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Rosalux “Open Door 13” Group Show, Reception Dec. 9th

ROSALUX GALLERY is proud to announce it’s Thirteenth Annual OPEN DOOR Exhibit, opening on December 2nd, 2017.

Reception: December 9th, 7 – 10 pm
Exhibition Dates: December 2nd – 30th, 2017

OPEN DOOR is the one time of year when Rosalux opens its doors to artists outside of the collective in the form of an open call to bring inside what is happening outside of the gallery doors and give them an opportunity to share their work with our audience.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Beth Barron, Natalia Berglund, Bennett Bossert, Jenny Brown, Mat Brutger, Jocelyn Burke, Yeonhee Cheong, Jessica Christy, Marina Dunbar, Torey Erin, Shawna Gilmore, Megan Herwig, Jeremy Jones, Betni Kalk, Julie Liger-Belair, Julie Nagle, Serena Perrone, Evie Richner, Amy Schissel, Maureen Shields, and Lyz Wendland.

JUROR: DANIELLE KRYSA, AKA The Jealous Curator thejealouscurator.com/blog  Krysa has a BFA in Visual Arts, and a post-grad in graphic design. She is the writer/curator behind the contemporary art site, The Jealous Curator (est.2009). Danielle has curated shows from Washington DC to Los Angeles, San Francisco to Toronto. In 2014 she published two books, titled “Creative Block” and “Collage”. Her third book, “Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk” was released in October 2016, and she is currently working a new book due out Fall 2018. Danielle has also had the great pleasure of speaking at TEDx, PIXAR, Creative Mornings, CreativeLive, and was interviewed for several video segments on oprah.com.

JUROR’S COMMENTS ON WORK SELECTED FOR THE EXHIBITION:

“A gorgeous grouping of art, hung together under one, simple, unifying theme – I love this stuff! I really do, and here’s why. The pieces in this show are the work of 21 artists from all over North America, each with their own unique use of materials and personal point of view. Every piece – from drawings to paintings to sculpture – tells its own story but together, in this particular grouping, the narrative gets even more interesting. A metal dog makes friends with a bandaid mandala, while a text covered mirror in the corner speaks quietly to an unconventional
scientific-esque timeline. Weird and wonderful, unique while strangely harmonious.”

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Rosalux is pleased to present new work by local painters Melissa Loop and Ute Bertog.

Public Reception: Saturday, November 11, 6-10pm
Family Happy Hour: Saturday, November 18, 4-6pm
Exhibition Dates: November 4-26, 2017

Melissa Loop uses her travels to explore notions of authenticity, place, and spirituality through our experiences of other cultures. Follow the Moon is inspired by her trips to Central America in 2012 and 2015 when she visited ancient Mayan sites. While her paintings are based on reality, the compositions are purposefully invented in an attempt to recreate rare moments of spiritual transcendence one encounters when taking a pilgrimage to a sacred place. With this particular group of paintings, Loop focused on exploring the space between imagination, reality, spiritual transcendence, and dreams. By doing this, she is weaving a tale of a pilgrim coming out of a deep sorrow and finding the origin of life.

Tie Yourself to Me, 2017, Synthetic polymer on panel, 18 x 24″
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In Voiceatscript
, Ute Bertog continues to explore the tenuous relationship between abstraction and language in her paintings to address themes of communication and its failure. For Voiceatscript she focuses on a deeply felt sense of speechlessness. Being speechless and without words to articulate one’s thoughts and opinions is seen either as a defiant gesture or – more often – as a sign of powerlessness. In order to regain a sense of power Bertog then reaches for readymade texts, quotes,  and cliches as a starting point for her paintings, only to lose them again in the painting process. The goal is to introduce the necessary space for questions, imagination and play to take hold to freely renegotiate original content.

Foreign echoes, 2017, Oil on canvas, 14 x 11″
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Direct Avoidance: John Diebel and Duane Ditty

Rosalux Gallery presents “Direct Avoidance” in September, featuring new work by John Diebel and Duane Ditty. “Direct Avoidance” explores the psychological shift that occurs when deliberate avoidance leads to surprising destinations. Each artist, working with his own personal language and with a diversity of technique and scale, presents work that transforms negative space into positive space, in a metaphorical sense as much as directly. Join the artists for an opening reception on September 9th from 7-10pm. The show will run through September 30th.

