CO Exhibitions

Northeast Minneapolis Art Gallery

Current Event

Moving Skin:
Photographs by
Courtney Reints

February 15 - March 7, 2014

Event Overview

Seized during nature's docile moments, taxidermy can resurrect an animal's form as a symbol of achievement, the ultimate document of a hunt’s fortune. Trophies made from the spoils of war, combine with a collection of natural landscapes and still lifes. Some remains are revered, while others disregarded, but all an authentic record of antler, feather and flesh.

Courtney Reints is a fiscal year 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

See more of Courtney's artwork online.

DETAILS: Opening Reception: Saturday, February 15, 2014 // 7-10pm
Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri // 12-6pm


ABOUT CO EXHIBITIONS CO is a large scale exhibit space located in Northeast Minneapolis, owned and operated by Burlesque of North America and Permanent Art & Design Group. CO presents thematic multimedia exhibitions in collaboration with artists, designers, and curators. The space includes over 2000 sq. feet, 20+ ft. high walls, mobile walls, and suspendible ceilings. Other resources for exhibitions include screenprinting facilities, artist residencies, and media outreach campaigns.

Free admission

Regular Gallery Hours are Monday-Friday, Noon-5pm and by appointment.
CO Exhibitions is located at 1101 Stinson Blvd, Suite 2, Minneapolis 55413

Past Events

Past Event

A Punker's Revenge:
A Celebration of
Speedboat Gallery

Opening Saturday, June 30. 6:00pm until 10:00pm

Event Overview

Join CO Exhibitions on Saturday, June 30th from 6-10pm for a one-night-only extravaganza that salutes the memory, the passion, the insanity, the art, and the rock n' roll of St. Paul's iconic and long-defunct Speedboat Gallery.

This special night will include work on display from former SBG artists that are now well established including Bruce Tapola, Alexa Horochowski, Scott Dolan, Frank Gaard, Sean Smuda, and more. In true Speedboat spirit, an additional selection of young artists that are ready to take on the world will be featured, including Laura Bennet, Katelyn Farstad, Adam Callier, Oakley Tapola and Sophie Wiel. Also on display will be photos and materials from the Speedboat heyday. Live music featuring SBG founder Paul Dickinson's post-punk band, Frances Gumm, plus more to be announced.

HISTORY
Speedboat was a cutting edge gallery that was existed at 1166 Selby Avenue from 1988 until the St. Paul Police and Fire Department shut it down in 1994. During that time, Speedboat took chances on hundreds of visual artists, showing everyone from Frank Gaard to Richard Lack. To the naked eye, the space was a store front art gallery, but after dark, the basement transformed into an underground music club.

As an all ages rock venue, Speedboat hosted bands from all over the world including Green Day, Bikini Kill, Jawbox, No Means No, The Damn Builders, The Grifters, Arcwelder, The Cows, Walt Mink, Hammerhead, and many more. Speedboat was also an incubator for local, up and coming musicians who either warmed up for the national acts, played their own shows, or got to watch rock happen as it was meant to be—in a soothingly dark basement full of angst and cigarette smoke.

Exhibitions from Speedboat were reviewed in Artforum and Art in America. As a music venue it was written up in Billboard and Details. Although its contributions to the creative community were vast, Speedboat received no grants that are commonly afforded to many alternative exhibition spaces. The gallery was forced to survive and innovate with low cover charges and art sales. Motor Oil Coffee shop was part of the Speedboat Compound as well, it offered 50 cent Coffee and a connecting doorway, which made it possible for anyone to stop in to check out the art until midnight every night.

Read an oral history of Speedboat Gallery


DETAILS: Opening Reception: Saturday, June 30th // 6-10pm
Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri // Noon-5pm

Free (band donations appreciated) Curated by Speedboat Gallery founder, Paul Dickinson
Sponsored by Schlitz, the official beverage of SBG!

ABOUT CO EXHIBITIONS CO is a large scale exhibit space located in Northeast Minneapolis, owned and operated by Burlesque of North America and Permanent Art & Design Group. CO presents thematic multimedia exhibitions in collaboration with artists, designers, and curators. The space includes over 2000 sq. feet, 20+ ft. high walls, mobile walls, and suspendible ceilings. Other resources for exhibitions include screenprinting facilities, artist residencies, and media outreach campaigns.

