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Studio Selfie: Susan Heggestad

Posted on 03/14/2015 at 3:15 PM

Here's a Saturday edition of our Studio Selfies. Today we feature Susan Heggestad, invited artist in our current exhibit FOUR PRINTMAKERS. She will be part of our Gallery Talk on March 28th

I am lucky enough to have a studio in my home, in our finished attic space.  While I do wish it were a little bigger, it has wonderful light due to there being a skylight in the center.  Of course, it's wonderful to be up there during the height of the sunlight, but that is not always possible because of my work schedule, so I try to sneak in time up there whenever I can.  I often come up here to do some quiet reading, writing, even yoga, as well as to work on art.  

The perimeters of the studio are largely storage, because the shape of the room is odd - I can't stand up in all corners - but the center is just open enough for some flexibility in function. I tend to move things around depending on what I'm working on; pull out the ironing board and sewing table when I'm working on stitching projects, roll out the printing cart when I want to print (I have a small press that allows me to print up to 9x12"), stand at the work table when I'm working on collage, drawing, or small sculpture.  In general, I really love my studio, and wish I could spend more time up here!

It's another...wait for it...STUDIO SELFIE!

Posted on 03/05/2015 at 12:44 PM
Jeanine Coupe Ryding's works are featured in our current exhibit, FOUR PRINTMAKERS, which is on view until April 4th. Jeanine, along with the other artists featured in the exhibit, will be part of a gallery talk coming up on March 28th at 1:00 pm. 
Here's what Jeanine had to say when asked about time spent in her studio...
I am usually working, in my head. When I am teaching and surrounded by creative people, I am making mental notes on changes to things I am working on. I am thinking about projects as I walk, swim, do housework and shop for groceries.
Jeanine in her studio
The time spent in the studio is far less than the time spent thinking about, making notes on and preparing for actually working. Working in the studio is my way of being alone, of being curious, of seeking clarity. It is often confusing, uncomfortable and frustrating, but it is the way I choose to live.
Another shot of Jeanine

Stuart Klipper

Posted on 02/04/2015 at 2:54 PM

  Well hello. It’s been a little while since we’ve updated our blog. To make up for our updating inadequacies, we have wonderful things to share today. Stuart Klipper, MInneapolis based photographer has been involved in a fantastic project in Sweden, and the following is what he shared with us about it! The images seen here are some that were selected to be in the exhibit. 

“Twice during this just-over year I travelled to Sweden to work on a museum commission, once in February and again in June - for about two weeks time each go.

The commission is from a relatively newly-opened Swedish museum situated on a large island, Värmdö, about a half an hour east of Stockholm: ARTIPELAG.

Rendering of the ARTIPELAG's foyer. 

The work I was commissioned to make was done in conjunction with an exhibition (slated to open May 28) that Peter Galassi is guest-curating: LAND MÖTER VATTEN (LAND MEETING WATER). My work then was focused on the sundry regional aspects of that overall theme, to wit, the natural topography of the coastal reaches of that region of Sweden, Stockholms Archipelago (Skärgård). Alas, as much as I hankered to, I did not make it out to every one of its 25,000 + islands, rocks, and skerries.

My completed work will be presented essentially in the form of a installation mult-image piece distributed throughout many the museum's gallery spaces; the 16 selected prints will be very large in scale, just shy of 5' x 15' each.

As Peter's plan dictated, I was to work first under winter conditions, and then again in the summertime - indeed I was, happily, there for Sweden's paramount holiday, Midsommars Dag.

During the February foray the overcast and fog were unrelenting for the entire time I was there. But, I invariably do take the world as it presents itself to me, and I subsequently rose to the occasion and made a few score of pretty much color-monochromatic sfumato photos.

I fared somewhat better with weather in June; not only did I encounter many a balmy sun-filled day, the daylight hours went on and on, what with the sun rising at 3.30 AM and not setting until 10.30 PM. I in turn cranked a lot of film through my Technorama.

In addition my commissioned work being mounted throughout the museum, Peter will be including 10 of my photographs in the main body of the exhibition itself, one that he felt exemplified his overall theme; they are varied in their location ranging around the planet. These will be only a meagre 3' x 6'.”

Olson-Larsen is honored to work with such a talented photographer!


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