Brilliance 2014

By: Made Here

Participating Artists in Made Here, Brilliance! 2014:

Meena Mangalvedhekar

Cameren Torgerud

Emily Lynch

Mara Pelecis & Cory McLeod

Wing Young Huie & Free Arts Minnesota

Jason Quaynor & Best Buy Teen Tech Center

Mach Fox

Perkins + Will

Charles Fraser

Kirk Washington Jr.

Wayne Nelsen

Jennica Kruse & Kristina Fjellman

Rachel Limón

Tim Carroll

Bill Cottman

Caitlin Karolczak

Chris Cloud

Sonya Berlovitz

Mary Jane Mansfield

Asia Ward & Keith Braafladt

Amber Darling

Super Secret Sewist Society

Caitlin Warner

Aaron Brand

Erik Pearson

Paige Dansinger

Amy Sinning

Terrance Schubring

Tina Blondell

Emily Donovan

Brian Matthew Hart & George Wurtzel

Vidtiger

Aaron Marx

Witt Siasoco

Audrey Bernard, Jaime Carrera, Ron Cooley, Venus DeMars, Andrew Moore, Jeff Petrich, C.Reed, Lindsay Rhyner, Lauren Roche, Dietrich Sieling, Michael Thomsen

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Meena Mangalvedhekar

Title: Let's Take the Field

I’m interested in examining and exploring existing nodes of systems around us. Through large installations, public intervention and placemaking experiments I strive to connect community and place. I’m always studying software, hardware and methodologies for participatory urban projection, and believe in helping community organizations utilize these instruments to creatively claim and transform public spaces. Often I use digital tools and in person interviews to study locations around me and get inspired by its human history. As a transplant from India, I struggle to make home and often notice similar struggles among different demographics of Twin Cities. It drove me to create public art projects like Devices for Aerial Investigations (2012), Forward/50 (2013 onwards) and Take The Field (2014 onwards)where passersby can come together to make, relate and participate and create loops of the process overtime at multiple occasions.

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Cameren Torgerud

Title: Light People

I have a collection of long exposure light painting photography that features “Light People”. The photographs are long exposures around 30 seconds to 3 minutes. I use a process where I trace my body with a battery powered glow stick. I have shown my recent collection of abandoned buildings at Gamut gallery in downtown Minneapolis. I am very dedicated to creating my photography and showing everyone I can. I have been capturing these images for over three years. I won 1st place in the Light Painting contest at National Camera with one of the images.

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Emily Lynch

Title: Pegboard Patterns

Emily Lynch is a painter obsessed with pattern, symmetries and mathematics. Lynch creates systematic rules, applies repeated geometric shapes, and layers multiple patterns to fill wooden and pegboard panels.  The results of these repeated gestures seem to create depth or emerge from the two-dimensional pieces.  Lynch works for a math publishing company in Minneapolis and paints from her studio in Independence, MN.

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Mara Pelecis & Cory McLeod

Title: Art Institutes International Minnesota

Mood Llama is a tribute to the founder of the advertising agency Olson, John Olson. One of the things John used to tell his employees was: “Never throw a small party.” John was true to this axiom and was known for his parties. And, at almost every party he threw, there was always a llama in attendance. John was also a visionary, and his company was built on the insight that interactive media has the power to connect and emotionally move people.

Mood Llama is made up 320 LED lights. Every 20 minutes, 500 tweets are pulled from Twitter based on an array of search terms ranging from pop-culture to contemporary philosophy. Each tweet is run through basic sentiment analysis and assigned a color based on its emotional content. The mass and animation velocity of each color correlates the frequency of emotional content around a subject. High frequency emotions have a greater mass and higher range of velocity. Emotions that appear less frequently, have less mass and lower range of velocity. Emotions are represented by certain colors, for example: red represents anger, blue represents sadness, orange represents happiness, and pink represents love. Colors were chosen based on
common archetypes.

As Olson’s site posted upon John’s passing:
“ ... community ... That’s what John knew how to build better than anyone. And how to keep things fresh with creativity, surprise, and the occasional llama.”

