Powderhorn artists, Lacey Prpic Hedtke and Kevine Loecke, wanted to think beyond conventional art venues for a show when hosting their friends, New York based Non Solo, on their coast-to-coast art tour. So they recruited groups of artists around South Minneapolis to open their front porches, backyards, living-rooms, garages, trees, and even a bedroom for a highly imaginative and engaging experience over Memorial Day weekend. Here is a virtual mini-tour with some of the many highlights of Constellation a Backyard Expedition:
A simple clothes line transformed Cole Hoyer-Winfield’s yard into an open-air exhibit for his wood block and screen prints.
Live out a secret fantasy by baking a cake or come to the realization that a cake-walk is a metaphor for life.
Transform your surroundings by making a sign. (Peter Haakon Thompson – Phillips West’s Unofficial Official Artist in Residence).
A refrigerator box can help you move on and satisfy a sweet tooth.
A front porch window is the perfect frame for Nick Howards’ large “Expansive Field #10” drawing.
Slip into a cozy Garage Cinema to watch Trevor Adams’ spliced 16 mm film assemblages.
And then make an appointment to check out a zine from Lacey Prpic Hedtke and Debbie Rasmussen’s Zine Apothecary (library) and Flying Zine Mobile.
Or type out your own zine, paper tweet, or affirmation at the Wonder Hearts Flyaway station.
Give new meaning to hugging a tree.
Or dare to swing amid its soaring limbs. (Shoefly Aerial Collective)
Sneak into Miranda Trimmier’s bedroom when nobody is around to look for “Some Repeated Substance.”
Volunteering to perform the Ryan O’Neal character in Andy Sturdevant’s back yard scene-for-scene remake of Love Story is a good excuse for a cry.
A handmade cup is first a gesture of hospitality and then a memento of a visit.
Somebody cares about how you got here. With the “You Are Here project” Colin Kloecker and Shanai Matteson invite you into their home to tell them your story while you sip on homemade ginger brew). And how do you know that they were really listening? They present you with a postcard with visual tidbits of the conversation.
Do you want to see more? Here’s the complete video (27 minutes):