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  1. C4W:2021 Artist Talk

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    C4W:2021 Artist Talk Features: Alondra Marisol Garza, Benja Wuest, Katie Robinson, Tchana Pierre & curator Cándida González.

    Our guest curator, Cándida González, and Gamut Gallery’s director, Cassie Garner, sit down for a conversation with C4W artists; Alondra M. Garza, Benja Wuest, Katie Robinson & Tchana Pierre to share about their processes, ideations and perspectives on current events. For Cándida, these selected works embody a form of elemental energy that invites us to drop down from the chaos into the essential foundation of existence as life twists & changes around us. These artworks all create roots in the state of being that we return to in order to help us make sense of the confusion.

    About C4W:2021 – Elemental
    Our annual Call-4-Work exhibition is not a show that influences what art should be. Instead, the chosen guest curator brings their unique perspective and interpretation of the submitted works ranging the full “Gamut” of visual media. Through our guest curator’s lens and perspective, this body of work presented the theme Elemental. The gallery will play host to works that contain the roots of all existing matter – earth, air, water and fire – the essential principles of existence to life, death and human connection.

    Wednesday, September 22nd ,7pm
    pre-sales ended at 3pm on 9.22.21
    $7door day of event,  FREE for members
    Pre-sales have closed
    • Entry will be available at the door
    • Masks required indoors

    Alondra Marisol Garza is a Tejana/Chicana artist. She was born on the Mexican side at the Rio Grande Valley borderlands of Mexico and South Texas. She later became a U.S. citizen, obtaining dual citizenship as a Mexican American, and moved to the U.S. She obtained a BFA at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and recently graduated from the MFA program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her work has been exhibited internationally across the U.S., Mexico, and Italy.

    Benja Wuest is a Minneapolis based artist working professionally in the field of sculpture and installation. He was trained as a painter and was introduced to three dimensional art forms by studying origami while living in a monastery in Japan. Returning to Minnesota Benja continued his studies at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a concentration in print, paper and book making so that he could continue to work with paper and utilize traditional printmaking techniques on his sculptures. While utilizing two dimensional printing techniques for three dimensional artwork, Benja naturally became interested in three dimensional printing. Building his own printer’s and being on the forefront of technology, the subject matter of his work developed around science, technology and the digital.

    Katie Robinson (all pronouns) is a student of love, trauma, and transformation. Their academic, poetic, artistic, and community work is curious about and present with individual and collective harm, such that our wounds may be understood outside of a modernist-colonial paradigm. As an abolitionist, they are a servant to transformation that occurs at the levels of the psyche, the nervous system, and the intimate relationship. Katie’s academic work, as a PhD student studying Depth Psychology, with a specialization in Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, Eco-Psychology and Indigenous Psychologies, has afforded them rigorous exposure to the harms of Western conceptions of mental health, as well as, in turn, a decolonial view of the psyche. They explore these concepts and many more as a co-host of the cute, critical and metaphysical podcast We Are Power Crystals, with Leah Garza and Jaison Perez. Katie lives in Minneapolis with their partner, cat, and dog.

    Tchana Pierre Born Leslie Nembo, Cameroon, 1999. The artist uses the alias Tchana Pierre, after the Cameroonian musical legend to alienate Leslie the artist from Leslie the chemist. Tchana Pierre uses art as a medium for storytelling. The artist’s works are inspired by his Christian upbringing in Cameroon, relocation to Nigeria to flee political violence in Cameroon in 2016 and subsequent relocation to the United States in 2017.

  2. Cyber Cerebrum

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    FEATURED ARTISTS: Benja Wuest and Jacob Eidem

    As we are impelled into the digital era, an endless array of virtual information continues to change and displace how we experience, respond and imagine art. What we are and what we are not (i.e the self) is perpetually altered. Incorporating digital consciousness into an analog process, the works in Cyber Cerebrum set out to bring contemporary “cyber culture” to a place of visual cognition. Using intricate sculptures and paintings, Benja and Jacob’s work mirrors the infrastructure systems and databases of the internet, creating work which reshapes the self and the psyche.

    A continuation of his previous series, the Daughters of Divinity, which explored the symbol of the self within a cosmic environment, Jacob’s new body of work explores how the internet manifests a universal consciousness within a physical form. This exhibit ushers in a series of firsts for Jacob – his first time using palette knives, spray paint and stencils, wood as canvas and incorporating self-shot photography. His layered canvas panels create large-scale symmetrical, “michromatic” paintings which explore the “micro” (shrinking down technology to an accessible form) and “chromatic” (color). Using primary hues as the base for his color palette, he finds the infinite within the finite.

    Relying on computer processing for execution, Benja continues to explore 3D printing, using a self-built 3D printer to produce scans on wood paneling. Through the use of hydro dripping and layering different mediums – auto body paint, pva, enamel and poa plastic – to 3D printed structures, he creates a textured aliveness. Incorporating the female form into his 3D sculptures, Benja’s work speaks to the integration of humans and technology.

    Together, Benja and Jacob’s multi-directional works create a cohesive collection that represents the visual truth of the virtual world. Cyber Cerebrum unites virtual erudition with the optic modes of “seeing” digital, creating a mindfulness and sensory awareness surrounding it.

    Saturday, July 15th 7-11pm // $5
    Featuring music by Stahlmann and Sands & Franco Baj

    Thursday, July 20th 8-11pm // $5
    All visual disciplines welcome; painting, drawing, sewing, design, projection, photography, sculpture, collage and more.

    Friday, August 4th 7-11pm $5
    With a live performance  byRanelle LaBiche
    & DJ sets from The Headspace Collective

    *Free* Thursdays – Saturdays 1-7pm // Or by appointment

    About the Artists
    Benjamin Wuest is an interdisciplinary multimedia artist working primarily in 3D printing, sculpting and modeling. He was traditionally trained in painting and having taken an interest in Zen, he travelled to Japan to live in monasteries and to seek out a teacher of sumi-e ink painting. Though he never found this teacher, Benja found one of a different discipline, that being origami. Returning to the U.S., he attended MCAD with a concentration in print, paper, and book making. He chose this concentration primarily to tie Eastern and Western artistic practices together by utilizing traditional printing methods on paper and then folding sculptures to create three dimensional artworks. He was not interested solely in tying Western and Eastern methods of working, but also in tying concepts of Eastern spirituality and Western scientific canons. With an interest in science and technology all the while printing in 2D to create 3D sculptures, 3D printing was a natural step. His current work takes an interest in tying humanity to technology through 3D scanning models in combination of appropriating design elements and geometry inspired from the digital environment.

    Minneapolis artist, Jacob Charles Eidem is most recognized by his neon-pastel color palette and his celestial representation of the female form. After studying at MCAD, he turned his attention to the Minneapolis music scene as a live performance painter and adopted the role of administrator for the MISC artist collective. Later, he partnered with Benjamin Wuest, sharing a studio while focusing on exhibitions, design commissions and mural work. In the past year, Jacob has devoted himself to his new series, Michromatic. This series evolved from the previous, Daughters of Divinity, a body of work featuring cosmic environments and celestial concepts. Jacob developed the Michromatic aesthetic by experimenting with analog methods to depict a digital environment. He uses geometric mark making to fractalize the female form and bind it to the environment. Michromatic’s concept depicts universal consciousness manifesting itself through cyberspace. It is a representation of the human condition in a digital society.