A Beautiful Campaign
With a foot squarely planted in the aesthetic traditions of minimalist art, Gregory Fitz uses humble materials to make spare, stark works subtly imbued with concern about climate change and runaway consumption.
Working with simple materials like home insulation, cedar board, acrylic and spray paint, Gregory Fitz makes spare and stark images with the potential to stir a sense of citizenship.…
Gregory Fitz, from the series Aurora Borealis, acrylic on aluminum-faced rigid foam board, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.
The Stuff of Memories
Erika Ritzel's series of photographs of objects in situ at estate sales are surprisingly poignant, heavy with emotional weight from the things we carry through our lives, and then leave behind when we go.
Tina — a wee, brown teddy bear — made her way from Germany to Illinois thirty years ago as a gift from a big brother to a little sister.…
Erika Ritzel, 37th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN. All photos courtesy of the artist.
Martha Graham Revisited
Camille LeFevre on the raw violence and emotional candor of Martha Graham's dance, on view in the repertory and new works presented by the Martha Graham Dance Company recently in Minneapolis.
Spring always brings to mind the almost unfathomable amount of cellular force necessary for plants—from the tiniest crocus bulb to the towering, leafless trees—to defy gravity and grow upward, out of the ground and toward the sun, toward life.…
Martha Graham's Ying Xin in Diversion of Angels. Photo by Hibbard Nash Photography.
In Heavy Rotation
Art historian Sheila Dickinson grapples with art, transformation and ethics-in-action, inside the studio and out, by way of Chris Larson's mind-bending work.
I recently heard a story on the radio about a man who realized he was stuck in his life, crippled by a fear of failure. Determined to make a change, he set out to fail, every day at least once. One day he might approach a stranger in a store and ask that person…
Chris Larson, Heavy Rotation, still color video, 14:29 minutes, 2011. Courtesy of the artist.
Wunderkammer Redux (Or, An Unnatural History)
In the most elegant possible way, Kate Casanova's work across media sets out to make our habits of perceiving the boundaries between human-made environments and the so-called "natural world" a whole lot messier.
Kate Casanova's Aftereffects: A Natural History, on view at Kolman and Pryor, is an elegant show.…
Kate Casanova, Dispersion #9. Archival pigment print of oyster mushroom spores, 2015. Courtesy of Kolman and Pryor Gallery.
Culture Wars and Culture Gaps
Lauren DeLand looks back at the Culture Wars of the 1990s and, specifically, the facts and apocrypha surrounding a 1994 performance in Minneapolis by Ron Athey that galvanized the country's conservative backlash against government funding for artists.
It is mid-March 2010, and I am deep in the belly of the Walker Art Center archives, settling in to watch a videotape retrieved for me by the archivist.…
Ron Athey, Solar Anus (1998). Photo: Regis Hertrich
The Seventh Daughter
Pao Houa Her's experimental, spare new installation work, combining sound and photographic collage, offers understated but potent commentary on the intersection of desire with notions of culture and authenticity.
When I arrive at The Bindery Projects, I think I have gotten the wrong time or location.…
Pao Houa Her, The King's Seven Daughters (detail). Courtesy of The Bindery Projects.