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Hadley Howard | Senior Show

The Dreaming | Hadley Marie Howard

Through large-scale mixed-media dreamscapes, The Dreaming explores the place where the artist’s hopes and dreams live; a place somewhere between real and imagined, past, and future.


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Artist Statement

I

The creator of worlds
Blind

Enter a world entirely of my own
A world of dream entangled with reality
Only seen and understood when given a home

On a physical plane

That bridges the gap between reality and the imagined

So Breath in and let go
Leave everything behind
Follow each line and curve

Let each color and texture tug at your heartstrings
Feel and remember the steps you took
The steps that lead you here
And then take one more
Cross the boundary of space and time

Let go of reality

For this is the world that I have made
Where love is free and safety promised
Where pain and fear are buried
Beneath you

For you shall tread upon them as they pave the road forward

So come, come forward
In strength and dignity
With head held high

To stand upon all that would tear you down

And breathe
Release your chains of regret

And step forth into a world bathed in light and wonder
For this is the world that I have made and I see that it is good

 

Bio

Hadley Marie Howard is an artist based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received formal training at Augsburg University and primarily works as a graphic designer and multimedia artist. She uses digital software and a wide range of physical mediums to give life to ideas and make them a reality. With a BA in Graphic Design and a minor in Computer Science, she aims to expand her knowledge in the future and use all her skills to continue creating.


Virtual Mock-up

Due to COVID-19 the show in the physical gallery space has been delayed. Here is a virtual representation of what it will look like in the Gallery720 space.

Jessie Hotchkiss | Senior Show

Shadowbox  |  Jessie Hotchkiss

Hotchiss delves into her own past to process the physical and mental vulnerability that can comes from traumatic experiences. Through the use of hand-cut paper and light, she creates shadowbox scenes from past memories that explore these human experiences, and create space for acceptance within her own self.


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Artist Statement

I believe that insecurities and guilt mask a lot of creativity and I want to express the beauty in those situations. True artistry comes out when you let yourself feel and let your body speak through your creations. That is exactly what I am aiming to convey by intricately putting these displays together. It helps process an event to its core and takes a lot of mental strength, but the end result gives more satisfaction than is imaginable.

I chose shadowbox art because I literally wanted to bring light to these situations. Not only did I want to use graphic design elements but hand-crafted components to put all of myself into the work. I wanted my creative process to be just as heavily demanding as the situations illustrated. There is no easy route when it comes to reliving the past. You either choose to face it head-on or run away. There is no other way I would want to confront these moments in my life than through art. No, that doesn’t make it any easier, but it is how I am able to accept the things that can’t be changed. At the end of the day, I am unapologetically me.

 

Bio

Jessie Hotchkiss is a working Graphic Designer based out of Coon Rapids, MN. Although her primary work is focused on digital work, her other interests include drawing and sculpting. She loves creating work based on human experience and expressing the events of others through storytelling. She’s achieved her BA in Graphic Design at Augsburg University located in the heart of Minneapolis, MN.


Virtual Mock-up

Due to COVID-19 the show in the physical gallery space has been delayed. Here is a virtual representation of what it will look like in the Gallery720 space.

 


Chris Steinhoff | Senior Show

What do we do when IT’s all said and done? | CHRIS STEINHOFF

What do we do when it’s all said and done looks at the all consuming identity of being an athlete through a series of black and white photographs. Steinhoff’s portraits explore the displacement athletes experience when the sport that provided so much structure, relationships, and dedication is no longer there.


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Artist Statement

Since my passion for photography and design has emerged, I have been drawn to the freedom of creation. I create work mainly using the mediums of photography and digital applications such as Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. I also use these applications to digitally manipulate my photographs.

My work is greatly influenced by my past life experiences and choices. I reflect on certain events or time periods to really understand my emotions and how those experiences have had an influence on me to this day. While creating my work, specifically photography, I focus on human interaction. Trying to become so comfortable with my subjects and models that I almost become invisible, letting the subject truly relax and let down their guard.

I have spent most of my life identifying and being surrounded by athletics. Living this double life brings a unique perspective to my work because I have been able to adapt to two very different cultures. My hope is to share my experiences with my viewers so that they can understand a new perspective or connect with my own.

 

Bio

Chris Steinhoff is a Graphic Design major at Augsburg University, currently in his senior year. Chris was born and raised in St. Paul, MN, and attended Como Park Senior High School. He primarily focuses on photography and design but has been exploring other mediums. For most of his life, Chris has identified solely as an athlete since he played baseball for 15 years.

Recently, Chris made the decision to step away from athletics and focus on other aspects of life. Chris likes to reflect on events and emotions he has experienced through his life specifically on when it was consumed with athletics. He believes this brings a unique perspective to the creative community.


Virtual Mock-up

Due to COVID-19 the show in the physical gallery space has been delayed. Here is a virtual representation of what it will look like in the Gallery720 space.


Victor Sanchez | Senior Show

 

St. Jerome in the Wilderness | Victor Sanchez

St. Jerome in the Wilderness is an exploration of a dream, a hero, a saint, a crisis, and reconciliation. Through pen and ink, pencil, acrylic, and digital graphic design, Sanchez investigates historical narratives to better understand human forgiveness.


