Songs From a Room
Music writer Youa Vang talks with Nicole Breidel on the roving underground concert series, SoFar Sounds, and carving out a career in the music business.
“My greatest fear is that no one will show up,” Nicole Breidel ruminates as she readies water bottles and snacks for guests in the currently-empty home of a Minneapolis resident.…
A recent venue for SoFar Minneapolis. Photo by Youa Vang.
Kevin Obsatz on his education as an artist, both as a student and teacher of filmmaking, and in his experiences outside the classroom.
The school system today performs the threefold function common to powerful churches throughout history.…
All stills from the author's student films made for "290," his class in Super 8 during his time at USC.
The Weather Diaries
Mixing Icelandic fashion, arresting photography, video, and lush installation, a new exhibit at the American Swedish Institute challenges viewers to rethink fashion as an art form and the relevance of designers geographically isolated from Western couture.
Look at her. Return her gaze. It’s difficult, in fact, to look away, so intriguing are the possibilities for narrative and discourse layered into her image.…
The Fifth Daughters, 2014, designer: Bibi Chemnitz, © Cooper & Gorfer. On view at the American Swedish Institute through July 2, 2017.
Together in the Dark
At a screening of experimental films at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival, things go wrong in fascinating ways.
In April of 2017, Cellular Cinema curated two screenings of short experimental films and videos for the Minneapolis St.…
Melissa Haviland & David Colagiovanni, Pike Puht. Film still courtesy of the author.
NEMAA Artist Series: The Romance of the West
The Old West lives on in Kate Hartfiel’s paintings: silhouettes of horses and ranch hands at work, caught in a moment’s graceful gesture and set against wide open spaces rendered in swaths of rich crimson, ochre, and cyan.
The Old West lives on in Kate Hartfiel’s paintings: silhouettes of horses and ranch hands at work, caught in a moment’s graceful gesture and set against wide open spaces rendered in swaths of rich crimson, ochre, and cyan.…
Kate Hartfiel, 8 Seconds, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
Wendy Red Star: Reservation Pop
One could be forgiven for making the visual connection between Andy Warhol’s candy-colored pop art and Wendy Red Star’s rez cars and houses series, but where Warhol created his images from a place of privilege, Red Star's vivid works celebrate the rural, lived material reality of some of the least-celebrated communities in the US.
Single, cut-out images of objects draw the eye first to their color and shape, and then to the arresting contrast with their matte colors.…
Wendy Red Star, Documenting the Rez Cars and HUD Houses of Pryor, Montana (Crow Indian Reservation). At Bethel University's Olson Gallery through May 27, 2017. Photo: Reid Harer.
Minnesota Goes Pop
Suzanne Szucs on Rochester Art Center's "Minnesota Goes Pop" exhibition, which takes Andy Warhol's work as a starting point from which a wide array of contemporary Minnesota artists run, offering a fresh, distinctively regional spin on 20th-century Pop ideas.
The Andy Warhol: Minnesota Goes Pop exhibition, currently on display at the Rochester Art Center, uses two bodies of work by Andy Warhol as the starting point to explore contemporary Pop Art.…
Andy Warhol screen prints, 1986. Installation view from Andy Warhol: Minnesota Goes Pop at Rochester Art Center.