Free admission

Regular Gallery Hours are Monday-Friday, Noon-5pm and by appointment.
CO Exhibitions is located at 1101 Stinson Blvd, Suite 2, Minneapolis 55413

Past Event

Isaac Arvold:
Second Hand Emotion

Opening Saturday April 21st

Event Overview

Local art expatriate, Isaac Arvold, returns from Brooklyn, NY to Minneapolis for a heartfelt exhibit featuring large-scale works based on three years worth of lost art, fizzled relationships, on the road reflections, and life lessons.

Earlier this year, Arvold lost a three year body of illustrative work in the blink of an eye. While rushing to get into a car on the way to the dog run in Brooklyn, he misplaced a bag which held his prized drawing notebooks. And though he returned to the scene minutes later, the bag (and the notebooks) were sadly gone without a trace.

Luckily, Arvold had been wise enough to photograph and scan the majority of these illustrations, which followed his experiences on tour with the Rhymesayers family, through failed relationships, and the beginnings of his new life in New York City. In "Second Hand Emotion" Arvold will re-imagine this lost body of work through a variety of mediums and collaborations.

The exhibit will feature 48 original mixed media paintings on 12x24 and 24x36 inch panels--recreations of the illustrations from Arvold's lost notebooks--presented together as large murals. Each panel represents a semblance of a whole; collective pieces of the artist's memories are reflected on and rebuilt, bit by bit. Additional large-scale paintings and illustrations will also be featured in the exhibit, as well as select collaborations with performers, filmmakers, and other creatives.

HELP MAKE IT HAPPEN: Arvold has a current Kickstarter campaign to help fund art supplies to complete the work, transportation of work to Minneapolis, and capturing and editing of the entire project by filmmaker Maria Juranic. A number of incentives, such as custom paintings, illustrations, and memorabilia are up for grabs for those who pledge support. Watch the video and donate to the project here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/artisbad/second-hand-emotion


DETAILS: Opening Reception: Saturday, April 21st // 7-10pm
Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri // Noon-5pm
Special Extended Art-A-Whirl Hours + Events TBA // May 18-20th


ABOUT ISAAC ARVOLD Isaac Arvold was born 1979 in the woods of Minnesota. He lived in a house his father built, sharing pencils, nails and knives with his three siblings. In 2002, Isaac received a bachelor’s degree in Education, after which he moved to Minneapolis. It was within the Mill City that he stumbled upon an unexpected, yet thriving, art community as well as great friends and collaborators that propelled his work as an artist. Isaac has shown his paintings in numerous locations in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area – from local cafes and independent galleries to private exhibitions within "fancy art" and advertising agencies. As his studio art developed, so did his desire to leave a different kind of mark. Starting in 2004, Isaac created multiple murals collaborating with the likes of Eric Inkala, Drew Peterson, and Broken Crow, all close friends.

It was 2007 when Isaac quit teaching and started to pursue art full time, and the devotion produced numerous shows, such as Will Work for Food 2, Almost Famous, Almost Homeless, and many others. During this time, Isaac found work in another creative arena, traveling the lower 48 with the Rhymesayers Record Label crew. For four years, he brought his sketchbooks and imagination with him. Isaac’s time on the road with a touring band forced another evolution within his work medium, and he began to create multimedia pieces along the way. In 2010, Isaac’s photographs and concepts were the sole creative element for Atmosphere’s “Best Day” music video.

By 2010, Arvold excelled in three things – painting canvases, creating large scale murals, and capturing moments between friends in his photography. There was nothing left but to move to Brooklyn, New York, especially given his disposition to pay higher rent and be closer to Coney Island. During Isaac’s time in New York, he has displayed work in Macy's Herald Square windows – one of the most densely occupied area of the city, and continues to develop his craft. He stayed connected to his Minnesota roots by working with Nice Ride MN launch.

