OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, October 1st from 7:00-9:00pm at the Gallery Factory with music curated by Philippe Gallandat, and a Make+Take metal pouring workshop with the WOW Mobile Metal Lab. There will be safety measures in place. Find directions and a map on our website here. Find the Facebook event here.
GALLERY HOURS: 12-5pm Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays or by appt: firstname.lastname@example.org . The show runs October 1st through October 30th with safety measures in place (see below for details). Find directions and a map on our website here. Find the Facebook event here.
Note on COVID-19: Mask Up Minnesota! In light of safety concerns, Mask's must be worn indoors by those not vaccinated. We will be practicing social distancing, limiting to 15 people in the gallery at one time. Please contact us with questions or to make a private appointment at email@example.com or 612-743-6664
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My childhood memories were formed through a rugged farm upbringing punctuated with fanciful escapism. Everyone pitched in. Thanks were given. Labor was expected and innovation came from need. This labor of necessity reinforced the direct contact we had to the land, the farm, the buildings, the livestock, the weather. Each other. Out of this daily engagement, solution-based subsistence stories and memories were forged… Some were pleasant, but not all. The bounty of a full freezer came from butchering the livestock you helped raise. The safety of a home meant managing injuries while repairing a roof or replacing support beams for a barn. Long, hot days yielded cool, peaceful nights.
Direct engagement with the world is vital; a necessity that always beats out convenience. I choose to live in a rural setting, engaging in my community and immersing myself in the methods and materials that uphold this tenet of living because my practice demands it. Quixotic devotion to direct, physical processes – casting, welding, woodworking, glazing – burns away the distortions of nostalgia and allows irrefutable memories to be created. History, memory and a sense of place are often oversimplified and sentimentalized, characterized by false assumptions and desired pasts. Honest stories present the good and the problematic but when one is directly engaged, honesty is all there is.
As a child I built whimsical worlds joyfully made of sticks, sod and cardboard to escape the harsher realities of the farm. Now the symbolic implements and structures of my lived rural experiences is where I begin new stories. These artifacts carry the dents, scars, rust and repairs from their own toils, beckoning me to build fanciful stories of their exploits in response. The incorporation of stained glass adds relevance and reverence as a traditional illustrative tool that never masks its narrative function. This historical, crafted approach to a complex narrative echoes the straightforward panels of the comic books that provided wondrous tales in my youth. I joyfully seek to enchant the rugged. This is vital. Stories must be grounded to affect – but then they can stretch and soar.
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