"The Story" & "Father"
Two stories by visual artist and photographer Pao Houa Her illuminate the transformative presence of plants within personal, familial, and political histories, from the midst of war in the jungles of Laos to a kitchen in Minnesota.
Pao Houa Her, Untitled, (Ban Xieng Khouang), 2018. Archival inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist and Bockley Gallery.“The Story”…
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.…
Groundbreaking: The Calendar of Daily Fractures
Artist and photographer Jiamu Wu cracks open the deep observation of road surfaces that grew into the project Daily Fractures, evolving into a meditation on the materiality of time and the dimensions of vision.
Jiamu Wu, Daily Fractures, 2019.1…
The Trauma Question
Writer and cultural strategist Lisa Marie Brimmer responds to the May 2019 event Mn Artists Presents: Anat Shinar and Amal Rogers as “surreal immersion theater", untangling the complex relationships between artists, institutions, and audiences, and calling for new stories to be made possible.
Untitled installation by Maggie Thompson, 2019. Photo by Galen Fletcher, courtesy Walker Art Center.…
The Long Practice of Cumulative Attentiveness
Interdisciplinary artist Ian Hanesworth considers the shifts of attention that arose in the process of their print series on medicinal plants—and how what we notice can become a gesture of reciprocity with the natural world that supports our lives.
Ian Hanesworth, MN HWY (detail), 2018.…
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.