4 must-see art shows to check out this week

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Caitlind R.C. Brown and Wayne Garrett, Cloud, 2012, mixed media, at WAM.

Most weekends in the Twin Cities are loaded with gallery and museum openings and receptions. But that can be overwhelming. Are you looking to check out some art this weekend? Here are four great shows worth your time.

"Clouds, Temporarily Visible

Where it's at: Weisman Art Museum, 333 E. River Parkway, Minneapolis

What it's about: In “Clouds, Temporary Visible,” the Weisman Art Museum celebrates the birth of John Schueler, an abstract artist famous for his cloud paintings. The exhibition features an interactive installation, made of thousands of light bulbs, by Calgary-based duo Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garret. There's also video installations by Yu-Wen Wu, a Scotch tape cloud by mixed-media artist Spencer Finch, and a weather balloon that visitors inflate by Pramila Vasudevan and Maxwell Hoaglund of Aniccha Arts.

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Why you should see it: Clouds have always been connected to daydreamers. So get into a dreamy mood and let the clouds take you away. Friday’s exhibition preview includes a performance by choreographer Pramila Vasudevan, who does a great job of fluidly traversing between visual art, dance, and other artistic forms to create visceral and engaging work.

When: The exhibit runs from Saturday, January 30 through May 22. There is a preview party this Friday, January 29, from 7 to 10 p.m.

"Aeon: Portraits of Youth and Age by Luke Hillestad"  

Where it’s at: Douglas Flanders & Associates, 818 W. Lake St., Minneapolis 

What it’s about: Funded by an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Hillestad has tackled the intricacies of time as he explores youth and age in a series of humanist paintings.

Why you should go: No one would ever accuse Luke Hillestad of being hip. His paintings are a bit behind the times…by a few centuries. Yet Hillestad's hyper-realistic works, which recall the warm hues and patient detail of a Rembrandt, can be quite stunning.

When: The exhibition runs January 30 through February 28. There will be an opening reception this Saturday, January 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. 

"No Boys Allowed"

Where it’s at: Kolman & Pryor Gallery, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis

What it’s about: No matter your gender, everyone’s invited to check out Kolman & Pryor’s latest show featuring its favorite female artists. The event is part of the Twin Cities-wide Guerrilla Girls Takeover.

Why you should go: You'll want to check Jodi Reeb's unique work, which features irregularly shaped and asymmetrical pieces. Jil Evans, whose art playfully dances with light and movement, is also a part of the show, as is work by Betsy Ruth Byers, Farida Hughes, and Kelly Jean Ohl. Also on display is Christopher Atkins’ “Wired,” a love song to insomnia.

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When: The exhibition runs January 30 through March 12. There will be an opening reception Saturday, January 30, from 2 to 4 p.m.

"Caroline Kent: New Paintings"

Where it’s at: 708 Vandalia St., St. Paul. (It's the same address as the Bindery Projects — her studio connects to the gallery).

What it’s about: Kent debuts new, abstract work incorporating mysterious geometrical shapes and an intergalactic aesthetic.

Why you should go: With its bright colors and fantastical movements, Kent’s work has the draw of being visually accessible, while also having an undercurrent of layered thought. It’s the kind of work that makes you think while also stimulating your senses. 

When: This show actually opened last weekend, but you’ll have another chance to check out Kent’s new work at this Saturday afternoon showing from 3 to 6 p.m. 

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