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This week's 4 must-see art shows

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The good news is that we have made it to February. The bad news? There's going to be a whole lot more of winter before we're done. While this time of year might encourage hibernation, these cold weeks will go a lot quicker if you get out there and find some beauty and art to appreciate. Here are our top picks for art events this week to entice you to head out into the world. 

"What's the City Dreaming"

Where it’s at: Franconia in the [email protected], 1781 Jefferson St. NE, Minneapolis

What it’s about: This Thursday, Rebecca Krinke continues what she started at last summer's Northern Spark, where her team collected over 500 dreams from festival-goers, illuminated by the light of a giant, glowing bed sculpture. Krinke’s new installation at Franconia in the [email protected] further explores themes of wishes and dreams, with an added performative element. Tonight, four people

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holding glowing light boxes will walk throughout the installation, where they’ll find a place within it to write a dream or nightmare, then

exchange them and share the stories aloud.

Why you should see it: Despite being the shortest month, February can feel achingly long, with no end in sight to the early nights of darkness and cold. Instead of resisting, let Krinke’s work take you into the place between light and dark, between sleeping and waking, for this interactive event, where visitors will also be invited to write their dreams down and share them, if desired.

When: Thursday, 7 p.m. The exhibition runs through February 14.

"Watershed: Winter Ice Sculpture"

Where it’s at: Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, 2522 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis

What it’s about: Aaron Dysart takes ice sculpturing to a whole new level with Watershed. Using data collected from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, Dysart has crafted a 3-D scale model replica of the river floor.

Why you should see it: Dysart's project mixes science and art, so not only do you get to see a beautiful image, but you just might learn something about the watershed system.

When: There is a reception this Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibit runs through February 19 (hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday). 

"Of Shadows Of: Jonathan Kaiser"

 

Where it’s at: Gardner Hardware, 515 Washington Ave., N., Minneapolis

What it’s about: In collaboration with dance and movement artists such as DanceBums and Acroyoga Minneapolis, artist Jonathan Kaiser explores the silhouettes and shadows of bodies and architecture using a handful of photographic and cinematographic techniques.

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Why you should see it: We live in a fast and loose digital world, but there’s something to be said for using older technologies as a new way of looking at the modern world. Kaiser employs various old-school mediums, like 16mm film projections and silver gelatin prints, to create investigations of space and presence at a unique venue.

When: Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m.

"Aaron Brand: Tape Study"

Where it’s at: The Showroom, 615 W. Lake St., Minneapolis

 

What it’s about: Visual artist Aaron Brand creates cool geometric wall sculptures using recycled and surplus tape on wood.

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Why you should see it: Is there any material more versatile than tape? This everyday object is mostly used for utilitarian purposes, but with Brand’s imaginative process, you’ll see the possibilities unleashed for this oft-ignored miracle medium.

When: Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.