Art Hounds: Vic Chesnutt, Dash Shaw and student art

This week’s art hounds sniff out a new book by a local comic book artist who will soon be animating his creations, a gut-wrenchingly honest singer-songwriter who’s coming to town and some great deals on art from artists at the start of their careers.

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Katherine-Werner.jpgKatherine Werner is an amateur artist and avid arts supporter who will be at the MCAD student art sale this weekend. She loves the sale because it offers a glimpse at the great art being taught and made locally and she always finds some amazing deals. She’s pictured here with a piece she purchased at the sale in the ’70s and has since made several cross-country moves with her.

tomk.jpgTom Kaczynski is a cartoonist living and working in Minneapolis. He thinks Dash Shaw’s new book The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D. represents why Shaw is one of the most innovative comic book artists working today. The book includes several short comics as well as designs for Shaw’s upcoming animated series for IFC.com.

photo_wendylewis.jpgWendy Lewis is a musician and vocalist with The Bad Plus. Vic Chesnutt is one her favorite singer-songwriters who will be appearing at the Cedar Cultural Center tonight. Wendy loves the recordings of his gut-wrenchingly honest songs, but she says he surpasses them when he plays live. He’ll be playing with the musicians who joined him on his most recent album, members from the bands Fugazi, Thee Silver Mt. Zion, godspeed you! black emperor and Witchies.

Composer David Evan Thomas recommends checking out the Minnesota Orchestra’s performance of “future classics,” works by seven emerging composers.

Barbara Sibley suggests taking in the Brass Messengers with NOMO at the Cedar Cultural Center on Friday night.

Janis Lane-Ewart is looking forward to hearing the Afro-Cuban rhythms of Dafnis Prieto Sextet Saturday at the Walker Art Center.


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