HOME INSIDE OUT

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Featuring the art of Lamia Abukhadra, Katayoun Amjadi, Sarah Sampedro, Chris Willcox.

August 9 – October 27, 2018

Curated by Katayoun Amjadi

Opening reception: Thursday, August 9, 7:00–9:00 pm

Discussion with the artists: Wednesday, October 17, 5:30 pm Social, 6:00 pm Conversation


Home Inside Out explores the idea of “home” not just as the sheltering eave and centering hearth, but as the site of alienating dynamics of loss and the slippage of identity, of barriers to ownership, of separation and longing. The artists in this exhibition reflect on the idea of sheltering space, from personal, collective, national or cultural perspectives. Home becomes a discursive arena in which inside and outside spaces hold specific social and cultural associations that can be subtended or subverted through artistic representation.

Inside and outside are conflated in Sarah Sampedro’s installation where the vulnerability within social and economic power structures becomes part of the everyday. Here the occupant is held “outside” by the language of exclusion and hidden borders. As an exile, Lamia Abukhadra looks into historical and colonial narratives and portrays the trauma of inheritance and national loss. After all, in Adorno’s words, ‘it is part of morality not to be at home in one’s home.” The outside spaces in Chris Willcox’s paintings evoke a temporal and metaphoric threshold: the contemplative place between home and play or work. Here time suspends, light fades, quiet settles in. Promise waits at the door. Katayoun Amjadi’s works take on a metaphorical approach to the ideology of home as commodity, the consumable good. Clay and porcelain speak to production and prefabrication yet the work suggests a fragile vulnerability. Time and gravity whisper in conspiratorial tones.

 
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Lamia Abukhadra is a Palestinian American artist based in Minneapolis. She is interested in interdisciplinary archival art functioning as a vessel of identity and culture, as well as a platform to challenge harmful dominant narratives that perpetuate acts of violence and ethnic cleansing in Palestine and the Middle East. Lamia holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art from University of Minnesota. Her work has been exhibited in Minneapolis at Altered Esthetics, the Quarter Gallery, Soo Visual Arts Center, and the Katherine E. Nash Gallery. Notable projects include The Wall, a temporary public art installation supported by the Soap Factory’s Rethinking Public Spaces program in 2017.

 
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Katayoun Amjadi is currently a Teacher Assistant and MFA candidate at the U of M. Previously she was an Assistant to the Gallery Director at the Circa Gallery and Curatorial Intern for the Department of Contemporary Art in Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Her work has been exhibited in several group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally, including Minnesota Museum of American Arts, Instinct Art Gallery, Weisman Art Museum, Rochester Art Center, The Soap Factory, Public Functionary, Beijing Film Academy and 7Samar Gallery in Tehran. Amjadi received her BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Minnesota in 2013. She is a fiscal year 2015 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. She was born in Tehran, Iran and resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota and maintains a studio in the Q.arma Building in NE Art District.

 
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Sarah Sampedro is a Minneapolis-based photographer interested in social systems, relationships, community, and the concept of belonging. She was 2011/12 recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, 2018 recipient of the University of Minnesota Berlin Artist Residency, chaired the Minneapolis Art Commission, and sat on the Minneapolis Public Arts Advisory Panel. Her interest lies in revealing some of the hidden factors that construct social relationships: she has photographed her Minneapolis neighborhood in the midst of an argument over historic designation and gentrification, created a multi-media installation using racially restrictive real estate contracts from Hennepin County (MN, USA), and traveled across Europe, researching and photographing places where border walls have been built. She is motivated by questions about the psychological and constructed space that exists between people.

 
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Chris Willcox was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She earned degrees from the Ontario College of Art and Design and the University of Guelph. She earned her MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, in New Jersey. She moved to the Twin Cities in 2000 to accept a position at Macalester College in St. Paul, where she is a tenured professor in the Art and Art History department. Her work has been shown at galleries in the U.S. and Canada, with her most recent being at the MAEP galleries at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Phipps Center for the Arts. She is the recipient of numerous grants, including Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council Grants, and most recently in 2013-14, a George and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation Fellowship in Painting and a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant.

 

Living Together

May 21 – July 28, 2018

Public Reception

Wednesday, June 6 from 7-9 PM


Living Together is an exhibition featuring the work of six artists – Betsy Alwin, Mara Duvra, Teréz Iacovino, Haley Prochnow, Emmet Ramstad, and Jen Sonibare – whose practices analyze our encounters with interior environments, the objects we live with, and spaces we live in, and do so often by marrying materials and disciplines in unexpected ways. The collective works form a range-y still life or a Period Room of a conceptual parlor. Exhibitions are living arrangements; objects and artists are gathered in a room and co-habitate for months. The exhibition asks us to consider what does this living arrangement look like? How do exhibition spaces feel like home and not a showroom? What art do we choose to live with, and what artifacts do we inherit? How do we create spaces for ourselves, as artists, not only to live safely and comfortably, but to show our work publicly and form a livelihood? As art spaces adapt to changing support structures and economies, how will we change our living arrangements to continue our work.

 

Related Event

Living Together Artists' Talk and Patio Cookout

5:30-6:00 pm Grilling on the patio behind Gallery 71.  BYO grill-ables! 
6:00–7:00 pm Artist talk on the patio.

Join 'Living Together' artists Betsy Alwin, Emmett Ramstad, Jen Sonibare, Mara Duvra, and Haley Prochnow in conversation about their work and exhibition themes of exhibitions as living arrangements, living with art, and living as an artist.

Parking is available at Think Bank opposite 71 France on the roundabout. Enter through Gallery 71 and proceed to patio.

In the event of inclement weather, the talk will move inside and alternate light snacks will be provided.

 

Situations

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Mary Bergs

 

Mary Bergs is a visual artist whose practice includes drawing, collage and site specific installation. Bergs has been the recipient of two Minnesota State Arts Board Grants and a Jerome Travel Study Grant.  She has exhibited her work regionally and nationally.  Bergs has been the curator at Gallery 71 since its inception in 2015.  She has a BFA from the University of MN, an MSSW from the University of Louisville and a BA from the University of WI. Bergs has had artist residencies at Jentel, Vermont Studio Center and Kimmel Harding Nelson Art Center. She has had Jerome foundation residencies at Lanesboro Art Center and Tofte Lake Center. Bergs currently lives in Minneapolis, in spring of 2018 she will be relocating to Benton, WI. 

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Anne George

 

Anne George is an artist living in the Twin Cities. She has received a Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, Jerome Foundation Book Arts Fellowship from Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and has work in the collections of the Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Her education was at School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Her most recent one person exhibition was at Denler Gallery, University of Northwestern, St. Paul, MN, 2015. 

 

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Shana Kaplow

 

Shana Kaplow is a visual artist living and working in St. Paul. She makes large-scale ink-on-paper installations and videos. Her work has received critical attention in local and national publications such as ArtPulse Magazine, MNartists.org, New American Paintings, City Pages, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Twin Cities Public Television created a video profile about Kaplow’s artwork for the show MN Original. Kaplow is a Professor in the art department at St. Cloud State University.

Paula McCartney

 

Paula McCartney makes photographs and books that illustrate her collaborations with the natural world. McCartney earned an M.F.A. in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and has received grants from the Aaron Siskind Foundation, Women's Studio Workshop, Minnesota State Arts Board, and the McKnight Foundation.  Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the artist book collections at MoMA and the Walker Art Center among others.  Princeton Architectural Press published her first monograph, Bird Watching, in 2010.  A Field Guide to Snow and Ice, was published by Silas Finch in 2014

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Situations

 

 

Mary Bergs - Anne George

                Shana Kaplow - Paula McCartney

 

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Particularites

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valerie Jenkins - Brett Kallusky

 

 

       

          Rachel Breen - Andrea Shaker

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