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DEEP CUTS Featuring Matt Franzen and Jonny Kelson
Opening Reception: Friday, October 13th 2017, 7 to 11pm
Exhibit runs October 13th to November 11th
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Please join us for a special Friday the 13th art opening featuring Matt Franzen and Jonny Kelson!

Looking for something to get you in the fall mood? Look no further! Deep Cuts is a visual window into the depths of light and shadow, mood and mystery.

The beautifully rendered figures of Jonny Kelson emerge from the darkness to reveal the personal dramas of those cast in the spotlight while Matt Franzen combines painterly moments of tension from the world of noir cinema draped with the backgrounds of traditional romantic landscapes.

This exhibit is a must see for lovers of portraiture, the mysterious and the dramatic!

We hope to see you on Friday the 13th!

Matt Franzen Artist Statement:
In my recent paintings I’ve employed imagery sourced from photos. This is a fresh direction for me. Many of these images come from post WWII black and white film and also mid to late 19th century Romantic landscape painting.

While falling in love with my new process I started exploring the relationships between these two divergent art forms and their potential symbolism and visual irony. I’ve chosen material from the Hudson River School because many of these idealistic works were used to further the optimism of American Expansionism and Manifest Destiny. I’ve combined many of these with Film Noir imagery. I’m inspired, not only by the irregular lighting patterns and stark visual mood, but also the post war disillusionment, hopelessness, pessimism, fatalism, menace and corruption that's come to define so many of these films.

All this has fueled my methodology with hopes of providing a reflection of our current American landscape.

Jonny Kelson Artist Statement:
Jonny Kelson is an oil painter working in Northeast Minneapolis.

"Depth, drama, nature and life is what I capture between the dark and the light."

 
 
OPEN DISTRICT
ROGUE BUDDHA GALLERY OPEN HOUSE
Friday - November 3rd, 5 - 10pm
Saturday - November 4th, 12 - 8pm
Sunday - November 5th, 12 - 5pm

Please join us as we open the gallery for the full weekend to help celebrate the premier Open Disctrict presented by The Northeast Arts District!

A number of studio buildings will be open over the weekend so that you can explore studios, acquire original art and meet the artists who make NE one of the top art districts in the nation!

More Infor Visit: www.NortheastMinneaoplisArtsDistrict.org

 
 
Bedlam and Bibelot
Ms. Streeter's Cabinet of Wicked Witches and Terrible Toys
Featuring Whittney A. Streeter
Opening Friday, November 17th, 2017
Exhibit Runs Through December 23rd
Artist Talk: Friday December 15th at 7pm
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Bedlam: a place where the mad reside
Bibelot: trinkets
I grew up in a very old, very full house. There were sepia-toned photos of scowling dead relatives on the walls, yellowing lace curtains over the windows, puzzle boxes, trinkets from foreign travels, armoires and antique steamer trunks; everything was old and worn from use. Antiques and heirlooms were usable and used everyday, but also frighteningly irreplaceable.

In my work, I try to capture this grandmother's attic feeling. It is familiar and inviting, yet unsettling. Reminiscent of old family photos in their recycled frames with faded watercolor, bright ink, and sepia-stained coffee coloring, my work draws on menacing old places, those photos of scowling dead relatives, sewing boxes, stories from childhood, the haunted feeling of being alone, and some mad-scientist quackery. I work to create images that are somehow familiar, yet intriguingly disturbing, creating that sense one would get exploring the forbidden places in the homes of elderly relatives.

Folktales lurk in those same dark, deep childhood memories. They haunt and enchant us as adults. They still scare us in the most familiar ways. This is a series exploring one of the darkest elements of global folktales: the hag. These little old women who live in the woods appear in stories from all over the world, from the child-eating Baba Yaga in Russia, to the old woman in the underworld who helps Marwe in stories from Kenya. These women are wise and wicked, helpful and dangerous. They are often a hero's last hope, but are never to be trifled with. These enchanting female characters remind me of the strongest parts of myself, bold and strange and worth embracing.

Included with the illustrations of hags are a number of interactive objects – toys that are as horrible as the stories we heard and retold in childhood. They are made to be dark and surprising, to feel as old and precariously usable and irreplaceable as the objects I grew up with. They are made to be reminiscent of those times as children when we enjoyed being a little scared.​

 
 
YARNADO 2017: Mutti Trunk Show
Saturday, December 2nd, 3 to 8pm
Sunday, December 3rd, 11 to 6pm (with a special Koffee Klatch)
 
 
John Langford (solo exhibition)
January 2018
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Bardot (Solo Exhibition)
February 2018
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