ABOUT CO EXHIBITIONS CO is a large scale exhibit space located in Northeast Minneapolis, owned and operated by Burlesque of North America and Permanent Art & Design Group. CO presents thematic multimedia exhibitions in collaboration with artists, designers, and curators. The space includes over 2000 sq. feet, 20+ ft. high walls, mobile walls, and suspendible ceilings. Other resources for exhibitions include screenprinting facilities, artist residencies, and media outreach campaigns.

Free admission

Regular Gallery Hours are Monday-Friday, Noon-5pm and by appointment.
CO Exhibitions is located at 1101 Stinson Blvd, Suite 2, Minneapolis 55413

Past Event

Working
Title

January 21st - February 10

Event Overview

Join CO Exhibitions for a special collaborative art project, WORKING TITLE, opening on Saturday, January 21st and running through February 17th . The show will feature four weeks of evolving artworks created collaboratively between CO Exhibitions' parent companies Permanent Art & Design Group and Burlesque of North America along with a roster of hand-selected Twin Cities artists.

For the entire run of WORKING TITLE, dozens of pieces of art will be passed around, communally embellished, tinkered with, and re-worked in CO's Northeast Minneapolis gallery space, as well as in the artists’ own studios. Each week for four weeks, a new opening reception will occur, and each week the artwork will change--fluctuating not only in style, concept, and number of contributors, but also in price, scale, and media. Pieces sold at any given opening will not be worked on further, remaining on display as they were at the time of purchase. Additionally, at each opening, surprise musical acts featuring artists known for their cooperative nature will provide live entertainment.

WORKING TITLE is a grand art experiment rooted in collaboration, concepted by partners and gallery co-owners Burlesque and Permanent, who founded the aptly titled "CO" Exhibitions in 2010 as an ever-evolving project space and artist incubator.

Featuring: Burlesque of North America Permanent Art & Design Group Michael Cina Rudy Fig Josh Journey-Heinz Aaron Bickner Jennifer Davis Carly Schoen Playatta Sara Syverhus Land Land Special Guests TBA throughout the installation

OPENING RECEPTION #1 Saturday, January 21st / 7-10pm

The grand opening of WORKING TITLE will feature dozens of pieces that have been traded between and worked on by the participating artists through the month of January leading up to the event. Music by DJ Mike Cina.

OPENING RECEPTION #2 Friday, January 27th / 6-9pm

Unsold pieces from the first opening will be re-exhibited after another round of re-imagining by the artists, who will add, subtract, bedazzle, and embellish the pieces into something new. Prices may fluctuate. Musical act TBA.

OPENING RECEPTION #3 Friday, February 3rd / 6-9pm

Unsold pieces from the second opening will be re-exhibited after another round of re-imagining by the artists. Prices may fluctuate.

Live collaborative musical performance from BrodR & Mike 2600

OPENING RECEPTION #4 Friday, February 10th / 6-9pm

Unsold pieces from the third opening will be re-exhibited after the final round of re-imagining by the artists. Prices may fluctuate. Musical act TBA.

The exhibit will remain on view through February 17th




Saturday, January 21st, 7-10pm
Friday, January 27th 6-9pm
Friday, February 3rd, 6-9pm
Friday, February 10th, 6-9pm

Free admission

Regular Gallery Hours are Monday-Friday, Noon-5pm and by appointment.
CO Exhibitions is located at 1101 Stinson Blvd, Suite 2, Minneapolis 55413

Past Event

123 Klan
Rien Comme Les Autres

November 19th - December 16th

Event Overview

Join CO Exhibitions on Saturday, November 19th for Rien Comme Les Autres, featuring work from renowned Montreal graffiti and design collective, 123Klan. The group will be showcasing recent art and design work as well as painting a large-scale mural within CO's 2600sq foot gallery space.

Originally from France, 123Klan is a graffiti collective founded in 1992 by husband and wife duo, Scien & Mrs Klor, alongside members Dean, Sper, Skam and Reso. Inspired by the works of Neville Brody in the mid '90s, the pair found creative ways to mix graffiti and graphic design to convey their personal style through digital media, using a Performa Mac. With what was a logical attempt to transmit their passion via new mediums, 123Klan gave birth to a brand new movement. The current format of 123Klan appeared in 2003 when founders Scien and Klor decided to create their own design studio in order to fulfill the requests of their many clients. In 2007, the studio opened its doors in Montreal.

