Sep 24, 2006
Restless with a Hunger to See: The McKnight Photo Fellows
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, 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 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 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 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 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 4, 2006
Artists on Artists: Coral Lambert
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 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 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 14, 2006
Green Man: Onsite Events
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 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 speaks to Minnesota furniture maker Ross Peterson; he takes his cues from nature when he designs his one-of-a-kind functional artworks.
Jun 21, 2006
Paradoxes: Frank Big Bear at Bockley Gallery
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 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 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
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 20, 2006
The Column: Thaw
Suz Szucs finds a context to think about time, change, photography, and loss, in the disappearance of winter and in the work of photographers.
Apr 26, 2006
Lack of Definition: "Ever More" at MMAA
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).