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The Human Scale

July 9, 2021 11:00 am - October 24, 2021 4:00 pm

Video still image from
By Christopher Corey Allen

Video still image from “Fix” By Candice Davis

The Human Scale

Curated by Ryan Fontaine + Kristin Van Loon

July 9 – October 24, 2021

Opening Reception July 9 | 6 – 8:00 PM

HUMANS IN THE HUMAN SCALE: 2 afternoons of dance performance
September 26 at 2pm | Performances by J.H. Shuǐ Xiān and HIJACK (the choreographic collaboration of  Kristin Van Loon & Arwen Wilder)
October 23 at 2pm | José Luis, Valerie Oliveiro, Kaz K Sherman

What does it mean to be human? Individually and collectively, where are we headed and on what paths have we traveled to arrive at this moment? Each of the artists presented here approaches these foundational questions from unique perspectives, using an array of methods, with answers that often take the form of more questions. The Human Scale uses art to tell a story of the human being that embraces all of our contradictions, ambiguities and eccentricities. The most direct way to consider our “scale” is our size, but we can also look at scale from the perspective of time, or our lifespans, or the way we function as a singular organism, or as a group. The Human Scale also explores the different ways in which artists depict the human form, or less tangible aspects of ourselves such as consciousness or emotion. This exhibition is firmly rooted in our present moment, and, taken as a whole, offers one possible version of where and what we are right now.


AMTK (Brooklyn/Los Angeles)
Cameron Downey (Minneapolis)
Candice Davis (Minneapolis)
Christopher Corey Allen (Minneapolis/NYC)
Emma Beatrez (Minneapolis)
Emmett Ramstad (Minneapolis)
Erick Medel (Los Angeles)
Erin Smith (Minneapolis)
Greg Rick (Palo Alto, CA)
Isa Gagarin (Minneapolis)
Jim Denomie (Shafer, MN)
Jonathan Herrera Soto (Minneapolis/Providence)
Kaz K Sherman (Minneapolis)
Kieran Myles-Andrés Tverbakk (Minneapolis)
Kim Benson (Minneapolis)
Lee Noble & J.H. Shuǐ Xiān (Minneapolis)
Lindsay Rhyner (Minneapolis)
Maiya Lea Hartman (Minneapolis)
Maggie Thompson (St. Paul, MN)
Manal Kara (Gary, IN)
Moises Salazar (Chicago, IL)
Monsieur Zohore (Baltimore, MD)
Pao Houa Her (Blaine, MN)
Rachel Collier (Minneapolis)
Ryan Fontaine (Minneapolis)
Sarah Dwyer (London-UK)
Tynan Kerr (Los Angeles)
Uman (Upstate NY


HAIR + NAILS is a contemporary art gallery located in the Corcoran neighborhood of South Minneapolis, across from Chatterbox Pub and FUTURE.

Owned and operated by artist/musician RYAN FONTAINE & dancer/choreographer/artist KRISTIN VAN LOON, they are dedicated to exhibiting compelling and thought provoking visual art and occasional performance with an emphasis on dance. Their hope is that H + N will play the evolving role of providing a space where new work, new ideas and new collaborations are sparked and are able to flourish.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


July 9, 2021 11:00 am
October 24, 2021 4:00 pm
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