Getting Out Letter 4: TO: Where It May Concern, 514 2nd St SE Minneapolis, MN 55414
Following the announcement that the Soap Factory will close for good, the former Gallery Director Kate Arford pens a letter to the building itself: a love letter, a breakup missive, and a reflection on the loss of the art spaces that shape not only the landscape of the cities, but ourselves.
TO: Where It May Concern 514 2nd St SE Minneapolis, MN 55414FROM: Me Outside…
An Exercise in Sensing Emotions Through Plants
Jess Hirsch, artist and founder of the Women's Woodshop, explores the power of plants to reveal our intentions and transform our emotions through meditation.
Image courtesy of Jess Hirsch.…
Plants, A Key to Creativity
Textile designer, public artist, and field botanist Sarah Nassif traverses the overlap between her work in urban forestry and socially engaged art, facilitating transformative encounters with plants and inspiring the public to notice nature everywhere.
Photo: Sarah Nassif.…
The Green Behind the Glass: Collecting and Protecting Plants from Around the World
Guest editor Regan Golden interviews Lisa Philander, the Director and Curator of the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences Conservatory, about the intersection of curatorial practice and biology, the shifting cultural awareness of plants, and the strategies she uses for boosting the visibility of plants and educating the public to inspire conservation efforts.
Photo: Regan Golden.…
Seeing Plants: Vision and Botany in Contemporary Art
Visual artist and writer Regan Golden, the incoming guest editor of Mn Artists, introduces Seeing Plants, a series of writings by artists, designers and botanists questioning the role that plants play in our everyday lives: as material for our artwork, as inspiration, as medicine, as a reminder of our own mortality.
I rush across the gallery towards a vibrant patch of grass and small flowers thriving atop a pedestal in the harshest of conditions: a white-walled gallery in January in Minnesota. I pace around the pedestal, eager for greenery, my heart sinks: the green grass is made of glass.…
Regan Golden, Spring Ephemerals.
Experience Is Expertise
Artist, poet, and scholar Simi Kang reframes the notion of expertise, examining which stories we are allowed to retain from our ancestors, what qualifies as a “valid” story, how institutions tell stories for us, and how we tell stories about and for ourselves.
When Saymoukda asked me to write for this incredible series, I struggled to find a center for the piece. While I make visual art and poetry, my primary art these days is writing in service to my Ph.D.…
Out of Place: Black Triage and its Afterlife
PhD candidate in geography and writer Aaron Mallory explores the space between injury and death to discuss the afterlife of triage.
To be black is to be injured. An injury is a status, a commonly held social belief that one is not in good health. What it means to be to healthy depends on your place. We only speak of health when things aren’t well. …
Image credit: Aaron Mallory