pop-up reunion show
1828 Marshall St. NE, Mpls (by Psycho Suzi’s)
friday, May 20, 5–11pm
saturday, May 21, noon–11pm
sunday, May 22, noon–5pm
art • love • smiles
it’s been five years since our last spotAwhirl, and we’re bringing it back for 2016—in our old haunt! this superspotique salon-style show will feature over 60 alumni artists, plus a few new ones. re-experience everything you ever loved about spotArt: great local art and music, a breathtaking back door escape to the river, hanging with art-lovin’ friends, plus a few surprises. and, of course, there’s us—carisa, scotty and arty. share the news and spotAwhirl right over to support local art.
friday starts at 7pm
nikki and the rue mates
saturday starts at 7pm
lonesome dan kase
venus de mars
henna art by judy ostrowski
spleee established spotArt.org in 2001, when he sought a studio and show place for his large scale paintings and found the space on marshall street in northeast minneapolis. over the next decade, the spotArt gallery hosted group art shows featuring local artists with visual emphasis on color and design. the gallery also provided a community space for various presentations, readings, fund raisers, cd release parties and private gatherings including weddings. having to leave the river space behind, spleee and spouse carisa have domesticated into their ne mpls home with retired gallery mascot tokie the puli, burnzy the rescue puli and daughter artesia rose. the spotArt spirit lives on reemerging from this home, with a studio room, basement workshop and garage gallery. spotArt.org relaunched, we look forward to serving local art again.
1828 marshall street ne minneapolis
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photo by kevin hawkins
spleee is the moniker of minneapolis painter scotty town, also a marketing graphic designer and art director. enamored by color and design, spleee has been obsessively painting for over twenty years to exemplify these elements. Plus co-founder of spotArt
carisa town artist
Carisa's info to be updated soon, plus co-founder of spotArt
arnie hamel art teacher
I did this painting 10 years ago as part of a series on "street people". They're extremely vulnerable, their prospects aren't good and I can't save them. Many see Walter as an eyesore on what would otherwise be a cheery, sun-filled stroll among the upscale retail shops in Laguna Niguel, CA. In reality, the homeless and downtrodden often serve as an honest and inconvenient commentary on our failings as human beings, and how we've learned to confidently stroll past the least among us without breaking stride.
Walter, oil on canvas, 2006
karen o'bryan creative
"Hi there, I’m Karen. I spend my days drawing, painting, designing, drinking whiskey gingers with dear friends and generally working more hours than necessary to keep life interesting. I love exploring the themes of nature, beauty and identity in my work through color, pattern, and the human figure. I received a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2007 and have displayed my work in galleries, magazines, community spaces and national retailers."
kate burgau painter + illustrator
Kate Burgau is a Minneapolis based artist who works in a variety of mediums, predominantly pen and ink. She grew up as a military child who lived on both coasts and much of the Midwest where she attended Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin and received her BFA in Illustration in 2002. She is greatly influenced by surrealism, ancieint symbolism, and the intricacies in nature, particularly growth and decay cycles. She spends as much time as possible exploring and observing the outdoor world, which has been her passion since childhood. Her work is environmentally based, focusing on a natural order combined with either the creative or destructive human influence and the struggle for balance.
william sattler artist
My work calls attention to the actions, beliefs and choices of our culture — often using irony and juxtaposition as a method of expression.
jake manders mixed media artist / musician
The style of my artwork started with my first teaching job at St. Peter South Elementary. There I learned to appreciate the innocence of child art, their wild imagination and the stories they shared with me. After one year in St. Peter I moved back to my hometown of Brooklyn Park to teach at the High School I graduated from and I’ve been a teacher there ever since. In 2012 as I was teaching a sculpture lesson on assemblage, I was introduced to the art of Joseph Cornell and I was truly inspired. I started to collect pieces of junk off my classroom floor, which eventually lead me to start gathering junk off the streets and bike paths in my neighborhood. "The Good in Evil" Is my first artwork of this kind. Whether it’s junk I find off the greenway, phrases or stories I hear, the people I spend my time with, the establishments I visit, the things I buy, the music I hear, everything plays a part... Maybe you'll see something you recognize?!