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Wing Young Huie

Title: Free Arts

Huie will collaborate with Free Arts Minnesota, a local non-profit organization that inspires hope and builds self-esteem for youth who have experienced poverty, homelessness, abuse and mental illness, using the healing powers of artistic expression and caring adult mentors. This unique combination of educational arts and mentoring helps foster the self-confidence and resiliency these youth need to realize their full potential. Partnering with more than 20 Twin Cities’ social service agencies and providing over 250 volunteer mentors, Free Arts Minnesota reaches over 4,000 youth every year.

For this project, Huie will be working with The Bridge for Youth teens through Free Arts Minnesota to create a storefront display using photography from their recent “Through My Lens” project. This was an eight-week photography program designed for 65 teens in partnership with Huie and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Using his signature chalkboard interview method, Huie worked with the teens on photographic process as well as composition and editing. Teens had the opportunity to share their perspectives on community with a public audience through the medium of photography.

www.freeartsminnesota.org

www.wingyounghuie.com

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Jason Quaynor

Title: Best Buy Teen Tech Center

The Best Buy Teen Tech Center at Minneapolis Central Library is a creative and safe out-of-school time learning environment where young people work with adult mentors to explore their own ideas, develop new skills and build confidence in themselves through the use of technology. It is youth centered, interest-driven and project based, emphasizing learning more than teaching. We encourage teens to learn by tinkering, playing and designing with technology. This display is a manifestation of what the Teen Tech Center Community is. The teen’s creations are allowed to thrive once given the proper opportunity. In a space where no one is a master and everyone is a learner, we can allow constructive, ridicule-free opportunity for the ideas to form. Giving teens the proper tools, not “toys,” gives them the freedom to form their identity with the technologies in the world. This display gives support to the ideas that the Best Buy Teen Tech Center proudly stands by. Their brilliance is what properly lights up this window.

www.hclib.org

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Mach Fox

Title: The Thing of Shapes to Come

By using cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors as the sculptural form in a modular grid and displaying in black and white I am attempting to take the focus off of just one screen and place emphasis on the multiple displays. Both symmetry and chaos are used as the motion and texture of this piece as the screens are filled with synced abstract and known shapes.

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Perkins + Will

Title: Brilliance

Since 1935, Perkins+Will has created innovative and award-winning designs for the world’s most forward-thinking clients. We are architects, interior designers, urban designers, landscape architects, consultants, and branded environment experts who approach design from all scales and perspectives. Engaged, accessible, and collaborative, our staff of 1,600 professionals brings together high design, functional performance, and social responsibility to advance project goals. Inspired by the programs within, we design from the inside-out. We combine a deeply humanistic approach with results-driven pragmatism to create dynamic spaces for people. Research-focused and inventive, every day we reimagine how space can be used to foster stronger ties between communities, the built environment, and nature.

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Charles Fraser

Title: Avalon School

Charles Fraser has been the scenic designer for productions with the Burning House Group, John Hassler Theater, and Saint Louis Park High School. He has taught a broad range of theatre disciplines in elementary schools, high schools, colleges, and universities across the United States as part the Guthrie Theater’s Education and Outreach Department. He is also a current teaching artist with Hennepin Theatre Trust, Avalon Charter School, Saint Paul Conservatory for the Performing Arts, the Phipps Center for the Arts, Upstream Arts, and Concordia University. Additionally, he has taught for StageCoach Theatre Arts School, Children’s Theatre, and Walt Disney Entertainment. As an actor,he has recently appeared in the Jungle Theater’s Driving Miss Daisy, which received the 2014 Ivey Award for acting ensemble, Park Square Theatre’s The Diary of Anne Frank, and Actors Theater of Minnesota’s Princess Diana – the Musical. He has also performed in the Guthrie Theater’s Othello, The Comedy of Errors, and Ah, Wilderness!; Theatre de la Jeune Lune’s Tartuffe; Park Square Theatre’s August: Osage County, Defiance, and The Triumph of Love; and History Theatre’s The Buddy Holly Story and Nellie. He has also acted with Illusion Theatre, Yellow Tree Theatre, Minnesota Shakespeare Project, Jon Hassler Theater, Minnesota Festival Theatre, Playwrights’ Center, Brave New Workshop, Thirst, and Mystery Café, among others. Outside Minnesota, he has worked with Lincoln Amphitheatre in Indiana, New Stage Theatre in Mississippi, and aboard Disney Cruise Lines’ Disney Magic. Up next: returning to The Buddy Holly Story at the History Theatre.

