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Laura Stack at Circa Gallery, Dec. 2 – Jan. 13

LAURA STACK ‘s colorful organic ink paintings are in CIRCA GALLERY’s Winter Salon exhibit.
Group show including work by Circa Gallery Artists.

EXHIBITION DATES: December 2 – January 13, 2018
Info at circagallery.org/laurastack

Laura Stack creates ink paintings and collages that are an imagined view of artificial life or the
“new natural”. Her painting process begins by envisioning a fluid, bodily, cellular, or chemical world expressing its own laws of physics. Organic forms such as fungi and microscopic life and the biological processes of lava flow and branching inspire the painting imagery. She coaxes the ink across the paper’s surface, corralling, halting, spreading, and encouraging its direction. The ink shapes then morph into tendrils or bloom and disperse. Through physical gestures and the fluidity of the ink, she aims to create a sense of pulse and movement.

Stack’s work evokes contradictions – the embodiment of the natural and synthetic, the simultaneity of flatness and depth, and the illusion of movement within a still image. There is no logical reading of these paintings. They are a mirroring of the mysterious questions that define our changing relationship with the natural world.  See more of Laura’s artwork at laurastackart.com

Fluere #27 / ink painting collage on panel / 20″ x 20″

Laura Stack Fluere 27

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CityPages A-List -LAURA STACK AND VAL JENKINS: New Paintings and Drawings at Rosalux Gallery

City Pages A-List featured LAURA STACK AND VAL JENKINS an Exhibition of New Paintings and Drawings at Rosalux Gallery http://www.citypages.com/event/new-work-paintings-and-drawings-7926328

 





 

LAURA STACK and VALERIE JENKINS: Painting and Drawing at Rosalux Gallery

LAURA STACK’S paintings and VAL JENKINS’ drawings at Rosalux Gallery until Jan. 31st.
Gallery hours: Saturdays and Sundays 12noon-4:00pm.

Location:  1400 Van Buren Street NE #195, Minneapolis, MN 55413
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Ink drawing by Valerie Jenkins. Hyper-color gouache painting by Laura Stack.

LAURA STACK and VALERIE JENKINS debut new DRAWINGS and PAINTINGS in their third exhibition together at Rosalux Gallery. Both artists delve into abstraction as a means of understanding the mysteries of life and the dynamics of culture.

LAURA STACK’S HYPER-COLOR PAINTINGS allude to a fluid, cellular, bodily or chemical world with its own rules and physics. Her work suggests paradoxes, simultaneities and illusions: the paradox that living things can now embody synthetic elements, the simultaneity of flatness and depth, and the illusion of movement that can be suggested within still images. The paintings are an imagined mirroring of the mysterious questions that define our relationship with the physical world. Art website Laurastackart.com
VALERIE JENKINS EXPLORES HOW PERCEPTION is shaped by cultural experience, how interpretation is conditioned by perception, and the way meaning filters through the significance of being and the banality of everyday life. In her new series titled ‘Figure/Ground” drawings and objects interrelate through an economy of means. Form results through a distillation of events, people and places. When viewed together, Valerie’s work functions as a lexicon of experience that is particular to the urban environment and cultural moment.

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Laura Stack is a fiscal year 2015 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

 

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Laura Stack – PLasmora #23, gouache on paper, 40″ x 50″

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Laura Stack – Shapeshifter #38, ink, gouache on paper, 26″ x 20″

 

 

 

 

 





 

LAURA STACK and DAVID MALCOLM SCOTT in “SAMEE: Sustainable Acts” exhibit at the U of M Institute on the Environment

LAURA STACK and DAVID MALCOLM SCOTT in “SAMEE: Sustainable Acts” exhibition at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment

OPENING RECEPTION: October 22, 4:00pm – 7:30pm
Exhibit Dates: October 22, 2015 – January 15, 2016
Location: Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota, 1954 Buford Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55108
More info at http://www.joinsamee.org/art-exhibit.html

The Institute on the Environment presents SUSTAINABLE ACTS, an exhibition devoted to the intersection of the arts and sciences. Awarded an Institute on the Environment mini-grant, and supported by additional contributions, this project continues to explore the conversation between artist and scientist which began 3yrs ago with the project CONVERSATION-E a dialogue in service for sustainability.

The SAMEE exhibition will feature works consisting of drawings, paintings, photographs, installations, sculpture, performances, and multi-media works, films and videos.

Laura Stack’s art website – http://www.laurastackart.com/
David Malcolm Scott’s art website – http://www.davidmalcolmscott.com/

Shapeshifter 43 by Laura Stack - ink, gouache on paper - 20" x 24" - 2015

Shapeshifter 43 by Laura Stack – ink, gouache on paper – 20″ x 24″ – 2015





 

Interview with Laura Stack about Rosalux Gallery and NE Minneapolis Arts District

NE Minneapolis Arts District VOTED BEST ARTS DISTRICT in the US by USA Today.
Karen Wilcox from northeastminneapolisartsdistrict.com interviewed Laura Stack about being an artist in Northeast Minneapolis and a member of Rosalux Gallery. See more of Laura’s work at http://rosaluxgallery.com/my_portfolio/laura-stack/#.VQode45GbRY

Read the interview with Laura Stack about Rosalux Gallery and NE Minneapolis Arts District http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs195/1106306411856/archive/1120215743800.html#LETTER.BLOCK39

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Rosalux Gallery-Laura Stack’s artwork

Shapehifter 20 by Laura Stack

Shapehifter 20 by Laura Stack

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Rosalux Gallery-Laura Stack’s artwork

Rosalux Gallery-Laura Stack's artwork

Rosalux Gallery-Laura Stack’s artwork

 

 





 

March Rosalux Exhibit, Laura Stack and Valerie Jenkins “Sticky Ridges”

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Opening Reception: Saturday, March 7th, 7-10pm

Exhibit Dates: March 7- 29, 2015
Rosalux Gallery Hours: Sat & Sun 12-4

“Sticky Ridges and other perils of silent senses” features the paintings of Laura Stack and paintings/drawings of Val Jenkins in a two-person exhibition at Rosalux Gallery. Both artists share an interest in exploring spatial perception through the simultaneity of flatness and depth, and the illusion of movement that can be suggested within still images. Laura Stack creates a fluid spatial world into which the viewer projects themselves into another world, a bodily or cellular world – a world with its own rules and physics. Val Jenkins’ makes work that she describes as projecting into the space of the viewer, so there is a moment of recognition between materiality and illusion.

Laura Stack’s detailed ink paintings are an amalgam of the natural and the synthetic. Borrowing from both natural and man-made structures, her painted and poured ink images morph into odd, though vaguely familiar forms that bloom, dissolve, and then disperse. Dried pools of ink suggest the flux and flow of indeterminate forms. http://rosaluxgallery.com/my_portfolio/laura-stack/#.VPd2pXzF8-o  and http://laurastackart.com/

Valerie Jenkins’ oil paintings and graphite drawings are both pictures of space and they inhabit space as objects. Phenomena gleaned from the material and virtual world create an internal structure that is both subterranean and architectural. Viewed all together, the work functions as a trace of everyday experience; where such concerns as distance and proximity, ambiguity and contradiction, matter and its negation, invite speculation about illusion and reality. http://www.valeriejenkinsart.com/

Shapeshifter 21 by Laura Stack, ink on paper, 12″ x 9″

 

Shapeshifter 20 by Laura Stack

Shapeshifter 20 by Laura Stack, ink and gouache on paper, 16″ x 20″

 





 

Poetry/Fiction Reading at Rosalux Sept. 28, 7:00pm

Poetry/Fiction Reading at Rosalux Gallery Sept. 28, 7:00pm in conjunction with Laura Stack’s and Amy Toscani’s art exhibit. Featuring University of Minnesota MFA Writers: Lalinne Suon Bell, Katie Rensch, Florencia Lauria, J. Fossenbell, & Katherine J. Lee. Organized by Zoë Miller.
https://www.facebook.com/events/206746676159023/

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ART HOUNDS: MPR State of the Arts – Laura Stack and Amy Toscani at Rosalux

ART HOUNDS:”Chaos and Control at Rosalux” features Carolyn Swiszcz talking about Laura Stack’s and Amy Toscani’s work in the Rosalux exhibition “Oddities and Curiosities”. Listen to the podcast at   http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/09/art-hounds-screaming-females-ananya-dance-and-chaos-and-control-at-rosalux/

The hounds mark their triumphant return to the radio by celebrating a band from New Jersey that isn’t afraid to raise its voice, a dance concert designed to raise awareness of water and its growing scarcity, and two artists who meld random creativity with intricate artistry.

When artist Carolyn Swiszcz saw “Oddities and Curiosities” at Rosalux Gallery in Minneapolis, all she could think about was getting to work in her own studio. It was that inspiring.

Swiszcz writes:

At the artist talk for their two-person show at Rosalux Gallery, Amy Toscani and Laura Stack both described how playing with materials they can’t control are essential to their art making process.

For Stack, it’s beginning many works on paper with what she calls a “pour” — dripping sepia ink onto large sheets of paper to create puddles edged with alluring rivulets. These become anchors for the masterful “botanical” renderings she collages on top – are they petals? Gray matter?

Toscani’s sculptures are made from cut up plastic storage bins and thrift store finds. They’ve been reassembled into surprisingly formal constructions — she described them as “drawings in space.” Though their work is quite different I took away some overlapping themes — the contrast of man-made vs. natural, and the sense of a powerful force behind growth that is both unsettling and jubilant.