Art at 801
801 Lofts presents art openings three times a year. The three-story atrium and public space is a gallery, Art at 801, to local and national artists who display their work on an ongoing basis.
Art and artisans change every four months to display new talent and media. Gallery openings offer residents and the association a chance to open their doors to friends, family and others who want to support our local art community.
801 Washington Lofts Art at 801 Gallery presents
The Art of Stitch and Hitch
Work by artists:
Gail Baar, Janet Groenert, Brie Morris, scottie hall, Ro Coco, Lizz Windnagel, Anna Ruhland
Opening reception Saturday, February 27th, 2016
6pm to 9pm
Musicians Mike Michael, guitar, and Jacqueline Ultan, cello
Show runs through June 2016
Gail’s quilts feature solid square shapes cut without a ruler which make a bold statement. She works in the abstract, relating color to shape, and emphasizing form on a white background. Keeping a limited palette streamlines the design to what is essential, bold and graphic. As a cellist in an orchestra, she listens for what lies beneath the melody; the harmony and rhythm give shape to the music. In her quilts, she leaves out what is not necessary and emphasizes the underlying form. The stitching lines become the melody, but one shape joins with another and gives form to the whole. Her quilts convey a sense of presence, a transcendental quality where the shapes demand attention and implore the viewer to pay attention and take notice. There is power in size but also strength in gesture and a solemn stillness.
In the last 10 years, one of the materials Janet has been exploring is barrier tape. She hitches the tape to mesh forms shaped as clothing, a bear pelt, and flowers. Caution tape is easily recognizable in our culture and people understand its common usage. Janet considers the availability and variety of the barrier tape, its’ temporary intent, the common and uncommon printed messages, and the texture that occurs from the cutting or tearing strips. She is interested in how the message on the caution tape becomes obscured when it is hitched and how the linear nature of the material creates a visual reference to flowers, fur, and ribbon.
Brie Morris, scottie hall, Ro Coco, Lizz Windnagel, Anna Ruhland
The Mermaid Clit Collective is a queer Minneapolis/St. Paul based intersectional embroidery collective who are inspired by alien mermaids, glitter filled orifices, homo erotica and sore fingers.
Art at 801 Gallery, in 801 Lofts, promotes art to neighborhood residents and art lovers thru periodic openings, gallery style presentations and exclusive access to private showings… and more.
801 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis