It’s a major weekend for the art world, as the leading figures of contemporary art will flock to Switzerland for the 47th Art Basel. Locally, Minnesotans will be heading down to the mighty Mississippi for the Stone Arch Bridge Festival, while also checking out some notable gallery exhibitions.
Local Art Events
Stone Arch Bridge Festival
June 17 – 19, 2016
Image Source: Stone Arch Bridge Festival.
A weekend of art, music, and food, Stone Arch Bridge Festival is another favorite summertime event – with likely the best view of the city. Kicking off the 22nd year of the festival, the weekend will feature numerous local musicians, over 250 visual artists, and two dozen food vendors. Each year, the festival creates a Collectors Poster, designed by a local artist. Christy Johnson was selected this spring to design an original work that highlights the spirit of the festival and city’s riverfront. Christy Johnson has previously made work representative of the state and is known for her tiny illustrative State Icons. Featuring recognizable landmarks and buildings, she celebrates the everyday structures that hold special significance to the state. The Collectors Poster will be available for purchase at both Christy’s booth and the informational booths.
SOO Visual Arts Center – Double Vision Quest: A New Site Specific Installation by Paintallica
June 17, 2016, 6:00-9:00pm
Image Source: SooVAC.
Paintallica is a collaborative group of artist friends from across the country. Their exhibitions develop from several days and nights of intensive labor, deep thought, thorough research, and a few shenanigans too. A mixed-media practice, the installations incorporate a variety of wood, paint, chainsaws, motor vehicles, neon, and circus lights. The imagery and materials are representative of working-class America, from which many of the members come. Paintallica’s installations are site-specific and, therefore, often improvised. The subject matter and theme for an exhibit develop organically, typically just prior to the the show. Paintalllica prefers to work in environments in which they have roots and connections. Although this is their first show in Minnesota, the Twin Cities are home to several members of the group. The exhibition will run through July 16th.
Participating Paintallica Members: Jesse Albrecht (Bozeman, MT), Josh Anderson (Milwaukee, WI), Dan Attoe (Portland, OR), Gordon Barnes (Portland, OR), Josh Black (Los Angeles), Jamie Boling (Iowa City, IA), Brandon Buckner (Chattanooga, TN), Bruce Conkle (Portland, OR), Shelby Davis (Portland, OR), Josh Doster (Iowa City, IA), David Dunlap (Iowa City, IA), Lori Gilbert (Portland, OR), Ben Moore (Decora, IA), Ralph Pugay (Portland, OR), Jay Schmidt (Bozeman, MT), Bruce Tapola – (Minneapolis, MN), Josh Wilichowski (Stillwater, MN)
2909 Bryant Avenue South, Suite 101, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Kolman & Pryor Gallery: Art Up-Cycle: The Exhibition
June 18, 2016, 7:00-10:00pm
Erik Benson, Rococo Springtime. Image Source: Kolan & Pryor Gallery.
Throughout the 2015 holiday season, Kolman & Pryor Gallery hosted Art Up-Cycle. A buy-back event, Kolman & Pryor invited the community to bring any unwanted works on canvas, and the gallery would purchase the piece for $1. This month is stage 2: local artists have transformed the recycled works in a manner that reflects their personal styles. The exhibition will also showcase several of the original bought-back canvases, which were not altered by an artist. “What does it mean to buy a cast-off work for $1, re-contextualize it within a gallery setting, and put a new price tag on it?” Patrick Pryor, gallery co-owner, asks. “We’re exploring ideas of authorship, value and aesthetic. And we can’t avoid dealing with kitsch, with issues of sentimentality, and with amateur art that’s well done.” The exhibition opened June 4th and continues through July 16th. The opening reception is this Saturday, June 18th.
Participating artists include Patrick K. Pryor, Jodi Reeb, Erik Benson, Jim Dryden, Nathanael Flink, James Holmberg, Laura Hallen, and Carolyn Swiszcz.
1500 Jackson St NE #395 Minneapolis, MN 55413
Black & White Gallery: Rachel Stern: Yes, Death
June 17, 2016 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Image Source: Black and White Gallery.
“Yes, death. Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no to-morrow. To forget time, to forget life, to be at peace.” – Oscar Wilde
The New York-based photographer, Rachel Stern, opens her first exhibit at Black and White Gallery this weekend in which she explores cemeteries, natural landscapes, and elegant, yet eerie, gardens. Stern reinterprets the mid-19th century vision of the “garden cemetery” and aims to transform the energy surrounding cemeteries into something more playful. The title is taken from the Oscar Wilde quote above, demonstrating her sense of humor and use of multiple narratives. Yes, Death will be on display through July 31st.
56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, New York 11206
June 16-19, 2016
Image Source: Art Basel.
Now in its 47th year, Art Basel is one of the world’s most renowned art fairs. Modern and contemporary works from over 4,000 artists will be exhibited by 286 international galleries. Art Basel aims to connect the leading art patrons and galleries, serving as the meeting point for the international art world. The show is organized into eight sectors, which include a variety of mediums, such as painting, sculpture, film and video, live performance, print, installation, and photography.