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DON'T LOOK BACK, work by Julia Maiuri

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Forage Modern Workshop is honored to present paintings by Minneapolis-based artist Julia Maiuri. Her moody, otherworldly work will fill the gallery space September and October.

Please join us Saturday, Sept 14, 6 - 8PM for our opening reception.

From the artist:

don’t look back uses repetition in imagery, color schemes, and marks to explore the point at which recollection veers into rumination and obsession. Drawing inspiration from found photos, personal experience, and mythology to shape each composition, Maiuri constructs a visual narrative that is nonlinear; giving life to alternate realities and entertaining fantasies of what might have been.


In her collaged works on paper, sense of time is manipulated as torn pieces of paper, layers of paint, and shifts in color drift between varying perspectives. The way that viewers perceive the work is also challenged as Maiuri’s paintings on sheer fabric allow us to peer through the painting surface, offering additional possibilities for experiencing the work, surrounding space, and narratives depicted. A sinking tension is ever present as the figures within each scene bleed through the painting surfaces, attempting to recall moments that have been picked apart, rearranged, and put back together again.

Julia Maiuri (b. 1991) is a visual artist based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Working primarily through figurative painting, Maiuri explores themes of memory, relationships, and storytelling. Maiuri holds a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Wayne State University (Detroit, 2013). She is currently pursuing an MFA in Painting from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

POCKET OBJECT at Forage Modern Workshop 6/14-16

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Pocket Object is a traveling show conceived and curated by artist Noël Morical. The show consists of pocket-sized keychain-themed work from over 150 artists nationwide, all priced $100 or less. The show has been to Kansas City, Chicago, LA, Seattle, Nashville and Philadelphia. 

The Minneapolis edition will be here Friday, June 14th through Sunday, June 16th

Saturday the 15th, 12-4PM, we will also host a special pop up in the shop featuring local artists who make one-of-a-kind apparel! 

Ray's Apparel (Rachel Corradi)

Uselding Fridays (Joshua McGarvey)

Island Queen Satans Flower (Rebecca Spangenthal)

Color in Motu, An Installation by Isa Gagarin

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Please join us at Forage Modern Workshop for the closing reception, Thursday, June 27, 6-8PM.

From the artist:

Notes on Color in Motu

At the center of artist and educator Joseph Albers’ teachings on color and perception is the idea that color is relative. In his book Interaction of Color ( 1963), he asks the reader to imagine dipping one hand in a bowl of cold water and the other hand in a bowl of hot water. There is a third bowl, filled with room-temperature water. When the “cold” hand dips into the third bowl, it feels quite warm in contrast. The “hot” hand perceives the neutral water as cold. This idea of relativity is explored in the book throughout Albers’ imaginative exercises in color and perception.

Being a visual artist, I have cultivated the practice of observing color in my environment. I am perceptive to the changing conditions of light and space that contribute to color’s relativity. One of the experiences I have been drawn to is the flickering quality of dappled light underneath trees. On August 21, 2017, I observed the total solar eclipse in Laurens, South Carolina. I was thrilled to witness the phenomena in which dappled light underneath trees appeared to be composed entirely of illuminated crescents. My friend’s daughter was born that same day.

The solar eclipse is a coincidence: the moon is just the right size and distance from the earth that when its orbit aligns with the sun, the moon appears to slip perfectly over the sun like the lid of a jar. On September 30, 2013, on what happened to be my birthday, I interviewed solar physicist Shadia Habbal about her work as a solar eclipse chaser. One of the questions I asked her was about the idea of coincidences within astronomy. She laughed and shrugged. “There are still so many unexplainable things about our universe. I think of a friend, and she calls me on the phone at that instant- I have no way to explain that.” As we parted ways at the end of our interview, she mentioned that it was her birthday.
It is because of experiences like this that my work is deeply personal. There is an indirect and circuitous connection between my experiences and a crescent shape cut out of fabric, painted blue and collaged on to the wall. Color in Motu is an expression of color in movement, installed on site at Forage Modern Workshop and responding to elements of light and scale in the gallery space. The flickering quality of dappled light is a minor creative inspiration, but where the process of making the work leads me is completely unknown. Color in Motu might embody unexpected ideas and experiences that I have absorbed and circulated. Within my work, the indeterminate connections between autobiography and abstraction are the same as Albers’ colors: relative.

