Distress Cycle

Jon Allen, Heather Acerro, Eric Tarr

April 12 – May 18, 2019

Opening Reception | April 19 | 6 – 8 pm

Distress Cycle is an audio-visual commentary on the ways in which we present ourselves to others, how we are perceived, and how this exchange can alter our sense of self . The work is the result of three artists collaborating through different media with illustration, textiles, and video in conversation with each other. Each component in the installation serves as a subjective perspective on a shared narrative which revolves around a dress as the central figure.

Jon Allen was born in Cincinnati, OH.  He moved from his home state to pursue a degree in Film Studies at the University of Kansas.  While attending KU, Jon was able to study under film scholar and experimental filmmaker Dr. Edward S. Small – whose “direct theory” had a tremendous impact on Jon’s creative process.  Jon’s work has been shown in The Olive Gallery in Lawrence, KS, AS220 Project Space in Providence, RI, The Ragtag Theater in Columbia, MO, The Kansas City Film Festival, and Rochester Art Center.  Jon proudly calls the Midwest home.

Heather Acerro was born in Ventura, CA at a time when peas and carrots shag carpeting was all the rage. She graduated magna cum laude from San Francisco State University earning a degree in Drama with an emphasis in Costume Design. She has designed or assisted with shows in Ventura, CA; Ojai, CA; Oakland, CA; San Francisco, CA; and Leysin, Switzerland. She recently picked up embroidery and has shown work at: Altered Esthetics in Minneapolis, MN; San Francisco School of Needlework and Design in San Francisco, CA; Reserve and Renew Mental Health Zine; Café Steam in Rochester, MN; and this will be her third time at Rochester Art Center. She lives in a 100-year-old bungalow influenced house on what was once Orange Street in Rochester. Find her on Instagram @heddastitches

Eric Tarr was born in the Midwest, and recently moved a bit more west, to nestle in the even more middle. He went to middle school, and beyond. He was middle of his class. He learned things and listens. He thinks about things. He makes things. With things and thinks that he has. And sometimes he even shows them to people. He likes people. He likes when people see things. He likes to surround himself with the people and the things that he likes. To be in the middle. It is a good place. The heart is in the middle.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.