Chaos Control: Jack Dale and Shawn McNulty in August

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New paintings by Shawn McNulty and Jack Dale

Exhibit runs: August 2nd–31st, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 9th, 7:00-10:00 PM

Contemporary painters Jack Dale and Shawn McNulty present new, large-scale paintings that explore the creation of unique organic structures in their upcoming show “CHAOS CONTROL” at Rosalux Gallery.  Their process involves repeating components with a painterly approach that allows for invention and divergence. Abstract Expressionists are usually dealing with some sense of chaos and control in their work. The most interesting and aesthetically pleasing forms are often derived from the chaotic application of paint, while the artist controls how those forms can exist in the final composition. Jack Dale and Shawn McNulty have different approaches to the canvas, but the end result exemplifies both artists’ long evolution in their distinct painting styles with elements of chaos and control.

Shawn McNulty, a founding member of Rosalux Gallery since 2002, works his square canvas on the floor using acrylic and pumice with large industrial palette knives.  He also uses his feet with a “shoe palette knife” in an attempt to discover new forms by modifying his control. His work explores the idea of recognizable shapes and structures living within irrational thoughts and emotions.  The process starts out very spontaneously and becomes more detailed as the composition starts to show itself.  The color fields interchange with each other, attempting to find common ground resulting in multifaceted and interesting edges. The process continues until a solution is found, always applying and mixing paint directly on the canvas, scraping away layers to reveal the ghostly characters of the previous. Professionally, his art has found its way into the world. The corridors of the Setai Fifth Avenue Hotel in midtown Manhattan display 200 of his 30×30” archival pigment prints, while his originals have been recently acquired by the corporate collections of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas and General Mills in Minnesota. The Vartian Carpet Company headquartered in Vienna will be releasing a collection of large floor rugs based on McNulty’s work in 2014.

Jack Dale is a mark-maker constantly digging for an image that will define his work. Although composition, line, and texture are all important elements in Dale’s painting, it is his masterful use of color that is the most fascinating. His paintings linger in the mind, and continue to evoke feelings long after being viewed.  Jack attended the University of Minnesota on a hockey scholarship and played on the 1968 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team. He also played three years as a professional before an injury ended his hockey career. He approaches painting from an aesthetic point of view and has always wanted the public to remember his work for the feelings it evokes rather than the content it may reflect. Each line, color, and shape leads to the next in chaos defined by parameters.  Dale’s paintings are random road maps, like the spontaneously rehearsed movements of an athlete.  He has been a painter for over 40 years and is found in collections across the country.

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Special Event July 24, 7 PM: Hazel and Wren @ Rosalux

Hazel & Wren, a Minneapolis-based literary community will bring their inspiring approach to creating and disseminating poems and texts to Rosalux as part of the current exhibition Incident. Details:

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Free; refreshments provided!

Hazel & Wren joins “Incident” for night of community, art, and of course, writers. At 7:00 pm, join us for a collaborative, audience-generated poem inspired by the show. We’ll reveal the full collaborative effort at the end of the night. At 7:30, we’ll kick off a 3 poet reading whose work parallels elements of “Incident”: significant moments,  the act of writing, feathers, and the surreal dream world. Poets featured will be Timothy Otte (previously published in Paper Darts, METRO Magazine, The Alembic, and others), Brett Elizabeth Jenkins (previously published in Revolver, PANK, Sixth Finch, and more. She is co-editor of Tinderbox Poetry Journal.), and Opal McCarthy (author of Surge: An Oral Poetics, and whose poems have appeared in alice blue review, Midway Journal, and more.)


—MORE PRESS for Incident exhibition, from L’etoile magazine:

SATURDAY, JULY 12, Rebecca Krinke & Duane Ditty: Incident, Opening Reception @ Rosalux Gallery; 7-10 pm / Free

Rebecca Krinke’s new exhibit builds off of Insomnia, her January 2014 show at Rosalux. Both utilize a black four-poster bed from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Her new work is more feral, raising questions about the space between domestic and wild, animal and human, struggle and rest, growth and stagnation, beauty and ugliness, dreams and nightmares. Duane Ditty’s work explores moments in time and the narrative of light and dark, creating muted, abstract forms that possess a monochromatic drama. -Susan Woehrle


Great Press for Krinke and Ditty exhibition “Incident”

This week the Star Tribune,, and the Minnesota Daily all featured articles on the Rosalux July show “Incident” by Rebecca Krinke and Duane Ditty.Vitamin 471x600 Great Press for Krinke and Ditty exhibition Incident