jennifer stano painter
Painting is my method of interpreting the natural, spiritual and emotional world, and my art explores the relationship between these inner and outer worlds through a very intuitive process of mark-making. Stylistically, I am heavily influenced by the Abstract Expressionist movement and the way I paint is very instinctive with an emphasis on the spontaneous action of painting. My work is visceral and intimate, stemming from a physical process of painting that sometimes involves finger painting, aggressive palate knife work or gentle, sweeping brush work. This physicality and directness, along with the organic images from which I draw inspiration, serve as a metaphor for larger existential themes present in my work. I am continually grappling with the “accident” element and exploring my responses to these “accidents” of creation. Reacting to change and allowing the growth and evolution of each piece is essential as I discover the true nature of each work. Each piece is truly an act of discovery, facilitated through my specific process of mark-making itself.
jack walsh mixed up artist
Just happy to be making some stuff. Minnesota artist currently living in NE MPLS. Nothing notable has happened in my life yet, will let every know on Facebook when a interesting moment occurs.
amy ballinger photographer
Amy is a fine art photographer who loves to create rich and imaginative dream worlds with her images. She is fascinated by the juxtaposition of life and death, old and new, dark and light and loves to show the beauty and tension between these extremes. She uses the beauty of the human form and nature to convey her visions.
kevin hawkins photographer
My interest in photography began to take shape while attending Cretin High School in St. Paul, and continued to evolve during my college years at the University of Minnesota. Throughout my life, I have experienced a passion for art through photography. I have expressed this through landscape photography, photojournalism, and sports photography.
I am currently the volunteer sports photographer for Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis. My images have been published in the Star Tribune. They have been displayed on the walls of The Hopkins Center for the Arts, Minneapolis City Hall, spotArt Gallery, Grain Belt Brewery Bottling House, Art-a-Whirl, and the Charles Beck Gallery in Fergus Falls, MN. I have been honored to have won awards from the Minnetonka Camera Club, The Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs, Minnesota State Community and Technical College, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.
This body of work entails a desire to treat objects of present or past use in a confident and assured way. They are entitled epitaphs in that they are at their terminal destination and are handled as such. Each successive impression pulled is willfully and lovingly applied to the final composition. In this way I play the part of mortician composing an everlasting epitaph for an object that is no longer desired. Each impression is singular and commendatory of its time in service.
jonathan foss painter
Jonathan Foss is an abstract painter working in oil paint, ink and charcoal. He lives and works in the Twin Cities. Focusing on telling stories with color, line, shape and texture from expressionistic landscapes, to color field painting and abstract figures; Jonathan picks the characters and lets the viewer fill in the details. His work has been described as mysterious and sexy at times, to brutish with tones of violence. There are many visceral qualities that evoke the primal inner nature of the viewer.
michael mcgraw photographer
I used to be a lot of things -- wedding photographer, nature photographer, abstract something-or-other, street photographer. The goal was always to have a project and create work within narrow parameters. Recently, I decided that this was limiting and no fun. I just stopped. These days, I shoot mainly weekend mornings. I photograph everything that catches my eye as I drive around the city. My primary thought, now, is that if I see something that causes me to stare I should photograph it. The collection of these images would then represent how I see my world. I enjoy this.
michael newell fine artist
Michael Newell, aka "Mike Suade," is a Twin Cities based artist. Utilizing paint, ink, stencils and screen print he has been creating fine art for over 3 decades.
toni gallo painter
Visual Alchemy of Universal Waves
My figurative paintings are a sea of dots, a speckling of patterns and fleeting images presenting the substantial invisible space we ride through. They are the visualization of how I imagine the mysterious unseen matter, which disintegrates and reassembles eternally within and around us.
I wish to visually articulate life as a continuous mystical experience of the mingling of peoples presence and ancient waves of existence. The idea of being connected to the radiant from the past, old as the cosmic wave, rippling as the big bang inflates, creates, erupts and manifests. The pathways woven by the cosmos.
richard simonsen artist
My work combines found metals, wood, hardware and other salvageable parts. Many of these elements are treated with acid, solvents, waxes and paint. Other changes are made by grinding, torching and sanding to reshape and color the various layers of
materials. The use of industrial elements with heavy textures provide a sculptural depth that has a close affinity and feel to architecture, but the compositions are not concerned with what the art could symbolize or represent, but what it is – textured, tactile and diverse.
kurt taken-holtze photographer
I love NE Minneapolis. Central Avenue in particular tends to draw people from many different communities where we all co-exist in the same place, yet we often live in very different worlds. I used to show this work at spot art and am happy to be able to show it one last time.
