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Patrick Luber: Exceptionally Ordinary

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Thursday, November 8, 6 - 9 PM

On View: November 8 - December 30, 2018

George Morrison Gallery

Audio Tour: (218) 213-9517, #16

Perhaps one of the greatest ironies of Postmodernism is that it has allowed for a more open discussion about the relationship between art and religion- a topic largely ignored by Modernism. While organized religions have prescribed rituals, doctrines, and visual traditions, the manner in which people actually practice and express their faith often differs from institutional doctrine. This is especially true in America where religious beliefs are often cobbled together from a variety of sources or practices. As such, people live their beliefs through various forms of personalized expressions, outside of, or as an extension of organized religious practices- and in some cases, interpret doctrine in unorthodox ways. This independent and DIY approach to religious expression is embedded in the historic fabric of American culture, and is still very much alive today. Luber’s art making practices participate in, and extend historic artistic traditions between art and religion, yet does so through a visual language which reflects the complex relationship between spiritual beliefs and contemporary culture.

Image: Patrick Luber, Benign Tumors, 24" x 21" x 5", mixed media, 2010

Darren Houser: Real-Unreal

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Thursday, November 8, 6 - 9 PM

On View: November 8 - December 30, 2018

John Steffl Gallery

At the core of Houser’s thinking, he ponders reality. What does it mean to be here; coagulated matter, with the ability to question our very existence? How is the objective reality we experience created and maintained? To what amount and degree must we consider the inherent subjectivity of reality? Symbolic themes of mysticism and philosophy develop within this work with an interesting relationship between ‘super-reality’ characters from comic books and figures from religious tales. By deconstructing the original narrative of these images and segments of text, the veracity ascribed to them is dissolved. This allows for a personal re-investigation into what we perceive to be ‘truth’; illumination of the rhetoric constructing ideals within our mind. Houser strives to create disorienting visuals with esoteric content. These surreal images display the subconscious mind and ask the metaphysical question: ‘what is real?’

Image: Darren Houser, Real-Unreal, 11" x 14", digital pigment print, screenprint, lithography

Nik Nerburn: Nik Nerburn is a Camera

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 13, 6 - 9 PM

Artist Talk: Thursday, November 29, 6 - 7:30 PM

On View: September 13 - December 2, 2018

Corridor Gallery

Nik Nerburn’s exhibition will feature images pulled from two bodies of work produced regionally and presented as a work in progress. Nerburn’s practice is tied to early photographic traditions of the photographer as an earnest and well-intentioned record keeper of social events, places, and objects. 

He is keenly aware of more sophisticated photographic applications to engage people and cultivate meaning, central to the shared human experience. The work is refreshing to see in our solitary digital age. To know the success or failure of each image hinges on Nerburn’s ability to effectively navigate the initial awkward interaction with a stranger. 

Please join us in conversation with the artist on November 29, from 6 - 7:30 PM. 


Image: Nik Nerburn, Leonidas Mine, with Keystone Light Cans, 2018, inkjet print on paper (4x5 film), 10” x 8”, 2018

Operating support is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Operating support is made possible in part by the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation. 

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