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  1. 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. 


    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. 

    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

  2. C4W: 2013

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    Artwork above by Nicholas Kovatch


    MINNEAPOLIS – Oct. 19, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. – Opening Reception for the C4W Finalists; the exhibit runs through Nov. 23.  This year Gamut Gallery chose guest jurors to select the artists for their annual Open Call for Works exhibit.  Ash Marlene Hane, the first solo exhibitor at Gamut, was chosen as a trusted representative of the gallery’s aesthetic and intentions.  Hane then selected Nathanial Smith and Jesse Draxler as co-jurors.  Her choice represents more than just a cross-section of young, current, Minneapolis-based artists.  She sought out deliberators with a discerning eye, but also an unrelenting drive to create, view and analyze art.  The trio has contrasting views and processes, pulling the selection of works into unexpected territory.  The show, resulting in combined aesthetic of each juror, will be a decided departure from what Gamut Gallery has seen to date.  The jurors describe their selected pieces as “speaking softly while saying a lot”, stark and moody, void of emotion and with a dash of surprising humor.

    Works range in media from collage, sculpture, video, photography, paintings and drawings. We get a sense of the diversity that is still possible, even in a minimal show, as each juror relays the story of encountering a submission that resonated with him or her:

    Christopher Atkins’ photograph: “Untitled [Milfoil],” strikes Draxler as refreshingly devoid of emotion. A near over-exposed haze slowly reveals tendrils of milfoil and the elusive surface of a lake. The image is part of Atkins’ ongoing trials with focus and depth of field during repeated walks in his neighborhood. The process drew the artist deeply into digital color photography techniques. Meaning the work is indeed less the product of emotion than what personal interpretation may hold.

    Smith is drawn to Marnie Erpestad’s unique approach in photographing a museum mounted animal skeleton in “Articulated 2.” To reach the engaging result, Erpestad sought out deep emotional responses over her life, which led her back to a consuming fascination with biology. Her intent to capture the magic she found in natural history museums as a child, led to several days of experiments with some of her most cherished imagery and ultimately an unconventional perspective.

    Hane decribes Jacob Spriggs’ “Inside In, Outside Out,” as “six Polaroids that together kind of made this landscape, but upon closer look aren’t a landscape at all.” This effect is a result of utter patience as Spriggs captures warm moments of every variety with vintage film. The expired Polaroids he finds at thrift-stores, leave randomly shaped “voids” of information where they have degraded. Spriggs waits months to be able to match up these fragments of varied nostalgia, transforming them from personal and emotive to purely a combination of information, which Spriggs calls a “visual landscape.”

    Nicholas Carroll
    Jacob Spriggs
    Joshua McGarvey
    Marnie Erpestad
    Morgan Pease
    Christopher Atkins
    Nicholas Knutson
    Suzanne Mahoney
    Toni Dachis
    Josh Winkler
    Danielle Voight
    Joshua Wilichowski
    Katerina Fisher
    Kelsey Henderson
    Nicholas Kovatch