Shana Kaplow and Rebecca Krinke Review by Camille Erickson

Home and the Unseen World by Camille Erickson


I step into Rosalux Gallery and wish I could take a seat in the world of Shana Kaplow’s ink on paper painting, Traveler. It’s an elegant representation of the basic plastic lawn chair found on so many porches and backyard patios, yet her otherwise realistic rendering of this almost-disposable piece of furniture abruptly dissolves into rows of billowing smoke. In the top register, translucent ink swashes bleed into the pores of the paper, as if the plastic material were melted and then evaporated into a blank expanse. With no back for support and the chair’s arms dismembered, what appears at first glance to be a near photographic replica of a lawn chair morphs into something more uncanny.

In Rosalux Gallery’s August exhibition, Low Lying Area, local artists Shana Kaplow and Rebecca Krinke reimagine such simple pieces of furniture through painting, sculpture, and installation to unearth the connections between the personal and collective embedded in the familiar physical world. In Kaplow’s series of nine ink-on-paper paintings, she selects a plastic lawn chair, a mushroom-shaped stool, a basic black table, and a cotton pillow for her subjects. These common objects become far less so when translated to ink this way, granted a preternatural nobility by virtue of a rare attention and care given to the detailed execution. Kaplow’s rigorous line work and expert ink washes elevate each object, imbue it with an aura of importance exceeding its industrial, mass-produced origins.

Many of Kaplow’s artworks feature diptychs with one image floating on top of another that make for a landscape filled with both cohesion and disillusion. While many image pairings seem to mirror one another, other times they illuminate a stark contrast—between the modern and traditional, expensive and cheap, substantive and ephemeral. For instance, in Expansion of Wealth, a sleek IKEA chair lies lopsided on top of a worn Chinese worker’s stool. Reminiscent of similar re-makings of stools at Kaplow’s recent exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, this stool likewise carries a map of splintered cracks, a testament to years of use. In contrast, the unblemished manufactured materials of the chair above that worn stool references those for sale in the aisles of IKEA. Chairs, some of the most universal objects in the world, seen in this light bear markers of class, status, and culture.  The drastic rupture between the overlaid paintings allows for a deeper investigation of the narratives they each carry; in a real sense, the worn stool of a worker supports the production of this attractive and profitable First-World chair.  Read the full article at


Ute Bertog’s paintings at TuckUnder Projects

Ute Bertog will present her paintings at TuckUnder Projects in an exhibit entitled Et al.

Opening Thursday, September 3, 6-9 pm

Shows Run September 3 – October 4, 2015
Gallery Hours Wed-Sun, & By Appointment

5120 York Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN USA 55410

Image: Ute Bertog - White Expanded Limitless - Gouache on paper - 6x9 Inches

Image: Ute Bertog – White Expanded Limitless – Gouache on paper – 6×9 Inches


Michael Sweere’s mosaic installed at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital

Rosalux artist Michael Sweere recently installed three new mosaics at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital. Located in the newly opened Horst Rechelbacher Center, the artwork series features a Ladybug, Tree Frog and Hummingbird. Each mosaic is constructed from broken dishware, ceramic tile and stained glass.

To see more of his artwork installations visit:

Mosaic by Michael Sweere

Mosaic by Michael Sweere



Ute Bertog in Group Exhibit at the Waiting Room Gallery

Rosalux artist, Ute Bertog is showing paintings as part of the Waiting Room’s  summer group exhibition entitled Chaos Management.
Ute Bertog’s art website –

Exhibit runs August 7 – September 26, 2015

Curated by Jehra Patrick, the exhibition centralizes on the notion that art – and artistic pursuits – are born out of inherent risk: objects, proposals, performances, and ideas out into the word without guarantee of reception. Success is unpredictable. Outcomes are hard to calculate.

Participating artists:  Kieran Riley Abbott, Kimberly Benson, Ute Bertog, Emma C. Cook, Tucker Hollingsworth, Michael Johnson, Andrea Joki (OH), Todd Kelly (NY), Kelsey Olson, Jeremy Szopinski.
More info on the exhibit at

Gallery Hours: Thurs. 4–8pm and Fri., Sat., and Sun. from 12–4 pm and by appointment.

