Monday Live Arts_August Edition

Posted on July 04, 2015

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Monday Live Arts is a series curated by performing artist and curator Laurie Van Wieren that features artists with innovative and exploratory approaches to contemporary performance. These performances are time-based visual/ performing arts events that include a human presence while questioning traditional views of the arts -- dance, music, performance art, vocals, text, installations, science experiments, and more. This month features the work of Leralee Whittle, Andrea Carlson, and Michelle Erdman.

Andrea Carlson received an MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2005, and maintains an active artistic practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her work has gained critical attention for its rigorous draftsmanship and cultural commentary. Carlson's first solo exhibition was presented by Soo Visual Art in 2006. She was awarded a 2007-2008 McKnight/MCAD artist fellowship and her work has received wide attention with reviews in The Star Tribune, Newsweek and Art Papers. Carlson has exhibited at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (2007), October Gallery, London (2007), The Power Plant, Toronto (2011) and Plug In Institute for Contemporary Art in Winnipeg (2015). From 2009-2011 Carlson created 20 large-scale painted drawings on paper as part of her VORE works. These pieces exhibited at the Plains Art Museum, Fargo (2010) and the Bockley Gallery in 2011. Part of this series exhibited in a solo show at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian at the George Gustav Heye Center, New York (2009–2010) and for the Venice Biennale at the University of Ca' Foscari, Venice (2009). As part of her Monday Live Arts contribution, Carlson will share a new direction for her work. While projecting digital, non-narrative films and releasing objects into the audience, Carlson will act as narrator, generating tangential context around disembodied objects. 

Leralee Whittle is an international choreographer working in the time-based media of video installation, dance and contemporary performance. A San Francisco native, she’s received support for her work in Europe, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Kansas City and the Southwest.

Whittle’s  work is influenced by phenomena, post-structuralist philosophers, the “relational” body, experimental media and aesthetic ritual. Leralee Whittle has been presented at Teatro della Limonaia di Sesto Fiorentino, Italy, Aria, in Barcelona, Spain, PWNW, Portland, The Montreal/ Twin Cities Dance Exchange, Minneapolis, La Esquina, Kansas City , in Denver, Colorado, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Besides multimedia productions, Whittle has performed numerous on-site dance performances, intimate performances in dance studios, in galleries with visual artists and with musicians at locations such as Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti, Starlight Theatre, Terlingua; SuperHappy Fun Land, Dallas; Club Congress & Plush, Tucson; Freight and Salvage, Berkeley. With performing artists: Lana Shtilman, Dustin Haug, Timmy Wagner, Sean Smuda and Paul Sprawl. She will be showing Don't Do It. It Does You.

Michelle Erdman attended Perpich Arts High School, where she was able to first explore the possibilities of performance and spoken word. Throughout the years since 2011, Michelle has written over 300 poems, performed her poetry and spoken word for the National Women's Conference, Mankato Poetry Club, Minnesota Spoken Word Association, and the U of M's Social Justice Leadership retreat. Although she does not have any published books, you can find her poetry online at Currently, Michelle is a senior at the University of Minnesota, studying Gender, Women, and Sexuality and Public Health. This collection of works has been a long process of self discovery. Michelle will be performing  a series of poems of personal reflections on social justice, confusion, frustration and love.

Laurie Van Wieren is a curator, choreographer, performer and teacher. Van Wieren uses her choreographic practice to discover connections and disconnections between artists, aesthetic approaches and our surrounding landscape. Her current projects include an improvisational solo new work to be performed fall, 2015 at Fresh Oysters - Performance Research-  a new shared space with Fire Drill and Skewed Visions. 

Image: Andrea Carlson

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