The 123Klan team specializes in branding and in the creation of logos, character design, art direction, and new strategies, in addition to their first love: graffiti. At the same time, 123Klan launched their in-house brand BANDIT-1$M, which they use as their laboratory. Trends are created, tested and launched on the market in a matter of weeks, constantly updating their expertise on the street culture market.

123Klan's client roster includes: Adidas, Playstation, Microsoft, Sony, Coca Cola, Nike, Pepsi, Wired, ZooYork, Mini Cooper, Lamborghini, and many more.

SPONSORED BY: Stussy, Ironlak, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and The Red Stag Supper Club




Opening Reception: Saturday, November 19th / 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. / Free admission

*Music from Kill The Vultures and Wants VS Needs DJ*

Regular Gallery Hours are Monday-Friday, Noon-5pm and by appointment.
CO Exhibitions is located at 1101 Stinson Blvd, Suite 2, Minneapolis 55413

Past Event

things you
Carry

October 8th 7-10pm - November 4th

Event Overview

Join CO Exhibitions for Things You Carry, a new body of work from artist Vincent Stall (King Mini, PUNY)

"The world keeps spinning, continents grind, boulders turn to pebbles, turn to sand, turn to dust. One, Two, Three, Five. Five. Really, Five, the voodoo around his neck leaves a mark on his breast bone, is it bone? or cartilage he can't seem to remember. He sits, waits and listen for the hum of the saw, the smell of burnt wood. This is Canyon Land."

In Things You Carry, Stall will create the living world of Canyon Land, a desolate place where King Mini reigns supreme. Complete with installations that recreate scenes from Stall's narrative-driven comic art, CO Exhibitions will be transformed into a playground of dark humor and intricate illustration work. A new book of the same name, published by 2D Cloud, will be a companion piece to the exhibit.

ABOUT VINCENT STALL
Stall’s true roots trace back to founding King Mini International, a boutique design house, where he spent several years “figuring it all out”. In addition to publishing numerous books, including the much loved Robot Investigator, the much misunderstood Everyone Takes a Turn, as well as Passenger Side and Jetsam. Stall's work also graces the walls of music venues and transit kiosks in the form of rock and roll posters. Under the name King Mini, his illustration work has appeared in such comic and rock poster books as Sonic: Visuals of Music, MeatHaus, Rossetta, and Beast.

After several stints as a visiting artist at Miami Ad School and Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Stall co-founded PUNY, an interactive entertainment studio, in 2007. Within months of opening their doors, PUNY's studios began work on animated pilots for Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, and Fox Network. Stall has since gone on to design and direct shorts for the award winning children's show Yo Gabba Gabba; videos for Robert Schneider of Apples in Stereo; and the title sequence and effects for James Gunn's Super.

Stall has also made a name for himself in foodie circles by designing the signage, menus, and custom table tops for award winning restaurants on his home turf in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As Gastro Non Grata founder Craig Drehmel states, “Vincent is just one talented mother fucker.”

Regular Gallery Hours are Monday-Friday, Noon-5pm and by appointment.
CO Exhibitions is located at 1101 Stinson Blvd, Suite 2, Minneapolis 55413

Past Event

Apocalyptic Mongoloid:
Ocular Variant Infestation

October 1st 7-11pm

Event Overview

Art by Junko Mizuno, Mackie Osborne, HAZE XXL, Grant Hart, Math.i. Music by Sea Whores, Gay WItch Abortion, more TBA Exclusive art records from Melvins, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Grant Hart, Sea Whores. Limited edition art book release by Junko Mizuno with soundtrack by Gay Witch Abortion.

Regular Gallery Hours are Monday-Friday, Noon-5pm and by appointment.