mitchel anderson photographer
I have been doing photography as a professional for nearly twenty-five years. I have photographed in many countries; to name a few, Haiti, Cuba, Russia, China, Argentina, and Mexico. The photographs I chose to demonstrate for the show were photographed in Haiti, 2002. Currently, I am working out of my studio/gallery in Brooklyn Park, MN. You can find my work
on facebook at Mitchel Anderson Photography.
jesse quam artist
Jesse Quam is a self-taught artist that was born in a rural town in Northern Minnesota. Quam’s work first gained recognition in Fargo, ND after creating a body of work with New York City based artist Richard Mock for an exhibition at the Plains Art Museum. Jesse Quam then moved to Minneapolis and his creative juices emerged into a thriving art community. He continues to evolve creating art motivated by experimental music, skateboarding, and urban exploration, and these elements inspire energy filled paintings, drawings, and linocuts that portray a dream-like awareness of the cosmos. His vivid and surreal style of work has been exhibited in the Minneapolis Institute of Art, spotArt, Soap Factory, Parade of Homes, Gamut Gallery, Flanders Gallery, Cult Status Gallery, and Ruff Love Doggy Day Care.
The META mural project is a collaboration with his partner Brook Thompson that launched in May at the 2015 Art-A-Whirl in Northeast Minneapolis, MN. Their goal is to travel the globe and share their imaginations with the world. Recently they completed a community mural project in south Minneapolis. This fall they will be doing an artist residency at Canserrat in Spain.
stephanie glaros artist
Stephanie Glaros is an artist and teacher based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. From 2005 to 2012 she was the Art Director for Utne Reader magazine, where she developed an interest in photojournalism and realized the profound impact of storytelling. She has a B.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Montana, and an A.A.S. in Graphic Design from Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
Glaros is an adjunct instructor in the Graphic Design Department at MCTC. She also teaches Photography courses for the Twin Cities Media Alliance as well as independent workshops. In addition to her blog, Humans of Minneapolis, she has a regular column in Southwest Journal. Her work seeks to connect people in order to promote dialogue, raise awareness, and cultivate empathy.
teri harriet painter
Teri Harriet is a practicing Painter, Illustrator, Graphic Designer & Functional Artist currently residing in Minneapolis, MN. She earned a BFA in Functional Art from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis and an Associates Degree in Illustration & Graphic Design from The Academy of Communication Arts. Teri developed her design and illustration style and skills over the last 19 years by producing editorials, advertisements, marketing and collateral materials, identities/logos, children’s' books and murals for clients all around the country. She is preparing to move to LA in June to pursue a full time career painting and illustrating her quirky characters that offer messages of struggle, strength, empathy and hope.
mike carr painter
I primarily enjoy doing landscapes in a style of late 19th century artists.
kelly loverud photographer
Chase Jarvis said "The best camera is the one that you have with you". Like many photographers, that was a little hard to accept at first because the one I always have with me is, of course, my phone.
I've done a 180 since then, fully embracing it for the tool that it is. I love the results you get with less than favorable light where things look less like a photograph and more like... something else.
The photos here are all taken and retouched on one of the phones I've had over the last few years.
corey mcnally artist
Bits & Pieces Put Together to Present a Semblance of a Whole
You might recognize this statement from artist Lawrence Weiner’s piece that welcomes you to the Walker Art Center. It is a phrase that has influenced me shaped the work I create. The collage pieces I am sharing are created from various print ephemera collected over the past twenty years. The work touches on the life cycle, emotions, the choices that define us, dreams, working with others, embracing your strife and finding your place in the world. I try to touch on these subjects with humor, style and color. Using matchbooks as the surface for my collages allows me to work within a grid system. The piece begins with an idea and rough sketch. Then I dive into my piles of paper searching for the right image or color. I begin digging through thrift store books, recycled magazines and my files of pulled images. As I build these collage pieces I layer the images to give depth. Working this way allows the various images within each piece to interact with one another. I am looking for the puzzle pieces that these collages are made out of to help convey my message.
