From Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program
Holy Land Photographs by Sara Belleau / Sin and Guilt Paintings by Nancy Robinson
Friday, April 3, 2009—Sunday, May 31, 2009
Sara Belleau and Nancy Robinson
- Artist Talk: Sara Belleau, Thursday, April 23, 7pm, MAEP Galleries
- Critic's Trialogue with George Slade: Thursday, May 7, MAEP Galleries
- Artist Talk: Nancy Robinson, Thursday, May 14, 7pm, MAEP Galleries
Sara Belleau and Nancy Robinson tap myth and folklore archetypes to tell tales both personal and universal.
Belleau's photographs capture hand painted backgrounds and constructed sets that conjure elaborate tales. Her Holy Land series brings ancient stories from the Bible, Torah and Koran to life in a modern Minnesota vernacular. Drawing on stories common throughout each of these texts, she explores shared traditions and cultures juxtaposed against the complicated political/social present.
Robinson's boldly colored self-portraits create a stage in which she stars as a variety of iconic characters that are both humorous and surrealistic. Each character embodies a distilled memory that transforms her life story into fable.
A Constant Line Cheryle Melander and Donald Myhre
Friday, June 19, 2009—Sunday, August 9, 2009
Cheryle Melander and Donald Myhre
Cheryle Melander's and Donald Myhre's sculptures explore memory and the ways we contextualize the past in the present.
Melander's work investigates involuntary memory which emphasizes the symbiotic relationship of body and mind. Through repetition, non-linear narratives, and patterns, she creates meditative environments that evaluate time. Constructing landscapes she explores the possibility that there could be genetically transferred memories and behaviors that are rediscovered and found through a methodology of free association.
Myhre's work is made to prompt memory of witnessed events by building an object to commemorate its importance. They are self made souvenirs that authenticate an experience and allow embellishment of specific aspects of each occurrence. Carefully chosen materials, objects and processes make a clear representation, but the resulting piece is usually a nostalgic replica rather than a factually correct object.
We Believe in Some Thing Roxanne Jackson
Friday, August 28, 2009—Sunday, November 1, 2009
Roxanne Jackson’s sculptural installations explore the duality of human nature through the metamorphosis of humans and animals. Her installations are macabre scenarios of predator vs. prey, good vs. evil, instinct and survival.
Primarily a ceramicist, Jackson is experimenting with a variety of unconventional materials.
Michael Karaken and Tetsuya Yamada
Friday, November 20, 2009—Sunday, January 24, 2010
Michael Karaken and Tetsuya Yamada
Michael Kareken's latest body of work tackles the urban landscape, specifically the industrial recycling plants outside his studio window. The Rock-Tenn paper recycling plant and the American Iron metal scrap yard inspire metaphoric associations with life and death, growth and decay, order and entropy, structure and chaos. For the MAEP show, Kareken is creating these paintings on a grand scale, as wall-size vistas.
Tetsuya Yamada works with the industrial landscape of production. His work explores the intersection of art, craft, machine, and industry. He delves into the repetitious and mundane activities of city life, specifically commuting by train in his native Tokyo. His installation will explore the way the human mind reacts to passive and repetitive acts, with their continuous rhythms of sights and sounds.
Foot in the Door 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010—Sunday, May 23, 2010
All Minnesota Artists
The Foot in the Door Show IV is the fourth Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program (MAEP) open exhibition for all Minnesota artists. The only restriction for entries is size: works must not exceed one cubic foot of gallery space.
The popular Foot in the Door show happens every ten years. In 2000, more than 1,700 artists were represented in the gallery exhibition and in the corresponding online exhibition. MAEP plans to integrate many special events to highlight this very special exhibition.