Art Hounds: Comic Cookbook, Mankato sculpture, and a suburban art oasis

This week the hounds are all about salon style comic book art, a walking sculpture tour in the ‘Key City,’ and an art park nestled in the hills of Eagan.

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rolf.JPGGoing to the Caponi Art Park in Eagan has been on bass player Rolf Erdahl’s ‘to do’ list for a long time. The co-founder of the Vecchinone/Erdahl bass and oboe duo finally took his family over the July 4th weekend. Rolf was captivated by the harmonious relationship between the visual art sprinkled throughout retired art professor Anthony Caponi’s 60-acre park, and the earth. The park is open Tuesday through Sunday.

amandagullixson.JPGMankato painter Amanda Gullixson thinks her city needs more public art, which is why she’s excited about the CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour.” People can visit 25 sculptures scattered around downtown Mankato from artists around the world, and then vote for their favorite. The city will then purchase that piece and award the winning artist a $2500 prize. Voting is open through October 28.

williamhessian.JPGPerformance and visual artist William Hessian is a big proponent of Altered Esthetics “Comic Cookbook: Just Add Ink” exhibition, which opens on Friday, August 5th. It features comic artists from around the state in a salon style show that will saturate the gallery with art. The show runs through Aug. 25.

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  • Chris

    What are the songs playing behind the Comic Cookbook segment?


  • Chris Roberts

    Sorry I’m slow to get this info to you, Chris. I was on vacation. The segment opened with the Pixies cover of the Surftones’ “Cecilia Ann,” which you can find on the Pixies “Bossanova” release. You also heard “Let’s Lie,” an instrumental from the Oklahoma indie rock group, “Tulsa Jacks.” The band relocated to Minneapolis in the early 80s and I believe was assisted on that track by Chris Osgood, Bob Mould, and Tommy Stinson. It’s on the Mould-released local compilation “Barefoot and Pregnant.”