SHANA KAPLOW is a showing ink wall drawings at Form+Content Gallery, May 25-July 1.
Saturday, May 27, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
UNSTOPPABLE FORCE Women Artists, Here and Now is an exhibition by 5 exhilarating women artists. This exhibition was conceptualized by Vesna Kittelson and co-curated by Gallery members Vesna Kittelson and Mark Ostapchuk. formandcontent.org
Photo: Install of Shana Kaplow’s work.
Install of Shana Kaplow’s work at Form & Content Gallery.
Rosalux Gallery Celebrating its 15-Year Anniversary featuring work of current and former Rosalux artists. OPEN Art-a-Whirl weekend: Fri. 5/19 5:00-10:00pm, Sat. and Sun. 12noon-4:00pm. Show Runs through May 28th. Regular Gallery hours: Sat & Sun, 12-4pm.
My paintings and paper cut-out installations explore our fleeting place in the vast patterns of migrations, climate change and time. I am drawn to insects for their elegant engineering, metamorphosis, crucial role in pollination, and their alien-like otherness that both captivates and repels us.
Commingling information from biology, textile patterns, and maps, my paintings combine layers of atmospheric depth with flat pattern. The result is often a blending of landscape, microscopic slide, and aerial view. Life forms inhabit terrestrial, aquatic, or atmospheric spaces, while articulating fragile and tenuous relationships within the complexities of changing habitats, insect migrations, and the aerial arena of flight.
The paper cut-out installations explore the concept of multiples in endless variation, the role of collections in natural history, and the astonishing fact that billions of insects are carried in air currents through the layers of our atmosphere – this idea serves as a visual metaphor to the broader context that all life is transitory and swept up in immense patterns of energy. Eleanor McGough
Group Exhibition features work by Rosalux Gallery’s three newest members: Betsy Alwin, John Gaunt, and Jim Hittinger.
Jim Hittinger’s paintings and drawings present a sparsely populated suburban dystopia. Andy Sturdevant, from the catalogue for Underlined Action (2015) writes: “What do we find in Hittinger’s world? Much of it seems ominous – the sirens and flags and safety orange suggest impending doom of some unspecified nature. The International Orange he employs frequently cuts through the gray in the same way the designers of the Golden Gate Bridge intended the iconic color of that structure to retain a high level of visibility through the thick fog rolling into the bay every afternoon – a warning as much as a visual signature. But there are some elements of humor and surreal whimsy that don’t make the visit uniformly bleak.”Jim Hittinger
“My current series of works combines the pliability and strength of ceramics with the delicate structure of lace. In lace pattern, the negative space is intrinsic to its structure, carrying its pattern and a signified vulnerability. The forms I make allude to motifs of strength, stability and infrastructure. It is important to me that the lace be an actual structural element in the work. The lace conveys both strength and fragility, beauty and fallibility. This dichotomy, brought forth by surface texture and pattern, is further accentuated when put in relationship to other building materials, such as rebar and wood.
The use of lace is a very specific and personal choice. For me, it began as an experiment, trying to figure out how to convey a sense of temporality, a sense of ethereality embodied in strong form. The patterns themselves shape space in a graceful but orderly way, and when they are supporting either themselves or another object, that weight is emphasized. In these sculptures I wish to allude to the body (through the lace, a clothing material), to life (three dimensional form), and, then, to a balance between contradictions that becomes the subject of the work. Betsy Alwin
I have an empiricist approach to making. In recent years I have been developing a kind of “graphic scaffolding” inspired by natural systems, philosophy 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. John Gaunt
New Rosalux artist, Jim Hittinger, has an Open Studio event Fri. Feb. 24th, 7 – 10 PM. Come take a look at what Jim and 2 other artists Teréz Iacovino and Julia Maiuri have been working on in the studio. Visit Jim’s art website at jimhittinger.com
Emmett Ramstad – Jerome Fellowship Exhibition at MCAD
Opening: Friday October 7th 6-8pm. Minneapolis College of Art and Design Main Gallery.
Exhibit Dates: October 7th-November 8th.
Artists’ Panel Discussion: Wed Nov 2nd 6:30pm. Moderated by Christina Schmid
Calling Station by Emmett Ramstad
Emmett is celebrating the conclusion of his 2015/2016 Jerome Fellowship year with two new participatory pieces for the exhibition. Calling Station I & II feature bathroom stall components, landline telephones and ramps. Participants are invited to use the phones to call numbers written on the walls- they may reach each other, they may reach me, they may reach a sound recording. For the exhibition, I have also continued my practice of creating modified bathroom signage, so that the gallery restrooms are rendered more accessible. I added waterfall soundtrack too! I am pleased to share this exhibition with fellow recipients: Star Wallowing Bull, Holly Streekstra, Lindsay Rhyner, and Samual Weinberg. More info here http://mcad.edu/event/201516-jerome-emerging-artist-fellowship-exhibition