Melissa Borman
Title: Untitled from A Piece of Dust in the Great Sea of Matter
Artist: Melissa Borman
Dimensions: 22.5 x 30.5”, Medium: archival pigment print
Landscape serves as the setting– indeed the grounding– for all human stories. A foundational concept in all my work is the interconnected relationship embedded in using landscape elements as metaphors to depict our human stories and how these depictions shape our ideas of our surroundings. Five years ago, I suffered an injury that significantly limited my mobility for over a year. My injury instigated my interest in depictions of the body and I began researching images of the human figure in the landscape. After wading through historical and contemporary works depicting passive female figures, exposed to the elements and unnaturally posed against landscape backdrops, I set out to make images that critically engage conventional aesthetic associations between women and nature. The title for the project, A Piece of Dust in the Great Sea of Matter, is an amalgam of textual fragments extracted from The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, finding resonance between Plath’s continuous expression of feeling confined and women’s confinement through representation. In response to visual tropes traditionally used when depicting women in the landscape, the photographs illustrate a desire to engage with the natural world through intentional, subject-driven participation. The relationship between these women and their experience of their surroundings is grounded in their individual physicality. The protagonists demonstrate their agency as subjects by actively inhabiting these places; often integrated within the landscape, at times becoming engrossed with, struggling against, or even finding refuge in, their surroundings.

 

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Title: Film Still from The Story of the Pig
Artist: Ziyang Wu
Dimensions: 26.5 x 19.5”, Medium: screenprint mixed media
Ziyang focuses on a new power of control rooted in what I call “post Internet micro-alienation.” They refer to contemporary technology, internet power and popular culture, the dynamics between identity and community, as well as the alienation of an individual’s spirit and body. Ziyang seeks to present an unusual and carnivalesque status. Carnival, has on one hand the power of destroying the hypocritical system and control, on the other hand the subversive and resistant spirit, as these can be understood in the context of globalization.The Story of The Pig is a fairy tale about pigs. I believe everyone can find his or her own shadows in fairy tales, which is ultimately a metaphor of existence.

 

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Title: Settlement III
Artist: Anthony Haughey
Dimensions: 30 x 40”, Medium: inkjet print on paper
Through photography and film, Haughey addresses issues related to global conflict, sectarian violence, migration and inequality. The photographs of Settlement, 2011, highlight abandoned “ghost estates” as the uneasy legacy of economic hubris in Ireland. Recent films include Unresolved, a 2015 film revisiting Srebrenica twenty years after the genocide, and Manifesto, 2016, a commissioned reflection on the contemporary implications of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland.  Haughey is a widely published scholar, and also curates exhibitions and other programs as a means of connecting artistic practice with contemporary issues and historical memory. Among many honors, he received the Create Arts and Cultural Diversity Award in 2014.

 

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Title: Michelle Curley, from Farmers
Artist: Anna Rackard
Dimensions: 28 x 28”, Medium: inkjet print
Through photography, Rackard has explored the Irish countryside, referencing photographic conventions and demographic change in her Postcards and Farmers series.

 

Bianca Pettis
Title: Model Citizen 1
Artist: Bianca Janine Pettis
Dimensions: 23 x 30”, Medium: acrylic, screenprint ink on wood silkscreen

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Title: Model Citizen 2
Artist: Bianca Janine Pettis
Dimensions: 30 x 21.5”, Medium: acrylic, screenprint ink on wood silkscreen
Bianca Pettis explores artistic mediums. In her lifetime she’s been a professional actress, performance artist and playwright. Since 2003 she’s collaborated with her husband Jacob Roske in the sound art duo Beatrix*Jar.
Beatrix*Jar is known for spreading the good word of DIY electronics with hands-on Circuit Bending workshops and lively sound collage performances. The duo toured actively for many years and was featured at venues like the ICA Boston, Andy Warhol Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego and the Walker Art Center to name a few.

 

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Title: Superficies #26
Artist: Suzanne Szucs
Dimensions: 39 x 17” , Medium: inkjet print on Hahnemuhle photo rag
The Superficies series is part of the larger Breathing in Place project which has two major components: abstract water images and video pieces that feature a series of interactions with bodies of water. The Superficies water abstraction banners are large enough to create a corporeal experience for the viewer. The surface is subject as light makes marks upon the water, however there is pure visual pleasure in lens-based seeing, as scale and focus shift, and the viewer descends past the surface and into the image. This work is as much about perception and experience as it is about capturing an image. How we see, experience and interact with the world around us forms us as individuals. The myriad surfaces reflect the multiplicity of self.

 

Keren Kroul
Title: Brilliant Absorption
Artist: Keren Kroul
Dimensions : 60 x 96”, Medium: watercolor on Arches paper
This piece is part of the “Charted Memories” series, 2014-2016. Each piece in the series is inspired by memories, neural pathways, and natural elements. She is drawn to the immediacy of watercolor and the reflection of the hand in work.  She pushes watercolor to a level of grandeur in her multi-paneled works.

