The Arcades Project
Filmmaker Kevin Obsatz on the ritual and ethos of practice in game-play, games as media of communication, and some related reflections for those who make art, at a time when the language of audience engagement is central to cultural conversation.
Art, like games, is a translator of experience. What we have already felt or seen in one situation we are suddenly given in a new kind of material.…
Brent Gustafon, AX/BX. Static/dynamic, 128 arcade test screens, 4,000,000,000,000 pattern combinations, 2003. See more work by this artist at www.assembler.org.
Into the Groove: When Curators, Artists, and Critics Dance
Christina Schmid on the "dancing together naked in public" that artists and critics do, as seen through the lens of an exhibition of work curated by Public Functionary's Tricia Heuring and a recent review of the show by Star Tribune art critic Gregory Scott.
Dancing together naked in public — that's what artists and critics do, according to Jerry Saltz.…
Selected Works (installation view), curated by Tricia Heuring and on view at Public Functionary through December 30, 2016. Photo: SoCom Creative
The Center and the Edge
Videographer and filmmaker Kevin Obsatz reflects on his experience documenting Karen Sherman's latest work, "Soft Goods," on light and darkness on stage and off, and the deeply collaborative work of pulling together a performance.
I’ve been a videographer for performance in the Twin Cities for more than a decade, documenting dance and theater at almost every non-union venue in town.…
Karen Sherman, Soft Goods. Photo: Sean Smuda. Pictured: L to R, Andy Kedl, Zachary Humes,
'Tis a Gift
Eva Rose Cohen's new strip reflects on artists giving gifts of their own creation.
NEMAA Artist Series: Pluralism in Motion
Painter Farida Hughes captures the temporary intimacies of people mingling and moving through space, by way of vivid, fluid, aerial-view abstractions.
This is the eighth 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.…
Farida Hughes, Urban Groove, resin paint and mixed media on wood panel, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.
How to Watch the Sky
Though all of Christopher Baker's latest installations rely on clever use of new technologies, there’s something old-fashioned and deeply humane just under the surface of these works, examining the proliferation of images we create and the machines we use to watch them.
Before Christopher Baker began his art practice in earnest, he studied computational neuroscience at the University of Minnesota.…
Crowdsourced images of the skies above Tel Aviv (part of the collaborative project, Picture Sky), courtesy of HowToWatchtheSky.com.
Freedom in Discipline
Camille LeFevre reports back on the Guggenheim's retrospective exhibition of work by noted abstract painter Agnes Martin, whose restraint and discipline on the canvas offer a much-needed respite in turbulent times.
"To be abstracted is to be at some distance from the material world. It is a form of local exaltation but also, sometimes, of disorientation, even disturbance. Art at its most powerful can induce such a state, art without literal content perhaps most potently.…
Agnes Martin with Level and Ladder, 1960. Photo: Alexander Lieberman, courtesy of J Paul Getty Trust and Guggenheim Museum.