Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Voyager One - New collaborative work on view at the PROVE Gallery


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The Lost, the Discarded and the Beautiful

New work by Andy Mattern, Brent Erickson, David Bowen and Kristina Estell

June 14 - June 29, 2013


Opening Reception
Friday June 14th, 7-11pm
Open Gallery hours
Thur, Fri & Sat from 3-7pm
The Lost, the Discarded and the Beautiful is an exhibition at Prøve Gallery that explores legacies of American culture through abandoned objects. Whether these objects are hurdling through outer space, accidentally dropped on city streets, or overlooked in plain sight, each of the four artists in this exhibition regards them with a special sense of awe.
New photographic works by Andy Mattern represent a collection of inscrutable urban artifacts that are both entirely common and visually adrift. Through a process of cataloging similar found objects, this new body of work shifts the waste of modern life into the uncanny. By photographing these discarded items in the studio, Mattern removes their environmental context and allows us to inspect them without distraction. This special scrutiny elevates these mass-produced objects and a raises the idea of their separate histories and inevitable fates.
Also dealing with the everyday, Brent Erickson uses the iconography of the office chair to explore contemporary human experience. Erickson’s large-scale wall drawings obfuscate this common form through layering and repetition. The first impression of his monumental wall drawings is dominated by geometric pattern, but, upon deeper inspection, individual chairs emerge from the intricate design and reveal their familiar selves. In these works, Erickson re-imagines the objects of our daily life with a playful and theatrical wit.
Debuting at Prøve Gallery, the new collaborative installation by David Bowen and Kristina Estell takes space travel and extra planetary measurement as its subject. In 1977, NASA launched Voyager I to explore Jupiter and Saturn. After completing that mission, the probe continued moving outward into deep space, and still does to this day. Incredibly, it continues to transmit information back to Earth even though it is well beyond Pluto and nearing the edge of the heliosphere. Bowen and Estell have taken the stream of live location data from the probe and integrated it into a real-time light installation that considers the limits of human exploration and the threshold between contact and oblivion.
* At the opening, Andy Mattern will sign copies of two self-published artist books Driven Snow and Everyone I Never Knew as the culmination of his Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant.
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Friday, April 12, 2013

EXHIBITION OPENING:'Posture is Everything' by Kristina Estell / 'Verbatim' by Allen Brewer

Upcoming Exhibition

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MAEP: Kristina Estell and Allen Brewer

Friday, April 19, 2013—Sunday, June 30, 2013
MAEP Galleries
Free Exhibition
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Kristina Estell: "Posture Is Everything"
For a recent installation at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Germany, Kristina Estell covered the ceiling, walls, and windows of the gallery with a coating of liquid silicone. Painted in thin layers, the rubbery material dried into a drippy, powder-blue sheen that then slowly peeled off the wall. The soft skin bundled on the floor in delicate sheets and folds.
For her MAEP installation, Estell will build on the success of this previous piece by articulating new sheets of molded silicone in such a way to emphasize the material's opacity and delicate malleability, and to show how it can sculpt space. Estell's installations are delicately executed in order to imbue her materials with an intense presence. Estell is based in Duluth and has shown her work in numerous national and international solo shows.

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Allen Brewer: "Verbatim"
Allen Brewer needs your help! The St. Paul artist is asking visitors to describe their favorite works of art in the MIA's collection. Blank forms will be distributed throughout the museum, upon which visitors can write about their favorite artworks. Or MIA fans can e-mail their descriptions directly toverbatim.brewer@gmail.com, or download the form: Allen Brewer Verbatim Form.

He'll collect these short comments and take them back to his studio to inspire new paintings, drawings, and sculptures. The number of works in the gallery will increase during the show, as new works are added every two weeks. "Verbatim" promises to be a fascinating study of the differences between seeing and writing, and an exploration of the limits of language with regard to art objects. Brewer recently exhibited his work as part of the EVA International Biennial in Ireland and is visiting professor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Opening reception: Thursday, April 18, 2013, 7-9 p.m.
Artist's Talks: Thursday, May 16, 2013, 7-9 p.m.
Special Guests: Thursday, June 20, 2013, 7-9 p.m.

Generous support for the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program is provided by The McKnight Foundation and Jerome Foundation.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404 • (888) MIA ARTS

Sunday, January 20, 2013