Rosalux Announces the Return of Green May 10th 7-11 PM

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Back by popular demand, Rosalux is proud to announce the return of our blockbuster art raffle Green!  Rosalux artists are donating over 20 one of a kind original artworks to be raffled off individually, and for only five dollars a ticket you can have the opportunity to win your very own.  Can’t make the event on the tenth but still want to get in on the action? No worries, you can purchase raffle tickets online and preview the work up for raffle at {Just click on the artwork you would like to purchase a ticket for and then click on the add to cart button for each ticket you would like to purchase! You can buy as many as you like and we will fill out the raffle tickets for you on the evening of the event. Each piece will be raffled off individually at ten PM on Saturday May 10th at the gallery and winners not in attendance will be contacted by email to make arrangements to pick up their prize.} You can also preview the work and buy tickets in person at the gallery Saturday May 3rd, and Sunday May 4th from noon to 4PM.  Participating artists for this years Green event include: Tara Costello, Laura Stack, John Diebel, Mike Sweere, Nick Howard, Duane Ditty, Jack Dale, Elaine Rutherford, Shawn McNulty, Terrence Payne, Dan Buettner, Robert Roscoe, David Malcolm Scott, Valerie Jenkins,  Eleanor McGough, Melissa Loop, Amelia Biewald, Nick Howard, Rebecca Krinke, Shana Kaplow and James Wrayge.

Green will take place Saturday May Tenth from 7-11 PM at Rosalux Gallery with the drawing for raffled artwork beginning promptly at 10 PM.   Rosalux Gallery is located at 1400 Van Buren Street, STE 195, Minneapolis, MN 55413.  For more information or to request high resolution image please contact Terrence Payne at 612-201-0379 or


New Work : Shana Kaplow and Michael Sweere

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New Work : Shana Kaplow and Michael Sweere

Exhibition April 5 – 27, 2014
Opening Reception Saturday, April 5th   7-10 PM
Gallery hours: Saturday-Sunday 12-4

Shana Kaplow’s artwork includes a 50-foot long sequence of evocative ink paintings that explore the subject of a chair. Working both representationally and abstractly, she imbues the paintings with complex questions about interconnection, separation, culture, and even globalism. Also on view are new video projections with sculptural elements made in collaboration with sculptor, Kirstie Brengman. Kaplow has exhibited and screened her work nationally and internationally at venues such as The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Walker Art Center, Franklin Art Works, 55 Mercer Gallery (NY), and The Austro-Sino Arts Program (Beijing). She is a recipient of the 2014 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, the 2013 Joan Mitchell Grant for Painters and Sculptors (NY), and was an artist in residence at The Red Gate International Artists Residency, Beijing.

Shana Kaplow is a fiscal year 2014 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.  This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant form the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


Michael Sweere

After a five year hiatus from Rosalux, Michael Sweere proudly returns to the gallery with a series of new creations. His current work continues to utilize salvaged objects, transforming non-traditional mediums into original works of art. His commissioned artwork installations can be seen in numerous collections including: The Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN), Children’s Hospitals (Minneapolis) St. John’s Mercy Medical Center (St. Louis, MO), Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and Lake Superior College (Duluth, MN).


Fragments and Glimpses: Elaine Rutherford and Bob Roscoe

ROSALUX GALLERY presents “Fragments and Glimpses“, new work by Elaine Rutherford and Bob Roscoe

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Exhibit runs: March 1-30 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 8, 7:00 – 10:00PM

Special Event: Artists talk with guest speaker, Teri Kwant director of Dreambox, RSP Architecture Saturday March 15. 2-4pm

The landscape of time and memory forms the connecting threads between Rutherford and Roscoe’s work.  Each artist reflects on questions of memory, preservation and recreation in ways that are formally distinct yet conceptually connected.  Rutherford’s current work explores questions of how we remember and the space between our lived and remembered experience. Rutherford’s intimately scaled paintings reference landscape as a fleeting glimpse viewed in passing while mixed media installations use video and sculptural elements to further explore our relationship to time and memory. Roscoe’s involvement in designing re-uses for older buildings provides a close up view of certain configurations of materials and shapes in the built environment, often within aging metropolises containing structures and fragments of landscapes in disintegration. He intends to reveal to us how certain fragments and glimpses possess aesthetic qualities in their own right. Artworks created by Rutherford and Roscoe present a collective repository of their passages through the vagaries of the built landscape, and memory’s particular imprints on our consciousness.

