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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.

    C4W:2021 ELEMENTAL ARTIST TALK
    Wednesday, September 22nd ,7pm
    $5
    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. C4W:2019

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    Featuring Alex Petersen, Ashlyn Boehme, Christopher E. Harrison, Christopher Palbicki, Claire Hickman, Carissa Fern, Danielle Peters, Darren Terpstra, Dawid Mludzik, Derek  Meier, Emily Dzieweczynski, Emily Quandahl, Evan Weselmann, Hilary Greenstein, Jacob Docksey, Jacob Yeates, Jeffrey Hansen, Jeremy Jones, Karine Rupp-Stanko, Koldkral, Loretta Bebeau, Maggie Dimmick, Marcia Haffmans, Matthew Bindert, Meg Lionel Murphy, Mike Ewaldt, MollieRae Miller, Murad Sayf, Natalia Berglund, Ron Brown, Russ White, Scott Roper, Shhhhame, Stephanie Friest, Taylor Robers, and Yuta Uchida.

    Gamut Gallery’s annual Call 4 Work and upcoming exhibition never has a pre-fixed theme. The chosen guest curator brings their unique perspective and interpretation of the submitted works ranging the full “Gamut” of visual media. When Teqen Zéa-Aida accepted the challenge of curating this year’s C4W: 2019, he allowed his mind to lead quietly, without prejudice, while sorting through the 722 submissions from 177 artists.    

    Through the artists’ works, Zéa-Aida began to feel a very real sense of urgency emerge, an immediacy borne of the political, cultural, and environmental turmoil of our times. As a result, he has selected works from 36 artists, creating a collection of more than 40 artistic statements about place and space, sensory reactions to drastically changing—and degrading—surroundings. This year’s show will feature works that are centered around community, emotions, and people; a push back against loss of self. 

    SHOP THE COLLECTION TODAY!

    EXHIBIT OPENING​​
    Thursday, September 12th 7-10pm •$5, Free for Members
    Curated by Teqen Zéa-Aida
    Returning this year, there will be two “Best in Show” awards. One will be selected by the guest curator and the other by opening night attendees. Both winners will be awarded $100 cash and Platinum Memberships to Gamut Gallery ($300 value). You will not want to miss the opportunity to help one of these artists take best in show. Mark your calendars for opening night!

    ART POP! Block Party
    Saturday, September 21st • FREE // Noon – 6pm
    Celebrate the dynamic local businesses of the Elliot Park Arts Quarter with live music, live art, local vendors and community

    C4W:2019 Art Talk
    Saturday, September 28th • $5 pre-sale, $7 door, Free for Members // 11am – 1pm
    Teqen Zéa-Aida and Director Cassie Garner sit down for a conversation with C4W artists

    CoLab Art Night
    Thursday, October 10th • $7 pre-sale, $10 door , $5 for Members // 7pm – 10pm
    Work together, collaborate, or work solo.
    Let the creative energy between the exhibit & other CoLab attendees inspire you. 


    ABOUT THE CURATOR
    For 25 years Teqen Zéa-Aida has been a business, cultural, and artistic force in Minneapolis. Zéa-Aida was cofounder of the iconic Vision Management Group, Inc. modeling agency, and the founder of the equally iconic—now nomadic—City Wide Artists inner city art gallery. Zéa-Aida described himself as someone with deep ties to the city’s art, fashion, and philanthropy communities, with a long-time resident’s knowledge of its inner-city neighborhoods. Today, Teqen works at the prominent Faricy Law Firm, P. A. and is deeply involved in local politics.