alex kuno artist
The Miscreants of Tiny Town is an ongoing series of interwoven, darkly satirical fairy tale vignettes whose visual narratives I’ve been expanding on for several years. I’ve presented the trials and tribulations of Tiny Town’s ever-imperiled, wayward children in various forms over the years, from mixed media paintings on hand-carved pieces of wood, drawings on paper, to sculpture and installation. The kaleidoscopic compositions are by turns whimsical and melancholic, tinged with both nostalgia and a sense of the macabre. I think of them as playful investigations into the sometimes violent imaginings that are part of the universal experience of childhood. I’m specifically interested in how the longings and fears and dark stories from our early years inform our perspectives in adulthood and shape our grown-up anxieties and understanding about real-world, large-scale cultural, economic and environmental change.
nick foster walters oil painter
I am a landscape painter born and raised in rural Wisconsin. Throughout my life I’ve been fascinated with the repetition of the natural environment. The images that I select to paint are from my visual experiences and sensations. I strive to immerse the viewer in an environment that is beautiful and meditative. My current work is oil paintings on large rectangular panels. This shape and size allows me to create many areas of focus in one image, similar to the natural world. I am currently interested in objects that connect the earth and sky, land and air.
bryant locher painter and light installation artist
After growing up in Barrington Illinois and receiving a fine arts degree from Augustana College Bryant Locher relocated to Minneapolis in 2005. While consistently exhibiting painting and light installation artwork in galleries and locations across the city Locher also works as the visual and lighting designer for local band Solid Gold and was formerly a director of the now closed Future Presence Gallery. Classically trained in oil painting and known for a style incorporating highly contrasting colors, sharp lines and a minimalist aesthetic Locher has now changed his focus to working primarily with spray paint. Most recently pieces have been bought by and included in the Pabst Blue Ribbon 2015 National Art Tour and included in the I Am Kindness event at the Le Meridien Chambers Hotel. For commissions or other inquiries contact Locher at email@example.com and for updates on completed work and works in progress follow on instagram@bryantdoesnthaveinstagram
For a studio based feature video and interview go to:
and for a unique view from inside of one if his light installations:
pat gill painter
I have never taken any painting instruction and all my paintings come right from my brush. I never know what the picture will be until I put the paint to the canvas.
terry mcdaniel photographer
I have been working on this series of photographing frozen botanicals for 5 years now. I preserve my summer garden and collections of nature in ice. The plants have their grace and splendor when originally grounded to the earth by their roots in the garden. When I dry and freeze them I offer an everlasting extension of their beauty with a new perspective. I am fascinated by the way the ice changes the look of the plants, while frozen. I add light from the outside and the inside of the compositions I’ve created in conjunction with Mother Nature. The flowers all have the “continuance of life” they need to begin again as the ice melts returning them to the Earth to begin again. It’s inspiring observing the different patterns of frozen bubbles and fractures in the ice as these delicate plant fragments have survived this harsh treatment. For me these details are reminiscent of miniature paintings, which I’ve enlarged for the viewer to appreciate.
On a personal level I recently took a life inventory and moved back to a favorite neighborhood where I have had happy memories of living in Minneapolis near Minnehaha Falls. The vitality of the city will change me in ways I am looking forward to. I will continue gardening and beekeeping and making photographs.
brian matthew hart artist
brian has a background in design, illustraion, fine art drawing and photography, with recent interests in 3D reality capture / remote sensing and computational imaging methods.
chris shaffner photographer
Light is beautiful. Combined with shadow it gives form to something once shapeless, and color to what was once colorless. Light defines our reality and influences nearly every aspect.
People are everything.
From newborns to metal, photographer Chris Shaffner is fascinated by the humans, their form, and the connection made when photographing them. Being behind the lens allows entry, if even briefly, into a bit of their lives.
tayna gravening artist
Tanya Gravening studied painting and printmaking at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. At the University of Minnesota, Tanya wrote her graduate thesis on raising awareness of plastic pollution with art. Water and plastic pollution are recurring themes in Tanya's art. Additional creative outlets include graphic design and curating art exhibits.
kyle l. fokken artist
My work is based on a love of antique toys as viewed from a modern perspective. We are naturally drawn to the nostalgia of relics. In my artwork, I fuse this nostalgia with "visionary" art - art often made by people using scrap material and rough construction. Like these artists, I'm not a "junk sculptor" because my focus is not on the found object itself, but on how I can use objects to fulfill my vision. I employ this technique as a metaphor implying the bond between generations "making do" with available materials and the cultural legacy of values and ideals.
joel starkey artist
I have always been drawn toward gestural work but the process doesn't allow much room for meditation and reflection until after it is over, so in my new work I am exploring the idea of expanding upon the gesture by capturing and recreating it in different media. The use of "low brow" craft material is an attempt to bridge the loftiness of my goals and the reality of my world.
merry reimler artist
Merry Reimler lives and works in Minneapolis, MN. She completed a BFA at the University of Minnesota, with an emphasis in photography, in 1996. Her current work explores using ceramics, collage, and craft processes in addition to photography. She is also an ardent beekeeper who endeavors to “do right by the bees”. Deeply enamored with these radiant, complex, and hardworking insects, she continues to find inspiration in working with them.
rob levine photographer
Rob Levine is a freelance photographer, writer and editor living in Minneapolis.
philip carlton painter
I have been exploring the limits of representational painting for more than ten years. Although much of that time was spent focused on the figure and still life as my subjects of choice, I've more recently been painting the natural world. Since 2014 I've been painting 'en plein air': from life, in the field, with the goal being a finished painting before the light fades.I paint quickly in an impressionist style. The goal behind each painting is to capture the feeling of the moment. Often, it's only through the act of painting a scene that I discover what it is within that scene that touches me most deeply.
d.d. watson photographer
I enjoy photographing what nature has produced from our neglect. She always has a way of making things beautiful.
anna miller painter
Anna Miller is a Twin Cities based artist who works mainly in acrylic, ink, and watercolor. Highly influenced by comic books and mid-century fashion, her work has been described as “marvel meets glamour”. She juxtaposes childlike imagery with erotic nostalgia and attempts to invoke a mood or imply a narrative through individual paintings or through the arrangement of otherwise unrelated pieces.
jason colvin photographer
We exist in moments of time. Feelings, memories, flesh and knowledge are dynamic, and they combine to create us as we exist at this moment.
Our moments shape how we move forward. The moments that impact us most are those which take on a weight beyond the norm, thick with life, and heavy with the energy and knowledge of change.
I use, create, or replicate the light that is fundamental and necessary to share the few moments shown here as they existed as they were formed. They remain, in situ, even as we press onward.
james dankert painter
Painting is primarily a way for me to explore and test various ideas for visual interest or pleasure. Sometimes I have an idea for a series of representational images, and I want to figure out an approach to bring them to the canvas and see how they hang together. Sometimes I am exploring the medium of paint and paint handling, and the effects of different approaches on the image. I am always interested in color and its effects, whether I’m using bold blues and oranges of my abstract work, or the subdued grays of my representational paintings of office spaces. My disparate previous investigations always inform my current approach.
shelley rohlf painter
I usually show my art across the river in St. Paul for Lowertown First Fridays and Art Crawl so it's a special privilege to be back at SpotArt in Minneapolis! My paintings and drawings are inspired by the comical beauty of the natural world with an affinity toward folk, pop and street art.
michael thomsen sculptor
Michael Thomsen is an award-winning assemblage sculptor and filmmaker living in Minneapolis, MN. In his sculpture work, Thomsen combines themes such as secret societies, history and the occult with woodworking techniques, painting, lighting elements and discovered artifacts from thrift stores, flea markets and more — items that hold a human imprint. Over the past 10 years, Thomsen’s work has been exhibited locally and nationally, at spaces such as Parlor Gallery (NJ), Alexi Era Gallery (MO), Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Rogue Buddha Gallery, CO Exhibitions and more. Most recently, Thomsen was featured in a major solo exhibition at Public Functionary in Minneapolis. His film work has been recognized and screened by the Minneapolis-St.Paul International Film Festival, Flyway Film Festival, IFP and more.
venus de mars artist
Venus de Mars is a multidisciplinary artist and musician, best known as a singer-songwriting transgender rock star and leader of the band All the Pretty Horses. De Mars is also one of the foundational artists for Rifle Sport Alternative Art Gallery, creating the iconic big blue doors that fronted on Hennepin Avenue and installations that included a Honda Civic art car parked halfway up the main staircase. A chance tax audit transformed her into a champion of artists’ tax rights, after which the Venus de Mars Fund with Springboard for the Arts was established. De Mars is the recipient of multiple grants and awards, among them a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, a Bush Fellowship, and a Minnesota Music Award. She recently completed a tour with Laura Jane Grace and "Against Me," and an acoustic album produced by longtime collaborator Barb Morrison (Debbie Harry, Rufus Wainwright, Scissor Sisters, etc.)