Elaine Rutherford is a fiscal year 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Boars.  This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant form the Minnesota State Arts board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


What Happened “inside, for a short amount of time” (Rosalux January show: new work by Dan Buettner and Rebecca Krinke)

Post by Rebecca Krinke

Opening Reception, January 4

It was an unusually interesting opening.  First of all, Dan sold 9 pieces at the Opening!

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Opening Reception

Rebecca had the unfamiliar experience of an opening becoming a part of the artwork itself – without having planned it. My work in the show was an oversized black 4-poster bed, with curtains of black feathers, layers of different textures of black fabrics, a tall stack of identical black notebooks, surrounded by a floor of straw swirling around the bed.

A few people asked about the notebooks, which are indeed my real notebooks. Gold thread, rising out of the straw floor, bound the notebooks together assuring that they could not (easily) be picked up and read. This triggered wishes in several people to see into them, perhaps using video to project their content onto the wall. I found this a gratifying response as one of the reasons for this artwork in my mind is the fact that “secret notebooks” or “notebooks with secrets” were there in plain sight to incite visitors to ponder their relationship to secrets.

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“Insomnia” installation by Rebecca Krinke

As I was talking with gallery goers about the work, a comment from one person about wanting to “jump right into this bed” prompted another to say something about how the bed was “sinister, perhaps dangerous”. This stimulated an ongoing conversation where I then asked people if they wanted to jump in or stay away. A group conversation ensued where I was asked if I had slept in the bed. It actually had not occurred to me – it was an “artwork”. The conversation turned to: “What if you slept in the bed?” I became increasingly interested in this unusual and provocative idea; it had emerged from participation at the opening, and echoed aspects of my public art-social practice work. I decided I would indeed take up the idea and sleep overnight in the bed – in my artwork called “Insomnia”.

Overnight in the Gallery: A “Sleepover” in “Insomnia”, January 23

I decided that I would spend one night only and focus on personal, solo, direct experience – no tweeting, live blogging, or webcams – after all, the artwork features a blank black notebook under the covers just waiting for someone/me to write in.

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“Insomnia” as Sleepover Site

When I first arrived that evening, I simply enjoyed looking at my work with no one present and the door locked. Turning the lights off by the door and walking across the deep, dark gallery space with the light of my phone revealed just how pitch black and cavernous the gallery is; no windows means not even a seepage of light. Crawling into this bed/not bed was a bit precarious. I brought a sleeping bag, as there is straw inside the bed too; this was occasionally a very strong scent but seemed to come and go as I shifted about…conjuring notions of stables, animals… The gallery is not quiet however – our overhead furnace roared to life at irregular intervals – or it seems that way when one is awakened several times during the night. I did have a dream. And although I did not feel trepidation inside the gallery, it was a threatening dream. A rather ominous being of some sort seemed to be hovering near the bed. I yelled (in my dream), ‘Get away this instant!” and they fled. So I actually felt strong and victorious and fell back to sleep. I woke up at 7ish to the banging sounds of trucks unloading outside. I packed up and went to Spyhouse for coffee, feeling a mixture of things: elation at doing something strange and new, comparing my adventure to a fairy tale, feeling an edge of fatigue, and daydreaming about new work…

Gallery Talk with Jack Zipes, January 25

Dan and I were delighted when Jack Zipes, a distinguished scholar of the fairy tale, accepted our invitation to offer his thoughts on our work. Jack has written dozens of books on the fairy tale over decades and is a wonderfully engaging thinker and speaker The Gallery Talk was attended by 20 or more people who came with great observations and questions.

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Dan, standing at left; Jack in center; Rebecca standing at right

Jack opened by saying that the fairy tale reveals aspects of the social, cultural, and political issues of the time, and that the realities described by fairy tales can reveal gaps between truth and falsehood in our society. He positioned the “Insomnia” artwork as a feminist re-visioning of the fairy tale; here there is no catatonic woman present in the bed (Snow White, Sleeping Beauty) but rather the bed is empty, and the woman has left or can come and go as she pleases, and the stack of notebooks imply action. But, paradoxically, the all black bed also manifests a strong sensation of death, mourning, and entrapment. That gold thread wrapped around the notebooks? It won’t work; it is “still a man’s world” the artwork may be communicating. Fairy tales said this: that the spinning of straw to gold, all night long, to save a life, her life, was women’s work… and it was always women trapped by spells, by men, and waiting for a man to save her.

Jack opened his discussion of Dan’s work by referencing the sentence from his artist statement, “art says what can’t be said”, as he noted the power of Dan’s works to show us the break between / the space of beauty and tragedy. He described how each work had a clearly visible image in the foreground (often animals, plants) and an occluded background that seem to speak of the environmental traumas at work all around us. Jack noted, “These works deserve our serious contemplation. We are living at a precarious time.”