John Diebel’s cut paper and collage works began with the intention of being non-political–a reaction of psychic fatigue in the face of overwhelming current events. Crafting polychrome geometric forms from vintage colored and printed papers, and overlaying them onto whimsical photo collages, he offers a glimpse into parallel worlds where alternatives to our current debased state of affairs are possible. Diebel says that it only dawned on him well into producing these works that the mere imagining of different or better worlds has become a momentous political act in an era ruled by a handful of reckless oligarchs who have no one else’s better future in mind but their own.

Duane Ditty says of his work, “My paintings are large scale and contemplative in nature. I see painting as a very physical act and I often work on a human scale. My paintings are a direct example of the artists’ process and contain within them the record of their realization and implementation. The non-specific structural space of these paintings distances them from the noise of the outside world and allows for a contemplative respite. The works invite the viewer to relate on an intuitive and spontaneous level; without irony or jest they manifest a gravity and beauty often absent in our daily visual lives.”

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Demos in Absentia

Cut paper collage relief on photo collage, acrylic paint

7.75” x 8.5”

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Afternoon

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76” x 62”

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Shannon Estlund and Jim Hittinger, Paintings and Drawings

GRAVEYARD SHIFT: Drawings/Paintings by Jim Hittinger
LOW VISUAL DISTANCE: Paintings by Shannon Estlund

Exhibition Dates: August 12-27, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 12, 7-10pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday, August 12, 7-8pm

Jim Hittinger, Procession, oil on canvas, 36 x 48”, 2017
Jim Hittinger

About Jim Hittinger’s GRAVEYARD SHIFT: Graveyard Shift explores a sparsely populated world littered with empty lots, depleted suburban subdivisions, and chain-link fences tracing the confines of sites where things once were. Beacons and warning signs mark isolated islands of activity within the void: flags, sirens, neon markings on diseased trees, used car lot inflatable dancing men. The entire world is the outskirts of somewhere else. On the surface the world appears lifeless, but its inhabitants go through the motions of living; they celebrate holidays, bury their dead, and play baseball.

Snowman, 2016
Snowman

Jim Hittinger received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan in 2012 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from The University of Minnesota in 2015. His work has been widely exhibited locally and nationally, including recent exhibitions at Whitdel Arts in Detroit, Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, and Rosalux Gallery in Minneapolis. He currently teaches in the Department of Art at The University of Minnesota. Jim Hittinger

Shannon Estlund, Untitled, oil on canvas, 48 x 60”, 2017 Shannon Estland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


About Shannon Estlund’s LOW VISUAL DISTANCE:
Shannon Estlund’s abstracted landscapes are inspired by Rice Creek and the surrounding forest near her home in Fridley, Minnesota. The title Low Visual Distance refers to the way that dappled light, physical obstructions, and abstractions of form complicate an objective understanding of these spaces. Instead, the paintings offer a psychological interpretation of each site. The subjects of the paintings, which include downed trees, stagnant pools, and tangles of brush, demonstrate various states of growth and decay. Subjects are rendered using overlapping imagery, expressive color, repeating pattern, and abstracted form as a metaphor for a subjective and ever-changing perception of reality. The paintings in this exhibition represent a practice in becoming comfortable with the unknown and appreciating the impermanent and interdependent nature of all things.

Fifty Three Degrees, 2017
Fifity Three Degrees

Shannon Estlund holds a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and received her B.F.A. from the University of Florida. Shannon currently teaches at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Augsburg College. She has received several grants for her work from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Community Foundation. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at museums and galleries including the Crisp Ellert Art Museum (FL), the Elmhurst Art Museum (IL), Soo Visual Art Center (MN), the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens (FL), and at the National Galleries of Scotland. Her work has been featured in New American Paintings and Studio Visit magazines. Shannon Estlund is a fiscal year 2017 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 from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Shannon Estlund

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PRISCILLA BRIGGS’S Artist Monograph published by Daylight Books

PRISCILLA BRIGGS’S Artist Monograph Impossible Is Nothing: China’s Theater of Consumerism, published by Daylight Books

Impossible Is Nothing is a book of photographs that focus on constructed realities within contemporary China as they relate to ideas of luxury and status, with the West as a model of Capitalist values. At the same time, there are hints of what lies beneath the surface and the costs of global consumerism. Portraits, still life images, and urban landscapes, rich in detail, are woven together to create a lyrical ode to the optimism and imagination of contemporary China. Text contributors include Rob Schmitz (NPR foreign correspondent) and Susannah Magers (independent curator/writer).

