Quality Control

From Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program

Artists: Ruthann Godollei, Alexa Horochowski, Lee-Anne Swanson and Carolyn Swiszcz
April 28 to June 18, 2000
Minnesota Artists Gallery


Quality Control featured new works by four artists known for material innovation and narrative irony. Flying in the face of an art world that insists on separating “fine art” from everyday life, their work celebrates art as healing force (i.e., art as reconstructive surgery), as tool for social action, and as magical or hilarious container for the mudane aspects of daily life.

Ruthann Godollei's monoprints and scratchboard drawings about growing up in a violent, dysfunctional household are mementos of her survival. These monochromatic images, depicting simple domestic objects and text, are intended as tools for discussion. Alexa Horochowski scrutinized the “behemoth institution” known as marriage in a multisensory laundry room featuring colorful stenciled walls and linoleum flooring, a working wringer washer, and a clothesline hung with men's and women's underwear embroidered with text. Lee-Anne Swanson “accessorized” a huge moody painting of the Verrazano Narrows bridge, seen at night, with three waist-high skirted water tanks containing splashing glitter-covered duck decoys (“a memorial to my grandfather who was a truck driver and loved to kill ducks.”) Departing from her usual work on paper, Carolyn Swiszcz took aim at the “audacity” of a world concerned with “product” by constructing a huge eraser-board mandala punctuated with drawings and larger-than-life action figures. Inspired by the Buddhist tradition of destroying sand mandalas upon their completion, Swiszcz obliterated her mandala at an erasing ceremony on the exhibition's final day.

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  • Opening Reception: Thursday, April 27, 2000 at 7:00 p.m. in the Minnesota Artists Gallery.
  • Artists gallery talk and mandala-erasing ceremony: Sunday, June 18, 2000 at 3:00 p.m. in the Minnesota Artists Gallery.

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