From Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program

Artists: Carol Padberg and Amy Toscani
April 23 - June 27, 1999
Minnesota Artists Gallery

New and recent work by inter-media artist Carol Padberg and sculptor Amy Toscani explored issues related to domesticity and the aesthetic vernacular of the everyday.

Carol Padberg used pattern and repetition to address the never-ending daily tasks associated with parenting. Her densely layered abstractions-created through a process combining sewing, collage, painting, and digital photography-suggest both freedom of multi-referential thinking and the tension between interruption and flow. Padberg employs the subversive potential of collage (the image cut up and transmuted) to explore the place between order and chaos.

Amy Toscani is known for large machinelike forms made from sheets of welded steel. She sees herself as a product of the sixties, her sculpture grounded in that era's pop culture. She is particularly inspired by the mechanical toys of her childhood and of a generation earlier. For this exhibition, Toscani brought into play everyday materials (lawn chairs, fabric, rubber, TV trays) to fabricate whimsical, ridiculous, and sometimes ominous, oversized contraptions.

Related Events

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, April 22, 1999 in the Minnesota Artists Gallery.
  • Artist-led tour: Thursday, April 29, 1999 in the Minnesota Artists Gallery.
  • Artists' slide lecture: Coming to Terms, a Mother's Day slide lecture by Carol Padberg. Sunday, May 9, 1999.
  • Artists' slide lecture: Carol Padberg and Amy Toscani, Thursday, June 24, 1999 in the Pillsbury Auditorium.

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