    “One has to allow the brightest talent of the moment to reach inside themselves and pull forth work that represents the energy, anxiety, and creativity of today. And of course, one has to hope that dreamed-of artists actually come through. But isn’t this the nature of art itself? Time and time again, during moments of collective confusion work can, should, and will emerge from toxicity and emptiness. I hope I’ve put together a taste of that confusion, and encapsulated the resulting battle to retain our individual and collective sense of self.” – Zéa-Aida

  3. Members Gala

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    Celebrate Gamut Gallery’s thriving community at our inaugural Members Gala! Set amidst the eclectic background of our annual C4W show curated this year by Joel Coleman, the evening will feature various musical performances by The Nunnery, Maksha, and our “House Band” for the night: local producer heavyweights Bionik, Chuck Love, and James Patrick. Stone sculptor Benjamin Sagmoe will be live carving in the back courtyard, which will be transformed along with the inside of the gallery for the special occasion. This formal black-tie event – where we will literally roll out the red carpet – is members-only but all are welcome to become members of the gallery, either in store or online on our Membership page.

    Over the past 5 years, Gamut Gallery has collaborated with artists, curators and performers to deliver thought-provoking art programming to the Twin Cities and engage our audience on a visual, visceral, and emotional level. We have made a name for ourselves locally as the edgy accessible gallery, showing a wide array of media, content and styles from artists emerging to established, with an inclusive approach and intention to create space for conversations inspired by the artwork. This summer we launched a membership program to build on those conversations and strengthen our community of patrons and collectors. Beyond supporting the local art scene, members receive free admission to all exhibition openings and closings as well as invitations and discounted tickets to preview parties, such as early access to our annual Raging Art On holiday market. The Platinum membership level receives additional benefits, most notably a 10% discount on artwork sales.

    The commitment and generosity of our members helps continue the innovative, community-driven art programming that Gamut strives to provide. Support art. Support Gamut Gallery.

    MEMBERS GALA

    Saturday, November 11th 7-11pm // FREE with Membership*

    Inaugural black-tie event featuring visual art, live music, and hors d’oeuvres to celebrate the arts and the community supporting Gamut Gallery.

    Featuring The Nuunery, Maksha, our “House Band” for the night: local producer heavyweights Bionik, Chuck Love, and James Patrick.

    *Memberships available from $50 – $250


  4. C4W:2017

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    FEATURED ARTISTS: Andy Baird, Natalia Berglund, Laurie Borggreve, Nelson Cain, Pat Callahan, Thomas Cassidy, Jennifer Chilstrom, Kat Corrigan, Lance Delao, Jacob Docksey, Addie Elling, Abigail Engle, Cory Favre, Jim “Marion” Foreman, Matthew Gaulke, Dianne Ginsberg, Joli Grostephan-Brancato, Jeffrey Hansen, Melissa Haroza, Angel Hawari, Trista Hendrickson, Genevieve Hess, Van Holmgren, Mathias Hughey, Jeremy Jones, James Kloiber, Nicholas Knutson, Femke Kuiling, Sam Larom, Caterina Marchionne, CL Martin, Renee Michele, Polly Norman, Angela North, Edie Overturf, Christopher Palbicki, Scott Roper, Benjamin Sagmoe, Kurt Schulz, Shye, Christopher Sorenson, Ellen Sweetman, Kao Lee Thao, Brooklynd Turner, Ross Wagner, Kari Weber, Russ White, Roger Williamson, James Zucco

    For Gamut Gallery’s annual “C4W: Call 4 Work” exhibition, we welcome Joel Coleman as guest curator. Coleman has been immersed in the local art scene with his tenure as the proprietor and curator of The Abstracted Art Gallery (2012-2014), and was familiar with the vast majority of local submissions. Currently, Coleman serves as a Made Here Arts Advisory Panel member, involved in the curation and installation of artwork in vacant downtown Minneapolis storefronts in partnership with the Hennepin Theater Trust.

    As in past years, the call for art is open to all visual media. The selected works for C4W: 2017 reflect that inclusive approach and include video, installation, sculpture, photography, fiber, drawing, and painting. While there is no predetermined theme in the submission guidelines, the guest curator brings their own unique perspective and interpretation to the submitted works. This personalized stamp brings forward an underlying style that visually and conceptually connects the works in the exhibition. Coleman’s curatorial aesthetic has developed a show of bold colorful creation, favoring strong linework and figurative representation.