A signed copy of the book can be purchased from Rosalux Gallery or from Priscilla’s website:
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Book cover “Impossible is Nothing” by PRISCILLA BRIGGS

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Amelia Biewald, Treats / John Gaunt, Rocking Chair

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Rosalux Gallery, July 8th – July 30th 2017

Opening Reception: July 8th, 7-10pm
1400 Van Buren Street NE, #195
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Amelia Biewald:

In a style that has become distinctly her own, Amelia Biewald intertwines imagery of romantic and powerful female figures, animals, real and imagined histories, and landscapes. Employing a wide range of materials, she creates lands full of sensual and alluring surfaces and textures, often combining references to the Old Masters and Surrealism with contemporary culture. Biewald mingles fact with fiction to recreate fables or intrigues. She captures states of transformation and curious unions seeking the pinnacle of a supernatural beauty.

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Sausage Walkers, 2017, watercolor on rag paper, 11 x 11 inches.

In her upcoming show at Rosalux Gallery, Treats, Biewald paints her recent research into Renaissance eating and banquet culture. She creates scrumptious and alluring food presentations appropriate for the grandest dinner party. No grocery stores, no pre-packaged meats. During the Renaissance, if you could catch it, you ate it, and usually ALL of it. Let’s just say we are very picky and boring in our eating habits as compared to those of the 16th century…and the display of our comestibles is far less grand.

Artist Bio

Amelia works with a wide variety of materials creating painterly drawings and sculptural works, which often culminate in large multi-textural installations. She received a BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design and Goldsmith’s College, University of London and then pursued installation artwork at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design where she received her MFA. She has received various artist awards, residencies and fellowships for her work including The Skowhegan School Of Painting & Sculpture Residency, a Bush Foundation Fellowship and a Jerome Foundation Fellowship. She recently completed artist residencies at Art Garda, Sirmione, Italy and The Wassaic Project, NY. Amelia’s solo exhibition Autour De La Fin Du Monde was on view at The Soo Visual Arts Center in 2016.

John Gaunt

I have an empiricist approach to making. In recent years I have been developing a kind of “graphic scaffolding” inspired by weather and the shifting architecture of rivers. This scaffolding or intuitive gesture has become a malleable motif for me across artistic processes – allowing me to generate new combinations of abstract structures, illusionistic spaces and diagrammatic drawing. The accumulation of this practice is beginning to yield a kind of personal topology.

Mend
Mend, Oil on Canvas, 22″ x 26″

Artist Bio

John Gaunt has been active in university teaching since 1995. Educated in the United States and abroad, he maintains a studio practice in Minneapolis that embraces generative processes through painting, drawing and model building. Gaunt is a member of Rosalux Gallery in NE Minneapolis where he exhibits his work annually.

Building on a career that began as a realist painter, Gaunt has distilled his research into an abstract language that is at once gestural and restrained. Interested in the idea of painting and drawing serving as a proposition, the work offers closure yet resists naming – a desirable tension that occupies his current practice.

His work has been exhibited regionally and nationally and acquired in both public and private collections. He has held numerous visiting artist and guest lecturer positions including, the Burren College of Art in Ireland, the International Academy Neukloster Germany, School of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Kansas, Gustavus Adolphus College, Cazenovia College, University of Minnesota, Hamline University, and University of Wisconsin Stout.





 

Vivid Relics: Shawn McNulty and Michael Sweere

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Opening Reception: June 3 rd , 7-10pm
Exhibition Dates: June 3 rd -25 th 2017

Rosalux Gallery presents “Vivid Relics” – a new exhibition featuring the dynamic
paintings of Shawn McNulty and folk-inspired works by Michael Sweere. Each artist
creates work that commands the attention of the viewer, and both McNulty and Sweere
are featured in the U.S. Bank Stadium art collection.

Artery McNulty

Shawn McNulty’s signature abstractions have evolved over the past 20 years into a
more organic territory with some subtle ties back to his geometric pieces with rigid
edges. He utilizes a “shoe palette knife,” which allows him to work the canvas on the
floor with his feet, along with random tools like a Swiffer and pieces of plastic. The
result of this process is refreshing and innovative forms comprised of thick acrylic and
pumice, along with his masterful grasp of color theory. McNulty is essentially an action
painter, but there’s a heavy dose of energized color fields throughout his work, which
lend itself to a “calmness over chaos” vibe. His work can be found in private and
corporate collections all over the world including that of General Mills and President Bill
Clinton.

