Kate Casanova and Areca Roe at Gallery 122
Railroad by Areca Roe
An exhibit featuring the work of two exciting young talents, Kate Casanova and Areca Roe, opened last weekend at Gallery 122 at Hang-It. "Terra Nova" gives a taste of what each artist, both graduates of the University of Minnesota MFA program, have been up to lately. Casanova's profile has gone national as of late, with two of her short videos traveling with Station to Station. During the Minneapolis stop of the tour, she also showed off her amazing mushroom car. Areca Roe, meanwhile, won a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant last year, and had a wonderful show at SooVAC last summer.
Pond by Kate Casanova
Meanwhile Areca Roe presents a series of photographs taken from her "Oh Pioneer" series, which was inspired by the work of Western photographers of the late 1800s. The photographs have a majestic "Oh beautiful for spacious skies" feel to them, despite the fact that they are obviously made in miniature with tiny toy people and trains and tents placed in a landscape created by plush fur-like material. The synthetic quality of the soft material stands in contrast with the scenes of "nature," perhaps making a comment on manifest destiny itself, and how so many of our continent's greatest views and scenic places have made way for industry and development.
IF YOU GO:
Through November 16
Gallery 122 at Hang-It
Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Fridays; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
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