A Country Large Enough to Hold Both Melancholy and Evanescence
Writer Sheila Packa on the histories, large and small, beautiful and violent but always in flight, in Michelle Matthees' latest collection of poems.
The title of Flucht, Michelle Matthees' book of poems published this year by New Rivers Press, is the German word for flight or escape.…
Jacket art (detail) for Flucht by Michelle Matthees, courtesy of New Rivers Press.
Waves Blown Back: The Golden Age of VHS
Filmmaker Kevin Obsatz ponders slow watching in a streaming age with an essay ranging through Marshall McLuhan, Kubrick, and an education in moving image by way of the neighborhood video store.
“The movie, as much as the alphabet and the printed word, is an aggressive and imperial form that explodes outward into other cultures.”– Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media, film chapter…
Carolyn Swiszcz, Plaza (detail) 2003, acrylic, ink, collage. Image courtesy of the artist.
NEMAA Artist Series: A Little Something Beautiful For All
A profile of jewelry designer Karin Jacobson, whose handmade pieces offer a cheerful pop of color and clean-lined style with a mind to affordability and ethical sourcing of materials.
This is the seventh in a sponsored series of articles featuring member artists of Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association, a non-profit arts organization that works to build a more vibrant, diverse and economically healthy community through the arts.…
Karin Jacobson, origami "folded," oxidized silver pendant.
Anger in the Work of Love
Ben Weaver on the work of activism, love, and putting anger to good use for both as we contemplate the future of ourselves, the land, the wildlife, and the clean water necessary to sustain them all.
There has been a tremendous amount of talk about water in the state of Minnesota recently.…
Mississippi River. Photo courtesy of the author.
Painting the Present
Amanda Hamilton's new series of small works grapple with the transcendence and despair of our present moment, with thick swaths of gold-flecked gray paint offset by live plants, to remind us we, too, are rooted here and now.
"Even if one no longer speaks of painting as a window opened onto the world, the modernist picture is still conceived as a vertical section that presupposes the viewer's having forgotten that his or her feet are in the dirt."…
Amanda Hamilton, like this, installation detail. Courtesy of Bethel Art Galleries.
NEMAA Artist Series: Aesthetics of Thrift
Susannah Schouweiler profiles Richard Simonsen, whose paintings and assemblages of found wood and metal use the mediums of rust, time, and weather to make handmade treasure from the detritus of industry.
This is the sixth in a sponsored series of articles featuring member artists of Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association, a non-profit arts organization that works to build a more vibrant, diverse and economically healthy community through the arts.…
Richard Simonsen, Cheyenne. Photo courtesy of the artist.
The Artist as Disruptor
A cohort of Twin Cities-based comic artists gathered this spring at the print shop Beyond Repair to illustrate a leaked transcript of a 1996 police interrogation by then-Sgt. Bob Kroll (now president of the Mpls police union), who was questioning a 14-year-old African-American boy accused of stealing a car. Sam Gould (of Beyond Repair and Red76), a principal behind the comic's recent publication, weighs in on the provocative project's still timely context, intentions, and repercussions.
This spring and summer, a collaborative team of artists published a scathing illustrated zine, “Sgt.…
A frame from "Sgt. Kroll Goes to the Office," published by Beyond Repair and Uncivilized Books in the fall of 2016.