SooVAC double exhibit opens Saturday

​Saturday night will play host to a compelling double header in Minneapolis, but unlike an athletic event, this one will be less about winning or losing, and more about contemplation and artistic expression. 

The Soo Visual Arts Center will open two new exhibits starting at 6 p.m. The main gallery features "Systematics" with work by Liz Miller and R. Justin Stewart, while "Alternative Futures" features work by Allen Brewer and Pamela Valfer.

"Systematics" touches on our dependence on encoded systems, and how that intricate information is consumed at a swift pace and processed through each person's belief systems. How we make sense of this knowledge is always changing, and Miller and Stewart explore these processes through their own expression. Miller constructs her ideas on society's systems using mixed media, drawings, and patters on paper, while Stewart uses zip ties and Teflon o-rings to build system-like frameworks that coincide with his ink and graphite drawings.

"Alternative Futures" demonstrates how artists like Brewer and Valfer can take abandoned cultural images and ideas and transform them into a relevant illustration of our future through our past. Brewer employs carbon tracing paper and handmade tools to document his ideas and emotions. Valfer recreates natural moments using artificial components. For this exhibit, her installation will contrast natural woodlands with hybridized animal portraits made up of plastic toys wearing real skins. 

Despite the two separate themes, both exhibit openings on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. are full of contemplation on our society's future, from dissecting our dependence on interwoven systems, to how we might evaluate where we're going by examining what we've left behind. These are conversations worth having, especially when sparked by artistic, visual expression.

SooVAC is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $2.

SooVAC double exhibit opens Saturday

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