Art has never felt more community-focused (nor a community more art-focused) than being invited into the backyards and living rooms of South Minneapolis. That's what we got to experience last weekend through the South Minneapolis Constellation event and a CakeIn15 living room concert by Communist Daughter.
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Despite its highfalutin name, the Fine Arts Building at the Minnesota State Fair tends to reward craft over art—and that's the way people like it. There's a distinctly populist slant to the art on display: from a figure covered in piano hammers (I checked and sure enough, the piece's title was Piano Man, by House of Balls proprietor Allen Christian) to a portrait carved in a giant magnifying glass (Nicholas Legeros's Look Closer) to a photo of a nude pregnant woman (Denise Mack's Pregnancy Glow), the pieces selected for inclusion evoke less a sense of wonder or mystery than a sense of here's-what-I-wanted-to-do-and-look!-I-done-went-and-did-it.
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