For the most recent additions to the magazine, this is the page to visit. Here, we publish all of our content in chronological order: both the essays that are part of a constellation and essays that are sparsile – that is, unattached to any constellation.
To plumb a space, we cast a line. Weighted with a heavy object of delicate proportions, the line divides. Pulled by gravity it points downward in perfect verticality and divines the meaning of ‘here’ and ‘there.’ In Locus, questions of place, abstracted into space and held in the physicality of objects, preoccupy Harriet Bart. [...]No Comments Read More
Jacolby Satterwhite’s “Triforce” at the Bindery Projects in St. Paul, MN.
In Jacolby Satterwhite’s dizzying digital multiverse, nothing is as it seems. Exuberant scenes of celebration give way to tortured netherworlds. The ground beneath an all-American picnic cracks, falls, and reveals characters caught in the frantic push-and-pull of competing demands. One crowned figure whose hands are [...]
A Humbling: Jaron Childs’ “How To Make A World” at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ Minnesota Artist Exhibition Program.
Ten paintings, modestly sized, punctuate the white walls of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Jaron Childs’ “How To Make A World.” Based on photographs, the paintings initially appear as exquisitely crafted exercises in photorealism. But [...]
A Reluctant Biennial: “,,,” at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis
The third Minnesota Biennial at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis is a reluctant biennial. The series organizers waited three rather than the customary two years to stage another survey of sorts devoted exclusively to art made in Minnesota. The curators, David Petersen and John Marks, [...]
A Provocative Proposal: “9 Artists” at the Walker Art Center
I can’t work this way. The letters emerge from a cluster of nails hammered into the white gallery wall. Natascha Sadr Haghighian’s memorable albeit reluctant contribution to a 2007 art fair proved immensely attractive: part of the Guggenheim’s collection, it now graces a wall of the [...]
The End Of The World As We Know It: Eleanor McGough and Claudia Poser, “Transitory Patterns” at Inez Greenberg Gallery, Bloomington Theatre and Art Center.
Paint splatters like plumes of smoke rising from rubble. Dark clouds billow and unfold in an unspeakable aftermath. Traces of pale red and muted green emerge, reminiscent of hardy lichen that [...]
Enamel, spray paint, steel. Acrylic, leather, marble dust. Glitter, screws, ribbons, frayed canvas, and poplar. Paintings on the wall, arching off the wall, sprawling across the floor, leaning, ever so precariously. Lisp (Turquoise), one of two chromogenic prints curled into slender pillars, stands freely, equal parts obstacle, intrusion, assertion, seduction. Watch me get away with [...]No Comments Read More
By Jan Binder
The taste of desire or the desire for taste? What is it that I desire when I crave a cocktail? Taste is shaped and constructed by so many influences, not the least of which is our consumer-driven economy and the creation of trends that keep us spending to acquire [...]
BY Thomas O. Haakenson
As we transition toward summer in the land of the big cherry, it’s time for us to reflect on what’s on our plates. Literally.
While some might celebrate the eruption of gastronomical grandeur in the Twin Cities, there are lots of reasons to find the new “food fussy” set quite [...]
By Lightsey Darst
I’ve fallen hard for mint. Call it sea foam, sea glass, pistachio cupcake, Bahia Honda shallows blue: you know the shade I mean. You know it because it’s had an exceptionally long lifespan for a fashion shade, which are often gone in a single season. My color first cropped [...]