Visual Arts

Sep 24, 2006
Restless with a Hunger to See: The McKnight Photo Fellows
Glenn Gordon

Glenn Gordon saw the McKnight Photography Exhibition at the Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota and was impressed: this is a great show. It's a fine way for the Nash to wrap up its stewardship of the program; next year it moves to the MCP.
Sep 19, 2006
How To: Make Your Own Vinyl Toy/Sculptures
Sol Nte

Sol Nte, a polymathic artist and thinker from Stoke-on-Trent in England, makes toys under his FIGUREPUNK label. Here he tells us how to do this yourself: read on and get your hands on some Sculpey and a Chinese dictionary.
Sep 10, 2006
Can Art Be a Weapon Against War?: Guerilla Art
Mark Wojahn

Mark Wojahn found "Guerilla Art" to be authentic but spotty, but worth seeing, all in all. Altered Esthetics is at 1300 Quincy St. NE in Minneapolis. Their hours are Tue - Thur, 10am-4pm, Thur 6-8pm and by appt. The show is open through Sept. 29.
Sep 7, 2006
One and One and One Is Three: An Artists’ Come-Together Manifesto
Michael Fallon

Michael Fallon brings encouraging news for artists trying to get it together--coming together can help.
Sep 4, 2006
State Fair Winners: Drawings

Dallan Kimberling won the Drawings category this year at the State Fair Fine Arts Show; read on for some details on this interesting artist.
Aug 29, 2006
State Fair Winners: Textiles and Photography

Barbara Martinson and Ryan Kane are this year's winners in the categories of Textiles and Photography respectively. Read on to get the back-story on the winning artwork by these two talented artists.
Aug 21, 2006
On Criticism and the Glory of the New
Alex Starace

Alex Starace peruses some recent art criticism, in particular articles on the Whitney Biennial. He discovers that, regardless of how good or bad the show was, reviewers could probably do better.
Aug 12, 2006
Choreographic: World Class, Lots of Fun
Jeffrey Kalstrom

Jeffrey Kalstrom saw the dance as well as the dance photos at the Minnesota Center for Photography recently. The combination of dance imagery and dance performance was dazzling; he recommends you look for performances by any of these artists.
Aug 10, 2006
Irreconcilable Differences: The McKnight Fellows Coexist at MCAD
Cecilia Aldarondo

Cecilia Aldarondo reviews the McKnight Fellows Show at MCAD: Suzanne Kosmalski, David Lefkowitz, Aaron Van Dyke, Jay Lance Wittenberg show the work they spent the last year doing.
Aug 4, 2006
Artists on Artists: Coral Lambert
Suzanne Szucs

Suzanne Szucs writes on the work and life of Coral Lambert, who's back in Minnesota for the North Shore Iron Pour outside of Duluth and the Franconia Iron Pour at Franconia Sculpture Park, Saturday, August 5. Public is welcome; come make iron sculpture!
Jul 26, 2006
Navigating the Realm Where Cultures Collide
Julia Durst

Julia Durst reviews "Light from Shadows: A Cultural Critique Reflected in Personal Expression," a three-person show curated by John Steffl for the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth. The show is up through August 31.
Jul 24, 2006
Night Haunts: What Creates the Body of the City?
Chris Atkins

Chris Atkins writes on "Night Haunts: A Nocturnal Journal Through 2006," a web project by Sukhdev Sandhu with visuals by Mind Unit and sound design by Scanner. It's one of Artangel's startlingly effective public art projects.
Jul 17, 2006
Vol 1, No 1: Local Confidence: "Untitled V" at Soo VAC
Alex Starace

Alex Starace gives a sampling of the wide variety of art available at the “Untitled V” exhibition at the Soo Visual Arts Center. The show runs through August 12th
Jul 14, 2006
Green Man: Onsite Events was at Green Man in Duluth this weekend, spreading the news and gathering experiences of musicians and artists from around the region.
Jul 5, 2006
Blooming Possibilities: Beauty in Botanical Art
Alex Starace

Alex Starace visits the Bell Museum of Natural History’s exhibition, “Bloom! – Botanical Art Through the Ages,” and finds a lot to like and a lot to learn about the diversity of art. The show runs through August 27.
Jul 3, 2006
Vol 1, No 1: The Art of the Natural
Britt Aamodt

Britt Aamodt speaks to Minnesota furniture maker Ross Peterson; he takes his cues from nature when he designs his one-of-a-kind functional artworks.
Jul 1, 2006
Vol 1, No 1: American Tourist: Aaron McLeod at the Duluth Art Institute
Suzanne Szucs

Suzanne Szucs views a set of images shot by an American soldier in Iraq: she finds them both useful and moving.
Jun 21, 2006
Paradoxes: Frank Big Bear at Bockley Gallery
Lightsey Darst

Lightsey Darst reviews the show "Portraits 1997-2006" at the Bockley Gallery at 2123 W. 21st Street in Minneapolis. This rare show by Frank Big Bear shows a new subtle complexity in his work.
Jun 17, 2006
Whitney Again: What Does It Do?
Lightsey Darst

Lightsey Darst essays another look at the Whitney Biennial; read this and then use the links at the article's foot to read more . . .
Jun 13, 2006
When Sculptors Paint: Joe Sandor at Pizza Luce in Duluth
Julia Durst

Julia Durst writes on Joe Sandor's show of paintings at Duluth's Pizza Luce. Pizza Luce is located at the intersection of the two main streets, Superior Street and Lake Avenue; their music and art presentations are important to the downtown community.
May 31, 2006
A River Journey: Ron Merchant
Britt Aamodt

After a career reversal, Ron Merchant packed the van and embarked on a journey that would take him down the Mississippi River, to culminate in the exhibition “Born by the River: People of the Mississippi River Towns.” Britt Aamodt tells the story.
May 30, 2006
Vol 1, No 1: Intimate Dissimulations: JoAnn Verburg’s ‘Camouflage’ at Gallery Co
Cecilia Aldarono

Cecilia Aldarondo pays a visit to the mysterious groves and pyramids at the new Gallery Co (still in the Wyman building, but on the second floor and not the seventh). It's an experience that has its rewards, though they're difficult to define.
May 20, 2006
The Column: Thaw
Suzanne Szucs

Suz Szucs finds a context to think about time, change, photography, and loss, in the disappearance of winter and in the work of photographers.
May 10, 2006
Three Cities, One Exhibition: LON/MSP/NYC at The Soap Factory
Alex Starace

The “8 x 8 x 8” exhibition (which runs through June 11th at The Soap Factory) is large and sprawling; Alex Starace isolates and discusses a few of the films and photographs at the show.
Apr 26, 2006
Lack of Definition: "Ever More" at MMAA
Alex Starace

Alex Starace finds himself frustrated and confused by the "Ever More" show at the Minnesota Museum of American Art (through July 16 on the St Paul riverfront at 50 West Kellogg Boulevard).


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