Brooklyn based artist Oliver Herring is bringing his TASK party to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and also an exhibition to Bethel University. The exhibition in Bethel’s Olson Gallery will include Oliver Herring’s large-scale photographs, videos, performance work, and photo-sculpture. Two of these life-sized photo-sculptures will be on display, one at Bethel and one at MCAD.
Minneapolis College of Art and Design (in collaboration with Bethel) will host a TASK PARTY with artist Oliver Herring on Tuesday, April 20 at 7pm. The community is invited to take part in this unique opportunity, which is free and open to anyone age fifteen and up. TASK is an improvisational collaboration between Herring and a group of participants – generally strangers – that provides a complex, messy, open-ended outlet for creativity. Participants both write and randomly select tasks. Then, using simple, accessible materials like tape, cardboard, aluminum foil, markers, and string, each person interprets chosen tasks. As a participant completes a task, he or she writes a new one for the bucket and draws a different one to interpret. From what I understand the events are much cooler if a diverse community shows up to participate….so now this is not just for students. Come out and join this very cool project and a somewhat unlikely pairing of local art programs.
Here is the rundown for the next couple days and your first TASK is to attend at least one.
TASK+ selected work by Oliver Herring
April 15 – May 30, 2010-
Bethel University’s Olson Gallery, CLC Building 2nd Floor
3900 Bethel Drive, St. Paul, MN
Additional sculpture on view from April 13-26at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Gallery 215, 2501 Stevens Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
Artist Talk: Friday, April 16 at 6pm
The Underground, Brushaber Commons, Second Floor, Bethel University Campus
Opening Reception with Live Performance:
Monday, April 19, 5-8pm
Olson Gallery, CLC Building, Second Floor, Bethel University Campus
For Olson Gallery hours and directions please visit our website.
TASK Twin Cities with Oliver Herring and DJ Black Lacquer
Tuesday, April 20, 7-10pm
Minneapolis College of Art and Design in the College Center
2501 Stevens Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
Additional TASK Party information on Facebook.
|All events open and free to the public.|
|About the Artist and work included in the exhibition:
Since 1998, Herring has created stop-motion videos and participatory performances with ‘off-the-street’ strangers. Open-ended and impromptu, Herring’s videos have a dreamlike stream-of-consciousness quality; each progresses towards a finale that is unexpected or unpredictable. Embracing chance and chance encounters, his videos and performances liberate participants to explore aspects of their personalities through art in a way that would otherwise probably be impossible.
Also, in a series of large-scale photographs, Herring documents strangers’ faces after hours of spitting colorful food dye, recording a moment of exhaustion and intensity that doubles as a form of abstract painting. Herring’s use of photography takes an extreme turn in his series of photo-sculptures. For these works, Herring painstakingly photographs a model from all possible angles, then cuts and pastes the photographs onto the sculptural form of his subject. Two of these life-sized photo sculptures will be on display, one at Bethel and one at MCAD.
Herring is a German-born, Brooklyn-based artist who has exhibited internationally at venues including The Museum of Modern Art; the New Museum of Contemporary Art; and the Camden Arts Centre, London. In 2002, he began the TASK+ project, seeking further interaction with non-artists. In 2005, Herring was featured in the “Play” episode of Art:21. Herring’s work is represented by Max Protetch, New York