Superusted at Soap Factory / by Alexa Horochowski

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SUPERUSTED, 4th Midwest Biennial curated by Cheryl Wilgren Clyne at The Soap Factory, presents the work of seventeen artists, from five states across the Midwest, selected from 120 studio visits.

SEPTEMBER 12 – NOVEMBER 8, 2015

Participating Artists: Alexa Horochowski , Andrea Carlson, Areca Roe, Carlos DeGroot, Clarence White, Dyani White Hawk Polk, Jennifer Rogers, Jessica Christy, John Fleischer, Laura Primozic, Lindsay Smith, Mandy Martinson, Margaret Pezalla-Granlund, Phil Olmstead, Pritika Chowdry, Shana Kaplow, Sonja Peterson

The Soap Factory’s biennial is purposely set outside of the usual biennial survey, and is deliberately presented as the selection and choice of one or of a small group of curators. For 2015, superusted has been brought together by St Paul curator Cheryl Wilgren Clyne, presenting artists within the context of what she sees as important for contemporary art in the Midwest.

“The position from which each artist's work comes is fully accessible through a lively and engaging aesthetic and an often highly skilled technique. From one curatorial perspective, each artist shows a dedication to art as a deliberate action in response to what is occurring in our complex world at this single moment in time. What is apparent from the work of each of the artists is a genuine love of, and commitment to, creating, and a devotion to staying true to themselves. There may be a series of conceptual threads that run throughout the works: perhaps each informs the other? Rather than overstate what that might be, the intent is to allow the viewer to find their own themes.”
-Cheryl Wilgren Clyne

Links to essays and critical writing
http://www.mnartists.org/article/unintended-consequences-art
http://www.mnartists.org/article/rust-never-sleeps