Art Hounds: MN fashion, and the nature of reality

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(Left: Design by Emma Berg, photo credit – Emily Utne; Right: Design by Kevin Kramp, photo credit – Shuttertrip + Kevin Kramp)

The ever-curious hounds are interested in an artist who questions whether perception really is reality, two local designers whose fashion makes a statement, and a new CD from the Duluth indie rock stalwarts who harmonize as husband and wife.

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robkaiser.jpgArtist Sasa Kolasnjaj’s exhibition at the the Duluth Art Institute, “Reality: a Dialogue,” seeks to launch a conversation about our perception of reality, and artist and writer Rob Kaiser-Schatzlein of Duluth is only too happy to dive in. Rob says Kolasnjaj’s show of altered photographs tackles tough philosophical questions about the representation of reality in art.

julieswenson.jpgIt’s Minnesota Fashion Week and Minneapolis make-up artist Julie Swenson has her eye on two local designers. Julie, the proprietor of Smart and Chic Beauty Lounge in Nordeast, says haute couture designer Emma Berg specializes in detail obsessed creations that are still practical, while Kevin Kramp’s designs have a conceptual feel, almost like wearable sculpture. Berg and Kramp will display their wares on Thursday, April 14th at the MNfashion Atrium.

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