Art Hounds: Screaming Females, Ananya Dance, chaos and control at Rosalux

Work by Amy Toscani from "Oddities and Curiosities" at Rosalux Gallery in Minneapolis.

The hounds mark their triumphant return to the radio by celebrating a band from New Jersey that isn’t afraid to raise its voice, a dance concert designed to raise awareness of water and its growing scarcity, and two artists who meld random creativity with intricate artistry.

carolyn swiszczWhen artist Carolyn Swiszcz saw “Oddities and Curiosities” at Rosalux Gallery in Minneapolis, all she could think about was getting to work in her own studio. It was that inspiring.

Swiszcz writes:

At the artist talk for their two-person show at Rosalux Gallery, Amy Toscani and Laura Stack both described how playing with materials they can’t control are essential to their art making process.

For Stack, it’s beginning many works on paper with what she calls a “pour” — dripping sepia ink onto large sheets of paper to create puddles edged with alluring rivulets. These become anchors for the masterful “botanical” renderings she collages on top – are they petals? Gray matter?

Toscani’s sculptures are made from cut up plastic storage bins and thrift store finds. They’ve been reassembled into surprisingly formal constructions — she described them as “drawings in space.” Though their work is quite different I took away some overlapping themes — the contrast of man-made vs. natural, and the sense of a powerful force behind growth that is both unsettling and jubilant.

“Oddities and Curiosities” runs through Sept. 29

nimo farahMinneapolis poet and orator Nimo Farah has been very moved by the cycle of works from Ananya Dance Theatre exploring the beauty and commodification of the Earth’s natural resources, such as land, oil, and gold. Farah is curious what kind of emotional impact the culminating piece will have. It’s called “Mohona: Estuaries of Desire,” and it focuses on water. You can see it Sept. 21 and 22 at the O’Shaughnessy in St. Paul.

Sara PetteUsually, Sara Pette prefers poppier rock over bands that deliver walls of sound. Unless it’s Screaming Females, from New Brunswick, N.J.

To Pette, who’s in the Minneapolis band Lutheran Heat, Screaming Females hits you like a perfect, purifying, giant wave. It’s a baptism. Screaming Females stops at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

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