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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. 

About

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: 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.

 

 

 

FMW Featured Artist: Dietrich Sieling

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We are THRILLED to introduce our latest featured artist, Dietrich Sieling. We will be hosting an opening reception September 9th from 2p-6p and would love for you to join us.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Dietrich Sieling lives in Minneapolis and is a full-time artist. He was born in 1988 and diagnosed with autism when he was three.

Inspirations for Dietrich's work include calligraphy, a fascination with animals both scary and beloved - dogs and owls were (and are) terrifying, while kudus, zebras, and giraffes are beloved. Friends, family and self are also important subjects - drawn with special attention. Also providing great inspiration are fellow artists and musicians Jim Denomie, Angelena and Korla Luckeroth, Michael Gaughan (Brother and Sister, Ice Rod) Markus Lunkenheimer (Skoal Kodiac) Andy Fritz, (Tender Meat) and Melodious Owl. 

His aspirations include buying the old New French Cafe building, installing a spraying hose, and painting the floors with zebra and giraffe patterns.

You can follow along with photos of his work and other featured artists at #fmwfeaturedartist

FMW Featured Artist: Charles Gary Prentiss

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We love the story behind our our buyer found our August Featured artist, Charles Gary Prentiss. We found his work through Forest Lewinger's Instagram (he's Workaday Handmade). The charming story is that Forest married Charles' daughter Molly, and Forest made pots as gifts for the wedding party. Charles then made paintings based on the pots Forest made for his new family. :) The style of these still life paintings are not characteristic of Charles' larger body of work, but he was happy to do them for us.  All pieces are available for sale in store and online.

Charles Prentiss is an artist, museum exhibit designer and architectural and color consultant living in Santa Cruz County, CA. As an artist he works primarily as a painter and printmaker. Born in Astoria, Oregon, he grew up in Orange County, CA. Attended UCLA as an art major, 1962-3. US Army Reserve 1964. Graduated from UC Riverside in Zoology, 1966. Worked as Curator of the Santa Cruz City Museum of Natural History from 1969-98. Charles lives with his wife in a co-housing group of three families in La Selva Beach, CA.

FMW Featured Artist: Angel Oloshove

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Karma Beans - original Sculpture and Watercolors
June 5 - July 2017

Introducing "Karma Beans" by Angel Oloshove. You can purchase her Ombre Pottery Cups here.

About the Artist: Angel Oloshove (b. 1981, Temperance, MI) studied painting at California College ofthe Arts. She worked in graphic design and toy development in Tokyo. In 2009 sheturned her focus to develop her studio practice in ceramic sculpture.  Her work often experiments with painterly glazes to express feelings oftranscendental experiences through form and color.  She has balance a fine artpractice of sculptural ceramics as well has her own line of functional design potterystocked in design boutiques throughout the United States.Her exhibition Floating Worlds was selected as a Critic’s Pick for the April 2015 issueof ArtForum. In 2015, she was named one of “Ten Modern Ceramists Shaping theFuture” by AnOther Magazine. Angel’s ceramic designs and artworks were shown atthe inaugural Texas Design Fair at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.  Shehas also exhibited at Gallery Hanahou (New York), Front St. Gallery (Oakland, CA),and several arts institutions across Japan.  She was a finalist for the 2015 Houston Artadia Award, and is an incoming residentartist for at the Houston Center of Contemporary Art.

You can follow Angel Oloshove on her website.

FMW Featured Artist: Mark Schoening

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April 16 - May 26
17 works by Minneapolis artist, Mark Schoening! 

Mark focuses mainly on the practice of painting and printmaking with slight diversions into the creation of three-dimensional objects. Along with an impressive list of exhibition places and spaces, Mark is a visiting lecturer in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota, and runs The Porch Gallery; a seasonal exhibition space in Minneapolis. 

You can read more about Mark here, or check out his Instagram

FMW Featured Artist: Casey Deming

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Select Prints from Casey Deming
August 30 - September 1, 2016

Casey Deming is a Minneapolis-based artist with a focus on printmaking, design, and sound art. Prints available at the show are hand-printed and collage-based. 

Casey Deming is a Minneapolis-based artist with a focus on printmaking, design, and sound art. He has curated the Tuesday Series for Improvised Music since 2008. Casey’s visual art has been exhibited at the MN Center for Book Arts, Madame of the Arts, Art of This, Honeycomb Salon, Chicago Artists Coalition, Modern Times Cafe, and The White Page Gallery. He was a featured musician and curator at The Soap Factory’s 2013 Minnesota Biennial. In the winter of 2015 Casey received the Jerome Foundation’s 416 Commission through the Cedar Cultural Center. He will be a featured artist at an upcoming collage-based exhibition of prints at Lula Cafe in Chicago.

To see more of Casey's work we encourage you to visit his website.