max maddox artist
24/7 My objective in these works is to explore and journal my thoughts and express the resulting images within the confines of a 24-inch length and a 7-inch width, hence “24/7”. I’m inspired by children’s drawings, colors, and tools (such as glitter, glue, crayons). A color block at the bottom of each piece proposes a sort of flashcard effect. As I reflect on these new works I’m humored and humbled by the process of growing up…as if it were ever really a destination.
aaron wilson photographer
aaron wilson i live and work minneapolis i have shot photo's since the 90s growing up i moved all a round seeing life from different points made me want to make a statement i would like to thank the spot art and what they stand for.
erin sayer painter
Erin Sayer is an all around creative. From running galleries to traveling the country painting murals, she is constantly engaged in one artists endeavor or another. Her latest projects include assisting artist Eduardo Kobra in creating a huge mural of Bob Dylan in downtown Minneapolis, traveling with her solo show, a series of large scale oil paintings based on the novels of author Tom Robbins, and creating a new series based on the novel American Gods by author Neil Gaiman. She is involved with spearheading a grass roots effort to produce a mural mecca on the Minneapolis Greenway. She is a freelance curator, having curated over 100 art shows and events over the years. Sayer has owned 3 galleries since 1998, and has painted over 50 murals around the US. She is available on commission and is always up for a new travel adventure.
dennis m jenereaux photographer
I am an Abstract/Impressionist. I love texture and bold colors. Strong graphic lines. I do all my own printing and sell only editions of 10
tish holmes painter
I was born with a painter’s name, Titian (TIH-shuhn) and have found my artistic wings with this current series of acrylic paintings. Their colorful, graphic and mosaic qualities reflect my long-time fascination with color, form and architectural shapes
I invite the viewer to respond to the paintings on a personal level. Each painting is signed and dated on the back, giving the viewer the freedom to interpret and orient the painting as desired in their own space.
Working under the artist name, Junkykid. I am a Minnesota-based graphic designer, illustrator, toy & art collector, gamer and YouTuber. My art has been described as beautiful, fun, strange, cute and wacky, with a dash of whimsy.
Bridgette's info to come soon
matt porath photographer
My work is experiential. I depict strong images that represent beauty, balance, destruction, and chaos rarely experienced in reality. There is always some risk involved in shooting my pictures, whether it’s climbing rope ladders to enter condemned buildings or hiking up Alaskan mountains. Discovering the unseen and bringing those images to light allows for a diversity to capture both the mundane and the unusual.
jesse haug designer, sculptor, metal artist
todd hollingsworth artist
I’m a St. Paul native, father of two, and graphic designer who runs a small ad agency, works backstage at local venues, and does craft services for the film industry. When I'm not hiking, biking, birding, or watching old movies, I paint on wood panels using acrylic, conté crayon, pastels, spray paint, and nail polish. My art attempts to capture the movement of a moment in time (like a photo with a slow shutter), speaks for a place whose stories are often lost in the night (because they're secret, magical, seedy, or mysterious), and invites you deep into subjects' eyes (the sexy, alluring, promiscuous, knowing, sometimes sad or empowered "look"). I socialize and play pinball in Minneapolis, love dancing and local music, and played for the Minnesota Men's Roller Derby team. -tya 11:11
keith holmes photographer
Keith Holmes is a documentary artist whose exhibits and installations are grounded in silver photography and community fieldwork. He received his BA from San Francisco State University in 1990 and an MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1995. A "visual anthropology" seminar with the Farm Security Administration photographer John Collier, Jr. cemented his interest in ethnographic studies and provided a framework to understand cultural behavior through visual observation and personal engagement. After an extended period of work in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, Holmes developed the idea of using an installation approach to documentary representation as a way to expand the creative toolkit and embrace a wider range of expressive options available to the artist. Rather than simplifying issues in the manner of a journalistic story, his work always strives to present a world that is as rich and complex as the subjects whose lives and histories are unfolding before the lens.
chris broste photographer
As a self taught photographer I enjoy creating large panoramas of city-scapes and night scenes while exploring the twin cities area on bicycle. When not in the city I can be found exploring natural areas for landscapes, weather events, and time-lapse subjects.
