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Max Menning

Locally Grown at People’s Food Co-op

April 6 – July 6, 2015

Closing receptipon: July 6, 2015  |  5:30-7 pm at People’s Food Co-op

Max Menning is a printmaker with an affinity for carving wood. Favoring reductive methods, he is intrigued with the rendering of light and transparency through a binary lens: subtracting from a plane to produce at times an illusory myriad of monochromatic values. He finds the medium engaging because of limitations it imposes on the creation of an image, as the grain direction and density somewhat determine its physical integrity. The consideration only of what will and will not transfer ink isolates an exploration of shape, space, and orientation in a manner different from those of more forgiving additive methods. Menning’s process of staging values creates a kind of topography, which parallels his artwork as an exploration of the ordered environment, regarding both human civilizing forces and a greater ecological reality that we’ve yet to fully comprehend. He finds himself caught between considerations of individuality and a calculating brutality, inspired by a wilderness imputed to value only action. His work in this exhibition includes illustrations on wood that illuminate his planning process.

Max Menning attended Studio Academy High School through 2006 and is a recent graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011), where he received an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with emphasis in printmaking. From his current aesthetic interests, he plans to pursue further education within the field of Landscape Architecture.


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Rochester Art Center (RAC) and People’s Food Co-Op (PFC) announce an exciting new partnership, the exhibition initiative Locally Grown. This curated series presents artists who have exhibited in Rochester Art Center’s local artist series RAC2 (Rochester Area Collaborative) in a second exhibition. Annually, four artists will have the opportunity to create new exhibitions in the Co-Op’s welcoming dining space as an innovative outgrowth of their presentation at RAC.

As the community’s appetite for local art and food expands, PFC is an ideal business and space for Rochester Art Center to continue to support artists and reach yet another audience, helping to broaden and shape the cultural landscape of Rochester.  This partnership recognizes the many ways in which healthy food and contemporary art are good for you. Together we are serving our community the best in local art and food. The inaugural year runs from September 2014 through September 2015, with each exhibition spanning a three-month period.

RAC2 serves eleven counties including Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona. With this series RAC has broadened and diversified the creative opportunities for Rochester area artists as RAC’s professional staff serves both a curatorial and mentorship role, working directly with the artists on their vision and the implementation of a new project. This collaboration creates an enriching experience and an exciting venue and program for artists practicing in our area. It also offers the community the opportunity to celebrate local artistic achievement. We look forward to further supporting talented artists and all the possibilities that Locally Grown offers.

RAC2 is supported by Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA), the Jim and Judy Sloan Foundation, and Dr. Paul & Maggie Scanlon.