Ruthann Godollei, Time Change 2, 2008

digital inkjet print
Unconventional Wisdom

Ruthann Godollei, Time Change 2, 2008

Mike Elko, Cautionary Tale #2 (Practical Paranoia Magazine), 2004

digital print
Unconventional Wisdom

Mike Elko, Cautionary Tale #2 (Practical Paranoia Magazine), 2004

Hardland/Heartland, WE, 2007

Mixed media on paper bag
MILLIONS OF INNOCENT ACCIDENTS

Hardland/Heartland, WE, 2007

Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program


Unconventional Wisdom
and
MILLIONS OF INNOCENT ACCIDENTS
August 29 - October 26, 2008
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 28, 7 p.m., MAEP Galleries

“Unconventional Wisdom” features the print works of Ruthann Godollei and Mike Elko. Both use text humorously against familiar backdrops. Godollei’s work is generally devoid of people, but it is always full of their stuff; kitchen tools, iPods, and clocks. Her current series sets these things against the terminology of the current military complex bringing into sharp focus the irony of words like containment, surge, or extended tour. In a pallet of black and white with an occasional hint of color her images strip these words of their mediated meanings, unmasking them for what they really are. Mike Elko, on the other hand, brings witty dialoge to his brightly colored prints assembled from vintage print ads and current news media. Elko is a deadpan storyteller, in the tradition of American humorists such as Stephen Colbert or the radio team of Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding, contrasting contemporary political jargon with appropriated images of the American Dream.

Hardland/Heartland (HL/HL) is an artists’ cooperative helmed by Eric Carlson, Aaron Anderson and Crystal Quinn. HL/HL dredges through the excesses of consumer culture to assemble installations and performances that are less social commentary than conceptual scrapbook of our time. For “MILLIONS OF INNOCENT ACCIDENTS,” the artists have created a landscape and narrative in what they call “an ongoing saga of grandiose proportions.” Their inspiration comes from a mélange of influences: popular culture, current events, graffiti, vector graphics, Robert Raushenberg’s “junk aesthetic,” and the narrative of contemporary science fiction.

Other Events:
Gallery Talk: Thursday, September 11, 7 p.m. with Hardland/Heartland
Gallery Talk: Thursday, September 25, 7 p.m. with Mike Elko and Ruthann Godollei
Critics’ Trialogue: Thursday, October 2, 7 p.m. with critic Ann Klefstad

This exhibition is presented by the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program, an artist-run curatorial department of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, which is made possible by generous support from the Jerome Foundation.

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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Minneapolis, MN 55404
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