oppenheimer” is a searing kaleidoscope of history, myth and philosophical/psychological contradictions, swirling around the “father of the atomic bomb.” With poetic realism and gripping drama, Kreitzer relates the WWII Manhattan Project and its ramifications through 1950s communist witch-hunts and the nuclear arms race.

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Michael Thomsen & Ryan Nygard @ Speedboat Gallery
Wednesday 12 February @ 14:30:04 (Read: 8351)
Artsby John Tribbett

Michael Thomsen hails from Austin, Minnesota. It is a city known world wide for SPAM and the cheeky museum celebrating this suspect pork product. But, lurking beneath the small town’s quaint all-American aura lurks a shadow world populated with characters and situations more akin to a David Lynch movie than an episode of Leave it to Beaver.

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Art Across Borders @ Babylon Art & Cultural Center
Wednesday 05 February @ 13:02:33 (Read: 9581)
Artsby Jenny Assef

When Meg Novak and Flo Razowsky traveled to Iraq and Palestine, their goal was literally to transport art across national borders. They brought art supplies in, with the goal of taking finished paintings out.

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D. R. Martin @ Icebox Gallery
Wednesday 29 January @ 10:55:47 (Read: 10242)
Artsby John Tribbett

The year was 1968 and while most 18-year-olds fantasized about living the life of British Invasion rock stars, D. R. Martin was instead climbing the marble staircase of the Duluth Public Library to lose himself in a book of black and white photographs. The book was “The World of Henri Cartier-Bresson” and it forever changed young Martin’s life.

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ArTrujillo moves to a new location on E. Lake
Wednesday 22 January @ 12:33:11 (Read: 6904)
ArtsOn January 25th, one of the best-known “underground” art groups in the Twin Cities is opening their space and inviting the public literally underground – to the new ArTrujillo Studio Gallery in the basement of 315 East Lake Street in Minneapolis. Just one building east of their former address, the new ArTrujillo is twice as big, with amenities and new art fit for a celebration!

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Steele yourself for “Two Queens”
Wednesday 22 January @ 12:06:49 (Read: 10020)
Artsby Dwight Hobbes

Veteran recording artist and powerhouse performer Jevetta Steele may well have her overdue breakout vehicle. This is not to take anything away from The Steeles, the accomplished ensemble for which she and her siblings are well known. It’s simply to say Jevetta seems poised to seize her deserved day in the sun.

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Optical Parables @ Walker Art Center
Wednesday 22 January @ 12:04:19 (Read: 9715)
Artsby Jenny Assef

It’s impossible to sum Optical Parables into words, given the scope and intrigue of this retrospective exhibition, which is as overwhelming as one would expect, considering Manuel Alvarez Bravo’s long life (100 years), long career (80 years) and smart, discerning eye.

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Ben Paulus: Definitions @ Dunn Bros. 34th/Hennepin
Wednesday 15 January @ 12:07:34 (Read: 9336)
Artsby John Tribbett

Art, like fashion, travels upward. The raw energy of the emerging artist siphons the creative spark from the street and delivers it to the public eye via the experimental and daring galleries we are blessed to have tucked into the Twin Cities beauty salons, bookstores and coffee shops. Patrons of the Uptown Dunn Bros. are currently being treated to the benefits of the mutually-symbiotic relationship between art and coffee in Ben Paulus’s show, Definitions. His take on this relationship is quite literal.

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Seeing through Another Man’s Eyes: Bill Cottman & The Plymouth Avenue Project
Wednesday 08 January @ 11:58:42 (Read: 10625)
Artsby Lydia Howell
photos by Bill Cottman


“I take pictures of people, places and things that are changing faster than I can imagine and I’m just trying to preserve them,” says Bill Cottman.

His current show, “The Plymouth Avenue Project,” reveals his North Minneapolis neighborhood in a state of economic flux and creative ferment. It was supported by a McKnight Fellowship and a City Arts grant.The camera is the means of “autobiography” for Cottman’s internal reflection; it stands in loving gaze, documenting his community.

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Imitations @ Soo Visual Arts Center
Wednesday 08 January @ 11:32:37 (Read: 8975)
Artsby Jenny Assef

We were never assigned pen pals at my elementary school. I remember being jealous of friends who had them, who received handwritten letters from 8-year-old strangers while I received none.

