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Russell Prather: The Cut Worm Forgives the Plow


Reception: Thursday, March 8, 5 - 7 PM

On View: March 8 - April 29, 2018

DAI Morrison Gallery

Russel Prather earned first place in the 2016 Arrowhead Biennial and creates forms from ordinary objects that change radically depending on the viewers line of sight. Layering paper-thin polyester film painted with dots, lines and markings in acrylic medium, Pather’s work is sequential and reads like pages in a book – infusing his study and teaching of literature into his sculptures. Fulbright scholar and English professor at Northern Michigan University, Prather specializes in British literary and visual culture of the eighteenth through early twentieth centuries and is inspired by the poetry and designs of William Blake.

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Dana Fritz: Terraria Gigantica: the World under Glass



Reception: Thursday, March 8, 5 - 7 PM

Artist Talk: March 21, 6 - 7 PM

On View: March 8 - April 29, 2018

DAI Steffl Gallery

To purchase Dana Fritz's book, please follow this link.

The photographs in the series Terraria Gigantica: the World Under Glass frame the world’s largest enclosed landscapes as possible impossibilities: Biosphere 2’s ocean in the Arizona desert, the Henry Doorly Zoo’s desert in the Great Plains of Nebraska, and Eden Project’s tropical rain forest in notoriously gray and cool Cornwall, England. These vivaria are enclosed environments where plants are grown amidst carefully constructed representations of the natural world to entertain visiting tourists. At the same time, however, they support scientific observation and research on the plants and animals housed under these ‘natural conditions’ that require human control of temperature, humidity, irrigation, insects, and weeds to cultivate otherwise impossible environments and species. Taken together, these architectural and engineering marvels stand as working symbols of our current and complex relationship with the non-human world.

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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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