Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Local Art Seen: This Year's DAI Biennial Stretches Boundaries

Yuta Uchida, "Donburi
If you were unable to attend the annual Member Show Opening at the Duluth Art Institute in January, then you likely missed Vern Northrup's Akinomaage in the Morrison Gallery and the 2019 Biennial in the John Steffl Gallery on the 4th floor landing. Here are a few images from the 62nd Arrowhead Regional Biennial in the hopes that you will be enticed to check it out sometime soon. Of the 70+ submissions 26 artists were selected. Jehra Patrick was this year's juror and the winning submissions were original and noteworthy.

As the saying goes, "every picture tells a story" and many are quite pointed, speaking to contemporary issues with fresh imagery.
Juliane Shibata. "Daisies" . First Prize
"Daisies" (detail)

Richard Coburn "Christie" // Kip Praslowicz "Dunlap Island"
Karen Owsley Nease "L'Origine du monde - day"
Robb Quisling  "Ice Knot"
Thomas Rauschenfels . "#MeToo"
Larry Turbes . "Released"

The list of artists whose work is featured in this show include Andrew Amundsen, Shelley Breitzmann, Patricia Canelake, Soojin Choi, Richard Colburn, Wynn Davis, Matt Drissell, Lisa Gordillo, Richard Johnson, Stefanie Kiihn, Jennica Kruse, Araela Kumaraea, Dale Lucas, Eric Mueller, Karen Nease, Cathryn Peters, Kip Praslowicz, Robb Quisling, Thomas Rauschenfels, Wendy Rouse, Juliane Shibata, Larry Turbes, Yuta Uchida, John Ulrich, Kimberlee Whaley, and Joshua Wilichowski.

For what it's worth, you can still see the Member Show in the Great Hall through next Sunday. The Biennial will remain on display into March.

Meantime art goes on all around you. Get into.

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