Alan Slacter is a Minnesota based artist working in both 3D and 2D mediums. His varied interests and experiences led him to earn a BFA from the University of Minnesota, building on his psychology and art history focused BA. His involvement in the artistic community has included board membership on the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Print and Drawing Curatorial Council and teaching stone carving, metal casting and mixed media sculpture to teens at community art centers. His educational influences include studying sculpture with Professors Kathryn Nash and Wayne Potratz and painting with Professor David Feinberg. His primary artistic focus since 2014 has been the expansion of his artistic practice and sensibilities into the realm of 2D.
Alan’s work is held in private collections and has been exhibited at numerous venues since 1992 including the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, WI, the art educators show at The Minnetonka Center For The Arts and the Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota. In 2013 he earned an Open Studio Fellowship at Franconia Sculpture Park and the resulting sculpture, a stone carving titled Cold Mountain, was exhibited at the Park for two years and relocated in 2015 to Franconia in the City. Current works on exhibition include a mixed media painting, Terrible Awakening, at the Hinckley Minnesota Fire Museum; a permanent installation of a metal casting, Raptor, in the foundry entrance at the Regis Center for the Arts in Minneapolis, MN; and a monoprint, Floaters, at the spring 2016 alumni exhibition at Franconia in the City at the Casket Arts Building.
My artistic practice is a continuing exploration of subject matter and process as well as design and construction. In the realm of 3D, I especially enjoy transforming common and discarded objects into works of art. Scraps of foam and lumber, ragged pieces of clothing and monumental portions of stone from construction sites have all served as my reservoir of art materials.
My paintings reflect the same sensibilities and often seek to reveal significance in the everyday, the mundane and the seldom noticed. They have been influenced on occasion by the performing arts, including music and dance, and contain compressing components of geometric and organic shapes united by color and movement.