 

Musky Sweere

With the recent installation of his mural at the new Webber Park Library in Minneapolis,
Michael Sweere shifts gears and brings something completely different to Rosalux
Gallery in June. Mr. Sweere’s affinity of American folk art is evident in his newest
installation. A detour from his familiar mosaic work, the exhibition features a wide
range of polychromed (painted) woodcarvings. His characters – inspired
by imagination, native tales and urban folklore invite viewers of all ages to experience
the wonder of “Folk-O- Rama.”

Banner Images:

Tombstone, Shawn McNulty 40×80” (diptych) acrylic and pumice on canvas

Animal Woodcarvings, Michael Sweere – various sizes

Press Release Images:

Artery, Shawn McNulty, 40″ x 40″ acrylic and pumice on canvas

Muskie, Michael Sweere, Tin-wrapped woodcarving

 





 

Time/Keep : David Malcolm Scott and Rebecca Krinke

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David Malcolm Scott, Lake Superior Vista                         Rebecca Krinke, The Keep (detail)

Time/Keep : David Malcolm Scott and Rebecca Krinke

Exhibition: April 1 – 30, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 8, 7-10pm

Rosalux Gallery is pleased to announce Time/Keep, an exhibition of new work by David Malcolm Scott and Rebecca Krinke featuring a large-scale sculptural work by Rebecca and a suite of paintings and drawings by David. The exhibition brings together the artists’ shared interest in time and memory, with a particular interest in what can be remembered or recorded and what can only be sensed or imagined.

David Malcolm Scott presents a new series of works exploring time and place – featuring a 30’ long watercolor scroll that literally starts with the formation of galaxies and moves forward through terrestrial epochs. David then uses this piece with its timeline format to add small scroll paintings above and below to reveal memories and dreams of one person’s life, in this case, the artist himself.

Time and place are highlighted in different ways in David’s two other series on view: in Weekly Commute, vivid slices of the sky are seen framed by dramatic building silhouettes, and in the stylized landscapes, the deep time of geological formations are juxtaposed with the more fleeting forms of forests, grasses, cities, and skies.

Rebecca Krinke presents a large installation, The Keep, which creates a domestic, psychological space of wonder and terror. The Keep continues her series of bed sculptures, although here a charred 4-poster bed hangs from the ceiling, upside down, bound by black-feathered walls – becoming a more abstract container/portal of space. Stacks of her dozens of black bound notebooks are visible but inaccessible on the burned wood floor below.

“Keep” as a noun originated in the Middle Ages, and was a place used as a refuge of last resort should the castle fall to an adversary. Rebecca’s installation evokes questions about what we keep, where we keep, and the costs of keeping: memories, secrets, notebooks, relationships, possessions, houses…This work and her larger practice is both highly personal and collective – in its explorations of private, public, and liminal space.

 

For more info about the artists:

http://rebeccakrinke.com/
http://www.davidmalcolmscott.com/

Rosalux Gallery
1400 Van Buren Street NE, #195
Minneapolis, MN 55413





 

LAURA STACK at CIRCA GALLERY in TWISTED TRYST: CIRCA + OMFORME

Rosalux artist, Laura Stack, is showing her Fluere ink paintings at Circa Gallery in the Twisted Tryst: Circa + Omforme exhibit.
Exhibition Dates: February 11 – March 25, 2017.

circagallery.org  Gallery hours: Tues.–Fri. 1–6 pm | Saturday 11 am–4 pm
210 N First Street Minneapolis MN 55401 | 612.332.2386

The Eccentric Fetish of Omforme furniture plays off the luscious colors and textures of Circa artists’ paintings. See more of Laura Stack’s painting at Laurastackart.com

Fluere # 8, ink painting on paper, 26″ x 20″ – Laura Stack                                                         
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Shapeshifter 37, ink painting on paper, 26″ x 20″ – Laura Stack
Laura Stack Shapeshifter 37

Furniture Goes to the Gallery with Omforme & CIRCA’s “Twisted Tryst”





 

& Guests">Public Dialogue Feb. 25 Shana Kaplow, Emmett Ramstad & Guests

Join Shana Kaplow/ Emmett Ramstad/ and Guests – Risa Puleo/Sarah Petersen
Public dialogue “Art and the Social Body”
February 25th, 2-4pm at Rosalux Gallery.

http://eepurl.com/cCs6db

 Flyer For Rosalux Dialogue 2017





 

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