For her first solo show, Minneapolis artist Amina Harper took venue into careful consideration. "I went back and forth about having a solo show at first because I couldn't think of a place I felt comfortable hosting it," she states via her blog, "and then I remembered that the Smitten Kitten has always been kind and supportive of my career and artwork and I couldn't imagine a better place to have it." This hesitation may have something to do with the themes and imagery sometimes featured in Harper's work. While her pieces often include lovely doe-eyed creatures that appear to be half-human, half-animal, her work also plays with themes concerning sexuality, occasionally involving nudity. Thankfully, when you're a business with dildos, whips, and feminist poetry lying about for sale, this isn't cause to clutch any pearls. For Harper's exhibition opening this Sunday, the Smittern Kitten will be showcasing 18 pieces. The new series explores hybridism and duality present in all of humanity: feminine and masculine, good and evil, predator and prey. There will be an artist's talk and opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. July 7.
July 7-Aug. 8, 2013