Drawing Club gets even more awesome this week because Thursday night is 80’s Night on Walker Open Field. In connection with the Walker’s current exhibition, This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s, Open Field invites you to grab your best 80s garb and come on down for a night of reminiscing about that decadent decade.
New to the club? Drawing Club meets from 4-8pm every Thursday in the summer at Walker Open Field to make collaborative drawings and hang out. Everyone is welcome (kids, adults, teens, artists, non-artists, etc.) to contribute to drawings that have already been started or start something new to leave for others to finish. The only rule: What’s made at Drawing club, stays at Drawing Club. You can check out our online archive of “finished” works here: http://openfielddrawingclub.tumblr.com/
Each week we’ve invited local artists to host Drawing Club and this week’s special guests are Adam Erickson, Pete Driessen, Lisa Bergh, Andrew Nordin, and Noah Harmon. For 80’s night Drawing Club, Pete will be focusing on collaging 80’s images on faux wood paneling sheets.
Take a moment to get to know this week’s host and get ready to hang out and reminisce about the 80s with them on Thursday!
American artist Pete Driessen (Born 1961, Hopkins, MN) is a Minneapolis based multipractice visual artist, painter and educator who creates large scale sociopolitical paintings, mixed media ship fleets, found object installations, conceptual art statements, and participatory projects. Pete received his MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has taught at the college and secondary levels. He has been awarded local and regional grants, and his exhibition record includes national and regional exhibitions, including Curatorial Cult Club/Kwestion Quration? at the Walker Art Center Open Field. He is currently curating a hybridic garage-based gallery out of his home known as TuckUnder Projects, where fellow guest artist hosts Lisa Bergh and Andrew Nordin are currently showing work.
Adam Erickson is currently working on his Master of Fine Arts degree at The Art Institute of Boston. He has a BA in Art History and Studio Art from Bethel University and he completed a Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship in drawing and digital media at the New York Center for Art and Media Studies.
Lisa Bergh holds a BFA in printmaking from the University of Arizona and an MFA in Spatial Arts from San Jose State University. Lisa’s work moves from 2-d works on paper, to small sculptures and installations, which are all informed by the ideas of memory, place, and the body; beauty and the grotesque, and an ongoing curiosity in collections and display. In addition to her own studio practice Lisa is an adjunct instructor at St. Cloud State University, where she teaches drawing.
Andrew Nordin studied both Painting and Graphic Design at St. Cloud State University after attending Ridgewater Community College. He received his MFA in pictorial arts from San José State University in California. Growing up in the farmland areas of southern Kandiyohi county and exploring the lakes area in both summer and winter has helped in forming his aesthetic: ruggedly crafted works that mix landscape elements with the language of painterly abstraction. Andrew is the Gallery Manager and Art Instructor at Ridgewater College. In addition, he is an adjunct instructor at St. Cloud State University, where he teaches digital art, drawing, and painting.
Together, Lisa and Andrew operate ARThouse – a phantom residential venue specializing in contemporary art and ideas. www.arthousenewlondon.com
Noah Harmon is a visual artist living in Minneapolis. He received a BFA from St. Cloud State University. Themes explored in his work include but are not limited to: relaxing, enjoyment, creeps, hotties, champions, Rock & Roll. The work is informed by pop culture, travel, television, and the supernatural.