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Andrew Schoultz @ and Gallery
Friday 03 January @ 10:44:54 (Read: 11163)
Artsby John Tribbett

When Kate Meyers and Jesse Willenbring, the mother and son curator team of “and Gallery,” were envisioning the type of environment they hoped to create in their newly opened space, they consulted the dictionary. There they found artist defined as “a person who does anything very well, with feeling for form, effect, etc… painter, composer, musician, poet, muralist, actor, sculptor, designer, architect, printmaker, and art not defined.”

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8 x 2: Curators Pick Artists @ Minnesota Center for Photography
Thursday 26 December @ 17:07:11 (Read: 9397)
Artsby Jenny Assef

pARTs photographic arts recently unveiled its new street-level gallery and new name, Minnesota Center for Photography, with another unveiling: the current show pulls back the curtain to reveal the curator’s invisible hand.

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W.C. Wormley & Ben Sandstrom @ Speedboat Gallery
Wednesday 18 December @ 10:17:56 (Read: 10058)
Artsby John Tribbett

In the early nineties, there existed a haven for punk rockers, weirdo artists and misfits who had a penchant for the kind of anarchy-fueled rock-n-roll best served up from Marshall Amps leveled 10 feet in front of a pack of sweaty and inebriated faces. This was the original Speedboat Gallery. Bands from Green Machine to Green Day graced the fabled basement stage. As a cover for the shows, an art gallery was opened.



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Sex Workers' Art Show
Wednesday 18 December @ 09:27:47 (Read: 12145)
Artsby Lydia Howell

“For some, it’s degrading. For some, it’s empowering. For some, it’s boring—but, it pays better than the minimum wage,” says artist/activist and sex-worker Annie Oakley, as she concludes makeup and a sexy ballerina costume. She’s curator, “road tour director” and MC of the 5-year-old Sex Workers Art Show. “We should be taken seriously. Prostitutes and other sex workers deserve labor protection like any other job.”



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Joe Geshick @ Horst Galleries
Wednesday 11 December @ 11:05:22 (Read: 8908)
Artsby Jenny Assef

Next time you’re caught in the slow grind on I-35, consider escaping to Horst Galleries for a break. They open at 8:30 a.m., just in time for commuter traffic, and you’ll find them in a low-slung building off exit #19. Standing in the shadow of a closed Dairy Queen, the place looks too understated to be Horst, until you notice the gilded doorknobs or the gold urns flanking the entrance. Inside, ornate meets serene. Drafty, spacious rooms with neutral walls are adorned with intricate architectural details and bold chandeliers. What could be seen as disparate elements help the place achieve a certain balance, making it the perfect location for Ojibwa artist Joe Geshick’s first one-man show, as Geshick is perhaps the master of mixing things simple and complex.

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We've all been Bushwacked!
Wednesday 04 December @ 11:31:37 (Read: 9331)
ArtsMaxine Klein produces “Ambush,” an ironic comedy

by Ed Felien

“Hello.”

“Hello, this is Ed Felien. Is this Maxine Klein?”

“Yes. Can you hold a moment . . . [Goddam it! Stop it!] . . . You know, I’ve been saving pit bulls for a number of years.”

“Oh. What’s your new play like?”

“Ambush? It’s an irony, a kind of comedy. The first scene is high comedy.”

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Charles Caldwell @ Homewood Studios
Wednesday 04 December @ 11:03:44 (Read: 9229)
Artsby John Tribbett

When you contemplate Charles Caldwell’s figurative work you are immediately struck by its deliberateness. Each creased forehead, each set of thoughtful eyes and each pair of quiet lips are composed of lines rendered with a methodical devotion to the humanistic images the artist is dedicated to reproducing. These images are traced from Caldwell’s roots as an African-American man and as a three-decade long resident of Minneapolis’ Northside. “I capture moments, everyday moments,” he says.

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CTC hits it big again with “The Wizard of Oz”
Wednesday 27 November @ 10:40:30 (Read: 8748)
Artsby Dwight Hobbes

If Children’s Theatre Company artistic director Peter Brosius’ feet don’t quite touch the floor, these days, it’s wholly understandable. Midway through the 2002-03 season, he has knocked the public out with a steamrolling one-two punch. Accordingly, Brosius has every right to be walking on air.

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Xavier Tavera @ Franklin Artworks
Wednesday 27 November @ 09:46:39 (Read: 34058)
Artsby Jenny Assef

In La Calle, Minneapolis artist Xavier Tavera presents larger-than-life images of people who are often looked at but too seldom seen. This series of five-by-five foot ink jet prints features drag queens, members of the Cholo gang, and punks with elaborate spikes.

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Glen Riddle @ Nina’s Coffee Cafe
Wednesday 20 November @ 09:36:49 (Read: 8375)
Artsby John Tribbett

Tucked amongst the historic stone buildings of St. Paul’s Capitol Hill, Nina’s Coffee Café is playing gracious host to online gallery Behind the Forest’s showing of artist Glen Riddle’s Bygones and Boundaries: Wall Assemblages and Installations.



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Bloody Sunday
Wednesday 13 November @ 10:22:27 (Read: 8340)
Artsby David Anderson

The bland admission that we live in an era of daily docudrama takes nothing away from director Paul Greengrass's award-winning film “Bloody Sunday,” a tight, sobering re-creation of the 1972 massacre by British paratroopers of unarmed civil rights marchers in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Greengrass has advanced the form and given it a whole new meaning with this truer-than-life narrative made to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the event, the darkest day in the long and bitter sectarian struggle that natives call The Troubles.

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Femme Body2 @ Jungle Red Salon & Gallery
Wednesday 13 November @ 10:18:50 (Read: 9009)
Artsby Jenny Assef

The Jungle Red Salon doesn’t look like much at first. Tucked beside a gas station at the outskirts of downtown, it’s the kind of place you could drive by daily and not notice. But it’s worth a peek inside. Though I can’t make guarantees about the haircuts or manicure services, I will say this: Femme Body², the current exhibit in Jungle Red’s makeshift gallery, is reason enough to make the trip.

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Three-Way Vision @ Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Wednesday 06 November @ 09:40:08 (Read: 8868)
Artsby John Tribbett

Three-Way Vision is a monolithic bohemian playroom strewn with objects and images never intended to inhabit the same space. The pieces from three artists, disparate in technique and outcome, are not supposed to fit together. Yet they do. It is a symmetry borrowed from the land of the Looking Glass.

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Photo-Rama @ College of Visual Arts Gallery
Tuesday 29 October @ 16:57:13 (Read: 8551)
Artsby Jenny Assef

Students of the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul don’t look below the surface. They look at it—very closely. The photographs featured in Photo-Rama: An Exhibition by CVA Students and Alumni reveal a near obsession with various aspects of surface: texture, capacity for reflection, and how surfaces change over time.

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Tina Blondell @ Shelley Holzemer Gallery
Wednesday 23 October @ 10:01:10 (Read: 8631)
Artsby John Tribbett

There is an undercurrent of movement apparent when you sit surrounded by the female faces painted by Tina Blondell. It is not a movement of frenzied physical action. It is the movement of transformation; the often veiled tectonic shift of the psyche.

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(un)American @ Babylon Art and Cultural Centre
Wednesday 16 October @ 09:57:36 (Read: 8640)
Artsby Jenny Assef

I’ll admit I decided to catch the latest exhibit at the Babylon, Anthony Sclavi’s (un)American, based on the title alone. This week, more than ever, I’ve been finding myself at odds with the face this country shows the world. I wasn’t surprised to see the same sentiment expressed in Sclavi’s paintings, which turn the concept of being American inside out.

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Promised Lands @ pARTs Gallery
Wednesday 09 October @ 10:13:31 (Read: 8727)
Artsby Lydia Howell

Maybe the only way to find some truthful perspective on the most controversial and contentious issues, is to turn to artists. Always daring and relevant, pARTs Gallery’s Promised Lands presents four photographers and a group of Israeli/Palestinian youth dealing with political violence in starkly human terms. They shatter sensationalism to feel our way through September 11th and re-claim the humanity behind headlines of suicide bombings, tanks and governments’ Newspeak.

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Saint Paul Art Crawl: Making the Galleries Accessible
Wednesday 09 October @ 09:55:20 (Read: 8758)
Artsby Katherine Farrior

“It can be whatever you want it to be…” That’s how Robyn Priestley, Communications Consultant for the Saint Paul Art Crawl, described the self-guided art studio tour, otherwise known as The Saint Paul Art Crawl, to me. As a member of the tightly-scheduled human race this freedom appealed to me. I had never heard of the Art Crawl (which isn’t surprising since I have lived here all of three months), but I wanted to learn more.

