mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts are pleased to co-present the new season of Community Supported Art, a popular initiative to bring a variety of Minnesota artworks to collectors and patrons. Throughout the summer, recipients of the CSA will receive shares filled with locally-designed and produced artwork. As the CSA launches today, we acquaint you with the artists of the season, who will be offering wares including a limited-edition vinyl record, painterly landscapes, and a do-it-yourself puppet theatre.
Revisiting her mother’s postcard collection and the fickle memory of summertimes past, artist Mary Bergs will give CSA shares a souvenir of abbreviated and fantastical travels. Juxtaposing the charm of the postcard format with vintage materials and found imagery, Bergs will be creating delicate, geometrical postcard collages. Each collage will be a unique, evocative, and playful travelogue. Bergs has shown at the Phipps Center for the Arts and Franklin Art Works and is currently based in Minneapolis.
Inspired by her studies in Ballyvaughn, Ireland, printmaker and papermaker Elisabeth Cunningham will be creating woodcuts of a verdant Emerald Isle landscape for her CSA project. Cunningham recently received her BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and has focused her studies on book-making and works on paper. This project will be a landscape-based, abstract, and multi-colored print of a limited edition.
Photographer and filmmaker Horacio Devoto, whose work has been included in the International Fine Art Photography Competition in Paris and POSI+TIVE Magazine, will be printing a limited edition of photographs from his Landoramas series for this CSA. Interested in fantasy and truth, these tableaux combine painted elements and large-format landscape photography. Devoto was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is now based in Minneapolis.
Multimedia artist Anne George, who received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from Rutgers University, and whose art has been exhibited at the Walker and Franklin Art Works, will make an edition of Fluxus-inspired dishtowels. She is adorning the dishtowels with silkscreened imagery of eyelashes and cuts of meat. These functional textiles can be used in the kitchen, rolled up, or simply hung on the wall.
Artist and activist Katie Hargrave, originally from Chicago, is interested in flag symbolism, efficacy, and beauty. She was commissioned by Works Progress in 2011 to create a flag for the Mississippi River, and will be designing and producing two nylon flags for the CSA: one for Minnesota, “the land of 10,000 lakes,” and one for “the Twin Cities.” She invites recipients to fly or frame these flags with pride.
Jason Overby and Telsche Thiessen
Building upon their experience at the Bedlam Theatre and travels to Alaska, creative team Jason Overby and Telsche Thiessen are designing an performance opportunity for recipients of the CSA this year. Specifically, they will be providing the ingredients for a do-it-yourself miniature puppet theatre complete with a script. The two artists imagine this project as a collaborative storytelling opportunity.
St.Paul-based artist and Hamline University graduate Haley Prochnow, who has shown at Shoebox Gallery and SooVAC, will be bestowing each CSA recipient with a 3-D piece and a multimedia artwork; the artist is sourcing local spoons and matching them with a collage. Prochnow focuses on the everyday artifacts that we surround ourselves with, the “contemporary memorabilia” that we collect, and the traditions we harvest here in the Midwest.
Arkansas-native Ginny Sims, who received an MFA from University of Minnesota, will be channeling the niceties and traditions of the past for her pottery-based CSA project. She says,“I get ideas for pots by studying familiar objects from the kitchen.” Sims will be making a series of sophisticated mugs inspired by 19th-century English pottery that will be appropriate for everyday activity or high tea.
Take Acre‘s CSA project pulls together the sonic and the visual. The group, a quartet of local visual artists and musicians interested in improvisation, will produce a single-sided 12″ record that reinterprets Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s layered composition “Spiegel im Spiegel” (1978). Band member and recent Jerome fellow Richard Barlow will provide the cover art: an original iron oxide print based on a found photograph. Together, the visual art and post-rock music will create a meditative experience for each recipient.
Individual Community Supported Art (CSA) shares for Summer 2013 go on sale on Friday, May 3 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased by filling out this online form. One share costs $300 and quantities are limited.