David Andree: Land Harps

Third Floor Emerging Artist Series

Opening reception: Friday, October 17 | 7 – 9 pm
Artist talk: Thursday, November 13 | 7 pm

David Andree’s practice continues the conversation of artistic tradition as it relates to the notion of landscape. Through the use of painting, drawing, sculpture, video, and sound, Andree’s interdisciplinary approach to art making originates from the desire to investigate the concept of locating one’s self within the constant flux of landscape through multiple sensory experiences. His work is created in the field utilizing a wide array of media responding to the changing qualities of geography, topography, and explorations of place.

His exhibition Land Harps focuses on wood-bodied instruments strung with piano wire that are installed in multiple outdoor locations. This effectively allows the landscape to play itself—the soundscapes the instruments produce are atmospheric, melodic, and are a direct reflection of the specific pacing found in nature. The resulting body of work includes painting, drawing, photography, video, and sound in addition to the land harps themselves. As such, this exhibition is structured to build connections between these various methods of working and the final forms that are created.

David Andree received a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) and a MFA from the State University of New York (SUNY), Buffalo, NY.  He currently teaches at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD)and is the proprietor of nooswane, a custom, build-to-order fabricator of sound and visual art equipment. He lives and works in Minneapolis, MN.

Organized by Rochester Art Center and curated by Kris Douglas, Chief Curator

David Andree is a fiscal year 2014 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. 


Rochester Art Center continually strives to engage visitors of all ages in the creation, contemplation, and appreciation of the visual arts. As a non-collecting institution, the Art Center focuses it efforts on presenting temporary exhibitions throughout the year featuring established local, national, and international artists, as well as emerging artists from diverse backgrounds working in a variety of media.

In 2004, Rochester Art Center initiated the 3rd Floor Emerging Artist Series—an exhibition program dedicated to promising young artists working in the state of Minnesota. Since its inception, the series has reflected shifting trends in contemporary artistic practice and production, and has helped to facilitate the creation of new bodies of work in a variety of media including photography, installation, sound, painting, drawing, sculpture, and film. Now in our tenth year, the 3rd Floor Emerging Artist Series continues to support emerging artists and to provide a dedicated forum for the exhibition of new work.

The 3rd Floor Emerging Artist Series is supported by Jerome Foundation.