    C4W: 2017 includes both artists familiar to Gamut as well as many newcomers, creating a diverse group of eclectic styles. A notable difference for this year’s exhibit is the quantity included; Coleman wanted to include as much artwork as possible, selecting a total of 66 works. Of the 49 featured artists, only 13 have previously shown at Gamut, leaving roughly 70% of the exhibiting artists new to the gallery. CL Martin, Christopher Palbicki, Benjamin Sagmoe, Natalia Berglund, Shye, Christopher Sorenson, and Russ White are among the familiar names. Exciting newcomers include Scott Roper, whose surreal acrylic paintings are so expertly done they appear computer generated at first glance; Jeremy Jones, creating large-scale sculptures that reference domestic life as a father; and Jennifer Chilstrom, co-owner of local boutique Showroom and fashion brand Kindred Folk.

    OPENING RECEPTION

    Saturday, November 4th 7-11pm, $5
    Featuring music from DJ Acemalyasian aka Ephraim Eusebio
    EXHIBIT FINALE
    Friday, November 17th 7-11pm
    $5 at the door or FREE with membership

    Featuring live music performances by jazz trio Amethyst 3, and solo guitar player Telulra Tyson

  5. C4W: 2016 Exhibit Finale Featuring ARIADNE

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    C4W: 2016 Exhibit Finale featuring ARIADNE – closing reception of Gamut Gallery’s annual “C4W: Call 4 Works” exhibition curated by Lindsay Nohl, featuring a cross-venue premiere of Sean Connaughty’s short film “Is This Your’s?”; and a live performance from touring A/V duo ARIADNE, with an opening set from Michael Masaru Flora.
     
    For the closing reception of C4W: 2016, the gallery welcomes a special performance from ARIADNE, on tour as part of their ongoing “Observance” multimedia performance series, which was premiered at the 2016 CURRENTS New Media Festival in Santa Fe, NM in June. An A/V experimental sacred music duo from Brooklyn, New York, ARIADNE is comprised of Christine Lanx and Benjamin Forest. Incorporating modern chant-like vocalises, Anglican choral textures, and percussive soundscapes in dense multi-sensory layers, the duo flawlessly bridge the two worlds of ritualism of ancient spirituality and the secular iconography of the post-modern. Through their intricate musical compositions, striking digital visuals, ARIADNE create a captivating live performance.
     
    Observance is an audio/visual performance that draws from themes of ecstatic visions, the eternal feminine and dream symbolism depicted in a digital landscape of infinite environments and harsh textures. The performance system developed by ARIADNE for Observance explores the improvisatory interplay of music and visuals mediated by machine learning, physics simulation and motion analysis techniques.
     
    The evening will also feature the premiere of “Is This Yours?,” a short video piece from local artist Sean Connaughty that will be simultaneously released that night at 15 different venues in Minneapolis. Connaughty has been been working on a large environmental art project that is cleaning up Lake Hiawatha. The larger story is that he’s discovered that massive amounts of trash go down the storm sewers all over the city and end up in our lakes and the river. With installations at the Weisman and Form + Content gallery recently in conjunction with this project and several local and national press write-ups, this artful video is the perfect storytelling companion piece.
     
    Finally, this event will be the last chance to view “C4W: 2016” at Gamut Gallery. The exhibition features work from twenty-four artists out of a diverse pool of submissions. Hailing from a background of illustration and design, choosing work that communicated well was a top priority for guest curator Lindsay Nohl. The artists selected for the show represent confident creators whose artistic voices were strong, vibrant and intentional in the way they handled their media and craftsmanship. The exhibit highlights the concepts of readability and response, examining the mindset that you cannot separate the choices an artist makes in their approach to a piece from the final product. It’s all part of the work.
     
    ARIADNE is an A/V experimental sacred music duo from Brooklyn, New York comprised of Christine Lanx and Benjamin Forest. With a focus on interspersing the ritualism of ancient spirituality and the secular iconography of the post-modern, ARIADNE flawlessly bridge the two worlds through their intricate musical compositions, striking digital visuals, and captivating live performances. Past/future performances: MIT List Visual Arts Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Made in NY Media Center by IFP, Elastic Arts (Chicago), Harvestworks (NY), University of Idaho, University of Denver, Reverse Gallery (NY), Trans-Pecos (NY), Bunker Projects (PA), DFBRL8R Performance Art Gallery (Chicago), and Gallery 788 (Baltimore).
     
