City Pages A-List – Laura Stack and Amy Toscani: Oddities and Curiosities show

graphite, ink on paper 30" x 22"

Laura Stack, “Anomaly #7″, graphite, ink on paper, 30″ x 22”

— By Sheila Regan
Rosalux Gallery, the Twin Cities’ longest running artist collective, brings together members Laura Stack and Amy Toscani for its new show, “Oddities and Curiosities,” opening on Saturday. In what is sure to be a remarkable event, the two artists will share their unique takes on beauty, ugliness, reality, and illusion through Stack’s mixed-media drawings and Toscani’s sculptures. Although the two artists are working in different mediums, their pieces tend to share a sense of humor while exploring contrasts. The pieces also have a transformative quality. While Stack juxtaposes organic and synthetic forms, creating almost otherworldly images, Toscani draws from pop culture and crafts, turning plastics and children’s toys into profound critiques of contemporary society. There will be an opening reception from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, September 7. Additional events include an artists’ talk with Carleton College associate professor of art David Lefkowitz at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 14, and a reading at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 28, featuring poetry and fiction by local writers.