AIGA: A to Z

  • June through September 2014
  • Gallery One at TractorWorks
  • 800 Washington Ave N, Suite 111, Mpls, MN 55401
  • Free and open to the public, 8 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday

Gallery One at TractorWorks celebrates graphic design with a new show entitled AIGA:  A to Z featuring 26 serigraphs, one for each letter of the alphabet, created by 12 respected international graphic designers.

                   

Gallery One at TractorWorks is commemorating graphic design and the centennial of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). Since its inception in 1914, AIGA remains the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design.

HISTORY: In 1994, John Evangelista of Ambassador Arts Inc. called Paula Scher of Pentagram in New York City about the possibility of producing an alphabet as a promotional series of posters. Paula contacted Tony McDowell at Champion International Corporation who agreed to join in the promotion by donating paper; the archival quality stock called Pageantry.

 Paula and her partner at Pentagram, Woody Pirtle, picked the international graphic designers whose work they admired. To ensure some consistency in the series, they decided it would be best to establish two restrictions:  1) a set size and border, and 2) the use of only two colors, warm red and black. Over the next eighteen months, the posters were created and printed in no particular order. The result is “A to Z.”

 The entire alphabet was first exhibited at the 45th International Design Conference in Aspen, Colorado, in June 1995. The series has won several international design awards.

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PHOTOGRAPHS: Close and Nearby, by Michael McGraw

OPENING Artist Reception

  • Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm
  • Gallery One at OST
  • 800 Washington Ave N, Suite 111, Mpls, MN 55401, Suite 514
  • Free and open to the public

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Most of the photographs in this exhibit are of trees and weeds shot with a long lens and standing very close to the subject to limit what is in focus. Award winning photographer, Mike McGraw likes how this process allows him to find interesting compositions when things constantly change in the wind or with a tiny twist of his focus ring. Mike alternates between subjects that use patterns and texture to hide or reveal emotion and meaning, and subjects that are simple and uncluttered which act as a counterpart to his other photographs of layered disorder. His process is beautifully meditative as well. He’ll stand in the middle of flowering crabapple tree adjusting his lens slowly back and forth until what he is hoping for pops into view. Mike shoots close to his home in North Minneapolis. He’s never bought into the idea that exotic locales are more photogenic than his own neighborhood. Shooting locally is his way of revealing a bit of himself but not in any concrete way, which seems appropriate for an Abstract Photographer. Mike’s work is in private and corporate collections.

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RETROAPOLIS, New oil paintings from the “Urban Extract” series by Mike Welton

OPENING Artist Reception

  • Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm
  • Gallery One at TractorWorks
  • 800 Washington Ave N, Suite 111, Mpls, MN 55401
  • Free and open to the public

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Always focused on his local surroundings, Mike Welton naturally developed a series of paintings from his love of the inner city. He paints portraits of urban cities including the Twin Cities’ most loved architectural icons as well as mid-century signage. Discovery of new color and juxtaposing angles develop totally new portraits of the extracted building parts he has assembled into a single designed piece. He hopes that by observing his work a new recognition for our urban landscape will evolve and spark a respect for new and old building structures.

Gallery One at TractorWorks is open to the public Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. The exhibition runs from March 12 through May 16.

Contact Ron at 952.738.2046 or Ron@RonaldRidgewayInc.com

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Prints and Paintings by Booka B and Lindsay Splichal

OPENING Artists Reception

  • Thursday, March 6, 4:00 to 7:00 pm
  • Gallery One at OST
  • 800 Washington Ave N, Suite 514, Mpls, MN 55401
  • Free and open to the public

Artists Booka B and Lindsay Splichal exhibit their new directions in printmaking. This exhibition is part of the Emerging Artists Series of the Art Leadership Program.

Paintings are created using a direct approach; a brush is typically used to apply paint to a canvas. This is straightforward and understandable. Printmaking incorporates very complicated technical processes and has many variables, just like the two printmakers Booka B and Lindsay Splichal.

 

In Splichal’s Intaglio prints, you can see her mark of the hand resulting in the individuality of each print. She is moving to conceptualism where the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work. Splichal has used the same incised copper plate for all of the prints displayed, but the images are unique and different – all one-of-a-kind monoprints.

Booka B (aka Adam Booker) uses the silkscreening stencil technique called serigraphy. He creates editions which are numbered multiples of the same image. In addition, his prints often contain multiple images. Booka B’s serigraphs are design oriented and express his international influences, and evident is the layering and overlapping of the ink, demonstrating the motion of the artist.

Both artists began as painters and are displaying selected paintings.

Crossing Boundaries - Monotypes. Plates. Installations. by Amy Sands

OPENING Artist Reception                                                                   

  • Friday, Dec 6, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Gallery One at TractorWorks
  • 800 Washington Ave N, Suite 111
  • Mpls, MN 55401
  • Free and open to the public

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Printmaker Amy Sands creates one of a kind, original monotypes and mixed media fine art prints. She integrates both traditional and contemporary printmaking processes such as monotype, serigraphy and laser engraving.  Patterns from the built and natural environment become source material in her work, often depicted with subtle and translucent details that are suggestions of elusive memory. The exhibition runs through February 22.

What is a Fine Art Print?

Printmaking is the process of creating artwork by means of a matrix and usually a printmaking press. The matrix could be a copper plate, a woodblock or a smooth surface such as plexiglass. Most often the artist will apply ink to the matrix and use paper as the medium by placing it on top of the matrix.  The print is created by placing the paper on top of the plate and pulling it through a printmaking press. Prints can either be one-of-a-kind or editioned originals.

Fine art prints are each pulled and created by hand, and include the processes of intaglio, relief, lithography, screen printing and monotype.  These prints are not reproductions of other processes– for instance a painting – but rather an image designed from inception as a print.

Editions of engraved prints date back 3000 years to the Sumerians and gained great respect in the 17th Century. Rembrandt created over 300 etchings. Printmaking exploded in the first half of the 20th century. Picasso was a master printmaker. The Pop Art movement, with its emphasis on multiple images, dramatically influenced and popularized printmaking.  Artists today have begun to expand the medium with the incorporation of contemporary techniques such as laser cut engravings in conjunction with traditional processes.  

A monotype, developed in the early 15th century, is essentially ONE of a kind: mono is a Latin word which means ONE and type means kind. There are no editions. Monotyping is a type of printmaking made by drawing or painting on a smooth, non-absorbent surface. The surface, or matrix, was historically a copper etching plate, but in contemporary work it can vary from zinc or glass to plexi. The image is then transferred onto a sheet of paper by pressing the two together, usually using a printing press.

Tranquility X [detail] by Amy Sands

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Fabulous demonstration, Brian!

Brian Hart demonstrated light drawing at his opening reception on Thursday, November 14. He enlisted the attendees, gave them all light sources and instruction — and voilà — art happened! Thank you, Brian, for inspiring us. Can you find your image?

 

HandWork, light drawings by Brian Matthew Hart

OPENING Artists Reception                                                                   

  • Thursday, Nov 14, 4:00 to 7:00 pm
  • Gallery One OST (Open Systems Technologies)
  • 800 Washington Ave N, Suite 514
  • Mpls, MN 55401
  • Free and open to the public

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Light drawing or painting has been around since the late 19th century and the first known art photographer to use this technique was Man Ray in 1935.

By moving the light source, emerging, Minneapolis-based artist Brian Matthew Hart uses the light to “draw” a picture by shining it directly into the camera lens. Light drawing requires a slow shutter speed, and in Brian’s case this translates to up to 15 minutes or more per exposure. His light drawing can take on the characteristics of a whimsical and imaginative pencil sketch. The image above, entitled Dark Water, is technically complex. It is presented as 80 individual 8” x 10” photographs placed together to form a mosaic. The final dimensions are 67.5” x 104.5”.

The highlight of the reception will be a light painting DEMONSTRATION by the artist at 7 pm. Brian has exhibited internationally and this is his first solo show in Minneapolis.

 

re•flec•tions, paintings by Francene Christianson and Raelee Edgar

OPENING Artists Reception — Join US

Friday, October 25, 2013, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Gallery One TractorWorks, Suite 111, 800 Washington Ave N, Mpls, MN 55401

Reflecting on memories from the past, the paintings of Francene Christianson and Raelee Edgar let people savor those moments in their lives. Whether it’s a passing view, an automobile, or a feeling, the paintings remind us of time spent with friends, family and loved ones. The exhibition runs until November 22.

Do you have loved ones, a favorite landscape or scene, or a cherished car you would like to preserve on canvas? Francene and Raelee would be pleased to capture your memories.

STATES OF SELF, new works by Trevor Knott and Kathryn Van Zante

OPENING Artists Reception — Join US

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Thursday, September 12, 2013, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Gallery One OST, Suite 514, 800 Washington Ave N, Mpls, MN 55401

Trevor Knott and Katie Van Zante are in the Master of Fine Arts Program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. This MFA program is based on the European model of advanced study, which is a mentor-based approach combining the independence of open studio work with the structure of regular feedback, critiques from visiting artists, and liberal arts seminars. This exhibition is part of the Art Leadership Program Emerging Artists Series.