Equinox Series: Curated By Crystal Quinn and Oakley Tapola

Posted on August 16, 2014

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SooLocal (3506 Nicollet Avenue) Presents:

Equinox Series, the first curatorial collaboration between Crystal Quinn and Oakley Tapola, is a collection of short run exhibitions selected through an open call for proposals representing a variety of backgrounds and experiences. The series features work by Drew Peterson, Mark Schoening, Brian David Downs, James Penfield and Lindsay Rhyner.

The following is the exhibition lineup:

Congruent Influence
Work by Drew Peterson and Mark Schoening
Runs: Opening August 16th and Closing August 23rd-events both dates 6-9PM

Congruent Influence is an exhibition of new works by Drew Peterson and Mark Schoening that explores the reciprocal nature of relationships between artists. Originating from the mutual friendship and respect each artist shares for the others work we have developed a conceptual exhibition structure that strives to push the limits of each others practice.

In preparation for the show, each artist began by creating an original piece that was then presented to the other artist as a departure point for the next piece. This act of exchange carried itself through several iterations, weaving its way through the mutating lineage of the exhibitions contents. By using the exhibition opportunity as a platform for experimentation and evaluation the artists are more interested in presenting works unresolved rather then composed, edited, and cohesive.

Mark Schoening-Born in 1980 in Minneapolis, MN. Focusing mainly on the practice of painting with slight diversions into the creation of three-dimensional objects. Mark’s work has been included in exhibitions in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas and Copenhagen, including the Decordova Museum’s 2008 Annual. His work has been featured in numerous art fairs, including Pulse NY, Pulse Miami, Berlin Liste, Art Copenhagen, and the Dallas Art Fair. He has been a featured artist in New American Paintings, and his work has appeared in Beautiful Decay, Flaunt Magazine, and the Huffington Post. Schoening’s work is in the collections of the Decordova Museum and Third Point Management among others. Mark received his BFA in painting from Massachusetts College of Art in 2006 and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Minnesota.

Drew Peterson-Born in 1983 in Minneapolis, MN. Focus predominantly in printmaking, painting, and drawing. Drew is the lead Visual Arts Literacy Training instructor at Juxtaposition Arts in North Minneapolis. His work has been included in group exhibitions in New York, Estonia, Nashville, and Chicago. He has solo exhibitions in Los Angeles and Minneapolis. Drew earned a BFA from the University of Minnesota in 2009, studied at the Yale Norfolk Summer school for Music and Art in 2008, and received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013.

Make the Machine Feel Human
Work by Brian David Downs, James Penfield and Seawhores
Runs: Opening August 30th and Closing September 6th-events both dates 6-9PM

The artists will be creating a multimedia installation based off recent work and travel with an emphasis on the performance. The closing reception will include performance assistance from the band Wage Theft.

Brian David Down’s intricate ink and graphite drawings combine disparate images into a narrative landscape of unsettling mutations and transgressions. His work teeters on the subconscious, blurring, multiplying and dispersing into a white void. Brian Downs earned his BFA cum laude from St. Cloud State University in 2009. He has had extensive exhibitions across Minnesota with multiple showings in Minneapolis and St. Cloud. Last year Downs was a artist in residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.

James Penfield creates painting with a connection to landscape, relating to it symbolically, constructing it by breaking down the visual and visceral elements, defining them according to that specific region and reassembling, he interprets and creates a new impression. Born in St. Paul, MN and currently living in Minneapolis, Penfield attended Hamline University where he studied fine arts, namely intaglio printmaking and received a BA in Art History. Later he moved to New York to attend Parsons the New School to receive a degree in Graphic Design and interned for Vice Media.

Drug Rugs
Work by Lindsay Rhyner
Runs: Opening Sepetember 13th and Closing September 20th-events both dates 6-9PM

Lindsay Rhyner’s drug rugs are made from 100% recycled fabric. In her travels across the United States, she has dug into numerous piles of refuse, looking for something shiny, colorful and appealing. This garbage is reorganized and hand-sewn to create something new and beautiful, transformed from its dubious origins. Rhyner exhibited in Two Dark Horses at the Bockley Gallery in spring of this year.

Pop Up-Shop
Runs: September 27-28th, Open each day 11am-6pm

Featuring the work of: Jess Buns, Sarah Burns, Casey Deming, Marge Dorothy, Hannah Haugberg, Holly Geoff Hilgenberg, Nick Lundeen, Katrina Kubeczko, Nona Marie, Lindsay Noble, Maddy Nye, Jessie Oleson, Debi Quinn, Crystal Quinn, Lindsay Rhyner, Inna Royzenfeld, Matthew Sairio, Ginny Sims, Oakley Tapola, Gretchen Thayer, Lauren Traver, Lucy Voller, Katie Woodling, Wopozi and many more...

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