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Jan 2, 2007
Weird-Shaped Heads and Internet Toasters: Barrett Chase
Chris Godsey

Chris Godsey interviews Barrett Chase, cartoonist, blogger, writer, postal worker. Read on for dark wit and wisdom, and a bunch of recommended blogs.
Nov 26, 2006
Seductive, Repulsive: Quantum Circus at Soo VAC
Amanda Vail

Amanda Vail reports on “Quantum Circus: The Intelligent Design Process,” an enviroment built by Michael Zansky and Andréa Stanislav at the Soo Visual Arts Center. The show is up through December 24.
Oct 19, 2006
Salad Days Sunset: MCAD / Jerome Fellows
Chris Atkins

Chris Atkins reviews the new crop of Jerome artists at MCAD, and is engaged by what he sees. Be sure to get over to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design Gallery; the show comes down October 29.
Oct 18, 2006
Not Easy to Take: "Safety Club" at Midway
Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs was struck by Todd Norsten's show "Safety Club" at Midway Contemporary Art's new space in Northeast Minneapolis, and driven to think about the long and resonant development of this artist's career. Show is up through October 21.
Oct 18, 2006
Reliquiae: Beauty and Cruelty of Life on Earth
Glenn Gordon

Glenn Gordon visited Sam Spiczka's sculptures at Augsburg College's Gage Family Gallery, and was swept away. The show is up through October 27. Spiczka is giving a talk at the gallery Weds, Oct 25, at 12:30 pm.
Oct 13, 2006
We Can Be Heroes: Cameron Jamie
Jeffrey Kalstrom

Jeffrey Kalstrom writes on Cameron Jamie's show at the Walker as a clarion call for citizen artists--all those who make, throw off your chains! You have nothing to lose but the remote. Jamie's work is up through October 22.
Oct 5, 2006
Two Different Worlds?
Jim Grafsgaard

Read artist Jim Grafsgaard’s opinion on Todd Norsten’s paintings at Midway Contemporary Art and Barbara Gilhooly’s sculpture at Outsiders and Others. What do you think? Please respond!
Sep 29, 2006
Portraiture sans Politics: Eastman Johnson’s portrayal of the Ojibwe
Julia Durst

Julia Durst reviews “Eastman Johnson: Paintings and Drawings of the Lake Superior Ojibwe” at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth. This rare look at a nineteenth-century artist’s take on the region is up through October 29.
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
mnartists.org

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
mnartists.org

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
mnartists.org

mnartists.org was at Green Man in Duluth this weekend, spreading the mnartists.org 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.

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