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interiors and portraits

Harvey, ward of the state ages 4-16

Harvey, ward of the state ages 4-16

Maria, restaurant owner

Maria, restaurant owner

february 3-24

The February Gallery show will be “Interior and Portraits” by artist Ann Magnussom.

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Artist statement:
My painting series, Interior and Portraits, is an examination of what we collect, value and choose to surround ourselves with in our private spaces. I look at factors such as gender, age, occupation, ethnicity and economics as influences in the choices we make and how in our diversity we are similar and interconnected. The first four years of this series focused on Twin Cities Metro participants. Last year, through the support of the Artist Initiative Grant, I began to focus on subjects from southern Minnesota, specifically the communities of and surrounding Albert Lea and Owatonna.

For further information/questions, please feel free to contact aemagnus1@gmail.com.

Ann Magnusson is a 2018 recipient of the MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant.


emotional expression wall show

Hours to Days

Hours to Days

Why Can’t I Leave?

Why Can’t I Leave?

February 3-March 31
Solarium

The exhibit is “Emotional Expression Wall Show” with artist Kathy Mommsen.

Artist Statement
Striving to show the essence of people in action motivates me. To capture human gestures, I draw and sculpt directly on clay wall pieces and vessels while observing a live model. The model and I work as a team, determining and adjusting poses to best describe the gesture that I have selected. Working with models in my studio, connections are made during our conversations. These conversations become part of the piece.

I sculpt and draw a series of actions to show the drama of the gesture. For each piece models show several gestures, usually as a fluid series. These poses require the model to move then stop then start again - frequently stopping in awkward/challenging poses. I use trained dancers as models for their ability to be expressive and hold demanding poses.

Like every human action, the ceramic process I use involves many layers. For each layer I observe the model in the same pose over several sessions. During these sessions I sculpt in wet clay, draw and paint in an effort to capture these gestures on the piece. Each layer gives me a new surface where I can react to the model. With each new surface I get a restart. The model is both familiar and new. The lines and colors feel fresh and intuitive. Observing the model new at each layer creates images that are raw, expressive and show only the most essential gestures.

Kathy Mommsen is a fiscal year 2018 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 by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Gallery hours are 1-5 pm, Tuesday through Sunday.