MSP/New Småland Exchange Artist Talk

In August 2017, Minnesota artists, Lela Pierce, Sarita Zaleha, Moheb Soliman, and Larsen Husby,participated in the first ever Soap Factory international residency exchange by spending a month at the Kultivera residency part of the New Småland project in Sweden . On January 9th the artists will convene at the American Swedish Institute to discuss their experience and how it has influenced their art practice.

DATE AND LOCATION

January 9th from 6pm to 8pm

American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55407

 

About the Artists

Sarita Zaleha

Sarita Zaleha has a multidisciplinary creative practice that includes installation, photography, video, printmaking, fiber arts, and social practice. Zaleha’s current work explores the interaction between the Arctic as a specific place impacted by rising temperatures and human attempts to observe, control, and preserve their immediate environments.

Moheb Soliman

Moheb Soliman is an interdisciplinary poet from Egypt and the Midwest, whose work often deals with nature, modernity, identity, and belonging through writing, performance, and installation projects. In the past few years, he has been exploring his practice extensively through the site of the Great Lakes region in which he has lived. Soliman finds this area fascinating as an environmentally coherent borderland central to the history of North America. Currently, he is researching and developing a “poem of sublime proportion” through a Forecast Public Art grant to be embedded around the region as 50+ lines/sculptures.

Lela Pierce

Lela Pierce is a multiracial (Black: Negro, Creole and White: Croatian, Lemko, Rusyn) American visual artist and dancer. Lela Pierce is interested in continuing her investigation of invasive plant species in Sweden, looking at the attitudes, language, stories and relationships people have to their presence in more rural areas. Lela hopes to create an immersive installation during the residency, using plant matter from invasive species to express insights around migration, colonization, balance, control, violence, and acceptance/rejection.

Larsen Husby

Larsen Husby moves frequently between media, including printmaking, painting, sculpture, and installation. He is fascinated by maps, and his art explores the connections (and disconnections) between places and our representations of them. A current project of Larsen’s is a conceptual drawing and durational performance, mapping the network of streets that make Minneapolis. Originally conceived as a means of delving more deeply into his adopted home, Larsen hopes to conceive of what it means to truly “know” a place.

About the International Residency Exchange

The Residency exchange is a 1-2 month placement program, providing emerging and mid-career Minnesota artists support to research, produce, exhibit new works, and explore the artistic, social and cultural context offered by a host city. Upon their return, residency artists will share their experiences and any new work through an artist talk and studio visit with one of The Soap Factory’s established curatorial advisors.

Each international exchange is unique and aims to provide programming and networking opportunities in addition to travel and material support. For all residency artists, becoming part of a distinct network of cultural establishments, conversations, and communities will enhance the experience of making work in a new city, supported by a valued partnership organization.

In July 2018, curators from the New Småland Project will send two Swedish artists, Anna Axfors and Åsa Jungnelius to participate in the new residency program at The Soap Factory.

In the fall of 2018 the Soap Factory will once again send four Minnesota artists to participate in the Kultivera residency program, applicants are encouraged to attend this artist talk to get a feel for the program. Application information can be found here.

About Kultivera

Kultivera operates international cultural programs that are physical, social and creative; that stimulate and inspire both the artists and the local community. Kultivera creates cross-border meetings between artists, community, and industry that allow different areas to fertilize each other in mutual interaction. Kultivera’s idea is to connect several European cultures, and promote democracy, quality, innovation, diversity, and cultural development.

The artist is not bound or isolated to a specific location or place, but is inserted in a typical Swedish small-town situations where they can operate internationally through the local.

About New Småland

New Småland is an interregional art project that was initiated as a collaboration between four art institutions, three regions, and a university in Småland. New Småland’s ambition is to formulate long-term relationships, experiment, and create conditions for critical and cultural sustainability. This idea is based on locate and connect artists and organizers in the three regions. Regardless of economic and institutional circumstances each are treated by the various stakeholders as equal resources and knowledge nodes in investigating local and regional issues. Working crosswise between artists and institutions, and combining local knowledge with international contemporary art, design, and critical thinking opens possibilities to explore together and rethink the political, social, and aesthetic landscape of Småland.


Walker Art Center Presents:
Forced Entertainment: Quizoola!

