Altered Esthetics shows work 'In Process'

Categories: Art
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From Sissy to the Rescue series by Summer Scharringhausen and Geoff Collins
The latest show at Altered Esthetics takes viewers into the mysterious world of an artist's process. The exhibit displays works of all different styles and genres, and helps show how an artist makes decisions, giving an enlightening look at the journey that an individual piece goes through before it is "finished." 

One fun example is the work of Summer Scharringhausen, who reveals the process of collaborating with her brother, Geoff Collins. The project started with a dream Collins had about the two of them when they were children. He wrote an entry about it in his journal, and they decided to make a book about it. Scharringhausen shares both her brother's original writings, and her own preliminary sketches including a young boy looking out from a dock at a floating object, and the same boy picking it up and looking at it mysteriously. Adjacent to the journal writing and sketchbook is Scharrinhausen's painting of a child wearing a suit with a dog which is part of the Sissy to the Rescue series. 
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From Sissy to the Rescue series by Summer Scharringhausen and Geoff Collins
In an piece on Local Artist Interviews, Scharringhausen writes that she previously had been more metaphorical when painting, focusing on an issue, rather than specific people, but for this project she's enjoyed painting her brother and herself "as we tackle his dreamland adventures together." 

Scharringhausen's piece is very enjoyable to investigate, because you can almost see the discoveries that the two siblings made together with the different artifacts of their process that Scharringhausen presents. They were clearly having fun working on the project, and it is delightful to see the results as well as the process. 

Sharringhausen also is behind another great part of the exhibit with her collaboration with Kara Hendershot, called Happy Accidents. What started with an eight-foot piece of plywood, spray paint, and an image inspired by David Lynch has evolved over several years. The original painting, called Penelope, was made for AE's exhibition "Tales From the Black Lodge" in 2008. The two artists have gone on to recreate the giant-doll characters from the painting with other backgrounds, including a northeast Minneapolis scene, a scene outside of Walmart where the dolls are protesters, and a scene where they are in a graveyard holding kitchen knives. They've also collaborated with other artists such as Erin Sayer from Cult Status on the project. Seeing the progression of the different worlds that the eerie dolls live in really gives you a sense of how these artists are able to take this idea and go in all sorts of creative directions. 
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From Happy Accidents by Summer Scharringhausen and Kara Hendershot
Not all the final products in the show are great works of art. There are a number of efforts that really seem more like student work. Still, even for those pieces, it is interesting to see the steps that the artists have gone through. It's definitely worth taking a look. 

IF YOU GO:

"Resident Artists 8: In Process"
Through January 26
Altered Esthetics
1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis
612.378.8888
There will be an artists' discussion panel at 3 p.m. Saturday, January 21
Gallery Hours: 1-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-5 p.m. Saturdays


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