CO Exhibitions is located at 1101 Stinson Blvd, Suite 2, Minneapolis 55413

Past Event

TRUST ME! A Collaborative
Project by Adam R. Garcia

July 9th thru August 6th 2011

Event Overview

TRUST ME! is a collaborative project based on the ideas of relationships, ownership, process and appropriation. Artist and designer Adam R. Garcia asked a number of his creative colleagues to submit a one-color image to be artistically manipulated by Garcia—sight unseen until the opening reception. Due to the disparate imagery, a color scheme and loose theme based on trust and deception ended up forming within the creative process. The final execution is a collection of 12" x 16" prints in three colors, each a "collaboration" between Garcia and the original creator. A didactic piece containing the original art and the final idea will accompany the pieces as an insight into the process.

Local and national contributors include:
Mike Perry, Justin Thomas Kay, Aesthetic Apparatus, Mr. Kiji, Mike Davis, Justin Elias, Kate Bingaman-Burt, Mikey Burton, Eric Carlson, Michael Gaughan, Booka B, Lonny Hurley, Colin Strandberg, Sara Lintner, Ben LaFond, Greg Hubacek, Milton Un, Bryan Haker, The Love Movement, OBLVN, Brad Ogbonna, Lloyd Winter, Neuarmy, Eric Inkala, Keith Williams, Keegan Wenkman, Ted Quinn, Anton Pearson & Always Reigning

TRUST ME! Opens Saturday, July 9th with a reception from 7-10pm and runs through August 6th.

Regular Gallery Hours are Monday-Friday, Noon-5pm and by appointment.

CO Exhibitions is located at 1101 Stinson Blvd, Suite 2, Minneapolis 55413

Past Event

Scion Installation
7: Video

June 4th thru June 25th 2011

Event Overview

Scion’s illustrious national art tour, Installation, returns for its 7th year in a row, this time stopping at Northeast Minneapolis' CO Exhibitions. Installation is an all-video format exhibit designed to present established and emerging artists and their work to audiences across the country. This year’s tour will visit: Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Wichita, Minneapolis and Austin.

Featured artists include: Franki Chan, David Choe, Cheryl Dunn, Gluekit, Matt Goldman, Cody Hudson & Jared Eberhardt, The London Police, Mackie Osborne, Souther Salazar, and SSUR©.

Installation 7 continues with the popular all-video format that was introduced for Installation 6. The annual tour is designed to present established and emerging artists and their work to audiences across the country.

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Past Event

The Best and Worst
of Frank Gaard

May 7th thru May 28th 2011

Event Overview

The Best and Worst of Frank Gaard will span over four decades of work by the artist, including selections from Gaard's time as founder and editor of famed underground art zine, Artpolice; a number of pieces from his ongoing portrait series; large-scale works that haven't been exhibited in decades; installation art of various mediums; recent collaborative works created by Gaard and his wife Pamela and more. A short documentary film will be screened, featuring a studio visit and interview between Gaard and art scene/news vet (and owner of four Gaard pieces), Robyne Robinson.

Gaard has been an incredibly influential figure in the Twin Cities art scene since the mid-seventies. His signature brand of salacious neon pop art has alternately shocked and delighted viewers both near and far, and Gaard's ongoing portrait series of friends, family and art world fixtures spans time and legacy—a local history book made visual. With distinctive, recognizable style and searing color palettes, Gaard's work plays off elements of dark humor, tongue-in-cheek bawdiness, and bold statement—both political and social.

Born in Chicago in 1944, Gaard earned his B.F.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1967 and his M.F.A. from the California College of Arts & Crafts in 1968. He finally settled in Minneapolis, holding the position of professor of Fine Arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design from 1969-1987. Gaard's work has been shown locally, nationally, and internationally and is held in the permanent collections of the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and The Art Institute of Chicago and archived at MoMA and the Smithsonian.

The Best and Worst of Frank Gaard opens on Saturday, May 7th, 2011 from 6 pm to 10 pm and runs through May 28th. Regular Gallery Hours are Monday-Friday Noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment. The exhibit will also be open extended hours during Art-A-Whirl Weekend: Friday, May 20th until 8 pm; Saturday, May 21st from Noon to 8 pm; and Sunday, May 22nd from Noon to 5 pm.

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Past Event

Line: An Exploration
of T-shirt Graphics

Saturday April 9th thru April 23rd 2011

Event Overview

T-shirts... Everybody's wearing them and everybody's designing them. Half-baked t-shirt companies pop up with the frequency and exasperation of mosquitoes, but we know there's still a great amount of talented artists and designers creating shirt graphics out there. We've hand-picked a group of artists to create their own exclusive, limited runs of graphic t-shirts, reinterpreting what a line of shirts can truly be and paying tribute to the 50 year-old tradition of the t-shirts as an art medium. From screen-printed to hand-painted to cut-and-shredded, the entire CO space will be filled with a wide variety of creatively-altered t-shirts.

CONFIRMED ARTISTS:
Josh Clancy & Travis Stearns as "YAMAHAHA", Michael Gaughan, Carly Schoen, Anne Ulku, Jodi Milbert, Joseph Belk, Mike Davis, Kyle Meyer, Wes Winship, Peter Bekke, Booka B, Ben LaFond, Birk Grudem & Tom Amel of Overproof, Edward Quinn, Robert Kaiser, Chank Diesel, and more.

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Past Event

Permalesque

January 22nd thru February 23rd 2011

Event Overview

Permalesque is our first annual staff show at CO that features work from both companies that run the gallery, Burlesque of N.A. and Permanent Art and Design Group. For this first attempt, we tried to pull a theme out of the name—what could Permalesque (a combination of Burlesque and Permanent) mean? The result was an intuitive, but vague, idea about the constant chatter of contemporary marketing schemes and their overwhelming army of mediums. So we set about building an exhibit that would describe and express this idea in many forms. Two things which stand out immediately was the reliance on different lighting and video techniques, as well as the consistent appearance of vertiginous patterns and geometric designs. Especially on the collaborative wall designed by both companies, but also with the window projections. To compliment the multimedia spectacle, Marijuana DeathSquads’ Issac Gale and Ryan Olson, played a set of electronic music that used repetition to clash different patterns of melody together and added another element to the ascending spiral of bewilderment we were trying to create with Permalesque.


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Past Event

World Craft
Fair

December 14th 2010

Event Overview

CO joined the pre-Christmas retail rush with a one day craft sale and brought together a diverse set of local artisans and artists to ply their wares. Every participant was given a table with which to build a display, and the wide array of mediums and crafts turned the gallery into a cache of high-quality, distinctive goods, a place to find the right gift that you hadn’t necessarily known you were looking for.

Participants: Burlesque of North America, Mermapillar, MakeMPLS, Amy Jo, Vick & Toots, Too Many Suitors, Cool Jerk, Stitched in MPLS, Megan Kampa, Makeshift Accessories, Left Hand Originals, Kara Phillips Design, Kaleidoscope Kitty, Rectangle Designs, Tooth, Allyson Jean Design, Gretchen Grace Jewelry, Kelsey Lee-Carol, Gina Mount, Clair Monet, Tired Ol’ Belts, Nathan Ryan, Starry Night Bead Work, Go Travel Wear, Hillary Weeks, Pinkshirtsandcarwrecks, Land Land.

Past Event

Aaron Draplin’s
Thanks MPLS

October 23rd thru November 20th 2010

Event Overview

Aaron Draplin returned to Minneapolis, the city of his alma mater, to pay homage to his formative years there, and also to show the locals what he’s been up to for the last decade since moving west. For the show, CO Exhibitions took Aaron’s comprehensive retrospective poster Pretty Much Everything Up To May 27th, 2009 and put most of it onto a 20x30 wall.

For the show Draplin designed a Minnesota state poster (buy it here!), helped produce a CO edition of Field Notes, exhibited early journals, designs and process ephemera, and released an audio tour of the space with the help of a QR code.