The Walker Art Center’s Performance festival, Out There 2018 concludes with an unconventional six-hour performance/social event at the Soap Factory at which Forced Entertainment unfurls its dark and hilarious classic. Audiences come and go as they please (bar open throughout) while performers unceasingly ask and answer questions—philosophical, trivial, or deeply personal—creating an unforgettable marathon performance experience. Stay after the performance (10 pm to 12 midnight) for a party with the artists as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Out There.

Out There 30th Anniversary Party

Join the cast of Forced Entertainment and the Walker’s Philip Bither, McGuire Director and Senior Curator of Performing Arts, for a toast to 30 years of Out There!

Hang out after Forced Entertainment’s Quizoola! at the Soap Factory for free drinks, nibbles, a chance to chat about the show, and a look back at three decades of mold-breaking performances. All are welcome to attend to this free gathering.

Each attendee is entitled to a free drink ticket distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Free snacks catered by Chowgirls will also be available.

DATE AND LOCATION

Jan 27, 2018

Performance
4:00pm-10:00pm

Out There 30th Anniversary Party
10:00pm

The Soap Factory
514 2nd St. SE
Minneapolis, Mn 55414

Buy tickets here

 

Jess Hirsch: Emotional Platings Book Release & Artist Talk

Please join us on Sunday, December 21st at 7pm for Artist Talk and Book Launch for Jess Hirsch’s project, ‘Emotional Platings.’

During the month of October, Rethinking Public Spaces artist, Jess Hirsch brought her project Emotional Platings to Willmar, Delano, and Cambridge, Mn. Emotional Platings is a series of picnic kits from trees that heal specific emotions, identified in the Bach Flower Essence philosophy developed by Edward Bach in the 1940s. Each picnic kit includes a blanket, servingware crafted by the artist, a notecard with conversational prompts, and a notebook. The public was invited to check out a specific kit in advance, asked to bring food to share, and then was paired with a stranger based on the emotion they have selected. Having grown up in rural Minnesota, Hirsch hoped to explore the rural/urban divide by traveling to these 3 rural towns throughout Minnesota, asking people to check out a kit and explore emotion together.

Date and Location

Artist Talk and Book Launch
December 21st, 7pm

Amill Artist Lofts
400 2nd St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Jess Hirsch is a conceptual artist investigating the healing world through installation and sculpture. She received her MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2013 and is the recipient of the Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship, MN State Arts Board Grant, and the Jerome Emerging Artist Project Grant. Her art practice focuses on educating the public on alternative health practices through everyday experiences such as bathing, eating, and sleeping.

This project is supported and presented as part of Here & There: Rethinking Public Spaces, The Soap Factory’s 2017 public programming. Rethinking Public Spaces presents artist projects that enliven underutilized spaces throughout Minnesota, rethinking public space and considering what it means to place-make through a contemporary, celebratory, and critical lens.

Rain Taxi Presents: Anne Fadiman

Join us in welcoming beloved and best-selling author Anne Fadiman to the Twin Cities! Renowned for her two scintillating essay collections, At Large and At Small and Ex Libris, as well as for her eye-opening and utterly engaging The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award), Fadiman will present her new book, The Wine Lover’s Daughter(Farrar, Straus and Giroux). As Adam Gopnik puts it, “The ostensible object of Anne Fadiman’s wonderful new book is the wine cellar of her father, the once-omnipresent critic Clifton Fadiman. But its real subjects include the insecurities of American Jews, the glories of mid-century ‘middlebrow’ culture, and, above all, the always intricate, often exasperated, and finally deeply tender relation of father and daughter.” Refreshments will follow this not-to-be missed talk, and books will be available for purchase courtesy of Subtext Books. We hope to see you there!

Purchase Tickets Here

Date and Location

Monday, December 18, 2017, 7:30pm
The Soap Factory
514 2nd Street SE, Minneapolis

PRAISE FOR THE WINE LOVER’S DAUGHTER

The Wine Lover’s Daughter is a standout―possibly the best memoir, and one of the best books, this reviewer has read in 2017.”
Library Journal (starred review)

“If Anne Fadiman’s book about her father were a wine, it would merit a ‘100’ rating, along with all the oeno-superlatives: ‘smooth,’ ‘elegant,’ ‘brilliant,’ ‘with a dazzling, heart-warming finish.’ But as it is a book, let’s call it what it is: a stunning, original, beautifully written, clear-eyed yet tear-inducing account of a daughter’s love for her famous father; and into the bargain, the best family memoir yet to come out of the Baby Boom generation.”
—Christopher Buckley

