Tag Archive: BIPOC Artist

  1. Earth’s Alchemy Artist Talk

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    Saturday, February 19th
    Earth’s Alchemy Artist Talk featuring Rock Johsen – moderated by Cassie Garner, Director of Gamut Gallery & Ceramicist Carter Casmaer.


    We invite you to start your day out with Rock’s two favorite things; art & science. Join us for a conversation with exhibiting solo artist, Rock Johnsen, moderator Cassie Garner & Ceramicist Carter Casmaer. Listening to Rock Johnsen engage with patrons that came to his exhibiting opening left the room with an overall feeling of awe. Rock’s passion for science and art combined for the ultimate experience our all attendees. We guarantee you will not want to miss the opportunity to listen to Rock dive into his biggest project to date. This will be a limited capacity event and we recommend getting your presale to reserve your seat.

    Earth’s Alchemy has turned Gamut Gallery into a transcendent winter-scaped wonderland. Just like no two snowflakes are alike, each piece featured in this exhibit is one of a kind, inspiring us to remember science in everyday life and its inherent influence on societal progress and inclusivity. Rock’s work represents the certainty of constant evolution at an atomic level, the diversity that stems from these atomic interactions, and their eventual influence on our collective appreciation and interest in expressing ourselves through art.

    Learn more about Earth’s Alchemy: www.gamutgallerympls.com

    ARTIST TALK
    Saturday, February 19th, 2022 • 10am
    Moderated by Cassie Garner, Director of Gamut Gallery & Ceramicist Carter Casmaer, followed by open Q & A

    • 30 person limited capacity event
    FREE pre-sales available and recommended
    • All tickets are will-call at the door
    • Masks required indoors
    • This event is FREE in thanks to the Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board

    MN State Board Art Grant.
    Rock Johnsen is a fiscal year 2021 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


    Rock Johnsen is a scientist and potter living in Minneapolis, MN who grew up in Kansas and Missouri. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Pittsburgh University in studio arts with a focus on ceramics and chemistry. Rock’s work explores concepts of duality that he has been perpetually confronted with growing up as a queer person of mixed race in the United States. He uses human anatomy and creatures to examine our comfort level with functional items and also explores the links between chemistry and geology in ceramic glaze.

His unique crystal growing process is really the recreation of an environment. Rock uses a kiln to simulate the earth’s mantle. Over several hours, between 1800-2200 degrees Fahrenheit, the mixture of basic elements transition to a liquid state. While the vessel’s surface is still fluid, zinc and silica atoms attract one another due to their natural polarities, migrating through the liquid to form larger molecules. With each new piece, Rock mimics environmental conditions by making slight adjustments to the temperature and holding times of the ceramic media; the chemical properties of each element emerge from the crystal solution as the final size, shape, and reflection of each piece becomes an individual representation of material science.

Carter Casmaer is a Doctor by day and ceramicist by night. He first learned ceramics in his hometown of St. Louis and has ten years of experience working with clay. He aims to make beautiful, functional, affordable pieces that are a pleasure to interact with one’s daily life.

Cassie Garner is a graphic designer, art curator, and gallerist living and working in Minneapolis. A founder of Gamut Gallery, Cass began as a graphic designer and has grown with the gallery over time. Three years into business when the gallery was forced to relocate, she joined the ownership team and became the gallery manager where she applied her many years of retail and customer service experience. In the spring of 2018, Cass transitioned into the role of Gallery Director and now leads operations and project management for exhibitions and events. Her other passions include collecting art, dancing, making connections, and spending time in her Southside home.

  • Earth’s Alchemy – Featuring Rock Johnsen

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    Exhibition Extended through Saturday, March 5th, 2022!

    February 4th – March 5th, 2022 // Rock Johnsen solo exhibition exploring the periodic table through his custom ceramic glazes.


    With the new year in full swing, the transformative power of winter in the Twin Cities sets the stage for Gamut Gallery’s first show of 2022: Earth’s Alchemy.  We are thrilled to host Minnesota State Arts Board recipient, Rock Johnsen, who shares his passion for chemistry and geology in his first solo gallery exhibition.

    Through his experimental glazing methods, the distinctive and delicate crystal structure highlighted in Rock’s body of work evokes the familiarity of ice cracking under the weight of heavy-soled snow boots this February.  From everyday objects like plates, mugs and bowls to his larger-than-life periodic table installation, Rock explores the intersection of art and science by way of the earth’s rare elements and his pottery wheel.  In doing so, he shows us that elements can interact with one another within the confines of solid and functional objects.