 

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Title: Lovely Water, Swim 1886
Artist: Gary Coyle
Dimensions: 34.5 x 50”, Medium: inkjet print

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Title: Lovely Water, Swim 1899
Artist: Gary Coyle
Dimensions: 34.5 x 50”, Medium: inkjet print
Coyle’s ongoing At Sea, comprised of photographs from his daily swims in the Irish Sea and ephemera further document this daily “performance,” which was featured in a solo exhibition at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin in a 2010.  These photographs of the sea are taken at the same time everyday from the same spot, the Forty Foot swimming hole in Dublin Bay, looking at once painterly, poetic and photographic. His evocative drawings have been featured in solo and group shows internationally; Coyle is among the sixteen contemporary Irish artists in 2116: Forecast of the Next Century at the Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, and the Glucksman Gallery, University of Cork.

 

Jill Quigley Piggery Pink
Title: Piggery (Pink)
Artist: Jill Quigley
Dimensions: 210 x 297mm, Medium: pigment print on acrylic
Working with installations and photography, Quigley makes interventions in architecture that disrupt the space and highlight the contrasting prosaic and aesthetic understanding of it. These images explore the use of high visibility materials in rural Ireland, intensely colorful or reflective materials that have become an increasingly common aspect of the visual landscape of the countryside, playing with the visual properties of the materials in these practical spaces of the everyday working environment.

 

Jill Quigley Sheep Field
Title: Sheep Field
Artist: Jill Quigley
Dimensions: 210 x 297mm, Medium: pigment print on acrylic
Working with installations and photography, Quigley makes interventions in architecture that disrupt the space and highlight the contrasting prosaic and aesthetic understanding of it. These images explore the use of high visibility materials in rural Ireland, intensely colorful or reflective materials that have become an increasingly common aspect of the visual landscape of the countryside, playing with the visual properties of the materials in these practical spaces of the everyday working environment.

 

Katayoun Amjadi
Title: Nightingale and Rose Souvenirs 
Artist: Katayoun Amjadi
Dimensions: 7 x 6 x 6”, Medium: cast porcelain, decal, gold luster
Amjadi is drawn to the history of arrival, both as people; what we bring with us, out background and objects, and the labor embodies in the object. Background thus refers to the histories of what is behind the viewer, writer, artist, and the object itself, but it also references the background of the object as being composed of matter and labor. She is engaged with the world of objects, and ask why they persist in history and culture and then also in her work, including the objecthood of the common, everyday grocery store chicken and what that object means outside of its typical context.

*The gold piece has been sold. The solid white and white with flowers are available.

 

Miriam OConnor Salmon Room

 

Miriam OConnor Gleaners
Title: Untitled from the series Attention Seekers
Artist: Miriam O’Connor
Dimensions : 43cm x 29cm Medium:  Digital photography
Drawing inspiration from the language, sights, and sounds of the everyday, O’Connor often employs wit and humor in her practice as tools to communicate her photographic inquiries. ‘Attention Seekers’ is a body of work that lingers on easily neglected traces from everyday living. Overlooked details, ordinary spaces, and quirky features are singled out with an attentive and subtle gaze that imbues places and things with a mysterious and magical vitality. Full of ambiguous clues and mischievous suggestions, the images embody a deep curiosity about looking and seeing, and a preoccupation with the possibility that these scenes in some way demand to be looked at.

 

Chris Rackley
Title: How to Land an Asteroid
Artist: Chris Rackley
Dimensions : 21 x 33.5”, Medium:  oil on canvas
My work is inspired by science fiction film and television shows and I am fascinated by the special effects tricks used to create the illusion of reality in these mediums. This painting is part of a series exploring layers of realities and how perception alternates between realities.

 

Rory Wakemup
Title: End of the Trail
Artist: Rory Wakemup
Dimensions : H 8” – W 6” – D 3”, Medium:  Bronze
End of the Trail says to offensive mascots, “Your time has come! Assimilate to my ideology or you will parish in tortured humiliation. I am willing to sit down with your leaders and sign treaties promising your protection. Just have them come to South Minneapolis on any given night so we can work out the details of said treaties,” from your fearless adversary – Darth Chief. Darth Chief is an amalgamation of Darth Vader and a Native Chief and is Wakemup’s alter ego.

 

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Title: Giraffe, 2013
Artist: Nicole Havekost
Dimensions: 11 x 2 x 1.5”, Medium: Mixed media including paper clay, acrylic paint, tissue paper, cotton thread, sewing hardware
I make bodies. This series of animal figures differs from the more self-referential bodies I have previously explored.  These little bodies remind me of what it is like to be a child, to be at home in the world yet recognize something dark at the edges. It is this sort of uneasiness that has been at the root of my work for as long as I can remember.

 

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Title: Alveoli, 2005
Artist: Nicole Havekost
Dimensions: 10 x 10”, Medium: vintage handkerchief, seed beads, cotton thread
With this beaded work, the notion of critical mass has slipped in to my process.  But it is not the critical mass you would expect; the end result of bead after bead after bead creating each of these images.  Instead, the critical mass that I first recognized is the accumulation of time it takes to sew bead after bead after bead to make a single image.  The critical mass of the process is what drives me to make this work.

 

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