Meet the Northern Spark artist: Andy DuCett

Categories: Art
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Andy Ducett, photographed by Alex Roob Photography
(Editor's note: This Saturday night and Sunday morning is Northern Spark, an epic, city-wide party where hundreds of artists, performing groups, and creative organizations set up pop-up galleries, present theater pieces, and host other unexpected happenings throughout the city of Minneapolis. Before the big evening, we'll be taking a look at some of the people and places you may want to check out.)

Your name: Andy DuCett

Where we can find your this weekend?


I'll have work at MCAD and at the Bell Museum of Natural History.

See also:
Meet the Northern Spark artist: Kate Casanova in collaboration with Ben Moren, Daniel Dean


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A consortium of gnomes
Tell us about what you are doing at Northern Spark, and what visitors can expect:

I've been in residence at the Bell for the last three months, and the work at Northern Spark will be the result of how the museum influenced my practice. Visitors can expect to have to hunt for some of the work, and be hunted by some of the other work. There will be a consortium of gnomes picketing a diorama, a magic claw machine, and drawings sprinkled throughout the building. The Bell Museum will also have quite a few other activities happening that night, so there will be lots to see there.

Additionally, MCAD approached me and asked if they could re-stage a fragment of a show I had at the Soap Factory a few years ago. So there will be lots of balloons and bubble wrap over there.

Is this your first time participating in Northern Spark?

Yes.

Please tell us a little bit about what you do creatively and why:

I work primarily in drawing and installation, but enjoy dabbling in all sorts of things. I love the processes and surprises of working in different mediums, and how each medium can inform one another.
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Untitled (Behind the Scenes)
Name three things that influence your work right now:

I've been thinking a lot about the main themes that have influenced the work I've been making for the Bell Museum:

-Discovery
-Mystery
-Out of the way places

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Untitled (Funyuns)
Name three things that inspired and/or motivated you as a budding creative type:

-Commander Mark and the Draw Squad
-My dad and mom's work spaces
-Comics and cartoons

In addition to Northern Spark, what do you have going on now or coming up in the near future that should be on our radar?


I'm in a few group shows right now. A really great group of students at St. Cloud St. University asked me to be part of "North of North," and they all kicked serious ass on it. Liz Armstrong at the MIA asked me create new work for "Sacred," which is up through mid-July,  and I was curated by Nathaniel Smith into a show at Fox Tax called "The Masses." There will be in another group show in Okinawa, Japan, called "Cephalopod Interface," curated by Ryuta Nakajima, and I'm jumping right into my next residency at the Walker Art Center for a few weeks in July for a program called Flux/Field, working with Sarah Schultz. Looking ahead, I'm doing site visits to the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art later in the summer. I hope to be doing some projects there soon.

IF YOU GO:

Northern Spark
Free
9:01 p.m. to 5:25 a.m. Saturday, June 14
Various locations
For more info, and a complete schedule of happenings, visit northernspark.org


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