About the artist:

Isa Gagarin is an interdisciplinary artist based in Minneapolis. Working in an expanded painting practice, Gagarin uses site-specific installation to convey perceptive responses to space, with an emphasis on color relationships. The impermanent and durational qualities of natural phenomena such as solar eclipses, tides, and rainbows prompt Gagarin to draw connections between her work and personal experiences of environments in Hawai’i and Guam. Gagarin received her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University (2018) and a BFA in Painting from Minneapolis College of Art and Design (2008).

And we are honored to have had poet Miriam Karraker compose two poems — “both ode and elegy” — in concert with the installation. Artist books are available; edition of 60.

Miriam Karraker writes and performs. She is currently based in Minneapolis and is working on a novel and other objects. She is interested in the intersections of work and play, legibilities and illegibilities. She teaches generative drawing, writing, and movement workshops as an independent educator/facilitator. 

NCECA 2019 Minneapolis: UARK Lamp Show!

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The University of Arkansas Ceramics Department is proud to present UARK Lamp, a show comprised of 22 ceramic works that bridge art and craft, art and design, art and commerce. This show includes work by faculty and staff, post-baccalaureates, MFA and BFA candidates, including artists such as Linda Lopez, Mathew McConnell, Anthony Sonnenberg and Joanna Pike. The show will be on view for two days during NCECA Minneapolis, the convention for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. 

UARK Lamp viewing hours: Thursday and Friday, March 28-29, 11am-7pm

UARK artist reception: Thursday, March 28 6-9pm

Exhibition booklet written by artist, critic and curator Adam Welch (Greenwich House Pottery, New York and visiting lecturer, Princeton University).

Currently on view : Rose Kaprelian by photographer Amy Anderson

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Rose Kaprelian : A new portrait series by Amy Anderson opens Friday, March 8. Please join us for the opening reception at Forage Modern Workshop from 6-8PM.

From the artist:

Rose is certainly retro which makes her right at home here at Forage, but she is also an individual with hopes and desires and family she loves and friends who adore her, a marriage and a rich inner life.  She is funny and kind, quick-witted and sharp as a tack. Being with her is a joy, and I feel so lucky she has chosen to collaborate with me on these portraits. 

I met Rose while mindlessly surfing Instagram. It was a Mother’s Day tribute alongside a photo of her in a yellow suit, in a yellow dining room placing yellow flowers on a yellow table.  Full of color and intention and beauty, she sparked my spirit, and I knew instantly that I wanted to meet her, to explore life with her and make her portrait. When I reached out to her granddaughter I was immediately invited into Rose’s life and home and family.  They embraced me and this project with generosity and love and excitement. Rose is special, and those around her know it. Celebrating her vitality and resilience seemed only natural. Rose joined in the imagining of these images and chose her own clothes and hats.  We ate together and talked together and found connections in our seemingly different lives.

It is the aim of my work as a portrait photographer to present work imbued with human spirit. I strive to impact my community by creating authentic portraits that explore the universal themes that connect us as humans. This year, with funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board, I was able to create this new body of work exploring portrait making alongside a single subject, showing her life and vitality and hopefully inspiring introspection, resilience and joy in each of us. 

Amy Anderson is an award-winning photographer working in the Twin Cities and around the country. She is a two-time recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant as well as a winner of the Walker Art Center Ingenuity Award at the Minnesota State Fair.  Her work has been featured in numerous shows around the country, on the NPR lens blog and has been selected for acquisition by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She is currently working on the completion of a new body of work and is available for exhibitions and assignments.

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'Whoever Brought Me Here Will Have to Bring Me Home'; new work by Lauren Roche and Hannah Brown

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Opening reception :

Friday, January 4th

6 - 9 PM

at Forage Modern Workshop

From Lauren Roche:

In my work, female nudes and animals interact in abstracted interior and exterior spaces. These figures bend and reach in gestures of empathetic connection, revealing solidarity between impassive yet vulnerable forms. My figures inhabit aural, dreamlike settings, which I create using rough fields of color and gestural paint strokes. My visual influences come from classical Greek mythology, handmade embroideries, weavings, domestic interiors, music and my vivid dreamworld.

I create paintings that examine balance and unease at once: female nudes engage in ritualistic acts, cats and dogs live harmoniously, and wild animals appear tame and indoors. All creatures share the same stripes, spots, and gestures, but given these figures in their domestic context, harm is still a looming threat. I am self taught, and use paper, acrylic paint and pen as materials for physically exploring my thoughts and emotions, which are transformed into a visual narrative.

About Lauren:

(b. Santa Rosa, CA 1983) Lauren Roche is a self-taught artist living in Minneapolis, MN. Her aesthetic is often rooted in autobiography and grapples with the elusive territories of the imagination and memory. Roche's drawings and paintings feature female nudes in ritualistic acts, cats and dogs living harmoniously, and exotic horses -- all creatures share the same stripes, spots and gestures. An avid reader, Roche cites the magical realist novels of Murakami and Kathy Acker's punk poetry as influential to her practice. Roche was just awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation's Painters and Sculptors Grant (2018) and was a recipient of the 2012-2013 Jerome Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship. Her work is represented by Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis, MN.

From Hannah Brown:

The images I create function as my tool for capturing the darkness and lightness in the human experience; as well as the fun, difficult, and unexplainable moments that nuance our lives. I am drawn to vivid contrast, which manifests in my practice and the themes that come forth in my work. My art is heavily influenced by narrative and emotion; addressing body image, sexuality, loneliness, and abundance.

I primarily draw using ballpoint pen on paper, a method I discovered when I was a teenager. In my drawing practice I am interested in images that are intimate and vulnerable, focusing on the nude form typically without reference. Working in this style is tedious and meditative, which allows me to invest in a level of detail that creates my own reality within the image.

I am a female identifying person living in Minneapolis, MN. I graduated from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2016, with a degree in Illustration. Currently I work out of my studio in the Powderhorn neighborhood.

A screen print of Lauren Roche’s work can be purchased here.

Small Business Saturday at FMW

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Join us on Small Business Saturday!

11/24, 12-3pm

  • Storewide Sale

  • In-store printing with Laura Brown + launch of her hand-printed postcards. Available for purchase on Saturday

  • Free hand-printed gift given out between 12-3pm, printed by Laura Brown

  • Treats

  • Good Vibes

We are grateful for all of you who support your favorite neighborhood shops.

We’ve been at this since 2012 and wouldn’t be here without your support. THANK YOU!

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Midwest Home Magazine Gift Guide

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Holiday 2018 Gift Guide

A few of our favorite items were included in the fall/winter issue of Midwest Home Magazine! We love seeing our goods next to goods from other local shops and makers in the Twin Cities.

Click on image to shop the item.

AS IS, watercolor works by Buzzy Napoli

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As Is features the watercolor works of now Minneapolis-based artist Buzzy Napoli. Napoli treats his subjects with a thoughtfulness that is felt by the viewer. These are objects that have existed within his personal world, but they have shared context that, through his medium, comes in and out of focus. The show will run through December 26th, 2018.

Join us for the opening reception Friday, November 9, from 6-8 PM.

Forage Modern Workshop, 4023 E Lake St, MN 55406

From the artist:


The phrase As Is functions in most scenarios as a caveat emptor: scrawled in miniature within the borders of a record’s price sticker or as a neon addition to an online auction listing. It’s an indication that something isn’t quite right, that something is less than perfect. Removed from the context of the marketplace, however, As Is and the imperfections it denotes function less as a warning than as an existential affirmation. Indeed, everything is As Is. As Popeye would say, “I yam what I yam.”

Even within the confines of commerce, to suggest that an object is As Is prescribes a certain autonomy to the object in question. It exists, warts and all, regardless of human perception, monetary value and desirability. Like us, it is kinetic, vibrating and moving through time.

This collection of drawings functions as an exploration of objects - some fleeting, others long-standing - as they appear to me and as they are, in all their flawed, misrepresented and multi-dimensional glory. The drawings, of course, are also As Is, so buyer beware.


Buzzy Napoli (b. 1985, Long Island, New York) earned a BA in Gender and Women’s Studies from Connecticut College, New London, CT in 2007 and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA in 2017. His work tends to explore the significance of everyday objects and actions through watercolor and video. He currently lives and works in Minneapolis, MN.