ethan heidlebaugh painter
A native to Minneapolis, Ethan was born in 1977 and introduced to art by his father who encouraged his creative talents. He started drawing as a small child and began his career by selling his art at local street fairs and coffee shops throughout the 1990’s. Completely self-taught with no formal training, Ethan’s art is distinctively his own and is highly recognizable. Using various mediums, his work includes paintings, drawings, and murals. Ethan’s art has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the Twin Cities area since 1995. Living in Minneapolis, he is currently working on a collection of ink drawings with pen, ink, and watercolor on 30x22 inch paper. This collection is inspired by his original black and white ink drawings, which evolved after receiving a brain injury from getting hit by a car at age eleven. After he awoke from his coma, he found comfort in escaping into his art world, where he constructed a surreal reality. Spirals and shapes organically appear throughout his work in which he compares to the same patterns found in nature. He refers to his collection of drawings and paintings as “Situations from Other Dimensions.”
joseph p. donnelly photographer
My photography renders contemporary subjects in a timeless manner by evoking the quiet, still beauty of the Pictorialist masters of the early 20th century (e.g., Alfred Stieglitz, Clarence White, Edward Steichen). I use hand-held cameras and only natural light, with much of my work taken in near darkness, using slow shutter speeds. To give the prints a painterly feel and capture the play of light on subjects, I focus on composition, mood, and feel rather than on sharpness of line. Keith Taylor prints my images. To produce the velvety, glowing, soft-focused feel I'm after, he and I select the most appropriate print medium (platinum, photogravure, silver or inkjet) for each image.
shark shredder printmaker
Focusing on American consumerism and waste, Shark’s printmaking practice centers around found and recycled objects as substrates and matrixes. Constantly learning and adapting, this low-waste/cost mode of working also affords her a unique freedom with materials. She is a printmaker living in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is the last printmaking major to graduate from the College of Visual Arts before it closed in 2013.
keith spaulding artist
I have been painting about 6 years. I really enjoy thinking up a concept and being able to paint it. I paint just about every topic and style. I guess my all-inclusive painting style may be classified as Pop, Minimalist, Abstract, Modern, Plein Air, Patriotic, and Dark. But I’m not into labels, so I will just say Art is Music and this is My Song.
david ray carson sculptor/painter/photographer
I free-associated objects from ancient Greece.
sherri dahl painter
"Vices" My paintings represent the accumulation and use of domesticated objects in everyday life. I want my paintings to open up a dialogue about consumerism and lend people to think more in depth about their use of these objects; which are easily taken for granted and abused. The chaos in my work mimics the over-populated, mass consumed and post-production society in which we live in. My paintings have a baroque and chaotic core, using the all over pattern, multiples, and repetition in a manner that consumes the whole canvas with a matrix of color.
By working from strict observation in front of my subject matter, I work intuitively, trying to capture my experience with the subject; rather than painting from photographs or a projector, which would be merely copying the imagery. My work draws its inspiration from many periods in oil painting history. I want my work to have a mature use of form and color, like in classical renaissance paintings, as well as employ a modern and abstract use composition. Mark making is particularly important in my work, I strive to paint efficiently, where every mark has its purpose and the use of color is instrumental to creating depth and form. Some of my favorite painters are Vincent Van Gogh, Egon Scheile, Monet, Giacometti, Jackson Pollock, and Rembrandt.
daniel sigelman painter, DJ, music, writer
Danny Sigelman is a DJ and musician living in Northeast Minneapolis. Working in various mediums including multi-media collage, paint, ink, experimental music and video
linnea doyle artist
Linnea studied illustration at Washington University In St Louis and cultivated her current graphic style after taking a woodcut print class, where under the direction of a spontaneously combusting maniac she developed a penchant for triphop in the wee hours of the morning and putting thick outlines around objects in her drawings.
In 2004 the Robots invaded.
ethan arnold artist
“Follow the sun to reach the stars.”
My graphic design and illustration has led me in all sorts of directions. While I am fueled by emotions, public space, dream chasing, and trouble making…I am inspired by production. Because my art can be produced en masse, I chose to use stencils and spray paints to keep each piece original while translating my designs and illustrations onto canvas. Everything is made by me: from hand cut stencils to priming raw canvassed frames…
…I illustrate. I design. I produce.
dan dockery photographer
Dan Dockery is a photographer focusing on abandoned buildings, caves, tunnels, and other places which are difficult to reach. He also does some film work.
nick foster walters
brian matthew hart
kyle l. fokken
venus de mars
dennis m jenereaux
joseph p. donnelly
david ray carson
photo by kevin hawkins