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If By Chance: The Ceramic Art of Randy Johnston

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This past Wednesday marked a changing of the guard at Augustana College’s Eide/Dalrymple Gallery.  Newly arrived for a month-long exhibition are the peculiar and entrancing ceramic vessels of Randy Johnston.

Based in River Falls, Wisconsin (where he has his studio and teaches at a local university), Johnston brings a rather unique perspective to his chosen medium. Indeed, ceramics is conventionally thought of in terms of “function”– more as a “craft” than an “art.” And it is too often neglected by Continue reading If By Chance: The Ceramic Art of Randy Johnston

Around and About Sioux Falls – Paint the Plow


paint-the-plow-sioux-falls“We want to give the opportunity to the children,” said Galynn Huber, the manager of the Sioux Falls Street Division when I asked him why they only ask the schools to participate in the Paint the Plow program. He said that the joy is in watching how excited the kids get when they show off what they’ve done. They get this opportunity on Saturday, October 11 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the Empire Mall.

The idea initially came to Galynn from a friend in Colorado who told him about the program. He has been running the program in Sioux Falls for the past five years. Each August, the Street Division in Sioux Falls contacts local schools to see if they are willing to participate. They currently offer this opportunity to the surrounding seven school districts for both public and private schools. This also includes Brandon, Harrisburg, and next year it will include Continue reading Around and About Sioux Falls – Paint the Plow

Some Quick Thoughts About Carl Grupp

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Today, the art world is a really big place. In the last few decades, the advent of the internet and the decline of Western cultural imperialism have opened making it an almost global network of creativity.  Major galleries and museums now make a point to feature artists from all walks of life and countries of origin.   If Picasso, a Spaniard, was the world’s foremost artist-celebrity in his heyday, one might argue that China’s Ai Weiwei has inherited his mantle.

But in some ways, the art world has changed for the worse.  Sadly, it is still exclusive and money-driven, prone to excessive hype and bizarre trends. And for all intents and purposes, it is still based in a handful of cultural meccas: New York, Paris, London, Tokyo.

This is why it can be refreshing, even enlightening, to look at the work of artists living in places where the art world has scarcely penetrated, where the creative impulse isn’t overwhelmed by Continue reading Some Quick Thoughts About Carl Grupp

An Ear to the Ground #12

The Nature of Non Nature: Loopism

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Gif loops by Ori Toor are mesmerizing. I’m obsessed with his new works from the color to the shapes.

An Amazing Contextualizer of Culture: Idea Channel Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #12

The Downtown Artery

As an artist, relationships with galleries, patrons, collectors, and the many other varieties of art enthusiasts become just as important, if not more so, than the created work itself. Creating art and showing it in a gallery space is not, in the least, simply about making money. Exhibiting works of art creates communication with the world outside of the studio. The artist and the gallerist share a certain level of involvement and appreciation with the art. – Jordan Thornton

Though the galleries of Sioux Falls will be the primary highlight in my gallery interviews, many artists will send their artwork beyond city, state, and even national borders to seek opportunity. It seems only appropriate to explore these experiences that help to further the careers of our local artists. As I am newly relocated home to Sioux Falls, I’d love to shed some light on one of my own gallery relationships beyond our town.

New door sign! #downtownartery #artstudio #artgallery #fortcollins

To the West of our great midwestern state, right next to the beautiful Rocky Mountains, lies Continue reading The Downtown Artery

STEVE BORMES: AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW

STEVE-B-FEATUREDSteve Bormes is cool. Or, in nomenclature more appropriate to that of Bormes, you could say that he is groovy… and pretty damn good at it too. Bormes is one half of the husband-wife team that own the beautifully curated Rug and Relic, located at 8th and Railroad Center. But do not be deceived–there is more to the man behind the rugs, and he has a heck of a story on how he got there.
Walking around Rug and Relic, a person would have to be somewhat of a dolt to not notice the intriguing sculptures speckled about the store, providing patrons with the occasional doll arm or antique car part. Large wooden bowls made into lights, antique kitchen appliances adorned aside the muted fists of discarded dolls, endless subtleties to the human anatomy… these are just some of what makes Bormes’ work so inspiring. He creates with the practicality of science and symmetry, and finds a way to seamlessly marry that with nostalgic remnants of his childhood, keeping his work alluringly curious. He was a delight to visit with, and Sioux Falls is lucky to have such a not-so-secret gem. Stay groovy, Steve. ~Amy
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What is the path that has led you to where you are today?