    MICHAEL MASARU FLORA is a Minneapolis based sound artist. His interest is in the exploration of sound via research and artistic practice. Through performance, installation, and recording he creates pieces that examine sonic morphology, spatialization, and human perception.
     
    SEAN CONNAUGHTY is a multi-media artist who lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He currently is a professor of art at The University of Minnesota, where he has taught painting and drawing since 2000. Recently Mr. Connaughty has shown his work in Germany, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New York City and Minneapolis. Recently he served as a jury member for the Omani Fine Art Society, in Muscat, Oman by invitation of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said. He has also served as a juror for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs “Assafeer Art Competition” an exhibition of Saudi Artists in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Sean Connaughty received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and his Masters of Fine Arts Degree from The Savannah College of Art and Design.
     
    LINDSAY NOHL is the founder of Light Grey Art Lab, a Minneapolis gallery and collaborative arts space that brings together creatives from around the world to exhibit work, share process, collaborate and learn. Light Grey Art Lab has been featured on the websites of CNN, Kotaku, DesignWorkLife, Forbes and Nintendo Magazine. She has been a speaker on collaboration at GOOD Magazine; a panelist on Creative Business at ICON 9 and the Illustration Conference; a judge at for Adobe’s Creative Jam; and a lecturer at the Science Museum of Minnesota for her work at Light Grey Art Lab.

  6. C4W : 2016 Open Call for Work Exhibit

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    FEATURED ARTISTS: Christopher Palbicki, David R. Woolley, Don White, Donny Gettinger, Erik Andersen, Erik Farseth, Gena LaMothe, Hilary Greenstein, Jacob Eidem, James Zucco, Jane Wunrow, Jesse Aylsworth, K. Daphnae Koop, Karlijn Holzenthal, Kelly Kinnunen, Kevin Weeden, Kyle And, Lou Lou, Luke T. Benson, Margarita Sikorskaia, Natalia Berglund, Neal Breton, Pat Callahan, Seth Young

    For Gamut Gallery’s fourth annual “C4W: Call 4 Works” juried art exhibition, LGAL gallery founder and artist Lindsay Nohl has selected artwork from twenty-four artists out of a diverse pool of submissions. Hailing from a background of illustration and design, choosing work that communicated well was a top priority. The artists selected for the show represent confident creators whose artistic voices were strong, vibrant and intentional in the way they handled their media and craftsmanship.

    Though no theme is required in the original submission guidelines, each C4W curator has brought to the table their own unique perspective of and interpretation to the submitted works. This personalized stamp establishes an underlying theme or recurring motif that is a connective thread weaving together the exhibition. Throughout the selection process, Nohl was drawn to the elements of intention and communication, which can be seen in the clear and clever representation of emotions, stories and moments in the final chosen body of work. In each piece, the viewer can sense the personal behind the presented.

    “There’s always something very revealing about a personal body of work — it’s a self portrait without being a self portrait,” Nohl said about her selection. “Each work speaks volumes of the creator’s intentions, and their thoughtfulness in the execution of their themes. This body of work is a mix of very representational works amongst stylized illustrative work, and abstract pieces with collage and photography. I believe the works chosen are both strong pieces alone and within the context of the group exhibition.”

    Join us for an exhibit that highlights the concepts of readability and response, examining the mindset that you cannot separate the choices an artist makes in their approach to a piece from the final product. It’s all part of the work.

    OPENING RECEPTION
    Friday, November 4th 2017 7-11pm
    $5 admission with a live synth set from Modwell

    COLAB ART NIGHT
    Thursday, November 17th 2017 7–11pm
    Admission $5
    All visual disciplines welcome: painting, drawing, sewing, projections, photography, design, sculpture, and more.

