Nels Shafer - SOFA 2018

Nels Shafer Gleams the Cube - 2018 SOFA Residency

Nels says the Department of Art has been a great place to explore because of the focus on learning by doing – he can experiment with CNC routers, laser cutters, and 3D printing, exploring art but also engineering without the constraints and prerequisites of other routes. He enjoys creating things that move, interact, or serve some function in addition to being aesthetically pleasing – taking courses in Experimental Media and 3D Modeling and Digital Fabrication only deepened his belief that art doesn’t have to be a static, pretty object you can’t touch as in traditional art museums. He prefers works that the audience can experience physically and conceptually at the same time, akin to those found in children’s or science museums.
Pope Brothers

Bly and Rowan Pope's Drawings Collected & Exhibited at MIA

Mia celebrates the pleasure of pure, virtuosic draftsmanship with the first museum show of Minnesota artists and twin brothers Bly and Rowan Pope. They have worked side by side their entire lives. Their focus on drawing and meticulous, painstaking process sets them apart. Each dedicates hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of hours to a single work, drawing skillfully, obsessively, until pencil has transformed paper into a provocative image rendered with photographic precision.
Ecca Echo

Reb Limerick Interviewed by Altered Esthetics

What is The Cloud made of? Water molecules or pixels? Where does it reside? The sky or the ground? Last summer, HomePaige (ongoing artistic collaborator Paige Carlson) and WurldWideReb (my primary digital alter-ego) explored these questions through the creation of a 9 episode web series. Hard Drive chronicled our 18 day road trip around the western half of the US in search of a more intimate connection with our data. We visited Google data centers, an iCloud storage facility, and a supercomputer center, finding ourselves overwhelmed by the level of secrecy and the amount of resources needed to power these monuments. As a video and performance artist, the resources I use to create my artworks are often more abstract, harder to quantify or ethically analyze. I find myself placing trust in physical hard drives to store my files, finding power in my embodied acapella voice to tell stories and inspire catharsis, feeling more present when I’m offline. Yet, I stay up to date on Climate Change data and policies by endlessly scrolling Twitter, a company known for lack of transparency around their own carbon emissions. As caring individuals in love with blooming Lilacs and obsessed with our smartphones, how do we hold these contradictions?
Frankie Yu Sofa Residency

Frankie Yu's School of Rock - 2018 SOFA Residency

The SOFA Residency is a program initiated in the Spring of 2018 at the Regis Center for Art that provides two undergraduates per semester an opportunity to create a Sculptural Object of Furniture Art with the assistance and funding of Art Department Personnel and Facilities. One of the first two SOFA Residency fellows was Frankie Bingxin Yu, in her final semester as an undergraduate, before finishing her degrees in the Spring of 2018, with undergraduate majors in Psychology and Art, and a minor in Design.
Sean Connaughty

Sean Connaughty's Lake Hiawatha Project Featured on MPR

Sean Connaughty goes back to Lake Hiawatha almost daily. The lake is near his home, and he loves how it offers him the chance to find quiet, peaceful spots in the middle of a city. And he likes to see wildlife like eagles and otters. But the thing that really keeps him returning lately is the trash. "Over time, I began to notice mass quantities of trash accumulating on the shore," he said. "So I started picking up trash." He'd spend hours collecting things like straws, cigarillo tips, Styrofoam containers. Diapers, plastic water bottles, syringes. But he noticed that his efforts weren't making much of a difference. After any rainfall, trash would cover the shore yet again.
Ausencias / Absences

Gustavo Germano’s 'Ausencias/Absences' brought to the Quarter Gallery at...

Argentine photographer Gustavo Germano’s exhibition “Ausencias/Absences" opened at Regis Center for Art on Friday night. Brought to the University largely on behalf of Spanish and Portuguese Studies Professor Ana Forcinito, the photographs confront the state-enforced disappearances that took place during the 1960s to 1980s dictatorships in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.
Installation by Ashley Fairbanks. Photo: Bruce Silcox

Trauma is a Time Machine: Art and Healing in Troubled Times

Trauma collapses past and present. It suspends the passage of time. Not only does trauma alter the experience of the past: it steals the capacity to imagine a future. Since the logic of trauma asserts that the worst already has happened, life seems over; impossible to plan, dream, and believe in wild possibilities, in change. The literature on trauma calls this "a foreshortened sense of the future." To tempt the mind into unruly speculation, Iyapo Repository, a project in residence at Macalester College's Law Warschaw Gallery in St. Paul, asks for participation in creating an archive of the future. Envisioned by two New York-based artists, Ayodamola Okunseinde and Salome Asega, Iyapo Repository pays homage to Afrofuturism's Octavia Butler and the heroine of her Xenogenesis trilogy, Lilith Iyapo, but charts its own path into a complex not-yet: an archive of what might come to be that holds the imaginary residue of an even more distant future.
World of Matter - MN Daily

Exploring Geopolitics through Collaboration and Conversation

It can be quite easy to overlook ecological crises amid the seemingly more immediate crises of everyday life; but World of Matter, an international collective that investigates global material extraction, aims to bring ecology to the forefront. “World of Matter: Mobilizing Materialities” is a multi-disciplinary exhibition which explores how natural resources have been exploited and circulated, and the devastating impacts these practices cause for local and global geopolitics. It opened Sept. 14 at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery.