by Susannah Schouweiler, editor
March 3, 2008
This month we're paying special attention to design, from furniture to fashion and iconic classics which marry everyday function with beautiful form. Also: reviews of Paul Shambroom and Sample Night Live, a profile of TalkingImageConnection and much more.
Our humble Midwestern home is known across the globe for its design savvy. From Blu Dot to Target, from up-and-coming fashion design gurus like Anna Lee (MNFashion) and Christina Nguyen (Design Collective) to furniture design masters like Ross Peterson, we in the North Star State take our design work seriously.
Highlighted articles this month will focus on the marriage of form and function: from an investigation into the intimacies of artists' relationships with their workspaces, to a profile of Allen Christian, an artist whose intriguing work with found objects highlights their place at the intersection between everyday use and human history. Also, look for interviews, visual arts reviews, performance, and much more throughout the month.
New for the week of March 31, 2008:
Design critic and artist Glenn Gordon offers his eloquent, if ambivalent, reflections on everyday design and the masses of stuff that unremarkably, but thoroughly, fill the corners of our modern lives.
This Modern World: Paul Shambroom: Picturing Power
Visual arts writer Mason Riddle offers a nuanced analysis of photographer Paul Shambroom's body of work , now on exhibit at the Weisman, devoted to the deconstruction of the contemporary seats of political power--from Peacekeeper missiles to city councils to post-9/11 training grounds for first responders in the War on Terror.
Directors: Just Visiting
Actor Marc Halsey sat down with two acclaimed expat MN luminaries, coincidentally in the Twin Cities at the same time to helm two productions: Casey Stangl (Third
for the Guthrie) and Larissa Kokernot (Eurydice
for Ten Thousand Things). They dish about their Minnesota roots, the evolution of their longstanding professional friendship, and what keeps them coming back to work on the North Star State's stages.
mnSpin: This Week's Playlist: The Sexy Bang, Felonious Bosch, and Caly McMorrow
This week listen to a playlist of three winning tracks by Caly McMorrow (chosen by Dessa Darling), The Sexy Bang (chosen by Kate Galloway), and, Felonious Bosch (chosen by Chris Roberts). Each week, songs are selected by panelists from within the music industry for a three-song playlist. Tracks from winning submissions will be featured on the mnartists.org and Summit Brewery web sites. Quarterly listening parties at area venues will take place and a compilation CD of music from the yearlong contest will be produced.
What Light: This Week's Poem: Adrian S. Potter
Read Adrian Potter's winning poem Mistakes,
chosen by What Light veteran winner, Jen March. ALSO: mnartists.org has just opened a new call for poems for the next cycle of What Light: DEADLINE FOR POETRY SUBMISSIONS IS APRIL 19.
FEATURED COLLECTION: MNfashion FLASH: The Spring 2008 Winners
mnartists.org is offering four competitive MNfashion FLASH series between January 2008 and January 2009, with winning photographs selected by a panel of esteemed judges who work in the fashion and photography industries. We've got our spring winning design teams; and if you browse the collection, you'll see for yourself: the resulting photos are, simply put, stunning.
MNfashion FLASH is coordinated by Anna Lee (who also serves as the driving force behind the popular annual fashion and music extravaganza, Voltage: Fashion Amplified). Keep your eyes peeled for more info on Fashion Week: from the big Voltage show and the MNfashion FLASH professional workshop at Minnesota Center for Photography to event details on Fashion Weekend Party, Connisseur
, sponsored in part by mnartists.org and hosted by our own CultureHERD moderator, Kate Iverson, and MNFashion.
Picture (top) SoBe Energy Drink (courtesy of the SoBe website); one of the many elements of "thingdom."