Art Shape Mammoth is excited to host Mari Mathlin from Finland!

Mari currently lives in Reykjavik, Iceland, and works at the Nordic Cultural House. Mari is preparing an exhibition to bring to the United States, in the summer of 2017, featuring fresh investigations into materials and methods she has been working with during the past year.

During the Visitor Center Artist Camp's 2017 Sustainable Practices Symposium, Mari will exhibit her artwork in the exhibition at Ewen High School, and will give a special lecture on Finnish and Icelandic art, sharing examples from art history and contemporary art in Finland and Iceland through the concepts of otherness and familiarity.

The public is invited to join us for an evening that will include an opening art reception, Mari’s art and culture talk, and a potluck featuring Finnish and Scandinavian foods. 

Mari Mathlin was born in 1980 in Pattijoki Finland and currently lives and works in Reykjavik. She received her BA in Fine Arts from The Swedish Polytechnic, Nykarleby in 2006; her MA in Art Education from the University of Lapland, Rovaniemi 2010; and her BA in Art History and Theory from the University of Iceland, Reykjavik. Mari has participated in numerous residencies around Europe that have had great impact on her work, including at Drake Arts Center in Finland, Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus in Germany, and most recently the Old School Residency in Iceland. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo shows in galleries around Europe, including The Nordic House, Iceland; Valve Gallery, Vaasa City Art Gallery, Gallery Carree, and a traveling exhibition through Oulu City Art Museum, Finland. Mari´s work mixes drawing, painting and printing techniques. She uses varied types of paper both as a surface when creating two-dimensional images and as a construction material for three-dimensional works. She has also worked with place and space specific projects in schools and communities.

Loaded, solo exhibition by Finnish artist Mari Mathlin

Opening Reception Thursday, July 27 6-8:30 pm

Exhibition runs July 27 to August 14

Hair and Nails Gallery

2222 ½ E. 35th St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Open Saturdays 1-6 and by appointment


Hair and Nails Gallery is proud to present Loaded, a solo exhibition featuring the work of Finnish artist Mari Mathlin, from July 27 to August 14. Mari will be traveling from her home in Iceland to install the exhibition, give an artist talk, and attend the opening reception Thursday, July 27 6-8:30 pm. This is a collaborative endeavor between three creative organizations, to initiate an international artist exchange fostering cross-cultural and creative dialogue. Hair and Nails Gallery is hosting the exhibition and national arts nonprofit ArtShape Mammoth, a placeless organization, is curating and organizing the exchange. The Future, a new Minneapolis creative residency program, will host our visiting artist Mari Mathlin.

Mari’s exhibition will feature process-led work, informed by her materials. Her process allows the chain of events leading up to the finished installation to link each piece, through previously occurring and subsequent stages of development. Utilizing parchment paper, cellophane, tin foil, black paint, water and lighting, Mari’s installation explores interconnectivity, creating an environment that blurs the line between process and product, physically allowing the viewer inside of her working process. The title of the exhibition can be understood to contain a multitude of meanings, suggesting that each piece has been loaded with both conscious and unconsciously occurring stories and narratives by the artist as well as the audience.

The Future is a project and event space, artist market, Aquarian lab, artist residency, library, workshop and studio located in the Witch District of South Minneapolis.

Sarah Magida,  Embroidery in Progress,  embroidery on canvas

Sarah Magida, Embroidery in Progress, embroidery on canvas

Loose Threads 

freeform art space
3012 Cielo Court
Santa Fe, NM
July 7th - August 3rd
opening reception July 7th, 5:30-8pm

Loose Threads
Three artists investigate materials, labor, womanhood, femininity, and politics through their personal perspectives and sense of touch.  As women, the clothes we choose to wear, the types of work we choose to do, expectations based on beauty and age, or the desire to be feminine yet strong, can run contrary to societal pressures. When confronted with socio-cultural norms that contradict our sense of self and place, different approaches arise to attempt to resolve that dissonance.

Fay Stanford,  Swarm,  woodcut and ink on cotton

Fay Stanford, Swarm, woodcut and ink on cotton

Jane Gordon,  Gathering,  cotton stained with minerals, clay slip

Jane Gordon, Gathering, cotton stained with minerals, clay slip

In part, these works are personal meditations, using traditional techniques to create conceptual work. With skilled dexterity, the repetition of motion and form allows an artist mental space to contemplate while grounding them in the present, amidst a cacophony of sensory input and the current cultural hunger for immediate gratification. But when does the personal begin to reflect on our political environment?

Categorizing a piece of art as “craft” has often been used to demean or lessen its value, to demonstrate a lesser skill or talent, a lack of conceptual rigor or an immature aesthetic. The use of textiles and other techniques often labelled as “craft” by all three artists creates an association for the work that connects to the history of women’s contributions to these fields while diverging from traditional themes, and also utilizing traditional craft techniques in an experimental fashion.

For the viewer, these works provide a different perspective into materials and techniques, and question the framework generally attributed to them. This questioning is of utmost importance in a society as diverse and complex as our own.

Curated by Jane Gordon

Visitor Center Artist Camp

2017 Artist Residencies &

Sustainable Practices Symposium

Session One: July 21st - 28th

Session Two: July 29th - August 12th, 2017


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