    Just like no two snowflakes are alike, each piece featured in this exhibit is one of a kind, inspiring us to remember science in everyday life and its inherent influence on societal progress and inclusivity.  Rock’s work represents the certainty of constant evolution at an atomic level, the diversity that stems from these atomic interactions, and their eventual influence on our collective appreciation and interest in expressing ourselves through art.

    MN State Board Art Grant.
    Rock Johnsen is a fiscal year 2021 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. 

    MEMBERS ONLY PREVIEW NIGHT
    Thursday, February 3rd, 2022 // 6-9pm
    Meet & greet with Rock Johnsen
    • This event is for Gamut Gallery Members, become a Member today!

    PUBLIC OPENING & ARTIST BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
    Friday, February 4th, 2022 // 6-9pm
    • This event is FREE in thanks to the Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board
    • Limited 30 person capacity
    FREE pre-sales available & recommended
    • Masks required indoors

    ARTIST TALK
    Saturday, February 19th, 2022 // 10AM
    Moderated by Cassie Garner
    • This event is FREE in thanks to Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board
    • Masks required indoors
    • Coffee & treats provided


    Rock Johnsen is a scientist and potter living in Minneapolis, MN who grew up in Kansas and Missouri. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Pittsburgh University in studio arts with a focus on ceramics and chemistry. Rock’s work explores concepts of duality that he has been perpetually confronted with growing up as a queer person of mixed race in the United States. He uses human anatomy and creatures to examine our comfort level with functional items and also explores the links between chemistry and geology in ceramic glaze. 

    His unique crystal growing process is really the recreation of an environment. Rock uses a kiln to simulate the earth’s mantle. Over several hours, between 1800-2200 degrees Fahrenheit, the mixture of basic elements transition to a liquid state. While the vessel’s surface is still fluid, zinc and silica atoms attract one another due to their natural polarities, migrating through the liquid to form larger molecules. With each new piece, Rock mimics environmental conditions by making slight adjustments to the temperature and holding times of the ceramic media; the chemical properties of each element emerge from the crystal solution as the final size, shape, and reflection of each piece becomes an individual representation of material science.

  • The Coven

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    In 2020, Gamut & The Coven partnered up at the St. Paul location. We are very excited to announce that we will be extending this partnership in to 2021. We would like to introduce emerging artist, Lora Hlavsa, as our first showcased artist this year!


    Lora Hlavsa is a multi-disciplinary artist and illustrator living and working in Minneapolis, MN. An artist, illustrator, and designer by trade, her work is informed by intersectionality and inspired by femininity in its various forms. Lora was born in 1991 and that is visible through her pieces vibrant colors, mixed patterns, and maximalist compositions inspired by her own experience as a Millennial woman. Being raised by a Filipina mother and an American father in Minnesota and California, identity has been a core focus of Lora’s work and her pieces aim to convey a multidimensional world that reflects the many layers of the daily human experience.

    All works featured are for sale and created by Lora Hlavsa. Works purchased before June 4th 2021, will be available for pick-up, delivery or shipping on June 8th, 2021. Works sold after this date will remain on view in The Coven until September, 7th 2021 and will be available for pick-up, delivery or shipping on September, 10th 2021. Gamut will contact purchaser to discuss shipping & handling.

    Visit The Coven to learn more about the collective workspace!

    Shop Lora’s pieces featured at The Coven!



    ABOUT THE COVEN
    The Coven opened their doors to 150 Founding Members on March 8, 2018- International Women’s Day. These original 150 bound together in the belief that an intersectional space with humans from every industry, age and socioeconomic background could exist in the Twin Cities. Their early support has now grown to 400+ members from many industries. Their 5-for-1 Community Funded Membership model has allowed them to welcome nearly 140 people from underserved communities at no cost, ensuring socioeconomics is never a barrier for access.

    In addition to being a creative, comfortable, and safe workspace for women, non-binary and trans folks, The Coven has hosted more than 300 curated events with a focus on developing each member’s whole self through economic empowerment, education, connection, and wellness.

    “We call our business “The Coven” because it has power and energy. We believe when women, non-binary and trans folks gather together, they create magic.” -The Founders of The Coven