This week's must-see art shows


So, Northern Spark is happening on Saturday. It’s sure to be awesome as always, and we’re definitely planning on going, but here are some other art events that are happening this week to supplement your Spark plans.

"Voids | Reflections" by Holly Streekstra and Lyz Wendland

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

What it’s about: Holly Streekstra and Lyz Wendland both use repetition of form as they explore space in this exhibition. Where Streekstra’s site-specific installation might make the viewer feel as if they are seeing plants and atmospheres from far above, Wendland draws inspiration from road maps, suburban housing developments, and shadows from housetops while using screenprinting, colored pencil, and blueprint on cut paper.

Why you should go: In traumatic life experiences, there’s a phenomenon that sometimes happens where an individual escapes their body and views events from above. Sometimes in dreams this happens as well, where aerial distance provides needed separation. Let these two artists show you the void, without getting sucked in, as a meditative approach to observing life.

When: The exhibition is on view in the main gallery from June 9 through July 31. The opening reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Grant Hart’s drums played at 7th St. Entry August 15, 1981, for the recording of Hüsker Dü’s <i>Land Speed Record</i>.

Grant Hart’s drums played at 7th St. Entry August 15, 1981, for the recording of Hüsker Dü’s Land Speed Record.

"Chris Larson: Land Speed Record" 

Where it’s at: Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis.

What it’s about: In 2011, the childhood home of Grant Hart, Hüsker Dü's drummer and co-songwriter, was partially burned. Artist Chris Larson offered to store a number of damaged objects in his home. The unfortunate incident turned into serendipity, as this new exhibition at the Walker will demonstrate. “Land Speed Record” uses film of Hart’s burned instruments shown inside an installation inspired by the architecture of Minneapolis’ 7th St. Entry.

Why you should go: Whether he’s burning a paper house down for Northern Spark or re-imagining the warped world of Flannery O’Connor inside the Soap Factory, Chris Larson can be relied on for spectacle. This new exhibition, which pairs two life-long friends, promises to be an exciting look at memory, decay, and time.

When: The work is on display June 9 through January 8, 2017. The opening reception is 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

"Gina Louise: Divergent Layers" 

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

What it’s about: Showroom, a women’s clothing/jewelry store and art gallery, welcomes artist Gina Louise for an opening reception with sips and snacks. Louise is known for her work as a professional sculptor, where her specialty is creating accurate eco-sculptures for museum exhibits. This show will feature her fine art as well.

Why you should go: Not every artist in the world is an excellent craftsperson, but Louise’s many years as a professional in the museum world informs and adds a sharpness and refinement to her work, which encompasses numerous mediums.

When: The public reception takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Gamut Gallery Turns 4

Where it’s at: Gamut Gallery, 717 S. 10th St., Minneapolis. 

What it’s about: Gamut celebrates its fourth birthday, set amid the mesmerizing “Ineffable” exhibition featuring the work of Ramses Alarcon Sanchez and 11 local photographers. The party will include a second CD release of the band Deathdance, as well as bands, comedy, live painting on mannequins, and more.

Why you should go: Four years ago, Gamut Gallery held a grand opening in their old space for Northern Spark. Featuring music, live painting, video installations, and artwork by Brant Kingman and Silvia Yordanova, the night was the start of something great. Four years later, Gamut is still going strong, albeit in a new location, and throwing a party to celebrate and look forward to many years to come.

When: The event is free from 1 to 7 p.m.; $10 from 7 to 11 p.m. ($15 w/CD).