So, Alex Kuno’s artwork is like…awesome. I’m sure you all know this, but it bears repeating. Kuno’s brush paints fairy tales that spin dark stories of a journey where no traditional happy endings are in sight, but where perhaps salvation can be found within harsh truths. The skies are dark and malevolent within his world and his characters are youthful yet worn; while these imaginary paths are arduous there is plenty of insight into our own cultural and societal path that could be used as a map to help us out of our own fog.
Hey Alex, no pressure, buddy.
During the Fall 2013 Lowertown Art Crawl Alex Kuno will embark on The Children’s Crusade, a weekend-long event in which he will debut new work in three simultaneous solo exhibitions held in 3 separate locations. Such an event will be the first for the artist and I’m sure will take his already rich career to its next great height.
Seriously, no pressure. For more info read the press release below.
Alex Kuno is undertaking an ambitious new project based on his apocalyptic fairy tale series The Miscreants of Tiny Town. Titled The Children’s Crusade, the event will span three separate venues and will feature a broad collection of narratively interconnected paintings, drawings, and hand-painted polymer clay figures exploring 3D landscapes in site-specific installations. The Children’s Crusade will be open for public viewing during the bi-annual St. Paul Art Crawl, October 4th-6th, 2013.
Since setting up his studio in St. Paul’s historic arts district of Lowertown almost 3 years ago, Kuno has felt lucky to participate in this important time in the neighborhood’s history. He has purposely elected to exhibit The Children’s Crusade in Lowertown during St. Paul’s largest visual art event and has turned to the Lowertown-based art initiative Rage to Order. Together they have selected four locations that represent the different kinds of art spaces available in Lowertown: a museum, a public performance space, a live/ work studio, and a community gallery in a major art cooperative.
The Minnesota Museum of American Art has invited Kuno to give a few words about this new body of work to help open the Art Crawl festivities on the evening of October 4th and will host walking tours guided by the artist through the different venues starting at 2pm throughout the weekend. From there, viewers will see the installations at the brand new Bedlam Theater, a spacious live/work area at 262 Studios, then finally at the beautiful new gallery space in the Tilsner Art Lofts.
For information on how to donate financial support to this event, please visit fundrazr.com.
About the Artist:
Alex Kuno received his BFA from the University of Minnesota in 1999, and is currently represented by Curly Tale Fine Art in Chicago, IL. His prolific “Miscreants of Tiny Town” series has appeared consistently in solo and group exhibitions in major galleries and private collections locally and nationally over the years, and his work maintains a consistent and growing list of commission requests throughout the country. The series has been featured in a segment on TPT’s MN Original, and his upcoming illustration work will be found in the Saint Paul Almanac, promotional materials for the local band Oak Ribbons, and in a children’s book made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Humanities Center, being released at the end of October.
For a full CV and commission information, please contact email@example.com
For a host of images including online sales and in-progress pieces, please visit www.facebook.com/alexkuno.
About Rage To Order and Director Rachel Wacker:
Rage to Order is a Lowertown based art initiative that facilitates creative collaborations between local artists, businesses and community organizations. The initiative was launched in 2011 by St. Paul artists Amzie Wendt and Rachel Wacker in response to the growing demand for collaborative community art events and elevating the role of working artists in the community. Some of the group’s other recent projects have included working with Saint Paul Public Libraries and Rainbow Rumpus for the I ART FAMILIES series; showcasing their Traveling Art Emporium during numerous local events including the Maker’s Fair, Music at Mears and the LBS 4th St Alley Party. Since 2009, Rachel Wacker has collaborated with over two hundred artists, musicians, poets, small businesses and neighborhood organizations to create roughly 50 community art events. She is a full time artist, active member of the Saint Paul Art Collective, a coordinator for the Lowertown First Fridays Committee and the resident curator for 262 Studios’ public galleries.
For a full list of Rage to Order‘s collaborations and curatorial history as well as more information about their upcoming Art Crawl and Fall event schedule, please contact at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Rachel Wacker at 651-343-3541.
I will be posting an interview I conducted with Alex for next week’s column. There’s a lot of juicy bits in it that you’re going to want to be here for. You’re gonna be mad if you miss out.
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