Broc Blegen's got some big ideas
This month, Blegen learned that he has been selected to exhibit his work at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts MAEP Galleries next fall.
While MAEP Coordinator Christopher Atkins says Blegen is one of the youngest artists chosen to show work in the space, he is by no means new to the art world. Blegen has been producing projects on his own since 2008 when he created The Bush Monument, a 20-foot-tall inflatable George Bush sculpture that was erected briefly between the Lincoln Memorial and the Memorial Bridge in Washington, DC, just moments after Obama completed his oath of office. The work was then included in the spring/summer edition of the Public Art Review, and was included in a group exhibition in Europe that was curated by the contemporary art blog VVORK.
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So far the business hasn't exactly been profitable, but it's had several projects, including a live demonstration at a Home Improvement Expo, a showing at the Dressing Room Gallery above the Open Eye Figure Theatre, and, most recently, at Art of This's temporary gallery on Franklin and Nicollet.
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But still he gets the experience of living with them. The pieces that he has created are minimalist, so he hasn't found too much difficulty in recreating them. "I'm careful of choosing pieces I can replicate accurately," he says. Blegen relates making these replicas as just something he does between projects. "Some people knit, I do this," he says.
Blegen is used to learning and creating at the same time, perhaps because he has been producing his own work while in school. Though he plans to always continue the learning process, after completing his degree this spring and taking several workshops in Europe he's ready to be done with school for a while.
He also thinks that it'll be some time before he embarks on anything like 1419 again, though he's very happy he had the opportunity to do it. "It was an amazing experience," he says. "I learned what it's like to have very close working relationships with other people." Blegen also learned about putting together exhibitions, promoting shows, the administrative work that goes along with running a venue, and how to negotiate time, space, and people's feelings. "There are intangible things working with people that you learn by doing," he says.
While Blegen doesn't have any immediate plans to do anything like 1419 soon, this summer he collaborated on a piece with another 1419 member Billy Mullaney. But he's not going to force any partnerships. "I'm definitely open to it," he says. "If it happens, it happens. I'm not going to force it. I'll let things emerge."