From Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program
Mayumi Amada and Eun-Kyung Suh
Friday, July 16, 2010—Sunday, September 26, 2010 Minnesota Artists Exhibition Gallery
The fine and tenacious threads that represent generational and societal memory are the foundation for the work of these two Minnesota artists.
Mayumi Amada's exhibition "Kuon: Eternal Flow of Time" focuses on domestic female roles. Using lacework as a basis for an exploration of Kuon (the Japanese word for the Buddhist concept of time), she creates elaborate patterns out of single strands representing the patterns of life. Amada's delicate forms emerge from garbage bags and water bottles often inscribed with messages such as "Everybody Dies" in crisp sampler-style lettering. Her meditations on mortality, ancestry and craft ponder, often humorously, the mundane in life's daily chores and materials.
Bojagi, a traditional Korean art form, inspires Eun-Kyung Suh's work. Bojagi are cloths wrapped around objects for protection and transport. Made from small scraps of material, Bojagi are often decorated to form beautiful patch-worked wrappers. Suh uses this technique to protect memories and experiences. Her installations comprise many pieces containing small bits of information in sheer cloth. Often the packages are silk-screened with images and text, offering clues to their contents. Others, such as "Purple on Thursday," hold wishes in gauzy chiffon fortune cookies.
Jennifer Davis, Erika Olson, Terrance Payne, and Joe Sinness
Friday, October 22, 2010—Sunday, January 2, 2011 Minnesota Artists Exhibition Gallery
Each individual has a particular story, made unique by both natural and man-made surroundings. Jennifer Davis, Erika Olson, Terrance Payne, and Joe Sinness create work that focuses on self-images and the impulse to create order where nature would have it otherwise.
Davis's pastel images create a surface veneer of innocence and charm that hints at darker truths beneath the surface.
Olson's drawings and sculptures question people's impulse to clean up and arrange nature and their need to immortalize once-living objects.
Payne's oil pastels use narrative element, line and color to capture awkward moments in life's pursuits.
Sinness uses colored pencil and sculpture as a personal examination of queer domesticity, employing fable, history and unconfined possibility as visual metaphor.