Art Hounds: Isa Gagarin, Art Sleds, and a quadruple art opening in Duluth

isagagarin.JPGImage from Isa Gagarin’s artist book accompanying her exhibition, “Occultation”

This week’s hounds are totally engrossed in Minnesota’s visual art scene and share impressions of an emerging artist’s quest for identity in found documents, neighborhood artists who create community on a sledding hill, and a communal art opening at the Duluth Art Institute.

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adamcarr.jpgMilwaukee-based independent media producer Adam Carr’s answer to his own wanderlust: travel to Duluth, live there for a month, soak up its culture and pour everything you discover into a website called “January in Duluth.” One of the dozens of things Adam has investigated over the last month was last week’s quadruple opening at the Duluth Art Institute. He was particularly impressed with the “Membership Exhibition,” which features 175 works from amateur and professional artists and is on the walls through February 19.

erinlauderman.JPGWinter is fun…if we make it fun. That might as well be Erin Lauderman’s mantra. Erin, who’s a painter and works in marketing at the Weisman Art Museum, will definitely be somewhere along the gentle slopes of Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis this Saturday, January 28, at 2pm for the 5th Annual Art Sled Rally! Dress up your favorite sled, toboggan, or snowboard and pray for snow, although the event will take place regardless of the level of frozen precipitation.

joshstulen.jpgWhen an emerging artist with great potential has an important exhibition, peer artists take note. That’s how performance and installation artist Josh Stulen regards the work of Isa Gagarin. Isa’s new show is called “Occultation,” at St. Cloud State University’s Kiehle Gallery. Gagarin manipulates found documents such as photos of the Dead Sea, images of the Lunar surface, or National Geographic articles, to give them a new identity.

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