Art Hounds: Chris Mars, Joanna Rawson, Hedda Gabler

01InPreparationOfBarrier.jpgCopyright Chris Mars 2009; www.chrismarspublishing.com

This week’s Art Hounds celebrate ghoulish portraits with religious overtones, a Northfield poet with an acute geo-political awareness and a new Ibsen interpretation from an up-and-coming director.

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gregory.jpgGregory Scott writes about art for Vita.mn and the Downtown Journal in Minneapolis. Gregory was mesmerized by the misshapenly ugly yet luminously beautiful paintings of Chris Mars at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin. Mars’ work springs from his feelings for his brother, who, as a teenager was diagnosed with schizophrenia. “The Relinquishing” is Mars’ first regional exhibition in five years and is up through Feb. 21.

juliet.jpgJuliet Patterson is a Minneapolis poet and writer. Juliet wants to shed light on the award-winning yet under-noticed verse of poet Joanna Rawson of Northfield. Rawson’s second collection of poems, Unrest, is up for a Minnesota Book Award this year. Juliet says the collection is challenging and stimulating, in this case linking the narrator’s garden to a series of sociopolitical subjects, “giving us a side of humanity pushed to the limits.” (You can read a poem by Rawson here, featured earlier this week by Marianne Combs).

aditi.jpgAditi Kapil is an actor, director and playwright in Minneapolis. Aditi says get yourself down to the Southern Theater this weekend and see Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece Hedda Gabler. The one-weekend-only production is being staged by the promising young director Genevieve Bennett, and stars critically-praised actor Annie Henneking as Hedda.

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