Aaron Draplin was born in Detroit in 1973. He began his career with a snowboard graphic for Solid snowboards and worked on everything from lettering cafe signs to drawing up logos to thinking up local advertising campaigns, all while forming Draplindustries Design Co. He finished his design degree at MCAD and in April 2000 he accepted an art director position with SNOWBOARDER magazine. He worked on 23 issues of the magazine and received the award for “Art Director of the Year” from Primedia. In April 2002, he moved on to Cinco Design Office of Portland, as a Senior Designer where he worked on the Gravis, Helly Hansen and Nixon accounts. He stepped back out on his own in 2004 with Draplin Design Co, and has since then worked with Coal Headwear, the Union Binding Company, Snowboard Magazine, Field Notes memo books, Ride Snowboards, Forum Snowboards, Grenade Gloves, Chunklet Magazine, Cobra Dogs, Absinthe Films, NemoDesign, Gnu Snowboards, RVL7 Apparel, Burton Snowboards, K2 Snowboards, Bonfire Snowboarding Apparel, South American Snow Sessions, as well as all sorts of one-off logos and t-shirt graphics.

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Past Event

Smell the
Glove

Aug 7th thru Sept 8th 2010

Event Overview

Curated by artist Michael Gaughan, Smell the Glove took its subject from a scene in the celebrated faux band documentary This Is Spinal Tap. Band members describe a risque image of a nude and greased woman on all fours smelling the gloved hand of a man holding her on a leash as the image of their next album cover, but are censored by executives. This proposed album cover which never sees the light of day in the movie was what Gaughan made the starting place for the show. Artists submitting work were encouraged to take the phrase, the scene, anything that could be extrapolated from the subject and turn it into whatever felt right, whatever smelling the glove meant to them. Art was submitted from all over the states and from the UK, with artist’s ages ranging from 18 to 55. The opening was accompanied by a Spinal Tap cover band and the closing was a movie night where Spinal Tap was projected on the big screen.

Michael Gaughan is best known for his paintings, drawings and performances, while also working in many other mediums. He received his BFA in painting in 2002 from MCAD and his MA in Arts Education in 2004 from the University of Minnesota. He has received the Jerome emerging artists grant, and been shown in 11 group and solo shows in the last eight years, in Minneapolis, MN and Portland, OR. As a Musician he has been recognized as Best Live Artist by City Pages in 2005 for his work in Brother and Sister, and one of the top ten Best Musical Live Act’s by the Star Tribune as ICE-ROD in 2003.

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Past Event

Wings and Teeth:
The Art of Doomtree

June 25th thru July 23rd 2010

Event Overview

Wings and Teeth was a retrospective of all the visual media that has swirled around record label Doomtree’s rise to prominence, and also an introduction to members’ solo artwork. From notebooks to photocopied show flyers, polaroid snapshots to stage props, all of their archived ephemera filled up the space and each member was given a wall to show work of their own. It was a huge multimedia spectacle; fans and attendees felt like they were walking into a very clean and brightly lit attic, where all the history of Doomtree could be flipped through and ruminated upon.

Doomtree is a record label and rap crew from Minneapolis, MN. For the past five or so years the collective has grown to include more than a dozen core members and has risen to nationwide prominence. As a record label Doomtree began by putting out short runs of home-burned EP’s called False Hopes, and now releases the solo work of members: Dessa, Cecil Otter and P.O.S among many others. Their first official release, Ipecac Neat by rapper P.O.S. was recognized by the Star Tribune as the Best Local Album of the Year in 2004. Doomtree has been nominated for five Minnesota Music Awards (MMA) and is consistently selected as Hip Hop Artist of the Year by local press.

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About Co Exhibitions

What is
Co Exhibitions?

CO is a large scale exhibit space located in Northeast Minneapolis, owned and operated by Burlesque of North America and Permanent Art & Design Group. CO presents thematic multimedia exhibitions in collaboration with artists, designers, and curators. The space includes over 2000 sq. feet, 20+ ft. high walls, mobile walls, and suspendible ceilings. Other resources for exhibitions include screenprinting facilities, artist residencies, and media outreach campaigns.

The name CO was decided with our principles in mind. As a prefix, CO- modifies base words to mean together with or associated with. We approach projects in the same fashion—for each artist, designer, or curator who works with us, we are a resource for development, fabrication, and talent, a dedicated partner in executing their vision. For us, the excitement is in expanding exhibitions so they transform the gallery into an ambitious multimedia spectacle.

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