GRAND OPENING RECEPTION
AUGUST 19, 6-9 PM
1909 1st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN, 55403
Guest Curator: Alonzo Pantoja-Patino
Aug 19 - Oct 7th
Orientation is defined as the following: a usually general or lasting direction of thought, inclination, or interest; awareness of the existing situation with reference to time, place, and identity of persons. Brownness is defined as the quality or state of being brown. With these definitions in mind the work of the artists exhibiting takes on a variety of approaches to orienting brownness.
Orienting as a conceptual concern to explore the space between languages (formal, spoken, written, other), the space between bodies, the space between identities, the space from here to there. Orienting as a metaphor for the way in which we navigate, appear, disappear in spaces - both physically and imaginary. For the way that bodies migrate from place to place. These forming thoughts are just a few that are being considered throughout the work of the artists on either a conceptual or formal level. For some, it is through abstraction as a way to explore the fluidity, identity and one’s own sense of brownness. Others explore their brownness through image-making, performance-relations, and sculpture. And it is through these modes of making that the work embodies a unique point of view.
Ultimately, the work is a culmination of different ways to orient brownness. Things that we see and the things that we imply to see. Together the artists take on an array of approaches to making work, but at the center of making is the notion of orienting brownness. The work draws from the past, present and future. Towards a potential of interpretations that seek to engage with viewers.