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