I have been a bad blogger. I think everyone has good intentions and high aspirations when they start blogging….particularly as to frequency. I tend to over-think things…everything simple turns into a long (and probably uninteresting project). So in an effort to create more frequent posts and compelling reading, I am starting a new series of blog posts. Each week I am going to pick 10 things, mostly from the local art scene, but sprinkling in other interesting nuggets which I have come across during the week. And yes, I know that I am assuming that people care about my opinions and personal picks and that this format is tired…but I don’t care.
Enough rambling, here we go.
1. Minnesota Art Exhibition Series (MAEP) Annual Meeting I can’t think of another event that brings such a diverse range of Minnesota artists into one room…..and sometimes that leads to a very interesting discussion and debate. The purposes of the meeting are to report on the activities of the past year, to discuss the program, and to elect four new members to the artist panel. Three of those artists must live within the Twin Cities metro area, and one must live in greater Minnesota. The Meeting is at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on Saturday, October 24th from 10:30am – 1:00pm. Come on out and participate! UPDATE: Congrats to new panelists Andy Sturdevant, Megan Vossler, David Petersen and Brian Frink!
2. ARTmn 2009: The Precious Object brings together 14 artists from locales throughout Minnesota in the inaugural exhibition of mnartists.org’s ARTmn visual arts series, presented in partnership with the Hennepin County Public Library. The artists — selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants by a panel of curators, artists, and critics — explore issues related to nature, simulation, craft, collecting, and fantasy. Exhibiting artists Margaret Wall-Romana, Kristin Van Dorn, Erik Waterkotte, and Michon Weeks discuss their influences – from pulp sci-fi novels to 15th century painting on Tuesday, October 27th at 7:00 at Pohlad Hall at the library. The talk and exhibition is free and open to the public. Here is also an interview with Liz Miller on her installation which invades the main stacks of the library space.
4. Amy Sillman artist in residence at Minnesota State University: Painter Amy Sillman will be in residence at Minnesota State University, Mankato on October 26, 27, 28. Her public lecture will be Monday October 26th at 7 pm Ostrander Auditorium the Minnesota State University, Mankato Centennial student union. Well worth the drive from the Twin Cities!
5. Lookbook’s new video for “Over and Over” Lookbook is Grant Cutler and Maggie Morrison. They just released their new album Wild At Heart…and I can’t get these songs out of my head. Great band, awesome video…totally deserving of the recent local hype. Check them out in person with Solid Gold at First Ave. on November 13th and at the Walker Art Center’s After Hours for Event Horizon and Benches & Binoculars on November 20th!
6. Rob Fischer at Franklin Art Works: Fischer’s exhibition Few Landmarks and No Boundaries flows throughout the main gallery and into the expansive back space of the Franklin Artworks mixing found objects, video projections, a sunken pool and a re-configured gymnasium floor as a props surrounding performances spread throughout the run of the exhibition. The exhibition is up through October 30 and there will be a closing performance and reception on October 29, beginning at 7 pm with live music by local band Dark Dark Dark.
7. Artists on the Verge 2: Northern Lights announces a second round of Art(ists) on the Verge commissions (AOV2). AOV2 is an intensive, mentor-based fellowship program for 5 Minnesota-based, emerging artists or artist groups working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture with a focus on network-based practices that are interactive and/or participatory. Follow the link for all of the details, deadlines and other info.
8. Hélio Oiticica Fire Fire destroyed or damaged nearly 90% of Brazilan Artist Helio Oticica’s work on October 16th. The work was in storage while a dispute over money the quality of the storage facilities was being resolved. Crazy and very sad.
9. Interesting Call for Exhibition proposals by apexart: Based on the idea of creating its own franchise, NYC based apexart is currently holding a worldwide, open call for 250-word proposals asking participants why the franchise should come to their town and provide all of the support necessary to produce an exhibition. The deadline is December 15th.
10. “Why the hell did I want to go here… again?” With blogs everywhere, and good engines to sift through them, every once in awhile you stumble upon (or get sent a link by a co-worker with Google reader) a post like this review/rant by a young art student after recent trip to the Walker. Apparently the experience of visiting the museum is comparable to binge drinking. The post drifts between the formal anaylsis of Chuck Close and snarky critique of Yves Klein. It was hit of the Education and Community Programs office for a few minutes on a rainy afternoon this week.
Until next week…