Fissures II Commission for Weisman Art Museum, opens 1/27/18

Fissures II (below the surface) is a 38 minute ice soundscape that was commissioned by the Weisman Art Museum for the upcoming Vanishing Ice exhibition, opening January 27, 2018. I am honored to create one of three commissions for this exhibition and show alongside forty-seven artworks created between 1860 and 2017!

The Vanishing Ice Preview Party is scheduled for January 26.


Art(ists) on the Verge 8

Art(ists) on the Verge 8
June 1 – July 15, 2017
Northern presents the eighth edition of Art(ists) on the Verge at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery. AOV8 is an intensive, year-long, mentor-based fellowship program for Minnesota-based emerging artists working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture with a focus on network-based practices that are interactive and/or participatory. AOV8 mentors include Lara Avery, Christine Baeumler, Pao Houa Her, Noah Keesecker, John Kim, and Sarah Rara. Artists in the exhibition include Kelsey Bosch, Jessica Hirsch, Dylan Redford, Fue Yang, and Sarita Zaleha. Art(ists) on the Verge is sponsored by Northern Lights with generous support provided by the Jerome Foundation. This exhibition at the University of Minnesota is presented by the Katherine E. Nash Gallery and the Department of Art. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Saturday, June 3, 2017
Reception | 7:00 – 11:00 PM | Regis East Lobby

Saturday, July 8, 2017
Artists’ Talks | 2:00 – 4:00 PM | Katherine E. Nash Gallery

What I Think About at Nash Gallery 1/19/17


(Minneapolis) — The Katherine E. Nash Gallery presents What I Think About, a group exhibition and related events that celebrate the artistic and teaching careers of Diane Katsiaficas and Thomas Rose. The exhibition and events include Katsiaficas, Rose and some of their many former students in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota who are now active professional artists.

January 19, 2017
6:00 – 7:00 pm Public Panel, InFlux Space with Kelsey Bosch and Karen Wirth
7:00 – 9:00 pm Public Reception, Katherine E. Nash Gallery and Regis East Lobby

Saturday, February 4, 2017
1:00 – 3:00 pm Public Panel, InFlux Space with Diane Katsiaficas, Felice Amato, Steven Lang, Meena Mangalvedhekar and Krista Kelley Walsh

Saturday, February 18, 2017
1:00 – 3:00 pm Public Panel, InFlux Space with Tom Rose, Kate Casanova

Yianni Lembesis, master potter from Sifnos,Greece, will be in residence working on pottery in the Department of Art February 1 – 9. A schedule will be posted online and in Regis Center for Art  as to where and what hours he will be working.

January 17 – March 25, 2017
Gallery hours are 11 am to 7 pm
Tuesday through Saturday

Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota
405 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis

Event Horizon

Go out onto the ice. Go ice fishing. Listen.


Ear to the ice; maybe you hear nothing emanating below your feet. But is there nothing? Cut a hole two and a half feet by three feet. This is your window to the world beneath you, not quite the center of the earth: a little scopophilic, a little voyeuristic. The ice as stratum, a layer descriptive of time and place, air and water. Inside the ice shanty: a dark room/darkroom. Observe the ice where you cut. Look through its thickness at the traveling light—the event horizon. It is the edge of this world at your particular location. Notice it is a landscape without reference point.




This landscape is akin to driving in Iceland on mountain roads during a white out blizzard. You know it is daylight, faintly you see the yellow light and the yellow markers on the cliff edge of the road.


What road? There is no road, no mountainside, no cliff side, no front, no back. An avalanche blocks one of two lanes. Back up? Go forward? It does not matter in the slightest, but this is the question you are confronted with. Visually you are located at a point, fixed, in a vacuum of white; are you moving at all? Maybe around the next bend the weather will improve.


Maybe the next?


Vegagerđin probably closed the road. It appears as though you are no longer here, but of course you are here, because there is a here here and you perceive it…as much as you can. An awareness of your disconnection with nature sets in. Inside the car you are relatively safe. Outside, you do not belong. How can this be?


Your sense of place is challenged by your inability to perceive it, bringing to question the notion of place. Who decides what defines place? Is place a noun, a verb, an adjective? Poul Erik Tøjner speculates the idea of place in the most anti- of places: “Is the Arctic a place? Is the Arctic a landscape? Considering the icy wastes, frequent absence of a sense of scale, polar mirages, sundogs, northern lights and the kind of weather that makes everything new again every time a storm blows over…”[1] In the absence of perceivable place, there is an architecture, a design that structures and sustains you—the car. You feel trapped. Claustrophobic in this steel frame and this locational pindot: no x, no y, no z. But that is all there is.


How does time function in this vacuum? A long drive made longer as you creep along at 20, no, 10 km an hour. The longer you drive the less you feel that you are in a locatable part of the world. Not some place but somewhere internal, a psychogeography of your own design: negative place.





[1] Poul Erik Tøjner, “The Wide World,” in Arctic, by Minik Rosing, ed. by Michael Holm and Mathias Seeberg. (Louisiana: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2014), 15.