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Kirk Washington Jr.

Title: Breakfast Club

Washington works with a group called the Breakfast Club which is open to everyone and meets weekly on Saturdays in a space called the Living Room on Glenwood Avenue in North Minneapolis. For the Made Here Youth Edition, he lead a team of teenage girls in a project called “Image is Everything?!” to initiate a journey of self-discovery through video and film. Washington helped them learn how to access their own stories and taught them how to use cameras and edit shots, film videos, use photo journalism methods, and apply still life portraiture and storyboarding to approach a deeper self awareness. The objective is to highlight how art changes and transforms individuals.

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Wayne Nelsen

Title: Gypsy Paper Doll Theater

A Gypsy Paper Doll Theater has parked for the night, with three screens displaying two dozen animated films on a continuous loop. Minnesota poets featured in these films include Bill Meissner (Spirits in the Grass – Notre Dame Press), Deborah Keenan (The Only Window That Counts – New Rivers Press), George Farrah (The Low Pouring Stars – Ravenna Press), Yahya Frederickson (The God Shop of Ba-‘Ali - Lost Horse Press) and Gretchen Marquette (May Day – Graywolf Press).

The Gypsy Stage was built by Sarita Amado, Sheila Nelsen-Amado and Wayne Nelsen.

The animations can be viewed with sound on Youtube by searching: Wayne Nelsen.

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Jennica Kruse & Kristina Fjellman

Title: At Home Under the Stars

If opposites attract, then it is easy to understand the collaboration between Jennica Kruse and Kristina Fjellman. Kruse uses hard ceramics and creates realistic representations of home, while Fjellman uses lightweight fiber and wire in abstract representations of the night sky. They also have a duality in their use of light and shadow. Kruse adds shadow in the architecture of her ceramic homes; and Fjellman uses electric light to cast colorful shadows through sheer fabric. Although different in many ways, the contrast is ideal for imagery that is both grounded on earth and floating in the sky.

The inspiration and ideas behind Fjellman’s work have been greatly influenced by a fascination and love of the night sky, specifically the images seen through the Hubble Telescope. Images of the Milky Way and star clusters give an impression of movement, not of themselves but through time as our planet turns and their light arcs across the night sky and finally fades to morning. The contradiction of static imagery moving becomes central to the composition.  She uses sheer fabrics and papers stretched over delicate wire frames to explore the way light and shadow become part of that movement. The finished piece is an organic, somewhat simple, abstraction of the original image or theme, but the bent wire holds a tension that cannot be duplicated on canvas.  

The hope is that this work will continue to help explore the scope of compositions of textures, colors, and shapes, in as many vast and unexplored ways as the night sky itself.

Outside of the Brilliance project, Kruse makes rocket ships out of clay as well as house and building structures. Rockets imply journey, motion, and trajectory in both form and function. Houses are interesting to her for their journey through time, a vessel for memories that is inaccessible in the past, and unknowable in the future.

Houses in this work offer the down-to-earth counterpoint to the abstract concept of starlight moving through space/time for the viewer to identify as their own perspective. Though the houses are contemporary design, the familiar constellations originate from the stories of ancient cultures and their attempt to provide meaning to human existence.

Fjellman’s work might be characterized as being non-standardized-symbolic. Kruse’s work is usually more focused on an iconic mode of semiotics, making a house to investigate concepts of home. Realistic/abstract, Iconic/Symbolic, our ways of working are not truly opposite, but a parallel dynamic, two sides of one path heading toward the same destination.

We achieve greater specificity and clarity of message by combining faithful reproduction of architecture with emotional, gestural reaction to Hubble space photos. By letting our work play off each other, we gain the tools to construct expanses of possibilities.

jennicakruse.com

kristinafjellman.com

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Rachel Limón

Title: Moon Dance

My artwork is very diverse and I utilize a multitude of mediums such as photography, jewelry, pottery, beadwork, sewing, watercolor and acrylic painting to express my inner creativity. The focus of my work is on the beauty and intrigue of the present moment. I try to capture rare moments in time as they unveil themselves with the hope to share and enlighten these reflective moments. My work is influenced by my love of family and nature.