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Artist Statement

St. Jerome in the Wilderness is an exploration of a dream, a hero, a saint, a crisis, and reconciliation. My preferred working style is representational, my medium is pen and ink, pencil, acrylic, and digital graphic design. To invite you in the gaze and employ the narrative I’m anthropomorphizing the story like a children’s book, in an attempt to emotional connect with and slowly digest the hero and heron narrative.  Each character symbol is an interconnected explorer, they all have in common the responsibility to culturally ascribe, what and who is the hero and heron. The theory of this exhibit is not about the moment a crisis intersects with the hero and heron, it includes a lost personal object, material possession, spiritual relationships, and a reflection on redemption. Because the story of St. Jerome is a human way to connect a personal narrative with God and the dream, I used him to find redemption and reconciliation for the hero and herons of everyday. I continue to investigate historical narratives surrounding the stories of saints, and heroes from the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries to our current time, in hopes of broadening my understanding of human forgiveness. I’m on the lookout for refreshing views of common lives doing extraordinary things in ordinary ways for the world and their neighbors.

Bio

Victor Sanchez is a visual artist living and working in Minneapolis. He is currently at Augsburg University pursuing a BA in studio arts with a minor in art history. He has also attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a major in industrial design, the American Academy of Art for Illustration, and Bethel University in studio art.

Victor grew up in Chicago and Panama. He danced character, jazz, tap, and classical ballet at Ruth Page School of Dance and performed in the Nutcracker Suite, Giselle, Where the Wild Things Are, and Alice and Wonderland, and at Minneapolis’s Guthrie Theater, Southern Theater, Pillsbury House Theater, First Avenue, and Illusion Theater. He has worked as an art director and illustrator for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, the Utne Reader, Minnesota Monthly, and Midwest Home and Garden magazines, and as a museum exhibit graphic designer, multimedia interactive designer, and model builder with Deaton Museum Services and the Science Museum of Minnesota. Victor’s healthy community mural can be seen at the offices of the Fairview Uptown Clinic in the Calhoun office building.


Virtual Mock-up

Due to COVID-19 the show in the physical gallery space has been delayed. Here is a virtual representation of what it will look like in the Gallery720 space.


 

Emily Duesing | Senior Show

Greater Than Face-Value | Emily Duesing

Greater Than Face-Value is a series of portraits that peel back the layers of each subject’s world with bright colors and graphic elements. The show offers a challenge to encounter those within our influence, including ourselves, with greater vulnerability and empathy.


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Artist Statement

My work focuses on human landscapes. The portrayal of the subjects is realistic in form and stylized in color. This examination of the face and head becomes an investigation of human experience and connects to ideas about identity and adversity that exist outside the boundaries of the canvas.

For me, art is an intimate consideration of concepts that I cannot grasp any other way except to visually explore. The act of making becomes a prism to reveal layers of complexity in the subjects. I recognize the only thing I can change in my life is me. When I make art, I fearlessly confront some incongruence within myself. Therefore, my work is autobiographical, and portrait focused.

Emotion, as I experience it, is continually shifting and changing; it is impossible to grasp its totality all at once. I use my art to pull apart the facade that we present to the world and explore the fullness of humanity.  With the color pallet obscuring and revealing emotions, I illustrate what this changing emotional landscape could mean for myself and the viewer.

Bio

Emily is a two-dimensional portrait artist who investigates empathy through painting the figure. She has always had a fascination with the human face and what it can reveal to a viewer. Emily currently lives in Minneapolis and has her Bachelor’s in Fine Art from Augsburg University. Emily is focused on becoming a licensed counselor where she hopes to use art to facilitate healing.  Themes in her work include vulnerability, humanity, and redemption. Emily primarily makes work and her studio apartment or in the Augsburg painting studio. Emily has received several honors and recognitions for her work including the Normandale Purchase Award and Augsburg’s Fine Arts Scholarship, numerous juried shows, as well as a solo exhibition and artist talk at Gallery 720 in Minneapolis.


Virtual Mock-up

Due to COVID-19 the show in the physical gallery space has been delayed. Here is a virtual representation of what it will look like in the Gallery720 space.


 

Danielle Krysa

This Exhibition is currently Postponed due to Covid-19. It will open when possible.

“as she turned tumors into treasures, she couldn’t help but wonder – do goldfish feel this naked?”– Danielle Krysa

Christensen Gallery: 720 22nd Ave S, Mpls, MN


THIS TALK HAS BEEN RESCHEDULE TILL FALL 2020

“How to Stop Being Creative: Excuses, Doubt, and Other Junk”
Talk with Danielle Krysa

Weisman Art Musuem: April 8, 7 p.m.

Reception and book signing following the talk. Books on sale in the WAM Shop. Talk is FREE but reservations required.


Fiona & Leona, Farrah, Fawna & Launa – all of them are feminine, beautiful, and a hot mess.

Eight out of ten women will have to share their bodies with uterine cysts and or fibroids at some point in their lives. I am one of those women. I have spent years battling these ugly lumps that continue to grow inside of me. What to do? Exactly what I did with jealousy when I decided to start my art site, The Jealous Curator – instead of allowing these masses to cause anxiety and upset, I flipped the narrative and have embraced them instead. While I await yet another major surgery, I am choosing to envision them – through portraiture – as beautiful, crystal-covered, pink treasures that I’m currently housing. These abstract portraits are not only made up of paint and found images, but also crystals, random objects from the bottom of jewelry boxes, and piles of vintage costume jewelry. Yes, this will be the most sparkly silver lining possible!

Several of the pieces will be hung in the gallery, with spaces for three more to come. I will be using the gallery as a studio, turning tumors into treasures as people stroll past (or stop to watch) on the other side of the glass. This is the most vulnerable work I’ve done to date, so being in a totally vulnerable situation also seems right. Terrifying, but right.

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”, “A Big Important Art Book – Now With Women”, and “A Big Important Artist – A Womanual”.  Her work is held in private collections in Canada, The United States, Europe and Asia.

The Jealous Curator