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Ruth Bernhard @ Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Wednesday 02 October @ 10:06:14 (Read: 8846)
Artsby Jenny Assef

Ruth Bernhard must have been obsessed with beauty.

Her most significant photographs, now on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, seem as much a tribute to beauty itself as to her long career. The images in Ruth Bernhard: Photographs 1930s -1970s prove she saw elegance in all things, from the nude female form to the pattern ocean waves leave on beach sand.

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Alternate Endings @ The Soap Factory
Wednesday 25 September @ 10:33:10 (Read: 9081)
Artsby Mathew Timmons

I heard about The Soap Factory three years ago and wondered if they made soap there. But I found out they don’t; they show art.

On Friday, a show called Alternate Endings opened, featuring four artists—Matthew Barolo, Chris Francione, Erik Geschke, and Tabatha Tucker. The four are old friends who have managed to keep in touch with each other over the years.

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The Tenacity of Art
Wednesday 25 September @ 10:25:11 (Read: 9137)
ArtsRosalux Gallery Takes a Licking and Keeps on Kicking

by Donny Doane

I remember the last time I was in California visiting relatives. One morning, as I prepared to set out for a day at Laguna Beach, I donned my Speedboat Gallery T-shirt and drew an immediate reaction from my aunt. I explained what Speedboat was all about, to which she replied, “Well you’ll just love Laguna then. It’s a very arty community and has tons of wonderful galleries.”

“Cool,” I thought.

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Sound Unseen
Wednesday 18 September @ 10:06:32 (Read: 8973)
Artsby Dwight Hobbes & Robert Czernik

Minneapolis’ annual film and music festival, Sound Unseen (Sept. 20 - 27) takes a step up this year, collaborating with the Walker Art Center. The wonderful art house Oak Street Cinema and snobsters paradise Bryant Lake Bowl return as venues. Walker Arts Center will program four events, including the closing night tribute to Frank Zappa discovery, Captain Beefheart. Here’s slight sampling of what else is playing at the festival.

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Santiago Cucullu @ Franklin Art Works
Wednesday 18 September @ 09:57:53 (Read: 8761)
Artsby Jenny Assef

What do graffiti, tablecloths, capital punishment machines, and Santa Claus have in common? Well, nothing. Except that they make up the subject matter of Santiago Cucullu’s I owe it to Phillips, which opened Saturday at Franklin Art Works in Minneapolis. Featuring large-scale installations as well as watercolor paintings, the exhibit examines contrast and displacement.

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'Very Old Man' at CTC True to Latin Culture
Wednesday 18 September @ 09:50:50 (Read: 9061)
Artsby Dwight Hobbes

The Children’s Theatre Company has been less than wholly effective in its attempts to reflect cultural diversity. This is not surprising. Nor, however, is it an indictment. CTC is, after all, a white theater and, therefore, most knowledgeably adept at, well, white theater. The black caricatures which marred “Boundless Grace,” for instance, were not attributable to any sort of minstrel mindset on the part of artistic director Peter Brosius but to the fact that he, quite understandably, assumed the black director he entrusted would treat the material respectfully and render it palatable to not only white audiences but black audiences as well.

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Rivane Neuenschwander @ Walker Art Center
Wednesday 11 September @ 09:46:20 (Read: 8711)
Artsby Mathew Timmons

Can you ever define “post-modern” art in any acceptable way? So much of it seems simply to arouse the senses in a peculiar way. If anyone asked you about the last piece of “post-modern” art you saw, would you describe the materiality of the piece or attempt to narrate the way it worked upon your mind and senses? Rivane Neuenschwander’s first U.S. solo exhibition To/From at the Walker Art Center is sure to leave you with a sense of having experienced something on the front edge of the International Art scene. Rivane is currently based in London, but grew up and spent most of her life in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

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By Design @ Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Wednesday 04 September @ 10:32:19 (Read: 9141)
Artsby Jenny Assef

Amid this week’s last minute back-to-school scurry, it seems appropriate to reconsider the book.

Having dragged myself and a heavy knapsack through school, I thought I knew the book well. It was, after all, a friendly object, comprised of seemingly basic elements—pages, binding, and text—combined to convey information. I knew the book could educate, tell riveting stories, and delight. I relished its silent neatness, standing in closed-covered rows on my shelves.

