The haunting paintings of Caitlin Karolczak (and other art shows worth your time)

Caitlin Karolczak

Caitlin Karolczak

Fall is just about here, but that doesn’t mean you need to head indoors already. There’s plenty of lovely weather left. We’ve got some outdoor art watching options for you, in addition to sardonic prints at Highpoint and the dark mastery of Caitlin Karolczak at Rogue Buddha.

Moon Garden

Where it’s at: Silverwood Park at Three Rivers Park District, 2500 County Rd. E W., St. Anthony.

What it’s about: Silverwood Park celebrates the installation of a new sculpture, Moon Garden, by Will Vannerson, which will be on view at the park through 2019. The opening reception is held in conjunction with a party for two other sculptures: Bio Scenic Travel Machine Cyto-Squad by Sara Hanson and Infra- by Betsy Alwin.

Why you should go: Who says you can only have an opening reception for an exhibit inside a gallery? Check out these three new additions to Silverwood Park and enjoy conversation about them.

When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

Todd Norsten: N O W H E R E

Where it’s at: Highpoint Center for Printmaking, 912 W. Lake St., Minneapolis.

What it’s about: Over the past year, artist Todd Norsten has been hard at work at Highpoint Center for Printmaking creating his first series of monoprints for Highpoint Editions, the publishing arm of the organization. The survey includes the artist’s experimentations in appropriated text and imagery, in which he uses humor to upend common phrases.

Why you should go: With irreverence and a don’t give a shit sensibility, Norsten unravels cliches to find more guttural truths. “The end is at hand again,” reads one poster. “The wages of sin are cheaper every day,” reads another. If you’re feeling a little feisty, this is the show for you.

When: 6:30-9 p.m. Friday.

Seeking Arrangement: Caitlin Karolczak Solo Exhibition

Where it’s at: Rogue Buddha Gallery, 357 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis.

What it’s about: It’s been a while since Caitlin Karolczak, mistress of all things beautifully macabre, has enjoyed a solo show in Minneapolis. In the past few years she’s spent some time in New York City, gracing the Twin Cities occasionally as part of group shows and open studio events. Here’s your chance to see her work get the attention it deserves at Rogue Buddha Gallery, a perfect venue for her gothic sensibility.

Why you should go: Masterfully painted in the Flemish style, Karolczak’s paintings haunt the viewer with death and life and the liminal spaces in between. Both sexy and disturbing, you’re sure to be enchanted.

When: 6-10 p.m. Friday.

LoLA Art Crawl

Where it’s at: Longfellow neighborhood and beyond.

What it’s about: Artists living in the Longfellow neighborhood open their doors for an art crawl that’s a little bit different than most of the ones you may be used to visiting in the Twin Cities. Instead of walking around artist studio buildings, as is the case for something like Art-A-Whirl or the St. Paul Art Crawl, LoLA involves actually visiting people’s homes, studios, storefront spaces, and cafes in the neighborhood.

Why you should go: What’s neat about LoLA is that it’s a little more low-key than your typical art crawl. You can walk around the beautiful neighborhood and take in the scenery in between checking out what artists are up to in their home studios. Worthwhile stops also include venues like the Hook and Ladder, Forage Modern Workshop, Gandhi Mahal, and Riverview Cafe.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.