Home and the Unseen World
New work by Shana Kaplow and Rebecca Krinke explores the usually unremarked global, personal, political stories tangled just beneath the glossy veneer of the mass-market objects that furnish our lives.
I step into Rosalux Gallery and wish I could take a seat in the world of Shana Kaplow’s ink on paper painting, Traveler.…
Shana Kaplow, Above and Below, ink on paper. One of the works on view in Low Lying Area at Rosalux Gallery in Minneapolis.
The Burden of Proof
The Wisconsin Project looks into the myth and meaning of postcards (found, altered and invented) with questions about place, history and cultural identity: What is 'Middle America'? What really happened here, and how did we come to be this way?
Asking questions is risky business. As Doctor Zaius cautions George Taylor before he rides off into the sunset with his rifle and mute girlfriend in tow, you may not like what you find.…
Photographers in Hayfield Near Whitelaw, Wisconsin, July 1, 2012. Photo courtesy of the artists' website.
Trash Films and the People Who Love Them
"Trash film" screenings have moved from midnight movie showings to art house cinemas and megamall multiplexes, fueled by word-of-mouth marketing and clever selections. Ira Brooker weighs in on the timeless allure of exploding heads and chats with enthusiasts in the thick of this growing scene.
About two-thirds of the way through 1984’s aerobics-instructor-turned-unkillable-assassin epic, Ninja III, the small crowd in theater six at Mall of America breaks into applause.…
Trailer Trash screenings posters. Photo by the author.
A Perpetual Feedback Loop of Inspiration
Judy Onofrio's life's work defies easy categories, seamlessly blending art and craft, and the spheres of home, garden, and gallery. Here, she sits down with an emerging artist to talk about the art world, the vagaries of practice, and embracing fluid sources of inspiration.
Judy Onofrio is a mixed-media sculptor who has been showing her work locally and nationally for more than 40 years.…
Judy Onofrio with jewelry she's made. Photo courtesy of the author.
Art in the Attention Economy
Emily Gastineau ponders the evolving currencies of attention in the arts, what it means to produce something for another's gaze and, conversely, the real agency and power of the viewing experience.
Attention—how to pay it, how to receive it—has long been a concern of time-based artists, but the mechanics of attention in our cultural context have been shifting rapidly. Engagement is now a primary goal in the corporate and nonprofit worlds alike.…
Viewing 3D IMAX Clips. Courtesy Flickr and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, reproduced under Creative Commons 2.0.
Private Dance in Public Space
Susannah Schouweiler reports back from her discombobulating, one-on-one performance of "closer" by BodyCartography Project in Minneapolis' City Hall.
For the past couple of months, the artists of BodyCartography Project have been dancing, free of charge and one on one, for audience members at various public sites around the Twin Cities.…
Otto Ramstad, on-site performance of closer. Photo: Sean Smuda, courtesy of BodyCartography Project.
Getting to Know the Fringe in a Biblical Way
Mn Artists' editor reports back after a full evening of shows wrestling with angels, coming to Jesus, making deals with the devil and laying down the Good Word.
I got to know the Fringe Wednesday night in a biblical way – four shows’ worth of wrestling with angels and deals with the devil, reckoning with mortal sin, and laying down the Good Word.…
phillip andrew bennett low in The Secret Book of Jesus, at the Ritz Studio for Fringe Festival 2015