Waiting Room is located in the historic Loring Corners building near Loring Park in Minneapolis.
1629 Hennepin Avenue
Suite 300F
Minneapolis, MN 55403

 It was a dialogue / Luu, 2013, Ink on paper,   11 1/2 x 8 1/2"

Ute Bertog – It was a dialogue / Luu, 2013, Ink on paper,
11 1/2 x 8 1/2″

 Mirrored, 2015,   Glazed stoneware, acrylic wall paint,  10 1/5 x 8 1/5"

Ute Bertog- Mirrored, 2015,
Glazed stoneware, acrylic wall paint,
10 1/5 x 8 1/5″





















City Pages Features Low Lying Area

fullsizerender_2 “Rebecca Krinke continues her fascinating, Angela Carter-esque excursions into the realms of fairy tales and surrealism with the next iteration of her bed series. If you saw her black-feathered sleeper previously at Rosalux, or the four-poster one she suspended in the Mill Ruins Courtyard during Northern Spark, then you know how enticing yet terrifying her work can be. This fourth version expands on the psychological qualities of place and encounter with a larger work that creates a liminal space between public and private, sleep and awakening. The exhibition also includes Shana Kaplow’s ink-on-paper paintings, which aim to dissolve traditional notions of materiality. There will be an opening reception Saturday, August 8, from 7 to 10 p.m.”



Read “Local Artist Interviews” with Kaplow and Krinke

Thanks to Mike McGraw of “Local Artist Interviews” for reaching out to Rosalux for conversations with Shana and Rebecca. Mike’s blog is a great resource for Minnesota artists, curators, gallery goers and others to learn more about artists’ work and process. There are interviews dating from 2001 and include fellow Rosaluxers Terrance Payne, Shawn McNulty, Amelia Biewald, Dan Buettner, and Jack Dale. See

Shana Kaplow – Painter and Video Artist

Particulates, 2015, ink on paper in 300 parts, 16’ x 20’
Shana Kaplow
For the full interview with Shana, see

Rebecca Krinke – Scuplture-Installation

















Dream Window (bed sculpture), at Mill City Museum Courtyard, Northern Spark commission,June 13, 2015 Rebecca Krinke

For the full interview with Rebecca, see:




L’etoile previews Kaplow/Krinke show

Thanks l’etoile for the great preview of the upcoming August show.










“This Sunday, artists Shana Kaplow and Rebecca Krinke will join forces to explore the psychology of domestic objects at Rosalux Gallery. Kaplow, who just showed her work at the MIA, will be presenting a new collection of ink on paper paintings that examine the meaning and impact of everyday objects. Krinke, fresh off a Northern Sparks commission, will present a new bed sculpture that might very well give you nightmares (pictured in progress, above). This exhibition promises to be moody and complex, and odds are that after experiencing these works, you’ll never view your home quite the same.” – Beth Hammarlund




Nastinctive: Jack Dale and Michael Sweere


Dates: July 5-26
Opening Reception: Saturday July 11th, 7-10pm
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, noon-4pm

Rosalux Gallery is proud to announce the opening of “Nastinctive” a portmanteau of nature and instinct.

The natural instinctive process with which Jack Dale creates his layered acrylic paintings merges with the animals in nature that Mike Sweere builds with his stunning recycled tin collages.

The circus is in town with Michael Sweere’s newest installation at Rosalux Gallery. His 100% free range “Old-Time Tin Emporium” features exotic animal portraits created from recycled tin. Lemurs, lizards, badgers and birds – animal lovers of all ages will enjoy this colorful and curious exhibition.  For more information contact the artist at:, or visit

Jack Dale began his 44 year art career as a landscape painter. Gradually his work became more expressive. Taking liberties with color and shape, Dale’s paintings began to explore abstraction and by 2007 he was working fully as an abstract expressionist. With the body of paintings in this show, Dale pursues the work in a natural and instinctive way to create 16 loose acrylic paintings of what he calls psychotic expression.

Gallery hours are 12 – 4 PM Saturdays and Sundays and admission is free and open to the public.













Michael Sweere “Spider Monkey” 20×20 inches- tin and nail collage on plywood


Jack Dale “Start of Something” 12×9 acrylic on paper


Shana Kaplow and Rebecca Krinke: the August Rosalux exhibition

Rosalux Gallery is pleased to announce Low Lying Area, an exhibition of new work by Shana Kaplow and Rebecca Krinke featuring a large-scale sculptural work by Rebecca and a suite of ink on paper paintings by Shana. The exhibition brings together the artists’ shared interest in the psychologies and complexities of domestic objects and spaces.

Fresh off her exhibition at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Shana Kaplow presents a new series of ink paintings that continue to explore everyday objects by using varying degrees of realism and abstraction. Kaplow’s work moves freely between nearly photographic images and the dissolved materiality that occurs when the ‘object’ in the image is removed. She asks, “What unseen residues are woven into our daily surroundings?” Through her articulated and improvisational riffs on chairs, light bulbs, dining room tables, and their shadows, she questions the nature of these structures and our relationship to them and thus to each other. Daily objects carry our stories into and out of our place in the world. Embedded in her work are challenging implications that link our personal lives to larger global and industrial conditions of production and consumption, of presence and absence. The household items in Kaplow’s work resonate not only because of their concrete depiction but also through their dissolution. The works touch on what is sensed more than what is seen as she infuses her images with personal narratives and ineffable qualities that emerge as she paints. Art critic Christina Schmid writes about Kaplow’s work, “At once restrained and gestural, Kaplow’s visual language is at home in the interrogative. Invisible lines between intimate and public spaces shimmer in and out of focus in her work, hinting at the web of social interactions centered on deceptively ordinary objects.”

Rebecca Krinke’s exhibition comes on the heels of her June 2015 Northern Spark commissioned project – Dream Window – a surreal 4-poster bed suspended high in the girders of Mill City Museum’s Ruin Courtyard. Translucent layers of bedding illuminated from within – with hints of black feathers and straw – created a place and object of wonder (with a dash of terror). On the ground below, Krinke invited Northern Spark goers to contribute a dream (or nightmare) for a collective “dream book” that she and her team sewed together through the night. Almost 500 dreams were collected and they may have a surprise appearance in this Rosalux Gallery exhibition. Krinke’s new bed sculpture (her 4th) will use many of the same materials as Dream Window, and will intensify the sensation that a bed can become a room, even a separate world. Her bed sculptures explore emotional and psychological qualities/potentials of place, object, and encounter. This work and her larger practice is both highly personal and collective – as it asks questions about what is private and what is public, what is spoken or unspoken, seen or unseen.

About the artists:

Shana Kaplow lives and works in St. Paul and holds an MFA from The Maryland Institute, College of Art. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, at venues including The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The TEDA Museum of Contemporary Art (Tianjin, China), The Asheville Museum of Art (NC), The Plains Art Museum (ND), 55 Mercer Gallery (NY), Franklin Art Works (MN), The Weinstein Gallery (MN), and Thomas Barry Fine Arts (MN). Her video work has been screened at The Walker Art Center, and the Austro-Sino Arts Program in Beijing, China. She has received several grants and fellowships for her work including the MN State Arts Board Artists Initiative Grant, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Artists Grant for Painters and Sculptors, the Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship, the McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowship, and the Arts Midwest/NEA fellowship. She was recently an artist in residence at The Vermont Studio Center, and The Red Gate International Art Residency in Beijing, China. She will be one of the exhibiting artists in Superusted: The Midwest Biennial, at The Soap Factory in September 2015. Shana is Professor in the Art Department at St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Rebecca Krinke has an MFA in sculpture from The Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Her practice works across sculpture, interior installations, public art, site works, and social practice. She has exhibited her work indoors in gallery settings (including BV Gallery, Bristol, England, Black Box Theatre Gallery, Galway, Ireland, Experiential Gallery, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA) and outdoors (including Franconia Sculpture Park and Silverwood Park). Krinke often creates temporary, participatory projects, such as her Black Box Camera Obscura, Northrop Plaza, U of MN, What Needs to Be Said? installed in a vacant storefront in St. Paul and the Nash Gallery in Minneapolis, Flood Stories, commissioned by the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, ND, and Unseen/Seen: The Mapping of Joy and Pain in Minneapolis-St. Paul. She recently completed a commission for the public art program in Sacramento, CA, called Augmented Broadway, an augmented reality project that explored a key street in that city.

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(above) Shana Kaplow, Present Company, 2015, ink on paper, 55” x 84”

(below) Rebecca Krinke, Dream Window, part 2 (work in progress), 2015




















Review of “The Cut of Your Jib” Scottish Society of Artists on

Thanks to Rosalux artist ELAINE RUTHERFORD for organizing the recent Rosalux exhibit ,”The Cut of Your Jib: Scottish Society of Artists”. Read a review of the show by Vanessa Ardolino on

Elaine Rutherford

Elaine Rutherford



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