, the gallery at local artist Pete Dreissen's home, gets Halloween started a bit early this year with a body of work, titled Emanations,
by Holly Streekstra. The piece transforms the TuckUnder garage into a bit of a haunted-house experience. Related stories:TuckUnder Project: A gallery in a home
A number of Streekstra's works are in miniature. They appear as shrines, sitting atop black or mirrored shelves that encapsulate the objects in significance. The items themselves are loaded with symbolism: an ornate candelabra with light bulbs instead of candles, a miniature wax monument with a red door that is protected with a miniature metal fence.
They seem vaguely mystical, but not in any kind of tangible way. The objects are more playfully mysterious than actually magical; a séance party trick.
That's not to say they aren't intriguing to experience. The most enchanting of these works involves a very small object that you might not recognize, but is in fact a latex nose clip (used for swimming) resting on top of a mirror. There's a wonderful layering of the image between the object itself, its reflection, and the double shadow cast on the white wall behind it, floating in a window of light reflected from the mirror.
Streekstra also hangs various ethereal materials, such as clouds, cobwebs, and various other draperies you might find in a haunted house. Of these, the most interesting is a dustball/cobweb object that hangs subtly from a black shelf. It's large enough that you wouldn't miss it if you were looking at something nearby, but at the same time it's nebulous.
|Jenny Jenkins |
Along with Streekstra, TuckUnder also is exhibiting Jenny Jenkins's "Driftwool," a series of needlepoint works in the adjoining Leaky Sink Gallery, located in the bathroom. Baring messages such as "Wifey," "Diablo," "Blaze," and "Angel," Jenkins's tongue-in-cheek word art satirizes female stereotypes by utilizing a "feminine" art form.
TuckUnder is also currently is supporting a new work by Marlaine Cox and Karen Kasel in a residency, called "Look (again)," located in the back yard, where various scoping devices allow you to peer into the garden.
IF YOU GO:
"Look (again)" runs through November
Streekstra and Jenkins's shows goes through July 28
Unstructured gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, and by
appointment. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm open hours.
5120 York Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN