Arranging More Than Flowers
Pao Houa Her's collection of photographs of young Hmong women and silk flower arrangements offer subtle commentary on both desire and beauty through images that are alluring and, at the same time, rife with imperfection.
Pao Houa Her's My Mother's Flowers at Bockley Gallery is a thoughtful examination of the intersection between…
Pao Houa Her, untitled, 2016, 20 x 16 inches, archival digital ink jet prints, On view at Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis through August 6, 2016.
Stephanie Fox profiles some of the Pagan artists collaborating to show the art and living practice of this increasingly visible, influential Twin Cities religious community.
For the uninitiated, the opening night of Modern Pagans/Ancient Realms at the Vine Arts Center in South Minneapolis might have looked like any other gallery event.…
Rmay Rivard, Daughter of Oz, mixed media chair. On view at Vine Arts Center through July 29, 2016.
Into the Heart of Darkness
Black steers all varieties of brightness into the shade, darkening and deepening lighter hues. Likewise, we can begin to see—through a glass darkly, so to speak—the random and formless as virtues. It is from this dark formlessness that Caroline Kent’s paintings emerge.
Darkness is our first reality, the looming riddle of our becoming. Throughout our lives—in the circadian rhythms of sleep and waking, in the creative imagination waiting for emergence out of the depths of the unconscious, in encountering the transpersonal at the horizon of…
Caroline Kent, Omni, acrylic on paper, 2014. On view in Joyful is the Dark at Public Functionary in Minneapolis through July 23, 2016.
Wrath and Ruin (With Singing)
The Mill City Museum's historic Ruin Courtyard makes a surprisingly fitting setting for this rendition of the gleefully gory Sondheim musical, as well as opportunities to reflect on the more sobering vagaries of violence in our own times.
To what do we owe our fascination with the murderous tale of Sweeney Todd? The barber and Victorian-era London serial killer was most vividly brought to life on stage via Stephen Sondheim’s 1979 musical version of British playwright Christopher Bond’s 1973 play, which…
Production photo from Mill City Summer Opera's Sweeney Todd, in the Mill City Museum's Ruin Courtyard through July 24. Photo: Dan Norman
Well Beyond Lake Wobegon
Tim White surveys the variety of works and artists currently on view at the newly reopened Tweed Museum in Duluth, noting the subtle, refreshingly surprising questions the mix of shows raises about Northland identity.
When the Tweed Museum closed its doors to replace an outdated HVAC…
Vance Gellert, Encyclopedia with bullet holes and hematite, Coleraine. On view in the exhibition Iron Country, at the Tweed Museum in Duluth.
The Escape Artist
Consider Samantha French's bright, Impressionistic paintings of a summer idyll: When so much contemporary art seeks to shock and surprise, to push boundaries, is such an unabashedly pleasant, familiar style of work still relevant to the conversation?
LAST SUMMER I WENT TO SOO VISUAL ARTS CENTER to see a show by Samantha French, a Minnesota painter living in New York. The paintings were bright and lively, mostl…
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Ramble Ramble: Flock to the Tree Tops
Musician, poet, and bike activist Ben Weaver offers a new poem on fatherhood, art, biking, and being present in the moment for all the above while interrogating the world around us.
Fatherhood is an incredibly challenging, awakening, satisfying, alienating, tiring, and joyful endeavor.…
Riding through the woods with the family. All photos courtesy of the Ben Weaver.