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Untitled 12: SooVAC’s 12th Juried Exhibition

Opening Reception:

Saturday April 30, 2016 6-9PM

Show Runs:

April 30 – June 4, 2016

Participating Artists: Laura Andrews, George Belcher, Rachel Breen, Melissa Cooke, Donny Gettinger, Lindsy Halleckson, Samuel Hanson Willis, Josh Johnson, Ethan Jones, Gehry Kohler, Charles Matson Lume, Reid Oyen, Allison Roberts, Sara Suppan, Emily Swanberg, Joel Terry, Cody VanderKaay, Michon Weeks, Matthew Winkler and Dustin Yager.

Untitled 12 marks the twelfth year of SooVAC’s juried exhibition series. Untitled provides opportunities for artists working in any medium and at any stage of their career, resulting in a survey of varied perspectives and provocative work. Each year SooVAC invites guest jurors to select the work, this year it was Enrico Gomez and Theo Sims. Every juror provides a unique aesthetic and curatorial viewpoint, giving the public an opportunity to view fresh artistic voices with every new installment of Untitled.

This year’s exhibition will feature work of 20 artists from many disciplines, compelling materials and thought provoking concepts-ranging from objects projecting nebulous clouds of light to monoprints created from the ashes of fragmented monuments burned into wood.

About this Year’s Jurors:
Enrico Gomez is a painter, curator and art critic based in the New York City area. He received his B.F.A. in Art with a concentration in Drawing from Arizona State University and has exhibited at various venues including Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ, Odetta Gallery, Brooklyn NY, Pop Up Art Shop Baranquilla, CO, Van der Plas Gallery, New York, NY, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, The Mesa Contemporary Arts Center, Mesa, AZ, P.S.122 Gallery, New York, NY, Momenta Art, Brooklyn NY, and The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, NY. He has been featured in various publications including The New Criterion, Hyperallergic, Art F City, The L Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, and The New York Times. Founder and Director of The Dorado Project; an artist-run, contemporary art compendium based in downtown Jersey City, NJ, he was also a co-founder of both the former Parallel Art Space and Camel Art Space in Queens and Brooklyn respectively. The monthly art critic for WAGMAG Brooklyn Art Guide he is also a contributing writer for esse: art + opinions. In 2014 Brooklyn Magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture.

Theo Sims is a visual artist whose installations often focus on the juxtaposition of the familiar and everyday with some form of contextual subversion or perversion. His sharp sense of humor is often fused with the social, ephemeral and personal. Sims has presented his installations across Canada in Toronto, St. Johns, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Calgary and has presented in several solo and group exhibitions in the UK, Ireland and across Europe. His work has been reviewed or featured in Canadian Art, Abridged, C Magazine, Circa, The Irish Times, The Sunday Times, The Globe & Mail, Border Crossings, BlackFlash, The New York Times and Maclean’s Magazine. Sims has also worn the hat of programmer/curator and was formerly the Director of the Context Gallery in Derry, Programming Director of Ace Art Inc. in Winnipeg and Co-Managing Editor of BlackFlash Magazine in Saskatoon. His most recent curatorial experiment, The Lewyc Institute of Contemporary Art (LICA), is an experimental space specializing in context and site-specific works by Canadian and international artists.

Special thanks to our jurors, Enrico Gomez and Theo Sims, for all of their work and care with selecting the artists out of our largest applicant pool to date for the Untitled series of 253 submissions.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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