For the last year, fine artist, Ash Marlene Hane has found a muse in aerial performer, Zyra. The collaboration of sorts has expanded – quite literally, since May 2013, when Hane received a grant from the Metroplitian Regional Art’s Next Step Fund. Using the grant for equipment, she has been able to work in a larger scale than ever before. Pushed will be the first chance to witness the resulting body of work. View Hane’s screenprint installation from within the warm, intimate environment of it’s conception. Then Zyra performs two short acts on aerial tissu and lyra hoop, in a moment that takes us inside the genesis of the process. A special edition Pushed photograph and light refreshments are included with ten dollar admission. The event takes place at “The Stomping Ground” studio:101 N. 3rd St. #3.

More than a documentation of Zyra’s aerial dance, Hane uses Zyra as a life model. She begins by photographing the performance. She then produces figurative images, meticulously hand stippling from large scale photographs. The final step is Hane’s methodic screenprinting process, in which every blend of ink, choice of paper and placement in the composition are exercises in intention and fine craftsmanship. The Pushed event is a rare chance to see these fine prints displayed in an art installation, while viewing the original performance. Works from this series, printed on Hane’s new line of handmade clothing: Three Letter Acronym, will be available at the event.

Ash Marlene Hane’s recent print media work combines photographic and hand drawn elements, focusing on interpretive figure drawing as a way to question ideas of control, vulnerability and expectation. She holds a 2008 art history and studio art degree, with a printmaking focus, from the University of Minnesota. She has exhibited nationally and solo at Gamut Gallery in 2013. She has been published by Southern Graphics Council International, The Mid America Print Council and on Printeresting.com. She was recently awarded the Metropolitan Regional Art Council’s Next Step Fund grant. In Nov. 2013, Hane releases her handmade, handprinted clothing line: Three Letter Acronym, at QX Collective and exhibits solo at the Familia Skate Shop.

Zyra is an aerial dance performer, choreographer and acrobatic teacher, operating out of her studio “The Stomping Ground” in downtown Minneapolis. She instructs students of all ages and skill evels on aerial tissu, lyra, pole, partner balance, tumbling and in aerial open gyms. She began her own training at Xelias Aerial Arts Studio and continued on to study under various aerialists from around the world. She has performed and taught at aerial workshops nationally and Pushed is made possible by artist dedication, a generous grant from the Metropolitan Regional Art Council’s Next Step Fund and sponsorship by The Stomping Ground and Gamut Gallery.