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Picasso: Prints in the 20th Century @ Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Wednesday 28 August @ 09:35:25 (Read: 8526)
Artsby Paul D. Dickinson

The hypnotic quality of Picasso lies in his ability to mingle raw sensuality and cutting edge sophistication within the same gesture. What appears to be careless or childlike is the actual artistic manipulations of a provocateur. Taking in the entire exhibition, one cannot escape the sheer action that occurs in these prints. Horses, women and translucent ghosts stagger through bizarre landscapes in a type of time-lapsed penance that speaks volumes into the depths of history. A simple examination of just one Picasso delivers more of a thrill than the average Hollywood blockbuster flick. It is amazing how a one-dimensional object, hanging on a wall, can somehow explode in all dimensions. Etching, dry points, lithographs and color linoleum cuts show the broad mastery of his handiwork, and to be able to get up close to one of these famous works is truly exciting.

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Rene Joseph @ Flatland Gallery
Wednesday 21 August @ 10:03:26 (Read: 10653)
Artsby Mathew Timmons

The first thing I asked Robyne Robinson was, “How do you manage to throw such a great party?” There was a live webcast, two bands in the parking lot, a live DJ, free wine, and what seemed like a collection of all the beautiful people in the Twin Cities. There was also the occasion and the work gracing the walls of the gallery. Robyne replied that it was easy to throw such a great party because these cities are so full of dynamically creative people, and she urged me simply to enjoy myself.

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Postcard from the Fringe
Wednesday 07 August @ 10:26:07 (Read: 9753)
Artsby Marty & Martha Roth

Your faithful reviewers tasted some of the out-of-town acts at this year’s Fringe. Here’s our quick rundown of the preview: At the head of our list is a troupe from London called C Theatre or “Shakespeare for Breakfast,” we’re not sure which. The sketch we saw involved audience participation and some very nimble improvisations; the four actors, wearing white coats, promised to teach the audience “how to make anyone fall in love with you” and they then surprised us into storms of laughter. At Cedar- Riverside People’s Center and the Theatre Garage.

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On the Fringe of Good Taste
Wednesday 07 August @ 10:23:03 (Read: 9854)
ArtsFringe Festival reviews by Dwight Hobbes

1) Absolutely Moore or Less
2) The Aberrations of Coitus Exoticus
3) Let It Be...Jazz
4) How Come There Ain't No White People In The Show



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Catching Out @ Babylon Art & Cultural Center
Wednesday 07 August @ 10:12:55 (Read: 9028)
Artsby Elise Bonner

In a mind-blowing debut, “Catching Out” (a term designated for the act of hopping trains) ensnares the viewer by engaging all five senses through gorgeous cinematography, whistling trains interlaced with a fitting soundtrack, ice-cold nights and hard steel freights, fresh, mountain air buffeting any rider at 63 miles per hour across country, and the insatiable taste for adventure.

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Peter Mo Woo @ MauiLotus Asian Arts Gallery
Wednesday 07 August @ 09:43:31 (Read: 9039)
Artsby Mathew Timmons

I often look into the blue skies of summer to gaze at clouds and wonder how anyone could capture them artistically. I had never seen the brush’s ability to capture the grace of clouds until I went to the MauiLotus Gallery in Uptown. Marilyn Allysum just celebrated the Grand Opening of her gallery this weekend with the work of Chinese landscape artist Peter Mo Woo.

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Minneapolis 55408 @ Intermedia Arts
Wednesday 31 July @ 11:01:51 (Read: 9291)
Artsby Jenny Assef

On a map, the 55408 zip code is a grid of rigid lines, numbered streets spanning the gap between Lake of the Isles and Highway 35.

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2002 Studio Artists Exhibition @ Northern Clay Center
Wednesday 17 July @ 10:18:51 (Read: 7402)
Artsby Mary Ann Vincenta

Clay is mysterious. A potter takes a lump of it and lets it speak.

The display room at the Northern Clay Center is filled with a dazzling variety of clay objects, 68 creations by the potters who work in the beehive of studios on the other side of the building. These are the works that satisfied the artist’s aesthetic and didn’t blow up in the kiln. Some are functional, some are non-utilitarian and a few are kind of in between.

