Opening Saturday, April 8
6-8pm - Admission Free
In the Main Gallery
Lamar Peterson - New Work
The New York-based artist Lamar Peterson will present over twenty new acrylic paintings and works on paper depicting black men, women and children posited in surreal suburban settings, portraits of Michael Jackson, Jean Michel Basquiat and a Dali-esque self portrait with his face dissolving while at the easel.
"In a show that is transitional in a good way, this promising young artist expands his reach, taking his bright, dystopic portrayals of the American dream onto canvas and into distinctive collages." --Roberta Smith, New York Times.
Peterson has exhibited in New York at the Studio Museum in Harlem, The Drawing Center, Fredericks & Freiser Gallery and Detich Projects, and at Site Santa Fe among other venues. This will be Peterson's first exhibition in Minnesota.
In the Video Gallery
Hiraki Sawa - Dwelling
In his dreamlike video, Dwelling, the Japanese artist Hiraki Sawa presents 747's, Concordes and other jet planes taking off, soaring and landing within the confines of Sawa's apartment, using a bed, kitchen table and countertops as his runways. The air traffic builds to a frenzy, yet somehow maintaining a quiet, controlled grace.
Sawa has exhibited extensively in the US, France, Italy, Turkey, and Japan. Dwelling has also shown on the large screen in Times Square.
In the Project Space
Justin Craun - Constantly Terrified
The New York artist Justin Craun will present a new suite of ink drawings on paper, depicting men and women gleefully smiling at the viewer, posed as if caught by a snapshot, whether taking a fall while skiing, striking a formal pose, or talking on the phone. Craun employs geometric patterning and a playfully off-kilter scale to create striking, visually exciting works.
Justin Craun has exhibited at Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, Kustera Tilton Gallery and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha). This will be his first exhibition in Minnesota.