The audience-participants were very engaged, asking questions of Jack, Dan, and myself. Great discussions ensued including: What, where are fairy tales or their replacements now? The bed, stack of notebooks, and the feathers in “Insomnia” drew observations. One woman remembered from her childhood seeing her parents sleeping – and it was a strange and somewhat frightening experience as sleep, unconsciousness and death commingled in her mind. The stack of notebooks seemed like a ladder or steps to some, as in write your way into or out of the bed/the situation. Dan’s work instigated several intriguing conversations about his process and presentation: his works are all the same size (book page size) and are paired with pages of text, filled with “dummy text” (using the Greek alphabet) with only the title of the work visible in English, creating a potent installation quality to his work – creating a larger read of the work – more than a series of works on the wall.

It was a very illuminating and enjoyable afternoon.

As a postscript: Jack bought one of Dan’s pieces! And a second piece was sold after the Gallery Talk.

The Experimental Freedom of Rosalux Gallery

Rosalux is a collective gallery – wherein the 20 members work together to run the space. Gallery members are focused on selling their work, but the collective format also allows each artist to create their own vision for their show, and for the two artists who decide to show together to create a vision for how their work will be seen together.

In planning our show, Dan and I made studio visits and contributed in helping each other clarify how to best show our work. I was intending to show the bed and a series of cloaks (made of feathers, straw) hung on hooks on the wall. In talking with Dan, I realized the bed would fill the space and was more potent alone. Dan and I saw connections in our work through the notebooks, and this book page quality of his works that emerged as a strong aspect in his installation.

As someone who makes sculpture and installations, not so readily collectable by many people, I doubly appreciate Rosalux and the freedom I have to create space, objects and encounters. This show was “alive in real time”, filled with many unexpected presents. One I particularly treasure is when Dan told me about a family member who was initially a bit underwhelmed by the thought of seeing only one sculpture by his showing partner. He said that after seeing “Insomnia”, she had 20 minutes of commentary on it!

“Inside, for a short amount of time” created new community and experiments. Rosalux is a crucible for innovation and collaboration for me, and I’d like to say many thanks again to Dan, to everyone at Rosalux, to our gallery goers, to our supporters, and to Jack Zipes.


Jack Zipes @ Gallery Talk January 25th

Jack Zipes, distinguished scholar of the fairy tale and Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota, will offer his thoughts on the “inside, for a short amount of time” exhibition by Dan Buettner and Rebecca Krinke.


Jack’s work revolves around the idea that fairy tales serve a meaningful social function, and that the worlds projected by the best of our fairy tales reveal the gaps between truth and falsehood in our immediate society.


Rebecca Krinke’s large installation of an immense, black bed – called  “Insomnia” – was inspired in part by fairy tales… where strange beds, rooms, and cottages in the dark woods abound. Humans and animals change form, a sleeper may sleep 100 years, and straw turns into gold.


Both artists will also be present to speak about their work.

Free and open to all.

Refreshments will be served.



“Double Vision” new work by Tara Costello and Val Jenkins

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Exhibit runs: Feb. 1 – 23 , 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 8, 7 – 10 PM

Rosalux Gallery presents “Double Vision” new work by Val Jenkins and Tara Costello.

Tara Costello on Painting:

My paintings explore the malleability of perspective, subtle shifts in time merging to create geometric depictions of a singular point of place. Each painting functions as a close up or an ariel view document of the landscape. Layers of Venetian plaster, raw pigment, and wax troweled onto wood panels build up to create uncanny spaces. I paint to find unexpected beauty in the relationships between rich textures and primitive marks.

I am interested in the way multiple perspectives live, move and shift within the same moment.  My paintings explore varied and dispersed points of view simultaneously. Through the interplay of the rich texture of plaster, a limited color palette, and geometrical forms, I create spaces which invite multivarious subjects and subjectivities to interact.

Val Jenkins on New Work:

My work occupies a terrain that can neither be defined as clearly abstract nor representational. Using both digital photography and painting, I explore the precarious relationship between seeing and knowing. I accept that as a condition of painting, appearances are fundamentally unstable and relational. Perception then, is interrogated through a rigorous process involving pie eyed optimism and sufficient skepticism.

This body of work began with a yearlong photographic study of glass objects which I then digitally altered. The resulting imagery became a meditation on time, the nature of illusion, mirages, black holes, infinity, and the hallucinatory conditions of cyberspace.