Man, I’ve been one of those guys my whole life, that when I needed something, I would Continue reading STEVE BORMES: AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW

An Ear to the Ground #11

Traces: Do Ho Suh

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Do Ho Suh is an amazing purveyor of memory and material. His new works are life size rubbings of entire rooms. Yes, that technique you used when you were a child to record textures with crayons. This new work is an interesting mix of nostalgia and trace. The link I provided is to an interview on artnet, where Do Ho Suh discusses his recent works. I would also recommend diving into Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #11

Around and About October’s First Friday Art & Wine Walk

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Downtown Sioux Falls, participating locations

Friday, October 4, 2014

5:00PM-9:00PM

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Ever since I went to the May Wine Walk this past spring, I’ve been itching to go again. It was so much fun to see the local artists creating live work and to sample new wines. If you haven’t been downtown in a while or haven’t been before, I strongly suggest this event as a perfect opportunity to find out about both local businesses and budding local artists.

There are 21 participating locations in Sioux Falls (most of them downtown). Viewing the art is Continue reading Around and About October’s First Friday Art & Wine Walk

A New Sioux Falls Zine: The Local Artist

Mitch Torbert, Jeff Ballard, and Hunter Murphy are happy to share with you their mission of printing a professional zine showcasing South Dakota artists. “The Local Artist” will be printed twice yearly, plus a yearly book, and distributed state-wide. South Dakota artists must apply to be considered. The mission of this exciting project is to “exist to support South Dakotan culture by exposing local, visual artists to the public in two free print publications annually, and fostering development of emerging artists.”

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To be considered for “The Local Artist” email Jeff with 3-5 images (shortest dimension 1000px, include title, dimensions, medium, & year), an Artist Statement, your website URL, your mailing address, and email address. I hope you all send off your applications; they’re due October 12, 2014 at midnight with the first publication printed in April 2015. 

JAM: What inspired you guys to start The Local Artist?

THE LOCAL ARTIST: We started The Local Artist through our experience of knowing Continue reading A New Sioux Falls Zine: The Local Artist

An Ear to the Ground #10

Time Travels in the Internet-O-Sphere:

As an Artist I am always looking at new trends and new ways to communicate because I see art at its absolute in its intent to communicate. Trends often show you ways to communicate that travel fast and are taken in by the most recipients. Mass culture has a way of spreading ideas fast and it often times has nothing to do with whether the content is good or bad, but how its packaged.

Memes, social media, spam, and email are all ways we collectively exchange information; we often take part in these exchanges more than traditional modes. My posts are fascinated by these modes and I would argue to not scoff at the kitschy side of the internet. Information Theory is a very interesting mathematics theory that often gets used in art and language. Information Theory speaks to the idea that the more convoluted the idea the more the chance for misinformation to be processed or static in the signal.

Let me try to phrase this so we can move on. A simple idea communicates as thus, a clear signal. It is hard to misinterpret. But if we expand the idea, fog rolls in and you lose sight of its true intent. You might see a car, but in fact through the fog it’s a truck; this misinformation could be deadly in some cases (anti-vaccination rhetoric, for example). So my truth that I am trying to share is that sometimes memes can be useful, and sometimes a selfie is informative (lets look past the posturing of the ideal self). -Eli

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[Hito Steyerl – How Not To Be Seen]

A brilliant theorist and a very heavy read: Once Again, Hito Steyerl Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #10