Gallery 71, an alternative art space located at 71 France in Edina, is pleased to announce its upcoming group exhibition, After Hours. On October 5, between 6:30 and 9:00 P.M., Gallery 71 will open an exhibition featuring four artists who, despite the demands of their full-time careers in fine art related fields, have carved out both the time and artistic energy necessary to nurture vibrant art practices of their own. After Hours, which will remain on display until January 28, will feature a range of sculptural, painted, photographic, and printed works by artists Bob Lindell, Dan Dennehy, Garth Thompson-Vieira, and Jeff Rathermel.
Born in the 1950s in Northern Illinois, Bob Lindell has studied at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and the Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. A founding member of Rifle Sports Gallery, a groundbreaking alternative art space open from 1985 to 1988 in downtown Minneapolis, Bob Lindell started Artserve, a fine arts technical service, in 1994. When asked about his creative practice, Lindell responded, “Painting is always the best option. Sculpture, the second best, third in line is honesty.”
Originally form New York City, Dan Dennehy has been photographing art, artists and cultural life at museums in the Twin Cities for over 20 years. Currently the Senior Photographer and Head of Visual Resources at Minneapolis Institute of Art, Dennehy has documented hundreds of installations, performances, happenings and events, and has illustrated dozens of exhibition catalogs. A graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts, Dennehy has received support from the Bush Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Polaroid Corporation. His personal work, which is included in a number of private and public collections, and has been exhibited in the United States, Germany, and Japan, has led him to over 25 countries across four continents in search of photographic moments that draw meaning from the everyday.
Born in Minneapolis in 1981, Garth Thompson-Vieira is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute. During his four years at the Institute, Garth created work that embraced his infatuation with heavy metal sub genres and its accompanying imagery. After relocating to New York City in 2005, Thompson-Vieira began a career in the professional art handling business. Dismayed by an art world that he found to be overly concerned with concept and exclusive social circles, he moved back to Minneapolis, where he now resides. Narrowing down his media to mixed acrylic and water-based media on paper, Thompson-Vieira continues to explore the heavy-metal inspired world of the dark, grotesque, and bizarre while incorporating unconventional and recycled materials in his work. Since moving back to the Midwest, Thompson-Vieira had installation exhibitions in the Architectural Building for Art A Whirl in both 2014 and 2015.
A recognized expert on book arts whose work has been shown in numerous exhibitions across the country, Jeff Rathermel currently serves as Executive Director of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Rathermel received an MFA in printmaking, hand papermaking, and book arts from the University of Minnesota in 2000, and a BFA in printmaking with a minor in Art History from the University of Minnesota in 1997. Exhibitions of his work include Metaphor Taking Shape: Poetry, Art and the Book at Yale University; Jeff Rathermel: Recent and Revisited at Carleton College; Road Trip: A Minnesota/Oregon Book Arts Exchange at Lane College in Eugene, Oregon; and Action/Interaction: Book/Arts at Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts in Chicago. His work is included in many public collections, including Yale University, University of Chicago, University of Iowa, Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota Museum of American Art, and Walker Art Center. Rathermel’s artistic style is characterized by handwork, layered imagery, hybrid print techniques, and the inclusion of tactile elements. As a printmaker, hand papermaker, and book artist, Rathermel’ combines multiple disciplines in his work in order to explore both to explore two- and three-dimensional formats, the written word, mark making, repetition, rhythm, symbolism, and the power of visual narratives.
Gallery 71 hosts four exhibitions a year and is an alternative gallery space located at 71 France, a new housing development in Edina. The gallery is located at 7161 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55435, and is open Wednesdays between 6:30 and 8:30 P.M. and Saturdays between 1:00 and 4:00 P.M.