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Tara’s Healing Art @ Betsy’s Back Porch Coffee Shop
Wednesday 10 July @ 09:57:03 (Read: 7300)
Artsby Mary Ann Vincenta

From her impulse to dance comes the immense whirling movement in Tara Arlene Innmon’s work. From her dreams and storymaking comes the tender, poetic feeling of her art. From her fight to make peace with the loss of her sight comes a body of work—direct, emotional and foreign to pretense, artifice and maquillage

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The Red Room @ Pandora's Cup
Wednesday 03 July @ 10:20:24 (Read: 7602)
Artsby Mary Ann Vincenta

From the labyrinth of a mind turning to the past, to the dark recesses of Pandora’s Cup, ornately framed and exactly crafted, comes The Red Room, recent work of Anthony Austin Schrock in oil, acrylic, pastel, charcoal and chalk. In the deliberate, harmonious, old clutter of this very hip coffee shop on Hennepin Avenue where the sounds of pinball machines, shuffling cards, whirring fans, and music form another kind of not unpleasant clutter, Schrock’s sad, chiseled feminine faces turn away, hiding their secrets, or look right through you, their perfect secrets intact.

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The Films of Bill Wilder plus a Mix of Live Music at Loring Park
Wednesday 03 July @ 09:49:26 (Read: 7226)
Artsby Dwight Hobbes

It may not take all the sting out of losing the Loring Cafe, but Walker Art Center enlivens Monday night-life in Loring Park this summer with “Music and Movies: A Bit Wilder.”

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Shirin Neshat: Logic of the Birds
Wednesday 26 June @ 10:35:33 (Read: 7343)
Artsby Clea Felien

The recent performance at the Walker of Shirin Neshat’s “Logic of the Birds” makes no sense. Neshat has been the darling of the art world, and rightly so, for many years. Her films and photographs, based mostly on women in the Muslin culture are provocative, astute, and timely. Neshat’s work has always been concise as well as politically and socially relevant. “Logic of the Birds” is her first performance and collaborative effort, and has none of the relevance or strength of her individual work.

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Breathing Room @ di Stilo Gallery
Wednesday 26 June @ 10:33:13 (Read: 7116)
Artsby J. P. Johnson

Di Stilo, well known for its charming space and calming exhibitions, has put together the perfect summer show. Breathing Room, nicknamed “Three installation artists and One guy with a brush,” falls squarely on the summer solstice and within the gallery’s mission statement of encouraging emerging artists and showing “home, fine performing and healing arts.”

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Untitled 1 @ Soo Visual Arts
Wednesday 19 June @ 11:14:56 (Read: 7275)
Artsby J. P. Johnson

The great thing about group shows, especially the ones without themes, is that there truly is something for everyone. Soo Visual Arts’ Untitled 1 show is a perfect case in point. Juried by some influential folks at the Walker, Carleton, and otherwise, Soo picked just 11 artists from well over 70 applicants. The best were chosen regardless of theme, style or media, and while the show can’t even joke of being consistent, it is fresh and uncontrived.

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Rural Subjects @ Theiss Gallery
Friday 14 June @ 13:30:59 (Read: 7042)
Artsby J. P. Johnson

All of the women in Brantmeier’s paintings wear caps. Not fedoras or baseball caps but instead tight “swimming caps” that cover all of their hair. Instead of being dressed in gaudy clothing, Brantmeier’s figures all wear traditional dress complete with single- toned floor length skirts and nondescript tops. She calls her portraits of these unadorned ladies “a hybrid of 15th century Dutch painting and American colonial folk portraiture.”

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Two Films at the U Film Society Tackle the Israeli Conflict
Wednesday 12 June @ 12:40:25 (Read: 8958)
Artsby Ed Felien

If you have any doubts about Israel's intentions toward the Palestinians you should check out the double feature this weekend at the U Film Society.

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The Momentary Show @ Rogue Buddha
Wednesday 05 June @ 10:57:28 (Read: 9181)
Artsby J. P. Johnson

Hanging student or “young art” is risky. Like in all the arts hidden in the new and fledgling, “door knocker” is a whisper of the future and a complete wild card. These young guns can bring the newest art, the most contemporary styles and a breath of fresh air to a gallery’s walls. However, they can also bring rough work, unfinished ideas and, by their very nature, inexperience.

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Art Inside/Outside @ Intermedia Arts
Thursday 30 May @ 16:34:47 (Read: 7337)
Artsby J. P. Johnson

Installation art, for better or for worse, has long baffled the onlooker. When we look at a painting, sculpture or film we know what we are supposed to do—which for the most part is not much.

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