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  1. Writers, Rebels & Rejects: One more time!

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    Feel the energy of Writers, Rebels & Rejects one more time. Be part of the experience during the exhibition finale.

    Writers, Rebels, & Rejects celebrates the street artists and graffiti writers who fill our public sphere with tags, wheatpastes, characters and stickers, bringing them into a gallery setting to focus on the “art” in street art. This group of talented writers, painters, and designers have collectively spent thousands of hours developing their craft on open-world canvases such as railroads, bridges, billboards, and dumpsters using a diverse arsenal of tools ranging from common latex house paint to rattle cans, paint markers to stickers, and mops to fire extinguishers, making work that ranges from simple tags to complex monikers, cute character designs to bold abstract color blocks.

    As well as original artworks, these artists have been asked to work their magic on one of two dozen miniature white box trucks, one of many blank canvases often found in the wild. Writers, Rebels, & Rejects brings the outdoors inside and shines light on work usually done in the shadows, giving these subcultural contributions the consideration they deserve.

    Curated by Cassie Garner


    FINALE NIGHT
    Saturday October 13th, 7-10PM
    LIVE painting from Black Daze Art & Flora
    DJ Bvckwoods
    $5 or free with Gallery Membership



  2. Writers, Rebels, & Rejects

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    Writers, Rebels, & Rejects: September 15th – October 13th // ​Graffiti and street artists will bring beautiful vandalism into the gallery, showing new paintings as well as commissioned street art on miniature 2-D white box trucks and 3-D electrical boxes.


    FEATURING: Flora, Sheva, Mavel, Biafra Inc, Wundr, Peak, Cybin, Impeach, Strae, Theory, Black Daze, Sherm, Groe, Value HM, Itse, Max315, Hank, Repo, Luis Fitch, Eric Inkala.

    Curated by Cassie Garner

    We have long taken for granted the idea of “property”. There is a clear divide between public and private spaces, and that even in public spaces, the deluge of images and advertisements barraging our senses on billboards and bus stops is legitimate because capital changed hands. We tend to think that money alone buys the right to our vision, but anyone with a sense of disenchantment with the status quo can spark a love affair with “getting up” that can be hard to extinguish.

    Writers, Rebels, & Rejects celebrates the street artists and graffiti writers who fill our public sphere with tags, wheatpastes, characters and stickers, bringing them into a gallery setting to focus on the “art” in street art. An eclectic bunch, these artists hail mostly from the Twin Cities, with a few from New York, LA, and Canada: familiar names will be on view like Theory, Wundr, Flora, Sheva, Mavel and Impeach. This group of talented writers, painters, and designers have collectively spent thousands of hours developing their craft on open-world canvases such as railroads, bridges, billboards, and dumpsters using a diverse arsenal of tools ranging from common latex house paint to rattle cans, paint markers to stickers, and mops to fire extinguishers, making work that ranges from simple tags to complex monikers, cute character designs to bold abstract color blocks.

    As well as original artworks, artists have been asked to work their magic on one of two dozen miniature white box trucks, one of many blank canvases often found in the wild. Repo, Fitch, and Biafra Inc will also be doing paste ups on 3-D printed faux electrical boxes just for the exhibition. Writers, Rebels, & Rejects brings the outdoors inside and shines light on work usually done in the shadows, giving these subcultural contributions the consideration they deserve.


    OPENING NIGHT
    Saturday September 15th, 7-11pm
    DJ Sammy Figz and LIVE painting from Rogue Citizen & Friends
    $5 or free with Gallery Membership

    FINALE NIGHT
    Saturday October 13th, 7-10p
    Co Create Takeover and Live Painting from Black Daze & Flora
    $5 or free with Gallery Membership

  3. Middle Class Aspirations Exhibit Finale with Carnage!

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    Join us this Thursday for your last chance to see the Middle Class Aspirations exhibit in person. But this isn’t just any ol’ exhibit finale – it’s our last in this space! We will open our doors beginning at 2pm for viewing, then at 6pm we will shift gears into celebration and kick off the finale party. Around 8pm we will pass the mic to some friends of Gamut to toast to the good times, then Carnage The Executioner will bring it home with his signature vocal stylings.

     

  4. Middle Class Aspirations

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    Minneapolis – Thursday, June 11, 2015, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.opening for the group exhibition Middle Class Aspirations. A collection of all-new work by Wundr, Biafra Inc., and Urban Camper, this collaborative street art show explores the experiences and people of Middle Class America and those struggling to achieve middle class status. Through prints, photography and paintings, the three artists merge their media and political activism for an exhibition that shines a prudent spotlight on class division, exposes inequality and celebrates those who are attempting to rise above the hardships and better themselves.

    Acknowledging both the pride and despair of being at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder, Wundr’s paintings depict scenes with his distinctive characters from middle and lower class living. Some of the characters are striving to make their lives better, while some have simply accepted their status at the bottom. One of the most prolific and recognizable local street artists, Wundr has developed a way to bring his art into a gallery atmosphere without losing the street elements and city-feel. In 2013, Wundr debuted a widely received solo show,  Almost Yesterday, at Gamut Gallery that highlighted his signature style of artistic reclaiming.

    Biafra Inc.’s pieces examine home décor of the middle and lower classes. Subverting kitschy catch phrases ubiquitously found in cheap home decoration stores, he creates new dystopian home décor. An aesthetic critique of capitalism, his new works inspire dialogue that addresses the “American Dream.” Biafra Inc. is known for the use of stickers, stencils, spray paint and posters to proliferate imagery here in the Twin Cities and beyond.

    Urban Camper’s photographs vividly and intimately document the acts of local graffiti writers. His work exposes scenes from what is generally considered a lowbrow culture and invites a visual excavation of the alleyways and underground environments that transform outdoor cityscapes into canvas. His work migrates towards shooting stationary objects and streets scenes. His long-held passion and appreciation for graffiti is the catalyst for his photography.

    Wundr, Biafra Inc., and Urban Camper consider themselves blue collar artists, creating a name and a history in a subculture with no promise of financial gain or reward. Immersed in this culture for the past decade, these three artists are not simply contemporary commentators on the plight of the middle class, but are operating within its system and attempting to break free from its perimeters.

    PRESS
    City Page’s A-List / Free Things To Do
    City Page’s Dressing Room
    Secrets of the City
    L’étoile Magazine

    Click here for pictures from opening night!

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  5. Almost Yesterday

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    MINNEAPOLIS – September 7, 2013, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. – opening reception for Almost Yesterday; the exhibit runs through October 12.  Eleventh Wonder’s current objective is to beautify the city.  Along the way “WUNDR” has become one of the most prolific and recognizable street artists in Minneapolis.  As the world begins to differentiate between traditional graffiti and fine artists that use streets as a canvass, WUNDR has developed a way of bringing his art into the gallery setting without losing the city.  During his street art adventures, he explores alleyways and second-hand shops for abandoned treasures.  Any once-loved item that evokes the right sort of nostalgic vision of yesterday is fair game to become a background for the distinctive characters of Eleventh Wonder’s world.

    WUNDR applies acrylics and found materials to his rescued objects. Some are painted as is, others are harvested for fabric and stretched onto a frame.  The Almost Yesterday all-new works incorporate this artistic reclaiming.  Meanwhile, in the city surrounding Gamut Gallery, one might be lucky enough to spot one of the birds he has released.  He creates these birds in his signature style by painting on sturdy cutouts. He then creates impromptu art installations by hanging them in public spaces, possibly to be taken home by a fellow rescuer.  His vision of freedom with these birds is distinct from the gallery.  As with his murals, he sets them free to be received for free.  This exhibit is an opportunity for the public to show support for a devoted artist.

    Eleventh Wonder produces art in a variety of media; including conceptual street art installations, spray painted murals, and illustration. He has exhibited locally, holds a degree in graphic design, and has worked professionally as a muralist.  His signature characters began to develop in 2005.

    “WUNDR’s art work is often a reminisce of childhood, with a thirst for adventure, and an abstraction of our environment.  His characters are not a representation of any specific individual, but are molded from pieces of all of us.  They are inspired by mental snapshots of our society, childhood associations, abstractions of feelings and emotions, self reflections and by the people that we interact with daily.”  – EleventhWonder.com