    EXHIBIT FINALE
    Friday, November 18th 7-11pm
    $10 admission with touring group ARIADNE from NY

    Lindsay Nohl is the founder of Light Grey Art Lab, a Minneapolis gallery and collaborative arts space that brings together creatives from around the world to exhibit work, share process, collaborate and learn. Light Grey Art Lab has been featured on the websites of CNN, Kotaku, DesignWorkLife, Forbes and Nintendo Magazine. She has been a speaker on collaboration at GOOD Magazine; a panelist on Creative Business at ICON 9 and the Illustration Conference; a judge at for Adobe’s Creative Jam; and a lecturer at the Science Museum of Minnesota for her work at Light Grey Art Lab.

    Nohl is also the owner and lead designer of Paper Bicycle LLC, a product and surface design company in Minneapolis. Retailers such as Target, Barnes & Noble, Starbucks, Tazo Tea, Radisson, and Sephora, among others, have produced her work in the home, stationery, apparel, and gift markets.

    Nohl has published a number of projects including the Girls: Fact + Fiction, an eighty-page celebration of flesh-and-bone as well as fictional heroines, and In Place: Wish You Were Here, which focuses on the beauty of Earth’s most intriguing spaces. She also contributed to Rolemodels: The Battle for Vyk’ Tornaahl, an artist-deck and RPG fantasy card game; the Great Personality visual novel series; Dream Arcade, a 27-level platformer video game; and most recently, COSMOS Tarot & Oracle Deck, retelling the stories of the night sky through the metaphors in the sky.

    Nohl is in her thirteenth year of teaching at MCAD in the Illustration Department. She has also taught at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the former College of Visual Arts. She has been a board member of the Twin Cities Licensing Group and a member of the Craft and Hobby Association and AIGA.

    MODWELL
    Zach Bleier aka Modwell is a 5+ year electronic music producer and performer. He passionately uses his love and knowledge of sound to communicate emotions and energy, and moves people on the dance floor. Deeply dedicated to his craft, he delivers a powerful genre-bending live performance where he creates all original music on the fly using synthesizers and other analog hardware. He studied sound locally at the Institute for Production and Recording, and is MOOG Pro Certified . Listen to his music on Soundcloud.

     

  7. C4W:2014

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    Minneapolis – Friday, October 24, 2014, 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. – opening reception for Gamut Gallery’s third annual “C4W: Call 4 Works” juried art exhibition. The show features work from twenty-three regional and international artists; it runs through November 22. Kristoffer Knutson curates the exhibit, focusing a contemporary curator’s eye to the diverse array of submissions.

    Knutson has built experience promoting and engaging artistic communities in Minneapolis while running the design store “ROBOTlove” from 2005-2012 as well as through his partnership in the local arts calendar mplsart.com. This will be his first experience as the sole juror of an open call for works. He describes the process as challenging given the breadth of media, content, and artistry of the submissions – but this variety is exactly what Gamut was hoping for as a reflection of their mission. He invites those familiar with his place in the Twin Cities art community to view the show as something “they might not expect to see” from him. Knutson selected finalists whose submitted work shared a common thread – identity and the projection of self – along with a number of pieces that offer moments of inner reflection. Through the curation of this exhibit he explores a two-fold reality where our projected identity and experience perhaps differ from an outsider’s perspective.

    This is the first collaboration between Knutson and Gamut Gallery — a gallery he describes as “young, open and relevant, the kind of place where accessible art can be fostered.” Gallery director Jade Patrick has a parallel affinity for Knutson’s contribution towards expanding a market for and knowledge of Minneapolis’ street and poster art scenes.

    Featured Artists: Maryam Hosseinnia, Vadim Gershman, Justine Di Fiore, Diane Katsiaficas, Caleb Timmerman, Claire Victoria, Kelsey Henderson, Kaija Wahlquist, Kyle And, Joseph Loeffler, Russ White, Timothy P. Ojile, Evan Ishmael, Mieko Yamazaki, Samuel Bjorgum, Nodjadong Boonprasert, Joshua McGarvey, Morgan Mercer, Kyle Quinn, Christopher Sorenson, Leah Edelman-Brier, Darius Homayounpour, Adam White, and Frank Heatley