Xariir – Khadijah Muse

SOOMAAL FELLOWSHIP EXHIBITION – 2019

Xariir – Khadijah Muse


August 1 – 29, Gage Gallery

Artists Talk & Reception: August 17, 2019, 6pm, Gage Family Art Gallery


Statement

Xariir is an installation that examines the role of women in the Somali community with regards to the unspoken and informal ways of transferring knowledge from one generation to the next. Whether in applied settings within specific situations and actions as the end goal or through ceremonial rituals and outcomes, transference of knowledge takes many forms. In particular, elder members within the Somali community oversee the learning process.

The women in the community, bearers of wisdom, cherish their roles as educators and wear their status as a badge of honor. In this way, the elders mediate and steer the younger generation through various cultural relations that shape so much of the next generation’s frame of references and ways of knowing the world.

While formal education in schools plays a vital role in Somali society, settings for this type of traditional ways of knowing within the Somalis often takes place in private and public gatherings. Thus, the assemblage and juxtaposition of the various materials, patterns and colors in Xariir references the myriad ways in which wisdom from one generation to the next flows.

Bio
Khadijah Muse is a visual artist and art organizer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her practice is greatly influenced by her commitment to community building. Khadijah uses art as a tool to explore interpersonal and environmental relationships using various mediums including photography, woodworking, sculpture, and installation.

Understanding the power of art, Khadijah facilitates opportunities for other Somali artists to optimize their artistic potential. She is the co-founder and director of Soomaal House of Art, a Minnesota-based Somali artists collective. Khadijah holds a BS in Sociology from the University of Minnesota. She is one of the two 2019 Soomaal Fellows, an initiative by Soomaal House of Art in partnership with Augsburg University Art Gallery.

 

Miel y Petróleo – Jonathan Herrera

Miel y Petróleo – Jonathan Herrera

October 24–December 18

Reception: October 24, 6-8 p.m.


Herrera Soto explores various relationships between collective memory and historical instances of state-sponsored violence and trauma inflicted on politicized bodies. He constructs print-based objects, installations, and environments that echo lived experiences of those who are no longer with us. Print-based processes translate the content through symbolically revealing the act of remembering in producing tracings and impressions.
 
Miel y Petróleo is a collection “Love Poems.” The project in the exhibition consists of a daily exercise in analyzing and questioning notions of love in relation to political violence. As a work of para-fiction, “Love Poem” series shifts between various narratives, jumping to and from various forms of visual languages such as abstract rubbings, text, and images. Herrera Soto uses these compositions to work through his own notions of love in his personal life with family members, romantic partners, beloved friends, and the trauma he observes in his subject matter. The work crystallizes his perception of being intertwined and bound to his subject matter, unable to discern where the work starts and he begins.

“she’d been reflecting on reflecting since forever.” – Danielle Krysa

“she’d been reflecting on reflecting since forever.”– Danielle Krysa

April 9–May 7


There are messes and moments of pure joy that exist in an artist’s chaotic and abstract world. These artworks are a glimpse into the never-ending treasure hunt that goes on in my mind – a combination of humor, personal thoughts, rich textures, found images and vibrant color.

 

Bio

Danielle Krysa is a Canadian artist with a BFA in Visual Arts and a post-grad degree in design. Her combination of found imagery and carefully manipulated strokes of paint create an entirely new story. Coupled with the sly jokes that are their titles, Danielle’s works attempt to transform the everyday into something a little more ridiculous. Danielle is also the writer behind the contemporary art site, The Jealous Curator, and the author of “Creative Block”, “Collage”, “Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk”, and “A Big Important Art Book – Now With Women.” Her work is held in private collections in Canada, The United States and Europe.


 

Nightfall – Shannon Estlund

Nightfall

March 2–April 2, 2019

Reception: March 5, 6–8 p.m.


The artwork that makes up the series Nightfall explores the forest at night in order to better understand the life of the forest, especially in the (relative) absence of human interference. These quiet observations of the interconnected activities and processes of the nighttime forest aim to invite the viewer into a sense of entanglement and belonging with these natural spaces.

 

Artist Statement

My abstracted landscapes are inspired by Rice Creek and the surrounding forest and suburbs near my home in Fridley, Minnesota. The subjects of my paintings – including downed trees, stagnant pools, and tangles of brush – demonstrate growth, decay, and various states in-between. I use overlapping imagery, expressive color, repeating pattern, and abstracted form as a metaphor for a subjective and ever-changing perception of reality. Viewpoints are chosen to create an experience of “being there” for the viewer. Shadow, light, and pattern obstruct or complicate a descriptive understanding of these places. Instead, the paintings offer a psychological interpretation of each chosen site, illustrating an appreciation for the impermanent and interdependent nature of things.

 

Bio

Shannon Estlund is an artist and educator living in Fridley, MN with her husband and two daughters. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and received her B.F.A. from the University of Florida. Shannon has received several grants for her work including several Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grants and two Community Foundation Art Ventures grants in her native Florida. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at museums and galleries including the Crisp Ellert Art Museum (FL), the Elmhurst Art Museum (IL), Soo Visual Art Center (MN), the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens (FL), and at the National Galleries of Scotland. Her work has been featured in New American Paintings and Studio Visit magazines. Shannon is a current member of the collective Rosalux Art Gallery in Minneapolis.


 

between lost and found – Lyz Wendland

Artwork image by Lyz Wendland

between lost and found

October 24-December 18

Reception: October 24, 6-8p.m., Gage Gallery


Wendland’s brightly colored, mixed media paintings set up conflicts between contradictory shapes, encouraging an encounter and awareness to these relationships in our landscape.

 

Artist Statement

Collecting from the natural world and influence of architecture, my work explores the abstract gestures beneath the organic and structural. My relationship to our ever-shifting landscape fuels my current practice. I observe my presence to these spaces through sketching from observation. Elements of these sketches lead to my larger works, a layered process of painting utilizing acrylic and gouache on paper and duralar. Pinned layers of floating strokes create multiple layers for interaction.

Grounded in an interplay of color and shape, a visual language between two-dimensional and three-dimensional segments is formed.  My work sets up conflicts between contradictory shapes, encouraging an encounter and awareness to these relationships in our landscape.

By recalling my encounters, the work assembles momentary glimpses and memories of landscape in space.  Through these explorations, the work confronts viewers’ assumptions about space and place, while casting familiar landscapes into new contexts.

 

Bio

Lyz Wendland is a visual artist living and working in Stillwater, Minnesota. She received her MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and her BFA in drawing, painting and art history from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums regionally and nationally. Lyz has been the recipient of a Jerome Foundation Project Grant and a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. She has received numerous faculty development grants and awards for her research on improving participation, critical thinking and motivation relating to art critiques in studio courses. Currently, Lyz is Assistant Professor of Art at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota teaching drawing, painting and design.


 

Soo Bood, Bood / Come Jump, Jump – Kaamil A. Haider

SOOMAAL FELLOWSHIP EXHIBITION – 2019

Soo Bood, Bood / Come Jump, Jump – Kaamil A. Haider


August 1 – 29, Gage Gallery

Artists Talk & Reception: August 17, 2019, 6pm, Gage Family Art Gallery


Artist Statement

Soo Bood, Bood / Come Jump, Jump is a multi-channel video installation that uses traditional Somali dance as its starting point. The work examines the internal environment and logic of dance and its accompanying elements of movements and sound. Dance, as in all cultures, particularly in this Somali cultural context, call for many reasons, e.g., celebration, social connection, and self expression. This installation offers varied vignettes of the transformation and transcendence the body assumes as the dancers move, chant, clap and stomp in a unified frenzied rhythm.

In his practice, the artist’s engagement and preoccupation with rituals through repetition are related to his exploration of memory, archives and experiences of his community. Themes of discussion found in this installation, and in many other works by the artist, are constant discourse within the Somali diaspora communities such as the passage of knowledge, rituals and physical connection with their heritage as they forge a new life in their new homes.

Bio

Kaamil A. Haider is Somali born visual artist and graphic designer based in Minneapolis. He has received his B.F.A. in Graphic Design at the College of Design, University of Minnesota. In his art practice, Kaamil considers the power of memory and archives in relation to his personal experiences and that of his larger community. With over a dozen exhibitions, themes of discussion found in his artworks are constant discourse within the Somali diaspora communities such as the passage of knowledge, rituals and physical connection with their heritage as they forge a new life in their receiving societies.

In addition, Kaamil is a co-founder of Soomaal House of Art, a Minneapolis based Somali artists collective supporting a growing number of emerging and established Somali artists living in Minnesota and beyond. He is the recipient of the 2018 University of Minnesota Alumni Association’s U40 Alumni Leader Award for his academic achievement and community engagement through Soomaal. Kaamil is one of the two 2019 Soomaal Fellows, an initiative by Soomaal House of Art and in partnership with Augsburg University Art Galleries. He is also a 2019 Springboard for the Arts’ 20/20 Artist Fellow.

 


 

Tales, Textures & Truths of Ten – Advanced 2D Spring 2019

Tales, Textures and Truths of Ten

April 1 – 8th, 2018


Katrina Armstrong | Ijaaz Cousin | Kevin Challender | Cara Grand | Mikayla Jones | Ariel Koch |
Kris Leathers | Oscar Nguyen | Victor Sanchez | Carlos Torres

Reception: April 4, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

This group show highlights work from the Advanced 2D class of Spring 2019.

Gallery 720, 720 22nd Ave S Minneapolis MN 55454

Max Bray – Senior Show

September 10 – 27, 2018

Gallery 720, Christensen Center

Artist Talk: Thursday, September 27, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Gallery 720, Christensen Center

Going Down South:Music and Cultural Production on the Mississippi River
Max Bray

 

Statement

I strive to create art that is inspired by the things I appreciate most, which are music and nature.  I like these elements to be represented boldly and in a fashion that is hard to ignore. My artwork is presented in a simple format, but it is unique because it utilizes everyday objects in unconventional ways. My best work encompasses a vibrant texture that creates movement while being straightforward and accessible. I think about what it is I want to do by indulging myself in inspiration and being hands on with the objects I am using to create a piece of work. I want to present art that uses objects and materials in a way that that people have not experienced.

For this project, I wanted to explore the idea of the Mississippi River as a potent sources of cultural production in America. Along its banks, through each state it touches, artists influenced by the river have created some of America’s most powerful and timeless music. Representing this music has to be done with a gut feelings and by hand using minimal materials with no second guesses.

 

Bio

Max Bray is from St.Paul, Minnesota finishing up his 10 years of work toward a B.A. in Graphic Design. Bray uses wood blocks, linoleum, and slabs of ink to share his interpretation of landscape, nature, and music.