“This book is as good and rich as one would hope, no small thing, given that it’s written by one of the best essayists of our time about her father, one of the more interesting critics of another. Uncork this book and watch one master go to work on another. I was reminded reading it of what the man himself once wrote about tasting a great vintage, that it was ‘to savor a droplet of the river of human history.’”
—John Jeremiah Sullivan

ABOUT ANNE FADIMAN

Anne Fadiman is an author, essayist, editor, and teacher. Her first book, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, tells the story of an epileptic Hmong child and her family living in Merced, California. Fadiman’s sensitive, incisive treatment of the unbreachable gulf between the Hmong and American medical systems won her a National Book Critics’ Circle Award. The Washington Postcalled the book “an intriguing, spirit-lifting, extraordinary exploration.” In 2009 it was chosen by the Young Adult Library Association as one of its recommended titles for all students (the list, which includes a number of adult titles, is revised every 5 years and used by educators and librarians across the country). Spirit is frequently chosen by colleges, libraries, and communities for First Year Experience and All Read programs. The book continues to be taught at universities both as literary journalism and as a casebook for cross-cultural sensitivity in general; it is also widely read by medical practitioners who wish to offer more effective care to patients from other cultures.

As the inaugural Francis Writer in Residence, Yale University’s first endowed appointment in nonfiction writing, Anne Fadiman serves as both a professor in the English department and a mentor to students considering careers in writing or editing.

Her best-selling essay collection Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader is a book entirely about books — from purchasing them, to reading them, to handling them (turn monologues into dialogues by writing in the margins; pay no mind if you drop crumbs between the pages). The London Observer called Ex Libris “witty, enchanting, and supremely well-written.” It has been or will be translated into fifteen languages, including Korean and Catalan.

Fadiman’s most recent essay collection is At Large and At Small: Familiar Essays, in which she discloses her passions for (among other things) staying up late, reading Coleridge, drinking coffee, and ingesting large quantities of ice cream. The Christian Science Monitor called it “as close to a perfect book as you will ever hope to read.”

For seven years Anne Fadiman edited The American Scholar, the venerable literary quarterly, described by The New York Times as “an intellectual giant.” Her essays and articles have appeared in Harper’sThe New Yorker, and The New York Times, among many other publications. She has won National Magazine Awards for both reporting and essays. She is the editor of both the 2003 edition of The Best American Essays and Rereadings: Seventeen Writers Revisit Books They Love. She helped edit, and wrote the introduction to, The Opposite of Loneliness, a bestselling collection of stories and essays by her late student Marina Keegan. In 2012 Anne Fadiman was awarded the Richard H. Brodhead Prize for Teaching Excellence from Yale University. In 2015 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

ABOUT RAIN TAXI

Rain Taxi is a literary organization that champions literary culture through programs and publications that foster engagement with innovative writing. Our main vehicle is the award-winning print quarterly Rain Taxi Review of Books, which connects readers to books of merit that might otherwise get overlooked, and the Online Editions, which have material separate from the print editions. With coverage of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art, graphic novels, translations, and more, Rain Taxi exists for readers and writers, literary publishers of all shapes and sizes, booksellers, educators, and kindred spirits who want books to keep flourishing in a distracted society.

Rain Taxi also organizes the Rain Taxi Reading Series and the annual Twin Cities Book Festival, both of which bring literature to life and provide a public celebration of the literary arts, and the Twin Cities Literary Calendar, which lists all events happening in our home region. In all our programs, we are committed to artistic diversity, cultural relevance, and widespread access.

Images generously provided by Crow Wing County Historical Society & Museum

 

Pete Driessen: Trestle Support Systems

 

The Soap Factory presents Rethinking Public Spaces project, Trestle Support Systems, by Pete Driessen at the Northern Pacific Rail Yard site in Brainerd, Mn. Created with red pine wood and metal hardware, Trestle Support Systems is a solo public art project presenting two monumental site specific installations, Trestle and Trestle Worker, reflecting the architectural spatiality of the former rail yard spaces, referencing empowerment of the past community worker, and utilizing ideas of affective stimuli, physical embodiment and rural vacancy.

