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Visual Arts

Apr 9, 2014
JXTA Expands Its Reach
Sheila Regan

Juxtaposition Arts' innovative youth art and design lab is growing fast and getting national recognition for putting North Minneapolis young people to work for their community and lighting a path to sustainable careers in the arts.
Apr 1, 2014
Starry Night
Andy Sturdevant

Andy Sturdevant revisits the long, strange career of Martin Woodrich with this story on the Minneapolis-based artist's surprising adventures in space.
Mar 19, 2014
Exit Interview
Nathaniel Smith and Scott Stulen

mnartists.org director Scott Stulen recently left to become a curator for the Indianapolis Museum of Art. In the weeks before he packed up his family to move, we sat him down for a candid conversation on the state of Minnesota's arts scene.
Mar 5, 2014
Objectifying Time
Lex Thompson

Photographer Peter Happel Christian is as concerned with the material experience of his medium as he is its results: that fleeting moment of attention caught by his lens, the tangible effect of time's passage on image, print and paper.
Dec 3, 2013
Painting a Place Between Invention and Memory
Ann Klefstad

Scott Murphy's paintings are uncanny, resonant and utterly unconcerned with art world trends. For him, paint serves as a mode of communion, his own distinct way of seeing and showing the surrounding world and its almost-but-not-quite knowable inhabitants.
Nov 21, 2013
Lumber and Lutheran Grit
Andy Sturdevant

Andy Sturdevant reflects on the peculiarly Minnesotan virtues of Chris Larson's work, marked both by "a plenitude of lumber" and old-fashioned Lutheran grit.
Nov 14, 2013
Deborah Keenan: Prompts, Poems and Pictures
Alison Morse

Both author and publisher simply call FROM TIGER TO PRAYER a writer's workbook, a volume small enough to fit in your palm, with 79 writing prompts by poet and teacher Deborah Keenan. We say, in that case, you'd have to call it a workbook on steroids.
Oct 17, 2013
Minnesota's Third Biennial: The Art Stands Alone
Sheila Regan

Individual pieces may stand out, but the hands-off, artists-first approach of ‘, , ,’ ends up making the show largely inaccessible to the audience.
Oct 8, 2013
Remnants and Curiosities of the Natural World
Camille LeFevre

Seven established artists explore intersections of the human and animal worlds, the technological and organic spheres, and compress those stories into a harrowing, exhilarating archetypal narrative.
Oct 4, 2013
Love is Where You Find It
Andy Sturdevant

Andy Sturdevant offers a love story of sorts - about a Minneapolis bar, its many regulars, and a certain moody landscape painting with mystery and loads of apocryphal tales, which he argues may just be the most beloved artwork in the city.
Oct 4, 2013
Farm Accident: A Secret History
Andy Sturdevant

Andy Sturdevant investigates the elusive history of Farm Accident, an ephemeral art gallery which lay at the center of the disco era's elite Minneapolis contemporary art scene, notorious for illicit, star-studded exhibitions in the IDS building downtown.
Sep 19, 2013
The Silverwood Exception
Stephanie Xenos

After a trip to Three Rivers Park District's newest addition, writer Stephanie Xenos is convinced that even inveterate urbanites will find plenty of reasons to venture beyond the city limits to visit the arts-focused Silverwood Park in St. Anthony.
Sep 17, 2013
Confessions of a Craft Show Organizer
Patricia Hoskins

Are you an artisan or craftster ready to dip a toe into the craft show waters? Trish Hoskins, owner of Crafty Planet, answers your burning questions and offers step-by-step advice for making a successful go of selling your work on the craft show scene.
Sep 13, 2013
Uncommon Environments
Nathan Young

Using the lens of scientific scrutiny and the emotional possibilities of re-scaling everyday waste for public view, two artists invite a reconsideration of "natural" adaptations in the contemporary world.
Aug 28, 2013
The Escape Artist
Jay Orff

Consider Samantha French's bright, Impressionistic paintings of a summer idyll: When so much contemporary art seeks to shock and surprise, to push boundaries, is such an unabashedly pleasant, familiar style of work still relevant to the conversation?
Aug 28, 2013
Corndogs and Trembling: This Sickness Unto Fair
Sean Smuda

Sean Smuda was the judge for the 2011 photography class of the State Fair's 100th annual Fine Arts exhibition. Read on for his no-holds-barred behind-the-scenes take on the experience.
Aug 13, 2013
Exchange: A Conversation on Painting with Bruce Tapola
Ruben Nusz

In this informal, artist-to-artist interview on studio practice, originally published in 2010, Ruben Nusz and Bruce Tapola chat about painting - the uncertain terrain of critical value and success, material inspirations and the benefits of "slow looking."
Aug 13, 2013
Repetition & Repair
Miranda Trimmier

Miranda Trimmier asks, how can we repair the wearisome effects of endless novelty? Her modest but surprisingly transgressive tonic? Simple repetition as a sort of detoxifying reparation for our shared cultural attraction to the easily blurbed.
Jul 23, 2013
What's the Meaning of All This?
Nathan Young

Considering the art of interpretation by way of three shows at Pete Driessen's TuckUnder space, where the art stands alone - no labels, no explanations. But when is such silence about artwork intellectual largesse, and when is it cover for timidity?
Jul 16, 2013
The Secret Grace of Summer Camp for Socially Awkward Storytellers
Ira Brooker

Thanks to Alec Soth and the team of Little Brown Mushroom, a group of international artists and writers find themselves immersed in finding the stories hiding in plain sight within the marvelous mundanities of the Midwest.
Jul 13, 2013
Something Borrowed, Something Blue: "Trio" at Northern Prints Gallery
Julia Durst

Julia Durst caught “Trio” at Northern Prints Gallery in Duluth. She was most impressed with the work of Rob Quisling. The show is up through July 30, at 318 N. 14th Ave E, Duluth. Call 218-724-3089 for more information.
Jul 2, 2013
This Art Show Dares You to Participate
Nathan Young

If there are no labels on the wall, no readily available didactics, how does a viewer navigate oblique, conceptual art to figure out what they're seeing? A new sculpture show at the Soap Factory aims to find out (with mixed results).
May 24, 2013
Digital Culture and Art(ists) on the Verge
Sheila Dickinson

Sheila Dickinson reviews the latest "Art(ists) on the Verge" exhibition at the Soap Factory, featuring five Minnesota artists whose work addresses new media and technology: Chris Houltberg, Sarah Julson, Mad King Thomas, Asia Ward, Anthony Warnick
May 22, 2013
Dancing Naked in Public
Camille LeFevre

New York mag's art critic Jerry Saltz describes what artists and critics do as "dancing naked in public," when they produce, present and publish. And, he added at a recent appearance at Minneapolis' Public Functionary, it’s also why we need each other.
Apr 22, 2013
Reality Show
Julie Caniglia

Contemporary life blurs the boundaries between fact and fiction, reality and fantasy - we're accustomed, even numb to that fact. "More Real?" at the MIA takes a direct dive into this murky territory, where such questions and conundrums abound.

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