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Jan 24, 2012
Beautifully Twisted
Matt Konrad

Writer and designer Matt Konrad reviews Paper Darts' first foray into book publishing, John Jodzio's collection GET IN IF YOU WANT TO LIVE, calling its marriage of art, fiction and smart layout a "terrific model of a print project for the electronic age."
Jan 12, 2012
mnartists.org and RAIN TAXI present: "Living Dangerously"
Stephanie Xenos

Writer Stephanie Xenos profiles Chinese artist Meng Tang, who currently lives in the Twin CIties and for whom the personal is very political. Pick up a hard copy in the Winter 2011/12 issue of RAIN TAXI, on stands now.
Dec 29, 2011
Putting on the Ritz
Lightsey Darst

This time of year, our dance writer Lightsey Darst yearns for glamor, for rhinestones and luxe fabrics, vamp and shimmer -- and so, she brings us along on a whirlwind tour of the Ballet of the Dolls' outrageously fabulous costume closet.
Dec 21, 2011
Making Nowhere Into Somewhere
Stephanie Ash

Writer Stephanie Ash profiles the artists of the Rural America Contemporary Art (RACA) group, who are reinventing art made by “country folk” -- and there's not a hay bale-painted saw in sight.
Dec 15, 2011
The Wary Feminist
Miranda Trimmier

We recently screened !WOMEN ART REVOLUTION for a panel discussion on feminist art with local artists. Miranda Trimmier offers a contrarian's view, making the case for critical ambivalence in lieu of tidy political messages or cathartic storytelling.
Dec 9, 2011
Of Pastries and Paintings: Phillips and Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis
Maggie Ryan Sandford

Maggie Ryan Sandford continues her ongoing artists' guide to coffee house galleries in Minnesota with this tour of alternative exhibition spaces in the community-oriented Phillips and Powderhorn Park neighborhoods in Minneapolis.
Dec 1, 2011
The Living End
Sheila Regan

Writer Sheila Regan profiles two visual artists, Sean Connaughty and Kate Casanova, who use living material as their medium and embrace the natural life cycle of their organic artworks as an integral part of their creative process.
Oct 20, 2011
In the Heart of Darkness
Sheila Regan

Sheila Regan went through the Soap Factory's Haunted Basement this year and lived to tell about it. She says it's definitely dark down there, and more than a little creepy - an ingenious, wildly successful gimmick to get folks to come by the gallery.
Oct 14, 2011
Slouching Towards Pre-Occupied Wall St.
Sean Smuda

Or, "I Was a Governor's Island Art Fair Exhibitor" - mnartists.org's resident travel writer, Sean Smuda, weighs his experience in the artist-run art fair off the tip of Manhattan during one hurricane-crazed, pre-Occupied week in New York City.
Oct 7, 2011
The Things We Don't Talk About
Miranda Trimmier

Miranda Trimmier offers a fearlessly candid critical response to Nathalie Djurberg's violent, libidinally charged stop-motion animated shorts and installation - on view in the Walker's exhibition of her new work, "The Parade," through December 31.
Oct 5, 2011
A Question of Identity
Marsha Trainer

Marsha Trainer digs into Dana Weiser's exhibition, "Who Are You?!?" - provocative, appealing work that addresses the thorny issues of ethnicity and identity inherent in transnational adoption. The show's on view at Burnet Gallery through October 16.
Sep 8, 2011
A Citizen Artist in a Country at War
Camille Gage

Camille Gage on "choosing the street rather than the studio" and making an artistic life built around "working in support of the common joy and public good." Her new project, "No Glory: 10 Years and Counting," opens today at Form + Content in Minneapolis.
Sep 1, 2011
McQueen's Delicious Delirium
Camille LeFevre

Camille LeFevre reflects on the "delicious delirium" of seeing the Metropolitan Museum of Art's recent NYC exhibition of the fashion, performance art, and fetish objects created by the late "hero-artist" Alexander McQueen, 'Savage Beauty."
Aug 24, 2011
A Pop-Up Space for Dance
Lightsey Darst

Lightsey Darst took in some dance at Soo VAC recently, featuring work by Kristin Van Loon, Katherine Hawthorne and Chris Schlichting. The pop-up show offered its own rewards, and she articulates them - but it also made her really miss the Southern.
Jul 28, 2011
The Mysterious Department of Public Design
Camille LeFevre

Camille LeFevre investigates the so-called Department of Public Design and its cryptic "Interim Report on the Excavation of Zone 5," on view now at Form+Content Gallery. As details emerge she finds elements of the mystery are both solved and deepened.
Jul 6, 2011
A Shuffling Game
Miranda Trimmier

Miranda Trimmier's perceptive essay reflects on the work in two McKnight Photo Fellowship exhibitions, both up through July 24, and on the peculiar "shuffling game" required to piece together a meaningful viewing experience out of such shows.
Jul 1, 2011
Meat: A Slice of Life
Camille LeFevre

Camille LeFevre muses on the art historical phenomenon of the "meat dress" - from Jana Sterbak to Lady Gaga - and in the process, stumbles upon striking and sometimes personal insights into the intersections of flesh, food, family, and femininity.
Jun 15, 2011
The Memory Palace
Ann Klefstad

Duluth artist and historian Matt Oman lives in his head, literally. He's spent years transforming his otherwise ordinary house into a "machine for mindfulness," a 3-D "materialization of a mind." And Ann Klefstad takes us on a guided tour.
May 25, 2011
Of Pastries and Paintings: Mac-Groveland/Crocus Hill, St. Paul
Maggie Ryan Sandford

Maggie Ryan Sandford continues her artists' guide to MN coffeehouse galleries with this breezy tour through alternative exhibition spots in St. Paul's Macalester-Groveland/Crocus Hill neighborhood.
May 18, 2011
White Night
Regan Smith

Regan Smith previews Northern Lights' all-night festival, Northern Spark: Nuit Blanche, featuring dusk-to-dawn interactive art happenings throughout the Twin Cities, with 100 projects by more than 50 regional artists and organizations, on June 4 & 5.
Apr 13, 2011
mnartists.org and RAIN TAXI present: "Appetite for Art"
Betsy Altheimer

In this essay, jointly published by mnartists.org and RAIN TAXI, you'll find Betsy Altheimer's (Springboard for the Arts) manifesto for a new paradigm for arts support that emphasizes grassroots patronage and a direct link between artists and consumers.
Apr 1, 2011
Dome Light: At Home with Artist Martin Woodrich
Andy Sturdevant

Andy Sturdevant profiles a prolific community-supported Minnesota artist noted more for his unusual home than for his moody paintings: the Metrodome's artist-in-residence since the sports facility's opening in 1982, Martin Woodrich.
Mar 15, 2011
Don't Touch That
Miranda Trimmier

Miranda Trimmier reviews the Walker Art Center's homage to folk art, kitsch, "who we are and where we live" - "The Spectacular of Vernacular" exhibition, on view at the center through May 8.
Feb 17, 2011
The View from Here
Camille LeFevre

Camille LeFevre reflects on two photography shows with distinct views on place-making, both at the Mpls Photo Center through February 21 - "Jonathon Wells: Earth Revealed" and the group show, "Urban View - Rural Sight."
Feb 10, 2011
Magic is Important
Miranda Trimmier

Writer and West Bank Social Center co-founder Miranda Trimmier reflects on the recent retrospective of the Parisian art space, castillo/corrales, at Midway Contemporary Art, and on the necessarily slippery nature of experimental art spaces.

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