Just off the Northern Pacific roundhouse courtyard in the Blacksmith Shop where the trains ran lengthwise through the building, Driessen has created an interior, site-specific abstract wooden sculpture installation, Trestle and its connection to the physicality of the interior train tracks, rail ties and site detritus. Trestle physically explores the emblematic rail transportation support form, the trestle as figural representation, and expands the spatial vernacular of the Northern Pacific site as a sculptural and public art space.

Utilizing the Northern Pacific Boiler Shop as a process studio space and independent alternative gallery space, Trestle Worker embodies 35-train car laborers aligned with the architecture of the former work site. The installation references imagery from the Crow Wing County Historical Society & Museum of the daily working ecosystem of the former Northern Pacific site. The individual Trestle Worker sculptures collectively illuminate the former worker assembly line and the union of workers laboring over the large train car production.

Trestle language, semiotics and symbolism are synonymous with current creative placemaking trends of bridge building, bootstrapping, sustainability and empowerment. As a public art project in the making, Driessen tactically collaborated via economic exchange with participatory Brainerd individuals, businesses and institutions, often setting up creative initiatives as part of the large conceptual project. Inclusive was a community children’s Trestle Empowerment Workshop that focused on the 6 C’s of Empowerment: Competence, Confidence, Connection, Character, Caring and Contribution.

DATES & LOCATION

LOCATION

Northern Pacific Railroad Yard
1511 Northern Pacific Road,
Brainerd, MN 56401

OPENING RECEPTION:

October 28th, 6:00pm-9:00pm

ACTIVITIES:

Northern Pacific Rail Yard Tours 4pm & 5 pm

After Party: Roundhouse Brewery 9-10 pm

Twin Cities based visitors can catch a bus to the event from The Soap Factory at 2pm the bus will leave Brainerd at 8pm. Sign up to take bus here.

Artist Talk

October 29th, Artist Dialogue and Tour with the artist, Pete Driessen; art critic and curator, Sheila Dickinson; and sound artist, Michael Masura Flora at 1 pm.

Gallery Hours

Wednesday, October 25th – Saturday, November 4th – 11am-6pm and By Appointment. Closed Monday, October 30th.

 

Sound by Michael Masura Flora:

For the two installations at the Northern Pacific Site, Driessen commissioned sound artist Michael Masura Flora to compose two sound works to accompany the large sculptures in the massive spaces. Both sound works were influenced by the idiosyncratic components of the architecture and site.  The sound compositions that were recorded within the architectural spaces themselves are meant to be physically supportive and sensually immersive, while promoting the affective experience of the viewer within the installations. The initial sound composition for the longer Trestle sculpture is lingering and evocative, while the sound orchestration for the Trestle Workers installation is arranged as a more rhythmic and playful composition.

About The Artist

Pete Driessen is a Minneapolis based multipractice visual artist, curator, and cultural producer who creates abstract and sociopolitical paintings, mixed media ship fleets, found object installations, conceptual art statements, interdisciplinary public art, and performative participatory projects. Driessen received his MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT, and BA from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul. Pete was recently named Minneapolis City Pages 2015 Artist of the Year, and has been awarded numerous regional grants and awards, including a 2015 Jerome/FSP Fellowship at Franconia Sculpture Park for his Franconia Boat Tower project, a 2014 MRAC Next Step grant for his Silverwood Park sculpture project, and two MSAB Artist Initiative grants (2017, 2013). Pete’s exhibition record includes national and regional solo and group exhibitions at a wide range of venues. He currently directs and curates a hybridic, experimental garage-based gallery known as TuckUnder Projects that specializes in emerging and midcareer artists focusing on conceptual visual arts practice, curatorial projects, and institutional critique.

About the Location

The Northern Pacific Railroad yard is a large historic grouping of 12 brick and wood beam buildings that sit on a colossal 47-acre plot of land in Brainerd, MN. The massive industrial site contains the aesthetic atmosphere and former physical workings of the past turn-of-the-century railroad era. The old railroad Blacksmith Shop building is 50,000 square feet, with 20-foot high sidewalls, an 80-foot wide cross span, and concrete floors. Listed on National Register of Historic Places and a former EPA Superfund site, the NP setting is centrally located near the geographic center of the state. Both the industrial rawness and the monumental scale of the Northern Pacific site and its Blacksmith Shop space are reflective of Minnesota’s architectural history and our current need for regional creative public arts.

