This week's must-see art shows

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For artists, collaboration can mean a lot of different things. It could be two or more artists working on a project together. Or artists working on separate projects in the same space, thereby influencing each other. Or artists simply allowing conversations with each other to influence their work. This week, there are a number of events scheduled that show the different forms that collaboration can take between artists, and also between artists and their environment.  "Parsing Silence: Meditations on Solitude" 

Where it’s at: University of Minnesota's Paul Whitney Larson Art Gallery, 2017 Buford Ave., St. Paul. 

What it’s about: For the exhibition, artist Lindsy Halleckson shares her expansive, meditative paintings inspired from her travels through nature around the country and internationally. Evoking the feeling of sunsets and beautiful skies, her work embarks on a reflective conversation between the art and the viewer.

Why you should go: With news of mass killings in Orlando, it’s been a horrific week. Halleckson’s exhibition is a chance to find a calm reprieve, to find that inner silence and strength during the darkest times. Experience the colorful, soothing work of this artist. 

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

"Voices of Wisdom"

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Where it’s at: Sabes Jewish Community Center's Tychman Shapiro Gallery, 4330 S. Cedar Lake Rd., Minneapolis. 

What it’s about: Artists participating in the Minneapolis Jewish Artists’ Laboratory, part of a larger initiative involving five different Midwest cities, will present work they have been developing this year under the theme of wisdom, using art and Jewish content to explore the topic. Members of the lab meet regularly throughout the year, discussing their roles as artists and individuals as part of a community. Pieces showcased here use traditional Jewish text, poetry, songs, and stories.

Why you should go: Artists are commonly thought of as solitary creatures, holed up in their studios working for hours on end alone. While that’s true for many artists, opening up to others can be a way of seeing process and content in a new way. The Jewish Artists’ Laboratory is a way for artists to build connections with each other, the community, and their faith as a way of creating a larger dialogue with their work and with audiences. Come check out how these artists have been engaging with the idea of wisdom and perhaps it will affect on you, too.

When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

"Double Vision Quest"

Where it’s at: Soo Visual Arts Center, 2909 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis.

What it’s about: Things might get a little rowdy over at the SooVAC, as members of Paintallica, a multi-state collaborative group of artists, descend on the gallery. They'll be creating work with chainsaws, wood, paint, motor vehicles, and neon. Helped along by a bit of beer and horseplay, the artists create through building off imagery from their working-class, rural America roots, as well as what comes out of their research of the specific site they are working on.

Why you should go: Why just go on a vision quest when you can go on a double vision quest? Minneapolis-based artist Bruce Tapola has been a familiar face at SooVAC over the years, and now brings his whole troupe of rag-tag artists for an explosion of collaborative fun. You can be sure it will be engulfing, weird, and great.

When: 6-9 p.m. Friday.

"3X5: June Residency"

Where it’s at: The Soap Factory, 514 Second St. SE, Minneapolis.

What it’s about: The second round of emerging artists featured in the Soap Factory’s new Three by Five program will be showing their new work as part of an opening reception on Saturday. This month’s artists were selected by the June coordinators, Roderic Southall, Alexa Horochowski, and Chris Larson. Each artist will be in a different gallery room, allowing visitors to peruse the art they’ve been working on in the space, as they responded to the environment and each other.

Why you should go: It might seem like a simple thing, but having a space to create is vital for any artist, particularly one who’s just starting out. With the Soap Factory’s new Three by Five initiative, emerging artists are given a kind of playground to realize their ideas, riffing off the other artists in the program. Wonder what the future trends are going to be in the local art scene? You might want to put your money on this next generation of artists who are defining contexts for what’s to come as we speak. 

When: 6-10 p.m. Saturday. 


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