Chaos Control reviews in Citypages and

Chaos Control: Shawn McNulty and Jack Dale was reviewed in Citypages and which both included a published image of McNulty’s Orca painting.

“Two of the Twin Cities’ foremost abstractionists, painters Jack Dale and Shawn McNulty, employ a similar methodology in making their work. They create their forms through a modicum of chaos during application, and then they control how those forms are juxtaposed and composed to finalize the end result. In this show, color is at the forefront: vibrant and dense in McNulty’s work, restrained and muted in Dale’s paintings. Shapes are obscured or dance with lively intentions on Dale’s canvases, while slashes and swipes on McNulty’s generate an engaging mystery begging for close examination.” – Camille Lefevre

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“Minnesota painters Jack Dale and Shawn McNulty present new large-scale paintings in “Chaos Control,” an exhibit that explores repetition through abstraction. Though the artists define their painting styles in different words — Dale as a “non-representational abstract painter,” McNulty a painter of “contemporary modern art landscapes” — both artists are born out of the school of abstract expressionism, home to Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock. The show’s title illustrates the artists’ similarities, encapsulating the push-pull quality found in their work. Dale’s work seamlessly mixes line, shape and texture with eye-popping color, while McNulty literally etches away the layers of paint on his canvases to reveal new textures and colors beneath.” – Jahna Peloquin

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& Terrence Payne Coming In September">Rosalux Announces Seize Featuring Work From Melissa Loop & Terrence Payne Coming In September

Rosalux gallery is proud to announce our newest exhibition, Seize, coming this September featuring new work from artists Melissa Loop and Terrence Payne. Seize will explore how cultural and personal  identities are manipulated, misplaced and reinvented through Melissa’s luxurious landscape paintings and Terrence’s discerning and colorful drawings.  Rosalux will host an artists reception for Seize on Friday, September 12th from 7-11 PM. The exhibition will run from September 12th through the 28th.

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My Heart Wanders Back To You
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Melissa Loop


Melissa Loop uses the guise of romantic landscape painting to explore the assumed Idea of place. After immersing herself in French Polynesia for five weeks, Melissa was able to carve out an understanding of place beyond a postcard. The use of Melissa’s fragmented, self critical, and nostalgic ideas of French Polynesia confront the fantasy and reality of the exotic and the ways in which tourism and cultural stereotypes are shaping cultural preservation and identity this faraway place.

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Any Anemone Is An Enemy Too Many
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Terrence Payne


Terrence contrasts the reliquary of antiquated modes of thought and social models of the past against the progressive ideals and transitioning norms of the present shedding light on the conflicts brought about by this constant change.  His archetypal drawings bring focus  to the personal struggles of his subjects revealing the point at which individuals may stop affecting change and start resisting it.  Terrence uses the wit, words, and iconography familiar in his work to challenge his audience into redefining their own place in the world and to ponder how they might influence the perceptions of those around them.


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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Open Door Ten Comes To Rosalux This June

longstreet 700x436  Open Door Ten Comes To Rosalux This JuneOpen Door is Rosalux Gallery’s annual national open call exhibition which gives our audience an opportunity to see what it happening in the world of art at large.  This year marks our tenth installment of this exhibition which has been juried by Jill Schroeder, owner and founder of the GrayDuck Gallery in Austin Texas.  Jill shared her thoughts on selecting the 18 artworks out of the nearly 500 submissions and here is what she had to say,

“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).


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