Pete Driessen is a fiscal year 2017 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the MN State Arts Board. This activity is funded in part by the MN State Legislature from the State’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund with money from the vote of the creative people of MN on November 4, 2008.

This project is supported and presented as part of Here & There: Rethinking Public Spaces, The Soap Factory’s 2017 public programming. Rethinking Public Spaces presents artist projects that enliven underutilized spaces throughout Minnesota, rethinking public space and considering what it means to place-make through a contemporary, celebratory, and critical lens.

 

EMOTIONAL PLATINGS

Emotional Platings is a series of picnic kits from trees that heal specific emotions, identified in the Bach Flower Essence philosophy developed by Edward Bach in the 1940s. Each picnic kit includes a blanket, servingware crafted by the artist, a notecard with conversational prompts, and a notebook. The public will check out a specific kit in advance, asked to bring food to share, and then paired with a stranger based on the emotion they have selected. Having grown up in rural Minnesota, Hirsch hopes to explore the rural/urban divide by traveling to 5 rural towns throughout Minnesota, asking 160 people to check out a kit and explore emotion together.

Emotional Intelligence is the ability to accurately identify an emotion and react appropriately through awareness. This may seem simple, however, emotions convolute our behavior making us react quickly without recognizing our motivations. Hirsch hopes to connect people through shared experience of human emotions.With the ordinary act of eating, she hopes that we can better understand our differences and expose our commonalities.

Emotional Platings picnics will be available at the following towns at the subsequent date and time. There are 32 slots open to participate in a picnic at a local public park in each location. Jess will be working with local liaisons on scheduling and announcing when slots are open, and how to sign up; these releases will be made through local media outlets, in addition to The Soap Factory website and Social Media event pages.

DATES & LOCATIONS

October 7th, 12:00 – 2:00pm – Willmar, MN – Robbin’s Island Park

October 8th, 12:00 – 2:00pm – Milan, MN – (N 3rd street & Washington Ave)

October 14th, 12:00 – 2:00pm – Fergus Falls, MN – Robert Hannah Park

October 15th, 12:00 – 2:00pm – Delano, MN – Central Park

October 21st, 12:00 – 2:00pm  – Cambridge, MN – City Park

*Participants must RSVP using links above

BOOK RELEASE & ARTIST TALK

The artist wants to capstone the project through a booklet and website archive to share photos, conversation snippets,a list of meals shared together, and information on the healing trees.

Please join us on December 16th for a Book Release and Artist Talk with Jess Hirsch, location and time TBA.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Jess Hirsch is a conceptual artist investigating the healing world through installation and sculpture. She received her MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2013 and is the recipient of the Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship, MN State Arts Board Grant, and the Jerome Emerging Artist Project Grant. Her art practice focuses on educating the public on alternative health practices through everyday experiences such as bathing, eating, and sleeping.

This project is supported and presented as part of Here & There: Rethinking Public Spaces, The Soap Factory’s 2017 public programming. Rethinking Public Spaces presents artist projects that enliven underutilized spaces throughout Minnesota, rethinking public space and considering what it means to place-make through a contemporary, celebratory, and critical lens.

Monica Sheets:
Collectively We Support Your Autonomy

Monica Sheets is installing a large-scale neon sign created in collaboration with Ne-Art Custom Neon in Northeast Minneapolis on the Soap Factory’s roof. The text – “collectively we support your autonomy” – is inspired by the participatory art projects she has previously initiated, offering a reflection of and comment on the relationships between artist, participant, artwork and audience.

According to Sheets, “We can also see this relationship in The Soap Factory’s role in the Twin Cities’ art community. It is the support provided by organizations such as The Soap that enables artists’ autonomy in exploring their varied interests and contributing their knowledge to the world. It is also our collective support of these organizations as artists, audience and volunteers that ensures their continued existence. It seems fitting to me to emphasize these reciprocal roles on The Soap Factory’s exterior while its interior is closed in order to undertake renovations that ensure its own autonomy and continued existence.”

The format and placement of the sign references other historic neon in the area, like the Pillsbury Flour or North Star Blanket signs, but rather than speaking to us as consumers, Sheets’ sign addresses us as human beings. The text speaks to our interdependence and responsibility to each other: it is the work of many people coming together, forming invisible structures of support that allows us each to function as self-determined individuals in the world. The sign reminds us of this reality, while also raising the question of how we live up to this ideal.

DATES & LOCATION

OPENING RECEPTION:

October 14th, 7:00pm-10:00pm

Installation will be up from October 14th, 2017 to October 14th, 2018

The Soap Factory
514 2nd St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

About the Artist

Monica Sheets creates platforms for communication as a means of civic engagement for herself and other participants. She was born in Toledo, Ohio and her experiences growing up in the Rust Belt were pivotal to her decision to work directly with participants, coming from a desire to reach audiences who might not normally visit galleries and museums. In addition to her artistic work, she has worked in different capacities at a variety of non-profit art organizations, including as founder and director of Das Fundbuero e.V., a cultural organization dedicated to creating spaces in which former East German citizens can discuss their experiences of the German Democratic Republic and the aftermath of German unification in 1989.

 

Help fund this project on Kickstarter.

Monica Sheets is a fiscal year 2017 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

This project is supported and presented as part of Here & There: Rethinking Public Spaces, The Soap Factory’s 2017 public programming. Rethinking Public Spaces presents artist projects that enliven underutilized spaces throughout Minnesota, rethinking public space and considering what it means to place-make through a contemporary, celebratory, and critical lens.

Aaron Dysart: Surface

Somehow both expansive and dense, the lock at the Upper St. Anthony Falls is of course outside, but feels somehow interior, almost internal.  Its’ tall walls and liquid floor struggle to even define much less confine this dense space.  With the lower gates permanently open, its’ imposing presence is constantly visible from the historic Stone Arch Bridge standing as a testament to the utilitarian history of this great river.

Taking data from the extensive logbooks kept by the staff of the Army Corp of Engineering over the years, this project will speak to the times this space was filled with the Mississippi River.  Data derived from handwritten pool heights will dictate a constant shifting background color while the color intensity will speak to the times the lock was emptied or filled with the river allowing for navigation of the falls.  This spectacle will thus display the 52 year operating history of this central iconic Minneapolis space through data recorded by the people who tended it.

Date & Location

September 15th & 16th 8:00pm – 10:00pm

St. Anthony Lock and Dam
1 Portland Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

About the Artist

Aaron Dysart is a sculptor whose objects and environmental interventions push ideas of propriety, gift giving, data interpretation, and reciprocity, while showcasing his love of material ability to deliver content. He has received awards from Franconia Sculpture Park, Forecast Public Art, The Knight Foundation, and The Minnesota State Arts Board and his work has been in Art in America, Hyperallergic, and Berlin Art Link, along with other publications. He has shown nationally and is currently a City Artist through Public Art Saint Paul, embedded in the city of St. Paul.

 

 

This project is supported and presented as part of Here & There: Rethinking Public Spaces, The Soap Factory’s 2017 public programming. Rethinking Public Spaces presents artist projects that enliven underutilized spaces throughout Minnesota, rethinking public space and considering what it means to place-make through a contemporary, celebratory, and critical lens.

Also Presented by Northern Lights.mnMississippi Park Connection, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area,  with support from St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Special Thanks to project interns, Mackenzie Catton and Vatina McLaurin

 

Poetry of Resistance & Change

Monica Edwards Larson / Sister Black (Bike) Press’s project “Poetry of Resistance & Change” consists of two parts; a temporary installation of letterpress printed poetry cards, and a Poetry reading and DIY printing event, using the mobile bicycle press, at the Soap Factory. The installation will consist of hundreds of letterpress printed poetry cards and broadsides featuring the work of local poets whose work bears witness to the many challenges facing our democracy, the health of our planet, and all aspects of human rights, that inspire action.

Dates & Locations

OPENING RECEPTION:

September 16th, 7:30pm – 10pm 

Installation will be up from September 16th – October 9th

The Soap Factory
514 2nd St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Join local poets for a readings and performances at the Soap Factory on September 16th, from 7:30pm-10pm. Poets include: D. Allen, Michael Kleber-Diggs, Marion Gomez, Junauda Petrus, Maitreyi Ray, Hawona Sullivan Janzen, and Ben Weaver.

GROUP RIDE

September 16th, 6pm – 7pm

Bryant Lake Bowl
810 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Meet at Bryant Lake Bowl (in adjacent alley) at 6pm for group ride to The Soap Factory. The comfortably paced 6 mile route will follow the Midtown Greenway trail to Hiawatha LRT trail to 11th Ave to W. River pkwy and across the Stone Arch bridge…Food and beer trucks will be waiting!

