One strength of the Twin Cities arts ecosystem stems from its plethora of collectives and communities, which serve not only to support artists and share resources, but to nurture the give-and-take that naturally occurs when working with and near each other.
This week, there’s multiple chances to check in on some of the great collectives and communities that prove that sometimes working together can hold tremendous rewards.
Rogue Citizen at Pop Out
Where it’s at: Pop Out, 2014 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis.
What it’s about: The gang at Rogue Citizen are back in action after taking a bit of time off from showing their work. Blaster, Dalsen, Lizardman, McGorry, and ugotsoul (they tend toward a street-art aesthetic, hence the aliases) have produced a show featuring over 100 pieces, including paintings, works on paper, prints, and objects. Collaborators include Chuck U, Katie Kroeck, and custom guitar builder Jeff Neilsen. The opening includes spinning by DJs Maria Isa and Muja Messiah.
Why you should go: Pop Out has been around for a minute, but they’ve got a new name, thanks in part to Rogue Citizen. Tonight is your chance to check out the gallery, which has plans to host art events more frequently in the coming year. It's also a great opportunity to see what the Rogue Citizen artists have been up to as of late.
When: 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday.
MN4MN Blank Canvas 2016
Where it’s at: Public Functionary, 1400 12th. Ave. NE, Minneapolis.
What it’s about: After the success of last year’s inaugural Blank Canvas, where artists collaborated with photographers to create and photograph a pair of artsy PF Flyer sneakers, the series returns with a new show this week. This time a vintage motorcycle helmet will be the canvas. For the exhibit, an artist, a photographer, and a model will collaborate to re-envision a motorcycle helmet as an artistic expression.
Why you should go: Both a fashion show and a photography exhibition, MN4MN Blank Canvas 2016 is a celebration of how the things we use and wear can be part of the beauty that surrounds us. Check out the work of 10 artists, 10 photographers, and 10 models at this fun night with DJ Chuck Chizzle providing the music.
When: 6 to 11 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $10.
Where it’s at: Form + Content Gallery, 210 N. Second St., Minneapolis.
What it’s about: The Crescent Collective -- artists/hydroponic interventionists Laura Bigger, Artemis Luz Ettsen, and Teréz Lacovino -- recently joined Form + Content. Their first exhibition in the gallery, "Natural Domestic," explores the liminal space between our ideas about what nature is and the ways humans have constructed, contorted, and shaped natural space in non-natural environments. Home aquariums, landscaped gardens, hydroponically engineered produce prove ripe inspiration for this group of artists, who use plants and space in intriguing ways.
Why you should go: It’s been ages since the majority of human beings had a day-to-day of being in nature in its truest state. People that live in urban environments are much more likely to experience nature that has been molded, shaped, or orchestrated in some way to fit our 21st century needs. The Crescent Collective Artists take that tension and tease it out, using their sculptural and gardening expertise to create works that will have you thinking about our relationship with the natural world.
When: 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
The White Page 3 Year Anniversary Party
Where it’s at: 3400 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis.
What it’s about: This Saturday, the White Page Gallery celebrates its first three years with a party that includes food, drink, a silent auction, raffles, music, dancing, and general merriment. Get your photo taken by studio member Zoey Melf, bid on artwork from your favorite White Page artists, and maybe wind up with some prizes from local businesses like Honeycomb Salon, Two Bettys Green Cleaning Service, and Wet Paint Art Supply.
Why you should go: It was three years ago that a group of East Coast art-school transplants settled in south Minneapolis to open a gallery space and residency program, and the Twin Cities has been richer for it. With their residency program that supports visiting artists working in tandem with their studio members, the White Page has created a strong community of artists that also puts out interesting, often provocative exhibitions and events. Go support them so they can have many more years of fruitful artmaking.
When: 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday.