This week we have experiments of all kinds, and artmaking that skirts the usual categories. It's Art-Into-Life Week, so celebrate: dance your way down the sidewalk, make sculptural food, draw on your T-shirt, think in a new way about an old problem.
By Ann Klefstad, editor
June 4, 2007

Will Conley brings us an account of local hero Ray Rolfe and his amazing adventures; Rolfe’s statement “My work is a life of art” is absolutely right. Patricia Briggs has an interview with Aaron van Dyke, an artist who runs a gallery, Occasional, out of his home, and who shows work that just isn’t seen elsewhere here.

Callie Wiren went to see the lovely but troubling Angela Strassheim show at the Chambers Burnet Gallery in the Chambers Hotel downtown; Strassheim showed in the last Whitney Biennial and has been finding wide acclaim. Read about her work here.

Connie Wanek reviews a book from the University of Minnesota Press (Minnesota on Paper) that explores a realm falling between media: paper ephemera. These labels and brochures, menus and tickets, posters and photos, are all made of words and pictures. The book shows how we use them to shape our daily lives. These were the sorts of things –newspapers, cigarette packs--that inspired Picasso and other early modernists in their search for images that had modern force. Such graphic design is again a major force in the artworld.

We are reprising Suz Szucs’s wonderful profile of Adu Gindy; the show covered in that piece, a group exhibition featuring Adu, Joy Kops, and Peter Weizenegger, goes where art has anciently gone, and always returns to, but has more recently stayed away from: the land of death. "Fables and Pyramids" opened June 3 and will be up all summer.

We’re also printing again English artist Sol Nte’s fantastic how-to on getting your sculptures manufactured as vinyl toys. Anyone who wants to step from the art world into the realm of product has but to read this; you’ll be set up.

What Light this week features Jen March’s wonderful poem “After Sparrow,” and also a profile of the judge who selected this work for the What Light program: poet and teacher Joyce Sutphen.

Our podcasts, Radio mnartists and Some Assembly Required, are both on track this week. Marya Morstad interviews Shá Cage. Crossing genres as a spoken word poet, playwright and professional actor, Cage has worked all across the United States, Britain, Canada, Croatia, and Africa. Her poetry often deals with home, poverty, and gender and is heavily influenced by her southern upbringing.

Tune in to this week's episode of Some Assembly Required (#174) to hear a track off of Gregg Carr’s (of KFAI) Innova Records release, “Technological Retreat Mixes, Volume One,” along with fifteen additional sound collages by DJ Broken Window, Brian Eno & David Byrne, Escape Mechanism, Forty One, Lecture On Nothing, LF Peee, Martinn, and Mediatronic Research, Laboratory, DJ Nikoless, DJ QBert, Klarc Qent, Steinski and Mass Media, The Tape-beatles, DJ Tripp, The Wholesome Family Singers and Wobbly, among other treats. Carr is also featured on the SAR blog this week.

Let yourself play with your life and work with your fun!

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