 

About the Artist

Monica Edwards Larson is the proprietress of Sister Black Press – a private Letterpress and Book Arts studio, established in 2000 in Minneapolis, MN. She received a Masters in Fine Art in printmaking from Arizona State University. She has taught Printmaking, Graphic Design and Book Arts to students of all ages in the Twin Cities area, including the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, College of Visual Art, University of Northwestern and Minneapolis College of Art & Design. She is a 2017 recipient of the MN State Arts Board – Artist Initiative Grant, and recently started a new venture called Sister Black (Bike) Press – a mobile printing press that she pedals on the Twin Cities’ bike trails and streets, stopping to print at local bike shops, bookstores and libraries.

 

Listen to the Soapcast interview with Monica Edwards Larson about Poetry of Resistance & Change

 

This project is supported and presented as part of Here & There: Rethinking Public Spaces, The Soap Factory’s 2017 public programming. Rethinking Public Spaces presents artist projects that enliven underutilized spaces throughout Minnesota, rethinking public space and considering what it means to place-make through a contemporary, celebratory, and critical lens.

This project is also a part of Lit Crawl. Lit Crawl MN boasts a roster of local authors, artists, and performers at 10+ different events that range from readings, improv, games, interactive story-building, and a hands-on workshop. A celebration of the vibrant literary scene in the Twin Cities, this lively crawl will have something for everyone. Lit Crawl Minneapolis is a project of Bartmann Group and the Litquake Foundation.

Is Your Rebellion Sitting Still?

Is Your Rebellion Sitting Still?, a project by artist Maria Cameron, aims to transform public spaces in Rochester, MN into spaces of contemplation, self-reflection, and conversation. By installing a series of large-scale thought bubbles on buildings, and in community spaces that are considered works in progress, this project highlights the present flux the city of Rochester is currently in. Each thought bubble contains a direct question, each question seeks to provoke dialogue about renovation and renewal, inviting conversation about the meditative and often healing act of finding art in the every day. The viewer is given the opportunity to focus on some of the complicated questions that come with living, thriving, hurting, and healing.

On August 19th at 10am the artist invites the public to join her on a walking tour of all of the installation locations starting at 14 4th St SW, Rochester, MN 55902.

Installations:

MONDAY, JULY 24TH 

Installation 1: “What will you do with all of this potential?”
Conley Maas Building, Bleu Duck Kitchen / 14 4th St SW, Rochester, MN 55902

Installation 2: “Will we love each other forever from afar?”
Rochester Downtown Riverwalk

MONDAY, JULY 31ST 

Installation 1: “Are you blending in?”
Creative Salon / 324 1st Ave SW, Rochester, MN 55902

Installation 2: “Do you take perverse pleasure in watching things spiral downhill?”
2nd Street Spiral Parking Ramp / 2nd St SE, Rochester, MN 55906

MONDAY, AUGUST 7th 

Installation 1: “Are you standing out?”
318 Commons Building / 318 1st Ave SW, Rochester, MN 55902

Installation 2: “Is there a terrible ache to life?”
Welhaven Music Back Alley / 15 N Broadway Ave, Rochester, MN 55906

MONDAY, AUGUST 14TH 

Installation 1: “Have you said hello to what you will be?”
Old Michael’s Restaurant Building / 15 S Broadway, Rochester, MN 55904

Installation 2: “Is your rebellion sitting still?”
LOCATION TBA

 

About the Artist

Maria Cameron’s work examines the relationship between traditional techniques and modern methods by dissecting contemporary social behaviors and activities, and reconstructing them into visual experiences. Her work is an extension and expansion of her experiences in Alzheimer’s research and memory care which she uses to reevaluate memory and personal experience. She has most recently been featured in Moon Magazine, at Coe College (Cedar Rapids, IA), and in collaborations for Northern Spark (Twin Cities).

Listen to the Podcast Here. 

 

This project is supported and presented as part of Here & There: Rethinking Public Spaces, The Soap Factory’s 2017 public programming. Rethinking Public Spaces presents artist projects that enliven underutilized spaces throughout Minnesota, rethinking public space and considering what it means to place-make through a contemporary, celebratory, and critical lens.