Crystal Quinn and Oakley Tapola take over SOOlocal
Oakley Tapola and Crystal Quinn
SOOlocal, Soo Visual Art Center's outlet space at Nicollet Avenue and 35th Street, has been busy these days with a new series, called Equinox, curated by Crystal Quinn and Oakley Tapola. The pair, whose own artwork was featured earlier this year in the gallery, approached SooVAC about curating other artists' work in a series of short-run exhibitions.
Currently on view is the second exhibition in the series, "Make the Machine Feel Human," which includes abstracted landscapes created by James Penfield; the sprawling, frenetic, multimedia work of Brian David Downs; and music by the Seawhores. Like "Somethin's Rippin'," Quinn and Tapola's exhibition from February, the current show has an ambitious sense of chaos.
L-R: Work by Brian David Downs, James Penfield
Work by Lyndsay Rhyner
The Equinox Series is the first time the two artists, who are also roommates, have curated a show together, though each has curatorial experience. Quinn used to co-curate the Dressing Room series in a loft apartment with Art of This co-founder David Petersen. For that project, Quinn would work with participants to create an artist book that would be available at every show. Meanwhile, Tapola runs an artist publication, called Wopozi, that's circulated around the country.
IF YOU GO:
"Make the Machine Feel Human"
Work by Brian David Downs, James Penfield, and Seawhores
The closing event is Saturday, September 6 from 6 to 9 p.m.
2638 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis.
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