Undertow: Rebecca Krinke & Elaine Rutherford – January

January 2013 Exhibition at Rosalux Gallery

Undertow: Rebecca Krinke and Elaine Rutherford

 Opening Reception with the artists: Saturday, January 5th, from 7 PM – 10 PM. Free.

Exhibition dates: January 6 – January 27.

Gallery hours: Saturday and Sunday 12 noon – 4 PM and by appointment.

Special Event: Saturday, January 26th, 4 PM: “Undertow Talk” with Stuart McLean and Cynthia Malone. Free.

 About the exhibition:

Rebecca Krinke and Elaine Rutherford both work with ideas of memory – and each uses personal experience to engage larger cultural issues. Their show title Undertow alludes to what is beneath the surface and to what is seen and unseen.

Rutherford’s work depicts geographies of reality and nostalgia and the spaces where they intersect or collide. Working in various media, she explores the liminal space of the in-between, as experienced by those who have left their homeland. Her paintings and mixed media installations explore the relationship between the still (painting) and the moving (film) and how these act as metaphors for time and memory. She employs visual metaphors such as bridges, roads, and bodies of water as reference to transitory and transitional spaces throughout her work.

Krinke’s work embodies memory as secrets and fragments, and a source of intrusion and obsession. Her work in the exhibition features some of her hundreds of black bound notebooks: visible but trapped in immense cabinets. Her sculptural installation includes a human-animal hybrid that alludes to anxiety and adaptation. Krinke’s work can be seen in multiple ways – struggle, growth, beauty, stress, trauma, coping, transcending – and references issues felt both individually and collectively.

 About the artists:

Rebecca Krinke is a multidisciplinary artist working across sculpture, installations, public art, site works, and social practice. In broad terms, all of her work deals with issues related to trauma and recovery. Krinke’s sculpture uses the body, and aspects of domestic objects and architecture, to investigate and embody trauma. Her practice has increasingly engaged ideas of trauma and recovery in the same works, including her recent participatory projects, What Needs To Be Said? (2012), Minneapolis-St. Paul, Flood Stories (2011), Fargo, ND, and Unseen/Seen: The Mapping of Joy and Pain (2010), Minneapolis-St. Paul. All of these projects created temporary social spaces for emotional engagement and catharsis.

See http://www.rebeccakrinke.com/

 Elaine Rutherford is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice involves exploring the visual and conceptual relationships between various media such as painting, video and sculpture, and mixed media installation. Working from her personal experiences of displacement, Rutherford’s work explores the physiological space inhabited by the immigrant, which is a permanent space of both belonging and non-belonging, of passage and boundary, a place of both exile and agency. While the work in the exhibition is rooted in personal experience of nostalgia and displacement, Rutherford’s art is moving toward reflecting on parallels between cultural connections to the land and forced migrations of native peoples in both Scotland and Minnesota. Rutherford has exhibited nationally and internationally more of her work can be seen at http://rutherfordelaine.wordpress.com

 About the Special Event, “Undertow Talk”:

Rebecca Krinke and Elaine Rutherford are both university professors in addition to being working artists – and multidisciplinary research and discussion is part of their creative practices. By inviting Stuart McLean, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota, and Cynthia Malone, Professor of English at St. John’s University/College of St. Benedict, to reflect on the Undertow exhibition and its themes – the exhibition becomes a place of public discourse as well as private reflection.

Dr. Stuart McLean’s work is focused on the intersection and overlap of “nature” and “culture” as revealed through particular sites, histories and material practices – often with alien-familiar presences such as bogs and bog bodies. His research and writings challenge restrictive definitions of creativity – seeing continuity between human creativity and the processes shaping the natural world – and that these intuitions have found a variety of expressions through mythology, folklore, literature, art, philosophy and science.

Dr. Cynthia Malone’s research explores the intersections between book arts, digital forms, and literary criticism. She is currently working on an edition of Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy that explores the cognitive and temporal processes of reading the novel.