Somewhere (Else): Priscilla Briggs and Shannon Estlund
Rosalux Gallery Presents: Somewhere (Else)
Work By Priscilla Briggs and Shannon Estlund
Opening Reception Saturday April 2, 2016, 7-10 PM
April 2 – April 25, 2016
Somewhere (Else) pairs photographs by Priscilla Briggs and the paintings and sculpture of Shannon Estlund. Both artists explore imagined spaces or spaces altered by the imagination.
Priscilla Briggs’ large-scale color prints of Chinese wedding photo studio sets address issues of truth and fiction in photography as they conflate with consumer fantasy in this booming business. While wealthy Chinese travel to foreign sites for their wedding photos, the burgeoning middle class is transported to locales of their romantic fantasies through constructed illusions. Briggs’ photos speak to universal ideas of freedom and luxury.
Shannon Estlund’s abstracted landscape paintings feature dirt roads, deer paths, back alleys, and nighttime suburban yards where the familiar is transformed into the mysterious. Through use of expressive color and mark making she conveys an experience of wonder and curiosity in the landscape. Estlund also creates objects that fuse natural and found materials into forms that transmit their own uncanny nature.
Priscilla Briggs holds a Master of Fine Arts in Photography and Digital Imaging from the Maryland Institute College of Art and received her B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University. Priscilla teaches studio art at Gustavus Adolphus College. Her work has been supported by grants from the MN State Arts Board, the McKnight Foundation, and Gustavus Adolphus College. Priscilla has participated in artist residencies in Beijing and Xiamen, China. She has exhibited widely including venues such as the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Living Arts in Tulsa, OK, the Hillstrom Museum in St. Peter, MN, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans.
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 numerous grants in support of her work. Estlund has exhibited extensively in Jacksonville, Boston and Minneapolis. Shannon Estlund