Now on view: OBJECTS of COMFORT

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Our September show opens Friday, September 14, from 6-9PM. Click  here  for the Facebook event page.  The show will feature three artists, each working in different media, who will come together to make an immersive installation in the gallery space at Forage Modern Workshop.

Our September show opens Friday, September 14, from 6-9PM. Click here for the Facebook event page.

The show will feature three artists, each working in different media, who will come together to make an immersive installation in the gallery space at Forage Modern Workshop.

Rebecca Spangenthal is an artist living in Minneapolis MN. Rebecca focuses on functional textiles and music under the project name Island Queen Satans Flower. She is also a painter. For inquires, commissions and conversation, contact Rebecca at

Alanah Luger-Guillaume was born in Waterbury, Connecticut and attended Alfred University School of Art and Design. In 2013 Alanah co-founded The White Page gallery and residency program, and has maintained an active painting practice in which she explores color and pattern. She has participated in exhibitions at galleries such as Yeah Maybe and TuckUnder Projects of Minneapolis as well as The Front in New Orleans, LA and The Cohen Gallery in Alfred, NY.

Kathryn Sheldon grew up outside of Syracuse, NY and is a co-founder of The White Page. Kate attended Alfred University School of Art and Design and graduated with a BFA and New York State K-12 Visual Art Teaching Certification. She has worked with the Access Program Department of the Art Gallery New South Wales in Sydney, Australia as well as on the install team for the Sydney Biennale. She maintains her studio practice as a painter in Minneapolis and has participated in exhibitions at The Cohen Gallery (Alfred, NY), and TuckUnder Projects and Yeah Maybe (Mpls, MN).

Up thru Labor Day : BS SHOW : A Bumper Sticker Show

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Our summer show is curated by Minneapolis-based artist Crystal Quinn. Quinn asked 8 artists to create 1 or 2 bumper sticker designs, each of which will be on display in our gallery. Participating artists include:

Maddy Nye / @maddynye /

Rachel Howe / Small Spells / @smallspells /

Kindra Murphy / @fromkindra /

Nathaniel Russell / @nathanielrussell /

Clay Hickson / @clayhickson /

Loren Purcell / @lorenpurcell

Eric Timothy Carlson / @erictimothycarlson /

Aaron Anderson / @aaron_anderson

Crystal Quinn / @heavythread / @anarchyisfemale /

The show opens with a late afternoon reception Saturday, July 14 from 2-4PM.

You can purchase the bumper stickers here.

FMW Featured Artist: Preston Drum

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Forage Modern Workshop is pleased to announce Looking For Something Bigger, an interactive installation by Minneapolis based artist Preston Drum. Drum’s interactive installations present a stage of distortion, using everyday objects to create a blurred version of reality. Using materials such as cardboard, wood, drawings, paintings, video, and re-purposed materials, Drum will transform Forage Modern Workshop into a make-shift studio, an environment inspired by relocating his current studio space.

Looking For Something Bigger testifies to the continued fascination of the artists' studio as a concept, psychological construct, social point or periphery, a site of identity, a site of performance and myth. It presents a pause in time of either factual or fictitious process of production, transforming the artists' studio from an enclosure to a realm of openness.

Preston Drum’s work has been exhibited at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Walker Art Center, and The Soap Factory in Minneapolis. Looking For Something Bigger will run May 2nd - July 1st. The opening reception is Friday, May 4th, 6 - 9 pm.

From the artist

Though trained as a painter, I have in recent years developed an art practice centered on building interactive sculptural installations using cardboard, wood, and other repurposed materials. These installations which employ the use of soundscapes and video elements, are pseudo-stages where the viewer becomes a part of a performance. There is no script for these plays, the work is driven by a contract between artist and participant to mine our collective memory. Collaboration is essential for bringing new breath to the creative process and the relationship between artist and viewer is the ultimate collaboration. As an artist, my goal is not to dictate meaning but to provide material for the viewer to construct their own. This interaction provokes questions of how we define the author, the reader and the power dynamics between the two roles. We all love stories, but we must be mindful of the context in which the story is being told and heard.

