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Amanda Breitbach: Land/People

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

On View: September 13 - October 28, 2018

George Morrison Gallery

When Amanda Breitbach started this project three years ago, she wanted to make images that could speak about the growth of corporate agriculture at the expense of family farming and the cost of the industrial agriculture model - to the environment and to people. 

Land/People investigates the decline of family farming and the emotional and spiritual issues that underlie the human relationship to land, making larger, universal relationships visible through Breitbach’s, and her family’s, own experiences. 

The project combines panoramic and aerial images of her family’s farmland in eastern Montana with intimate photographs of family members and domestic spaces. Viewers are invited to look both into and out of frames that emphasize the relationships between the spaces inside and those outside and to move between those spaces. 

Image: Courtesy Amanda Breitbach

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Aaron Squadroni: Mesabi Land Portraits

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

On View: September 13 - October 28, 2018

John Steffl Gallery

Aaron Squadroni is an artist from the Mesabi Iron Range in northern Minnesota. His work is centered on mining imagery and metalpoint drawing techniques. Squadroni’s most recent work focuses on the Hull Rust mine, located in Hibbing, Minnesota, which is one of the largest open-pit mines in the world. 

He draws with metal and found mine materials such as overburden rock, tailings, and taconite pellets from or near the mine site. Due to the unpredictability of drawing with these materials, Squadroni approaches his drawings as a collection of experiments. Each aerial image is named according to the latitude and longitude of the location that it is taken from. Focusing on the themes of nature, industry, and memory, he creates drawings that explore the visible and unseen tensions in the mining landscape. 

Image: Aaron Squadroni, Fog

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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