Jon Allen & Tom Erickson: Circular Document
RAC2: Rochester Area Collaborative
Jon Allen and Tom Erickson make their collaborative debut with an exhibition of newly created video and drawing that envisages a constructed route around Rochester.
Allen and Erickson express:
Circular Document is a look at a path through Rochester we picked based on certain criteria: the route had to start and end at the Art Center, be walk-able in roughly 90 minutes, go both through and outside of downtown, and cross a river at least once. The route allowed us to study a variety of conditions – urban, industrial, residential, recreational, transportation, etc. When picking the route, we were not interested in making a catalog of significant architectural or historic sites. Rather, we wished to examine the beautiful and ugly and the simple and complex as objectively as possible.
Organized by Rochester Art Center and curated by Jason Pearson, Curator of Education.
RAC², formerly known as Rochester Artists Collaborative, has transformed into an exciting new initiative, now known as Rochester Area Collaborative. We have expanded our reach to eleven counties including Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona. With this expansion, RAC will broaden and diversify the creative opportunities for Rochester area artists. With this revised structure, Rochester Art Center’s professional staff serves both a curatorial and mentorship role, working directly with the artists on their vision and implementation of a new project. This collaboration creates an enriching experience and an exciting platform for artists practicing in our area, and it offers the community the opportunity to celebrate local artistic acheivment. We look forward to further supporting talented artists and all the possibilities that RAC² offers.
RAC² is generously supported by Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA), the Jim and Judy Sloan Foundation, and Dr. Paul and Maggie Scanlon.
Cover image: Circular Document, 2014, digital collage and marker, 12.375 x 12.375 inches.