In my work, I’m interested in creating a visual dynamic that echoes life in the contemporary world, particularly how both the physical and the virtual contribute to our collective experience. The work functions as a trace of everyday experience; where such concerns as distance and proximity, ambiguity and contradiction, matter and its negation, are infused with imagination and wonder.

Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 12-4PM, admission is free.


l’étoile recommends Buettner / Krinke show

“Odd bedfellows Dan Buettner and Rebecca Krinke may seem like they’re at opposite ends of the art spectrum, but in ‘inside, for a short amount of time’, the two pair their vastly different work and construct a common thread using books, pages and journals; imagination, thought and process. Buettner’s white-washed paintings peppers together delicate objects with a deliberately rough underbelly; a study in “human purpose, spirituality, faith and the politics of personal choice” whereas Krinke’s work, typically found in the public sphere, is steeped in fairy tale nostalgia crossed with contemporary installation and personal introspection. The exhibit runs through January 26th with an additional artists’ talk happening on Saturday, January 25th at 2 pm.”


Buettner and Krinke featured in City Pages

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Public artist Rebecca Krinke, whose work resonates with whatever community it appears in, recently mounted a project called the Black Box Camera Obscura on Northrop Plaza at the University of Minnesota. Part of the Pop-Up Northrop initiative, the work invites passersby to enter a small, windowless building where they’re beguiled by an inverted image of the outside. This weekend at Rosalux, Krinke comes inside, bringing with her an enormous black-curtained bed, an installation titled Insomnia. She says it’s a companion to Black Box, and speaks to her recent works, including the black books in which she journals and sketches. Also on view are new pieces by painter Dan Buettner, in which white paint washes across landscapes and objects of beautiful mystery, from which intricately detailed mushrooms pop as if after a spring rain. There will be an opening reception 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, January 4, and an artists’ talk at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 25. (Pictured: Dan Buettner, Mushroom)

— By Camille LeFevre


ROSALUX presents “inside, for a short amount of time” Dan Buettner and Rebecca Krinke

“inside, for a short amount of time”

Exhibit runs: January 4 – January 26, 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 4, 7PM – 10:00PM

Artist Talk: Saturday, January 25, 2:00PM

Dan Buettner and Rebecca Krinke find common ground in exploring what can and cannot be said in their art/lives. Both are using aspects of books, pages, and journals in their separate projects for their January show.

Paintings by Dan Buettner:

“Art needs no meaning to exist, yet most things are expected to – even people. The desire to find meaning where there is none is prevalent in the arts.  I think it’s innately human to look for it, and if meaning isn’t easily known, we tend to make it up.

As I was making these paintings, I started to think of the images as pages in books. Or more specifically, single statements in books of which the contexts are not known.  Imagine opening a book to a random page, putting your finger on a single sentence, and constructing a meaning around it.  It might come as a surprise that to make sense of something one needs nothing more than that.  Think of these paintings as jumping off points for some independent thought on the subjects of human purpose, spirituality, faith, and the politics of personal choice.”

Buettner image: mushroom, 11″ x 14″, collage and acrylic on mat board, 2013.

Sculpture (Insomnia) by Rebecca Krinke:

“My work embodies memory as secrets and fragments, and as a source of intrusion and obsession. My piece for this exhibition, Insomnia, was inspired by the black four poster bed from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (in the Connecticut Room) and by fairy tales, where strange beds, rooms, and cottages in the dark woods abound. Humans and animals change form, a sleeper may sleep 100 years, and straw turns into gold.

Insomnia also continues the thread in my work of revealing one (or several) of my hundreds of black bound journal-notebooks. In my work I am interested in alluding to struggle, growth, beauty, stress, trauma, coping, transcending – referencing issues felt both individually and collectively.”

Krinke image: Insomnia (detail), found object (bed), fabric, feathers, straw, notebooks, 7’ x 7’ x 6’, 2013.

Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 12-4 PM

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Rebecca Krinke


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“Undertow” @ Rosalux a City Pages Top 10 in Art 2013!

“Undertow: Rebecca Krinke & Elaine Rutherford” at Rosalux

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This year, Elaine Rutherford and Rebecca Krinke joined up for a show at Rosalux that was both challenging and rewarding. In the exhibit, Rutherford’s mixed-media works explored a sense of place and time, hovering between different worlds in some rather haunting pieces. Krinke’s sculptural pieces, meanwhile, explored the subconscious and the idea of memory, with black-bound notebooks trapped in old cabinets, guarded by a kind of mermaid creature. The two artists share a dark, surrealistic quality, and the show ended up being a journey of both the senses and the mind.


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