Getting Out Letter 3: Dear darling Harper just now two years old,
Educator, arts administrator, and artist Molly Van Avery chronicles the fundamental shifts in her creative practice since becoming a parent, the unexpected gift of exiting arts administration, and the confluence of wonder and surrender when a child learns how to sing.
Dear darling Harper just now two years old,…
Getting Out Letter 2: Dear Cruel (art) World,
In November 2016, reparationist, cultural organizer, and curious queer creative Eric Avery sent a letter to their community, announcing their hiatus from art-making. The letter is reprinted in full.
Photo: Eric Avery.Dear Cruel (art) World,…
Getting Out Letter 1: Gurumaan, hello
Incoming guest editor Moheb Soliman introduces the series Getting Out: a series of letters sampling varied perspectives on the outs, and ins thereof, of art.
"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 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.…