“In an unlikely pairing, Twin Cities installation artist Rebecca Krinke and painter Duane Ditty have collaborated on a show themed to “incidents.” The centerpiece of her installation is a four-poster bed shrouded in black and surrounded by hangings made of straw, grasses and black feathers. Titled “Incident (After Insomnia),” it evidently attempts to evoke some of the contradictory emotions associated with sleep, which is alternatively cozy, restorative and comforting, or nightmarish, unsettling and tormented. Ditty’s lyrical abstractions are fluid records of incidents that occur during daylong painting sessions.” (Noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Reception 7-10 p.m. July 12. Ends July 27. Free. Rosalux Gallery, 1400 NE. Van Buren St. #195, Mpls. Mary Abbe

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Incident – Rebecca Krinke and Duane Ditty in July

ROSALUX GALLERY presents “Incident” Rebecca Krinke and Duane Ditty

Exhibition runs: July 5 – July 27, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 12, 7 PM – 10:00 PM

Rebecca Krinke and Duane Ditty both have works in this show titled “Incident”: a word that often refers to a an occurrence of seemingly minor importance that can lead to serious consequences. Time and transformation are at play in both artists’ works, but their art sits in intriguing contrast to each other. The overall exhibition could be seen as an installation – Ditty’s paintings line the large bright salon space, while Krinke’s bed sculpture is found in its own darkened room.

Sculpture Incident (after Insomnia) by Rebecca Krinke: My new sculpture for this exhibition builds on the work done for Insomnia – my January 2014Rosalux show. Both works take as a starting point the black four-poster bed from a period room at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Incident (after Insomnia) is a more feral piece – raising questions into the domestic and the undomesticated, animal and human, struggle, growth, beauty, stress, trauma, coping, transforming. A lexicon:

Bed: haven, rest, sleep, recuperate, dream, privacy, intimacy, confined, fear of the dark, insomnia, sickbed, deathbed, feather bed, straw bed, garden bed, nest, the “spirit world”, liminal space, journey of consciousness.
Black Feather/Bird: flocks, mobbing, messenger, migration, magical powers, familiar/uncanny, divination.
Straw: bedding and fodder for animals, floors, bedding, clothing, targets, taxidermy, woven, thatched. Notebook/Journal: written record of incidents, experiences, and ideas.

Paintings by Duane Ditty:
Painting for me is about the timeframe when something happens. An incident has occurred within this timeframe and the painting is a record of it for future examination. In this new series, I am no longer building up the paintings over days of subtle refinement; they are now rapidly reworked each day until I find them compelling. These new paintings executed in a more rapid and anxious fashion replace my stark and more urban works with ones that have a more fluid sense of open space and light. Abstraction to me is the sense of visual narrative, of an occurrence, that gains meaning through the viewer – and in how they understand this and how it relates to their own experience.

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Rebecca Krinke – Incident (after Insomnia), found object (bed), fabric, feathers, straw, notebooks, 7’ x 7’ x 6’, 2014



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Duane Ditty – Incident 2014 Oil on canvas 76 x 58 in


Open Door Ten Comes To Rosalux This June

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“My first inclination while looking through the scores of submissions for Open Door 10 was to pick pieces that spoke to me in a common language, and did so in a well-crafted way. A pattern began to develop around the language of everyday objects. Mundane items that we see all around us such as a blender, a post-it note, wallpaper or even the form of a word appeared in the works that I eventually selected.

bertog 585x600  Open Door Ten Comes To Rosalux This JuneEach artist in this show used these objects in a different way, but commonly they utilize familiar things to engage the viewer’s attention quickly, and then used them as a device to explore more complex ideas.  In the artist’s statements I saw ideas related to consumable decorativeness, everyday life and mundane surroundings all leading to cultural realities, perceived identities and our relationship with the natural world. These everyday objects, which are typically cluttered about our world from moment to moment, here are presented in a clean and graphic way: The birds in the blender are contained and separate from the kitchen mess; The chosen text in the painting is cut out and represented in bold colors; Wallpaper envelopes a child. These ordinary objects are speaking to us in bold and beautiful ways.”

Participating artists in this years exhibition are: Ute Bertog, Stephanie Brunia, Jong-Un Choi, Hilary Greenstein, Marcia Haffmans, Kyle Eric Johanson, Rachel Longstreet, Jehra Patrick, Areca Roe, Ashley Seiwert, and Joshua D Wilichowski

Open Door is free and open to the public. The exhibition will run from June 6th through the 29th with an opening reception on Saturday June 14th from 7-10 PM


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.


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