Being a white man from the Southern United States, I am endowed with a guilt for the south’s history, to reconcile the transgressions of my ancestors, I go forward with an open heart and open mind. Seeking to empower the viewer and engage them in discourse about the things that unite us. As our society transitions into one dominated by abstractions through technology, fake news and escapism, it seems we are in dire need of visceral experiences and personal connections. This has pushed me away from the canvas in pursuit of a new way of storytelling that uses all our senses. My hope is that the viewer will use these installations as an opportunity to question their own presence in this world and through that questioning find a voice to tell their own stories. 


Preston Drum, was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He earned a BFA from Memphis College of Art in 2006 and an MFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2016. Though his past work was focused on producing mixed media paintings, he has recently turned towards building interactive installations and moving image work that explore notions of memory and performance through non-linear storytelling. Drum’s installations and performances are often site-specific and collaborative in nature, framing the audience as a participant in the art. Drum’s work has been exhibited throughout the Midwest and Southern United States at venues such as Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, The Minneapolis Institute of Art and The Walker Art Center. He currently works as an educator and studio artist in Minneapolis.


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FMW Featured Artist: Kieran Riley Abbott

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March 3 - April 2018
Opening Reception March 3: 3pm - 5p

Kieran Riley Abbott (b. 1992) is from Minneapolis, MN, and received her BFA in Printmaking from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in 2014. She has participated in residencies at Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Vermont Studio Center, and Women’s Studio Workshop. Recently her work has been exhibited in Minnesota, New York, and throughout New England. Kieran lives and works at Vermont Studio Center as a Staff-Artist.

Kieran's recent body of work centers around a series of sculptural monotypes, which are made by pouring wet hydrocal over a water-soluble crayon drawing. The drawing transfers onto the hydrocal, but not perfectly; the process disrupts the grid structure and reveals anomalies in the pattern. The illusionistic checkerboard floor - used as a shorthand for an artist’s mastery of linear perspective in Renaissance paintings - begins to undulate, and solid shapes start to blur around the edges. The malleability of these geometric patterns speaks not only to the limits of visual perception, but to an uncertainty around the invisible structures that dictate daily life. The mysterious intermediary step between the crayon drawing and final result, when the plaster is poured, yields a result I can never entirely control. This loss of control is an important component of the process.

FMW Featured Artist: Liz Pechacek

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Symbology is a new body of work by Liz Pechacek made to explore tactile formalist qualities while maintaining an obscure sense of utility.  These works draw upon her practice as a potter and reference functional ceramics through scale, use of multiples, ceramic as a medium and craft.  Devoid of any clear purpose, these objects convey an invitation to use that is obscured by context, like artifacts from some other culture and time.

Liz Pechacek
Minneapolis, MN
Liz Pechacek was raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, by her artist mother and chemist father.  She grew up making all manner of things and found her way to clay in college.  She earned a BFA in ceramics and a BA in art history from Indiana University in 2012.  She now operates her ceramic studio in Minneapolis and teaches at Powderhorn Park.  Her work is all either hand built or slip cast from hand built prototypes.  Layered with slip, stains, and glaze, the work achieves a rich and complex surface that above all communicates a sense of touch.  Pechacek draws from a diverse range of historical sources, such as Mimbres and Neolithic Chinese pottery.  She bridges these influences with Danish Modern Ceramics and the work of such pioneers as Lucie Rie and Ruth Duckworth.




See Ya 2017 Sale.

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It's been quite the year. In store we're offering 25% off full-price furniture, additional 10% off sale furniture and 15% off store wide. :)


*excludes our featured artist's work as we want them to get as much $$$ as possible. Also excludes the select pieces from Golden Age Design.

Staff Pickz

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FMW Featured Artist: OUECHA

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OUECHA's new edition "I'm 729 Days Late", reflects on timeless and timely questions and answers from * the body in space *.  Rooted softly between practice and play, the trio explores this range of issues via color, clothing, spinning tops, drawing exercises, orange arrangeables, and much more.  In keeping with the methodologies of their newest member, 16 month old Issa Lyon, they plan to continue adding to the show incrementally as their vision and experience develops. Stay abreast on Instagram at @ouecha and @ouechapohs