Bart Vargas is from Bellevue, Nebraska. For over a decade, he has been exploring the artistic potential of trash and recyclable materials. Using pattern, repetition and form, he builds paintings, sculptures, and installations that blur the identity of these everyday materials, transforming them into playful, thought-provoking objects. Vargas wants his creations to act as artifacts and evidence of the early 21st century, and hopes to do so by using materials that are no longer needed or valued in an era of limited resources and extraordinary consumption and waste.
Please join us for our first Rosalux Reading, featuring: Guggenheim Fellow Peter Campion, Isabel Harding, Zoë Miller, and Patrick Whitfill.
When: Saturday, April 27th, 7pm-9pm (Reading starts at 7:30pm)
Where: Rosalux Gallery 1400 Van Buren St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Bar donations will benefit the Youth Programs at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
About the readers:
Featured reader, Peter Campion is the author of three books of poems, Other People, The Lions, and El Dorado (which comes out this fall)—all from the University of Chicago Press. He’s the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Larry Levis Reading Prize, the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He teaches in the M.F.A. Program at the University of Minnesota.
Isabel Harding grew up in Atlanta, GA, and is a graduate of Agnes Scott College. She is in her second year pursuing her MFA in Fiction at the University of Minnesota. Her work appears in the anthology Strangers in Paris: New Writing Inspired by the City of Light.
Zoë Miller grew up in Los Angeles. She graduated from The New School University in New York City as a Riggio Honors Fellow. Currently, she is pursuing an MFA in Fiction at the University of Minnesota. Her short stories and poems have appeared in pax americana, 12th Street, and Front Porch.
Patrick Whitfill recieved his PhD from Texas Tech University in the spring of 2008. Since then, he has lived and worked in Spartanburg, SC. His poetry and fiction has appeared in such journals as Beloit Poetry Journal, Tar River Review, Best New Poets, 32 Poems, Juked, Unsplendid, Linebreak and some other places, too. Besides teaching at a few places in the area, Patrick has worked as a bartender, waiter, freelance editor, line cook and as a cashier at an independent bookstore. Most of the time, he watches Netflix.
Thanks to our awesome audience and the hard work of our exceptional artists Rosalux Gallery has been named Best Art Gallery 2013 by the City Pages! We greatly appreciate the hard work of everyone who has contributed to building up the gallery over the years and look forward to sharing our art with the twin cities in the years to come. Check out the full City Pages article here!
Reconstructed Space: Opening Reception Photos
Saturday, April 6, 2013
From re: constructed space – jonas criscoe & john diebel, posted by Rosalux Gallery on 4/09/2013 (72 items)
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Join Cole Rogers, master printer and co-founder of Highpoint Center for Printmaking and Brian Hartley Sago a Highpoint Artist Co-op member in conversation with D.I.Y. printers Jonas Criscoe and Caitlin Warner, plus special guest about what it means for artistic practice to be collaborative and cooperative. Reception to follow
ROSALUX GALLERY presents
“Reconstructed Space: New works by Jonas Criscoe & John Diebel”
Exhibition runs: April 6 – 28, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 6, 2013, 7-10 PM
Reconstructed Space: New works by Jonas Criscoe & John Diebel
Reconstructed Space is an exhibition of new work from artists Jonas Criscoe and John Diebel opening in April at Rosalux Gallery. In this texture-laden show Mr. Criscoe, with his graffiti-laced assemblages and Mr. Diebel, through his intricately cut paper collage, examine built environments and the spaces they renegotiate through their interactions with nature and history. The exhibition opens April 6th and runs through the 28th with an opening reception with the artists Saturday, April 6th from 7-10 PM.
Artist Jonas Criscoe explores the way in which environments and landscapes are altered by our society, and nature’s ability to reclaim the spaces and the things that we abandon. A number of the works in his newest series were created using various found materials and imagery collected during way-finding walks and drives. They are, on the one hand, a conversation between old-time quilt making and modernist geometric abstraction while, on the other, a means of exploring the patina of wear and environmental exposure on materials and surfaces. Overlayed upon these surfaces are idioms of graffiti which reclaim lost or abandoned spaces with the voice of the individual, building up a patina that Mr. Criscoe calls “the aura of touch”.
Artist John Diebel’s work imagines alternate histories; worlds in which the idealism of such early 20th Century art movements as Suprematism, Constructuvism, and De Stijl have been implemented as the complete cultural revolutions that their manifestoes demanded. What happens to revolutionary zeal and the fervent desire to forge a New Humanity over the course of decades and in the face of seemingly immutable human nature? The specter of the Soviet Union’s doomed experiment in compromised ideals helps to inform Diebel’s dystopian visions. Here we find Imperial cities on the verge of decline, dominated by geometric edifices in primary colors, and over-flown by menacing architectonic drones. Worlds very different from those exhorted by artistic doctrine, but also not unlike our own world today.
Rosalux Gallery would like to announce the opening of the upcoming group exhibition entitled Kitsch. Rosalux has specially created this exhibition for Art-A-Whirl this coming May celebrating the Northeast Minneapolis art community. Kitsch polishes up the brassy chintz of art created for mass appeal and elevates it through our artists thoughtful renderings. Whether it is through the abstracted dog portraits of Shawn McNulty, the applied celestial plumbing onto mass produced art prints by Laura Stack or the not so still life floral arrangements of Terrence Payne, Kitsch promises to engage and entertain viewers while sparking new ideas of what can be expected from art in the realms of the brazen.
Opening Reception: Saturday May 11th, 7 to 10 PM
Exhibition Dates: May 4th – May 26th
Art A Whirl Weekend: Friday, May 17th – 7:00-10:00PM , Saturday, May 18th – Noon-8:00 p.m. & Sunday, May 19th – Noon-5:00 PM
Gallery Hours: Saturday & Sunday 12 – 4 PM
Geometric structures form the foundation of the paintings of James Wrayge and Duane Ditty. These structures compose the repeated elements in a painterly, systemic approach that allows for discovery and variation.
Through the practice of painting the artists’ values are manifested. A strong sense of process, discovery and physicality is apparent in the finished work.
Neither narrative nor illustrational, the paintings connote rather than denote.
Exhibition dates: March 2nd-30th, 2013
Opening reception: March 2nd 7-10pm