I have apprenticed and learned how to do beadwork from my husband, Douglas K. Limón, who is a nationally recognized Native American Artist for many years. Last year I beaded my son Gavino’s Grass Dance Regalia since he had outgrown the first set we made for him as a family when he was 14 months old. I decided to enter his new regalia into the Minnesota State Fair and not only did it win First Place but it also won the American Sewing Guild’s First Place Award. 

I have collaborated and have done work on many projects with my husband and together we created the Native American Traditional Art Projects such as the Cradleboard Project and the Bandolier Bag Project to revitalize these important traditions in our community. I have made major contributions to the these projects by grant writing, writing press releases, sewing the cradlebags, beading on the Community Bandolier Bag, sourcing all materials, managing the projects, scheduling, photographing the evolution of each cradleboard and bandolier bag in the making and completing the final reports to the Minnesota State Arts Board for these grants.

My husband and I have taught classes together at the White Bear Center for the Arts, the Leech Lake Tribal College and we recently have been awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant to teach Cradleboard Workshops at the Native American Community Clinic in Minneapolis. We are also Tour Guides at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts of the Native American Galleries. As a family, we are very active in the White Bear Center for the Arts, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Science Museum of Minnesota and the Native American community not only through our artwork and but also with our 5 year old son, Gavino Limón who has been dancing professionally since he was 14 months old. Gavino has danced at powwows, special exhibitions, schools, the National Museum of the American Indian, Minnesota Swarm Game, Minnesota Twins Fest, Emily Johnson’s Catalyst Dance Company and well-known theaters.

I grew up in N.E. Minneapolis in a family of artistic talent. The arts programs were taken out of the Minneapolis Public School System so I didn't have the opportunity to explore my own arts journey until after I finished my Graduate Degree with a Masters of International Management from the University of St. Thomas. I have held positions in the private sector in the international arena until I began my work in 2000 as the State of Minnesota's International Trade Representative for Latin America & the Caribbean for the Minnesota Trade Office. In my position, I have had the opportunity to travel world-wide and what I have learned from that is to be in the present moment and to feel grateful.

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Tim Carroll

Title: Into the Light

 “Into the light” is a recognition of the inescapable fact that the entire earth experiences a time of year where nights become longer and days become shorter until, at the Winter Solstice, the process reverses and the days brome longer and the nights shorter. This celestial phenomenon is a fact that no one can escape, alter or avoid. This is a process of duality that both isolates and connects all of us.

Very special thanks to Jaime Carrera

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Bill Cottman

Title: Heiroglyphics

I have been making photographs since 1969. In high school I wanted to be a commercial artist but my school did not offer guidance in this area so I became an engineer and photography became my tool for self-expression. Early on, I tried to make photographs that looked like paintings in the hope of being accepted as an artist. I learned the rules of composition and looked at work by the masters; Weston, Strand and Adams. They photographed magnificent places and people and then produced technically perfect prints. Later, I discovered Winogrand, Cartier-Bresson and Frank; photographers of ordinary people and places. Their work was done on the streets, quickly and casually but with careful consideration for the descriptive quality inherent to the medium. Much later, I discovered VanDerZee, Parks and DeCarava; black photographers working in all the styles the medium offers while consistently documenting the lives of black people. 

My creative process builds upon questions of Why? and How?. The Engineer asking how to employ techniques of the medium to yield effective outcomes. The Artist asking why am I seeing and feeling this way. My work is a social landscape of diverging, converging and intersecting stories. I make exposures intuitively, memorizing each one and routinely editing them through a filter of daily living, looking for my reflection in the landscape. My presentation style has expanded to include projected video sequences in performance with spoken word, music and dance.

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Caitlin Karolczak

Title: Brilliance

My paintings intertwine the past with the present through the combination of classical painting techniques & provocative contemporary themes. The figures I create inhabit the space around them, not through action but a strange sense of presence they possess. By means of a sometimes-perverse frame of reference they seek to have familiarity with the viewer. My interest in anatomy & experimentation can be seen in distinct portraits that are offset by a communication established by way of painted eyes that the viewer cannot discount or deny. Identifying as both artist & collector, objects have always been in parallel to my creative vision. A tactile obsession with antiquity is reflected in my use of age-old pigments & papers. In conjunction to this re-use I draw inspiration from my cabinet of curiosities – anything from biological samples to early photography.

studiosilenti.com

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Chris Cloud

Title: SLOVV

Often times, we experience moments at a ‘normal’ speed of living. SLOVV captures life in super slow motion at 120 frames per second and allows us to actually metaphorically smell the roses.

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Sonya Berlovitz

Title: Peace Piece

This Peace Piece dress forms a visual narrative that addresses the complex mixture of race, religion, ethnicity and gender, which is ever changing and is the root of much of the discord and separation prevalent in the world today. Patching together several different materials into landscapes of imagery, this piece, pays tribute to the handwork that was a significant factor in my upbringing and development as an artist, and maps the multitude of textures that have informed my family’s history and all families’ histories. Torn edges blur cultural boundaries and signify the fragility by which our lives are woven together. The surrounding candles are a reminder of prayer, vigil, despair and guidance as we plot the murky waters ahead.

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Mary Jane Mansfield

Title: Alien Cow Abduction

This lighthearted, fun filled installation comes from my fascination with light, color, flow of energy in life and the mysteries of the universe. The power light and color have to influence our well-being, along with a rich history of imagination that form our cultural images of the unknown come together in this playful window display to lighten and brighten up your winter. Wishing you all much laughter, happiness, friendship and joy!

Mary Jane Mansfield is a Minneapolis based artist working in sculpture, installation, performance and public art. Her work incorporates environments that facilitate social interaction and personal contemplation. Ms. Mansfield has been a practicing artist for the past 35 years. Currently she is completing her BFA at the University of Minnesota with support from the Brown-MacKenzie and Carol E Macpherson Scholarship funds. In 2011 she received an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Art Board and was a 2010 recipient of an NEA fellowship at Franconia Sculpture Park.

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Asia Ward & Keith Braafladt

Title: Bloom

My work explores the surreal dimensional shifts of landscape through time and light, and is shaped by my memories and dreams, and by the dark spaces between the layers of medium and representation. My sculptures are models of imagined places made real, referencing the topography of river valleys, moon craters, and underwater environments. I use light and shadow upon layers of metal and plastic in order to distort perspective and depth, and embed movement in select pieces to give my landscapes subtle qualities of life. I am interested in how environmental models, such as train sets or architectural dioramas – regardless of scale or simplicity – provide a place to pretend, a virtual world which one can temporarily exist. As with these models, I aim to create an immersive environment that parallels natural phenomena without literall Bloom is a quiet and slow explosion of light and clear plastic that expands and recaptures itself, over and over again.Bloom represents the sped-up time capture of a flower bud bursting into showy glory, and the slow motion action film scene of a storefront window exploding.

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Amber Darling

Title: Northern Light

My Northern Lights Paintings are inspired by my interest with form and color and the relationship between abstraction and realism in the natural world. The prevalence of the Aurora Borealis in Northern Minnesota with its ever changing form, light, and vibrant color provide for me the perfect subject matter for my experimentation with interpreting natural phenomena.

amberdarlingart.com

amber@amberdarlingart.com

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Super Secret Sewist Society

Title: Window Hoops

Hennepin Theatre Trust commissioned the Super-Secret Sewist Society, female artist team, to transform vinyl street banners, used previously on Hennepin Avenue to promote Broadway theatre productions, into a one-of-a-kind, interactive and moveable work of art. A Made Here kinetic sculpture dubbed Pedalstar Gallactica by its creators and people-powered through a decorated exercise bike was created. One of the main elements of the sculpture are these beautiful quilted hoop stars designed and created by the team; Rozina Doss, Ann Meyers, Sarah Stubbs and Liseli Polivka, local luminaries in costume, prop and set design, textile art and modern quilting.

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Caitlin Warner

Title: Unvending

Started in 2012, the Unvending project transforms regular vending machines into Art Vending Machines. Feed this one two or three quarters to take home your very own piece of “brilliant” art!

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Aaron Brand

Title: Aaron Brand Design

Aaron Brand is a decorative arts designer working out of his home studio in So. Minneapolis Mn. Creating his work from mostly recycled items, he tends to gravitate towards more of a glamorous/reflective side of industrial design in style, with a efficacy on clever assembly. Lighting is a common theme in his work, but there is nothing “off limits” when it comes to his process, and entertains all genres of design. Currently Aaron’s work is exploring the use of recycled and surplus tape creating wall sculpture. These works are layered with multiple rows of color with different process applications including edge/back lit glass/mirror and incasing layers in resin. Kodak Carousel slide projector rings have also been a favorite evolving into shadowed wall sconces and chandeliers.

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Erik Pearson

Title: The Crowd Slowly Lists with their Eyes in the Air

I am a storyteller, whether it’s through paintings, murals, sculptures or songs. I start with heavy, bold lines, which frame the layout, and then carve into it with layers of color, creating a feeling of depth and volume. My compositions tend to be dense and I use the overlapping images to create a connection, allowing the viewer’s eyes to travel throughout the piece. The end result of one of my works is a narrative, told through the relationship between characters or objects or simply, presented as a frozen moment in a character’s life. I am continually nostalgic for a circus performance that I have never seen, at a location that I haven’t been, during a period of time when I wasn’t around. So, I play out this performance in my head again and again, and it spills out into my drawings, paintings, and songs...and now, into this installation. I can feel the nervous excitement in the air, the sense that anything can happen...and probably will.

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Paige Dansinger

Title: Lightly Falling Snowflakes

Paige Dansinger is an Interactive Artist and museum specialist. Paige just opened #GalleryPaige for Women in New Media Arts in downtown Minneapolis City Center building. It is dedicated to creating connections with professionals and young women that fosters art, interaction and social change. Creative Producer of #DrawArt, an iPad drawing program for museum and social media engagement. Paige has drawn over 2000 famous works of art digitally with her finger and shared them with museums, local and global public audiences using social media and live performance.

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Amy Sinning

Title: Puzzlelightdresses

Amy Sinning is a clothing designer that incorporates her two passions, fashion design and visual art. She started an artistic light up dress company called Puzzlelightdresses. These dresses come complete with remote controls to change the color of the dress. After graduating from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, CA she went on to work in the fashion industry as an assistant dress designer, pattern maker, and costume designer. Amy has always loved sharing her fashion design/art skills with children and has taught many classes in both. Recently, she has taken a job teaching fashion design to tweens at the Boys and Girls Club in St. Cloud through a Youth Arts Initiative Program.

puzzlelightdresses.com

 

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Terrance Schubring

Title: TV Machines

Ultra-low resolution display preserves the color composition and movement of video media while removing unwanted narrative and meaning. The Television Diffuser or ‘TV Machine’ was first seen in the Television House in Eau Clair, Wisconsin. The original was made from toilet paper tubes applied to a cathode ray tube.The current design uses foamcore on a flat panel display or led strings. Standard units can be adapted to any dimension using the Fibonacci spiral pattern. Terrance Schubring is a designer at jambots.com in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Display hardware provided by Mr. Zero’s and the Twin Cities Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Tina Blondell

Title: The Fire Tamer

This oil painting is part of a larger body of work that is a visual dialogue about what it means to be “American” and the protean nature of that identity. My work explores the unacknowledged lives of those who collectively represent the rich tapestry of the American experience. Through it, I am documenting the existence of a variety of Americans omitted from mainstream media and the halls of power. This painting is of a Minnesota performance artist.

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Emily Donovan

Title: Slow Light/ Sun-Up, Sun-Down

My work is about exploring color derived from homemade dyes, and textures with beeswax on paper. Themes of discovery, experiences in nature and the act of foraging for materials are included in this process. I like the idea of finding and re-using materials, exploring ‘natures bounty’ and the physical properties that exist when combining paper and dye. When dipped or soaked, paper reacts similarly to fabric in a batik process and exhibits many natural phenomena, for example, capillary action of dye as it travels independently from gravity within papers’ fiber. As a result, I create imagery about our environment and what we can make and grow within a community, using materials from nature non-toxic and without harmful chemicals. These ideals, as well as the historical aspect of collecting plant materials to create color provide inspiration that materialize within my work.

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Brian Matthew Hart & George Wurtzel

Title: Brilliance

Brian

We’re combining elements of painting & carpentry in our installation, using lumber, fabric, paint, lights and mirrors to create some sort of three-dimensional painting / window installation. I (Brian) was inspired for my part in the project by Kristin Mciver’s 2011 piece ‘a questionable choice’, and Wayne White’s word paintings. This project has been an opportunity for me to explore similar concepts.

George
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill
I have been a woodworker all my life. My interest was first sparked by my grandfather who built furniture. I started building things in elementary school. After college I opened a millwork shop in Traverse City, Michigan then took a break from self employment to study furniture production in college in North Carolina where I had a job building high end furniture prototypes. I have built hundreds of one of a kind pieces as well as one of my designs has sold over 1 million units. I was commissioned to build a custom coffee table for Stevie Wonder. I built the court house doors and several store fronts in Traverse City. I am a designer, custom furniture and architectural trim builder. I was part of the first Artists in Storefronts in 2012. I was chosen by Alec Soth to be part of the People’s Biennial at MOCAD - the Museum of Modern Art Detroit, where I am showing my work until January 2015. Brian Mathew Hart and I have collaborated using his concepts and my woodworking skills for his exhibit “Echo” in the Hennepin Theatre Trust’s art installation “Brilliance.” I also contributed my skills to the construction of the Gingerland House at the Marin Bar and Restaurant. I created a new line of furniture in the “Craftsman / Bungalow” style. The pieces fit together like a puzzle and need no screws, wood fasteners or glue, so they are easy to disassemble and move when you do. I love to find beautiful wood and transform it into objects both useful and artful. I can custom design a piece for you or make the design you have chosen come to reality.

Please visit my showroom at 2613 Stevens Ave. South in Minneapolis.
Contact me with your needs. George Wurtzel 517-449-2150www.GMWurtzel.com - GMWurtzel@gmail.com

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Vidtiger

Title: Futurekave

Vidtiger works at the intersection of art, technology, and social good. Founded by filmmaker Chuck Olsen and media instigator Taylor Carik in 2012, we work with artists and technologists of all stripes to create meaningful, immersive digital experiences. We believe virtual reality and 3D video game environments are an emerging medium, rich with possibility for new human experiences. Our work strives to create a connection between our physical world and these virtual worlds. From mobile screens to large scale projections, we strive to illuminate our connections to each other and our relationship to technology.

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Aaron Marx

Title: Aleph Zero

Aleph Zero is an interactive sculpture and light installation exploring the notion of infinity in physical form. By considering Georg Cantor’s infinity proofs, this installation re-contextualizes a star map into a play of light and shadow, changing its illumination patterns in response to human activity. Aaron has shown his work in a number of traditional and nontraditional venues and also been in numerous publications, television and digitally.

www.aaronmarx.net

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Witt Siasoco

Title: Taíno

The Puerto Rico island of Vieques is the site of Bioluminescent Bay, a United States National Landmark and an ecotourism destination. The luminescence in the bay is caused by a microorganism, the dinoflagellate Pyrodinium bahamense, which glows whenever the water is disturbed, leaving a trail of neon blue. Taino depicts the mixed history of Vieques by inviting viewers to, engage in the beautiful luminescent display, but also encouraging them to look closer at the conflicted Spanish colonialist and United States Naval history of the island.

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Audrey Bernard, Jaime Carrera, Ron Cooley, Venus DeMars, Andrew Moore, Jeff Petrich, C.Reed, Lindsay Rhyner, Lauren Roche, Dietrich Sieling, Michael Thomsen

Title: Made Here Intuitive Artist Showcase

The Made Here Intuitive Artist Showcase is a temporary pop up gallery featuring a group show that celebrates Minnesota based self - taught artists.  This project is part of the largerBrilliance! Made Here public art initiative featuring 37 visual displays in vacant commercial storefronts over 16 city blocks. Often referred to as outsider art or art brut, the work presented varies widely in both mediums and experience from first time exhibitors to award winning artists with vast exhibition histories.  With paintings, folk art, site specific installations, textile art, photography, videography and more you are sure to have a unique experience with work that is often challenging and provocative.

 

 

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Urban Walking Gallery

Made Here, a project of Hennepin Theatre Trust, is a walkable urban art experience that connects people to local art and artists in the West Downtown Minneapolis Cultural District.

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Brilliance 2014