Summary of My Cross-Cultural Artist Exchange, Summer 2017

Summary of My Cross-Cultural Artist Exchange, Summer 2017

Written by Mari Mathlin, visiting artist from Iceland / Finland

The cross-cultural artist exchange program arranged by Art Shape Mammoth added new experiences to my work as an artist. The exchange program was in two parts: Artist residency at The Future along with an exhibition at Hair and Nails gallery in Minneapolis, and participating as an international visiting artist at the Visitor Center Artist Camp in the UP of Michigan...

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“Looking to the Self, Looking into Others” at Garner Arts Festival

“Looking to the Self, Looking into Others” at Garner Arts Festival

The spaces are so grand at Garner Arts Center, you could be forgiven for missing some of the art on view. The setting is extraordinary: a complex of industrial buildings formerly housing a textile mill, which produced millions of yards of cloth and World War II uniforms back in the day – now - housing enviable artist studios, small businesses, and the Industrial Arts Brewing Company.   Set along the Minisceongo Creek, the two-day arts festival offers open studios, live music, food trucks, beer garden and sculpture walk along the creek bed.

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Douglas Degges, "Props for Pictures"

Douglas Degges, "Props for Pictures"

The paintings in Douglas Degges' intimate series "Props for Pictures" have an innate organic appeal that make them winsome exercises in form that you want to spend time with.  A broad color range flickers through the earthy and good-humored personae of these small works.  United by an ambitious impasto that recalls poorly-stirred pancake batter, the paintings have only a rough compositional geometry - with rectangles, triangles and edges coming and going...

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