Northern Spark launches Kickstarter campaign

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Patrick Kelley
After last season's party in St. Paul, Northern Spark will be venturing back to Minneapolis this summer for an evening of special happenings throughout the city on June 14. Hotspots include downtown by the Metrodome, the Walker Art Center, the Greenway, and outside the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. During the overnight event there will be light installations, hands-on activities, live music, and other fun, community-building moments.

The organization recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for basic needs at the event, including electricity, police permits, and other nitty-gritty necessities.

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Walker Art Center's Open Field announces schedule

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Last summer, the Walker Art Center's Open Field took a break due to construction on the museum and surrounding area. This year, the lawn party returns for a season of really fun, really random activities.

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Shana Kaplow taps into the subconscious

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Shana Kaplow
The Rorschach test, which has been used to measure psychological states of being since the early 20th century, has been largely discredited as a diagnostic tool. However, it has found new life in a body of work created by visual artist Shana Kaplow, now on view at Rosalux Gallery. Kaplow, a fiscal year 2014 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, has created a work that extends 50 feet across over multiple sheets of paper. It evokes a Rorschach-esque aesthetic in a study of chairs, creating an entry point to the subconscious. 


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David Lefkowitz works with cardboard boxes for "Austerity Plans"

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Crevasse by David Lefkowitz
There's a bunch of pizza boxes hung up on the walls of the back gallery at Soo Visual Art Center right now, and they have some art on them. Okay, they aren't pizza boxes, but they definitely have a pizza-box feel to them, as well as a sense of drawings scribbled on napkins at a bar in a moment of inspiration. There's something hurried, even obsessive, about these works. They speak to the most basic urge to create. They are the watercolor drawings that make up David Lefkowitz's "Austerity Plans: Corrugated Drawings," now on view through May 18. 


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Hopper's Office at Night inspires serialized novella

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Edward Hopper, Office at Night
Earlier this month, the Walker Art Center opened "Hopper Drawing: A painter's process," a collection of sketches, drawings, notes, and finished paintings by iconic American painter Edward Hopper. This April, the exhibition will be inspiring a different type of work in progress. Authors Laird Hunt and Kate Bernheimer are taking up an unusual residency, collaboratively penning a novella based on the famous Hopper work Office at Night.

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"On Wisconsin" captures the spirit of the state with incredible photos

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All photos courtesy of Mark Brautigam
To Minnesotans, Wisconsin may seem like the land of raucous Cheeseheads and Sunday beer runs, but photographer Mark Brautigam sees more than that in America's Dairyland.

One day Brautigam picked up his large-format camera and hit the road in search of the real Wisconsin beyond the stereotypes. His photographs -- from sweeping landscapes to candid portraits -- capture moments in time that many people may overlook, such as the quiet tranquility of horses grazing in a snow-covered field or the unflinching candor of a few guys catching a tan with the help of some reflective lighting. Brautigam's eye for bringing out a unique and honest look at our neighbors to the east is stunning.

As a former officer in the Marines with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota, Brautigam may seem an unlikely artist. However, his time spent at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and his photography work prove that he's well on his way to a long creative career.

We talked to Brautigam about his inspiration behind "On Wisconsin" and what's his lens might be focused on next.

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Carlos Rojas and other Nicaraguan artists at Regla de Oro

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Nemagon by Carlos Rojas 
Regla de Oro, a gallery and fair-trade gift shop located in the Lyn-Lake neighborhood, hosts a reception this weekend celebrating its current exhibition featuring alumni and teachers from Taller Artistico Xuchialt (TAX), an art school in Leon, Nicaragua. Among the represented artists are Carlos Rojas, who is now based in the Twin Cities, and Marlon Moreno, the director of the school, who will be at the reception on Friday.

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Jennifer Davis explores carousel animals for "Joyride"

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After watching old Super8 reels of family visits to the county fair in the early '70s, Jennifer Davis developed a new fascination for circus and carnival imagery. While doing some research on the subject, she discovered that there were dozens of vintage carousels and carousel museums between Minnesota and the East Coast. So last summer, after becoming a recipient of the 2013 Next Step Fund Grant from the Minnesota Regional Arts Council/McKnight Foundation, Davis set out on an eight cities in eight days research trip to study, photograph, sketch, and paint antique carousel animals. She toured carnival museums, met with restoration experts, and immersed herself in carnival culture. What she returned with was content for her new solo show, "Joyride."

We spoke with Davis on her experiences delving into this colorful carnival culture, and how "Joyride" presents an unusually magical -- and often forgotten -- side of American creative history.


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The Walker's Edward Hopper exhibition explores how a painting comes to be

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Sketch of Morning Sun by Edward Hopper 
There's a drawing in the new Edward Hopper exhibition at the Walker Art Center that depicts the artist's wife sitting on a bed. On the drawing, there are scribbled notes Hopper wrote to himself about how he wanted to improve the image for the eventual painting. "Warm shadows in ear," he writes, and "cool gray," with an arrow pointed at the figure's calf. "Pink toes," says another note, and "legs cooler than arms." It kind of looks like one of those marked-up magazine photos before the Photoshop treatment, as Hopper notes how to best highlight what his naked eye observes through changes in color, light, and shadow.

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Matthias Merkel Hess's "Water & Gasoline": It's a send-up, perhaps, but a devious one

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Matthias Merkel Hess 
Petroliana, a recurring topic on shows like American Pickers and American Restoration, draws on America's reverence for oil industry paraphernalia. These programs regularly feature gas signs, vintage oil cans, and the like, nostalgic remnants of its love affair with the open road. In "Water & Gasoline," an exhibition now on view at Burnet Gallery at Le Meridien Chambers, artist Matthias Merkel Hess riffs on that obsession with sculptures of gas containers and contrasting water containers, both made out of brightly colored glazed porcelain. 


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