Past Shows & Events

Harmony in Red_Paige Dansinger

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Opening Reception: Friday, August 16, 2013-7-10pm
Show Runs: August 16 - September 15

#DrawArt Live: Tuesday, August 27th, 6-8 pm

SooLOCAL (a division of Soo Visual Arts Center) at 3506 Nicollet Presents:

The muse becomes the master by returning the gaze in a series of new self portraits inspired by the painting, Reclining Odalisque, or Harmony in Red, by Henri Matisse (1927) at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The artist explores a personal journey within art history, exploring topics of feminism, gender, and cultural identity with oil paint on canvas. She inserts herself into the art historical canon by appropriating her own image into the work. The work is a journey to find personal narrative by painting herself into iconic images of femininity, as a means to celebrate an empowered female identity while simultaneously allowing for a raw vulnerability.

As companion works to her paintings in Harmony in Red, Paige will also display digital pieces she created with #DrawArt, an iPad program she co-developed as a museum engagement tool, that developed through her interest in using new media as a means to inspire greater audience participation in the arts. #DrawArt is an artist driven projection experience with multi-user mobile companion functions that extend the museum experience with enhanced content and live art video playback. Her oil paintings are rendered by using oil paint directly from the tube, worked into the canvas with her hands as the painting implements, connecting process and performance. This technique of creating work is translated into the #DrawArt program as a similar feeling of organic movement relieves itself in the video playback.

Check out this video of her creating the work in #DrawArt:

“I have been wandering through the Diaspora of art history searching for my identity and asserting myself along the journey.” -Paige Dansinger

During the exhibition as a one-night performance Paige will partner with Joan Vorderbruggen founder of Artists in Storefronts and re-create Matisse's Reclining Odalisque (Harmony in Red). The artist will recline in SooLOCAL’s storefront window and use #DrawArt live on her iPad. The performance engages the live and on-line audience by incorporating the traditional concept of live model drawing with the immediacy of technology and its wide reaching capacity to transmit a shared experience. Self-portraits and other works will upload to a Digital Sketchbook to bookmark as an app on mobile devices. The artist invites the viewer to download any mobile drawing app, such as SketchbookPro or Brushes Free, to draw her digitally and share it on Twitter, Instagram or Vine with the hash-tag: #HarmonyInRed.

Paige Dansinger, a Minneapolis based artist, received a Masters of Arts in art history at St. Thomas University and a Bachelors in Fine Arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her past years working and volunteering at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts offered Paige an extensive range of museum experiences. Along with painting full-time, Paige now devotes herself to developing new digital media and using mobile technology to inspire, ignite and teach others art history. Her future digital experiences focus on social change, cultural issues and feminine identity. She has enjoyed several digital artist residencies including The Worcester Art Museum, The de Cordova Sculpture Park, Museums and the Web and Museum Computer Network. In 2013, Paige was invited to contribute 200 postcards in the Gutai Card Box, exhibited in Gutai: Splendid Playground at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. This will be Dansinger’s first solo exhibition.

HOURS OF OPERATION: Saturday & Sunday Noon-5pm

Download the #DrawArt Digital Sketchbook & Bookmark-it as an app on your mobile home-screen by clicking on this link or scan the code!

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Digital Image of #DrawArt app rendering of Reclining Odalisque, or Harmony in Red, by Henri Matisse (1927) Reclining Odalisque, or Harmony in Red (After Matisse), oil on canvas Reclining Odalisque, or Harmony in Red (After Matisse), oil on canvas Seated Odalisque (After Matisse), oil on canvas Harmony in Blue (After Matisse), oil on canvas