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The Cut Worm Forgives the Plow: Russell Prather

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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Terraria Gigantica: the World under Glass: Dana Fritz

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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Territory: Emerging Photographers 2017

Reception & Artist Talk: Thurs., February 22, 5 - 7 PM

(Watch the Live Stream Here)

On View: February 22 - April 2, 2018

DAI Corridor

When the very first issue of Aperture magazine was published in 1952, the art critic Nancy Newhall wrote that “the old literacy of words is dying and a new literacy of images is being born. Perhaps the printed page will disappear and even our records will be kept in images and sounds”. The statement seems all the more prescient over sixty years later, especially given the ubiquity of smart phones, social media photo apps, emojis, and selfies. Why add images to an already saturated landscape? The student photographers of the 2017 emerging photography exhibition are creating images because of a compulsion and passion, because the image is how they explore their world and make sense of their reality. Weather plunging into the macro world of fungi, searching for the punctum moment of adventure sports, mining the subconscious for motivation and connection, disrupting digital data, or molding female forms from garbage waste, the records kept in this show are ones of curiosity and experimentation, imagination and skill.

Emerging photographers are Riley Loew, Haley Pehrson, Wilson Johnson, Chris Wodicka, Joanna Harms, and Krista Mathes.

Youth Art Month

Reception: Friday, March 2, 6 - 7:30 PM

On View: March 1 - April 1, 2018

Whole Foods Co-op Denfeld

Throughout March the Duluth Art Institute will recognize artistic achievements of area K-12 youth in the annual “Youth Art Month” exhibition. Over the course of two months, the Education Director and Curator will visit nearly a dozen regional schools—including those in Duluth, Hermantown, and Cloquet—to select the work to feature in the show. The opening celebration will include free artist demos. The exhibition will be on view through March at the Whole Foods Co-op Denfeld location. Reception details will be announced in the Duluth Art Institute website.

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