Unconventional Wisdom

From Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program

Mike Elko, Cautionary Tale #2 (Practical Paranoia Magazine), 2004, digital print
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Mike Elko, Cautionary Tale #2 (Practical Paranoia Magazine), 2004, digital print

August 29 - October 26, 2008
Artists: Mike Elko, Ruthann Godollei
MAEP Galleries

Ruthann Godollei, Time Change 2, 2008, digital inkjet print
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Ruthann Godollei, Time Change 2, 2008, digital inkjet print


“Unconventional Wisdom” features the print works of Ruthann Godollei and Mike Elko. Both use text humorously against familiar backdrops. Godollei’s work is generally devoid of people, but it is always full of their stuff: kitchen tools, iPods, and clocks. Her current series sets these things against the terminology of the current military complex, bringing the irony of words like containment, surge, or extended tour into sharp focus. Using a black-and-white palette with an occasional hint of color, her images strip these words of their mediated meanings, unmasking them for what they really are. Mike Elko, on the other hand, brings witty dialogue to his brightly colored prints assembled from vintage print ads and current news media. Elko is a deadpan storyteller in the tradition of American humorists Stephen Colbert or the ’40s radio team Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding, contrasting contemporary political jargon with appropriated images of the American Dream.

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  • Opening Reception: Thursday, August 28, 7 p.m.
  • Artist-led Tour: Thursday, September 25, 7 p.m.
  • Critics' Trialogue: Thursday, October 2, 7 p.m. with Ann Klefstad

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