A solo exhibition by Minneapolis-based artist Russ White, Loose Change will fill two floors at the Hopkins Center for the Arts with new colored pencil portraits inspired by coins.
January 11 – February 11, 2018
Opening reception: Thursday, January 11, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Thursday, January 25, 5:30pm
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins MN 55343
Gallery free & open to the public:
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 12-5pm
Drawing on the tradition of portraiture on coins, this series of colored pencil busts showcases not presidents or dignitaries but “everyday” people of different ages, races, genders, and abilities. Drawn photo-realistically but in a variety of wildly vibrant color palettes, these pieces use a warts-and-all approach to finding beauty not only in the individual but in our shared humanity as well. Luscious and painterly in appearance, the portraits reframe empathy against the backdrop of capital, asking the viewer to consider what truly makes us rich.
In a time when ignorance and bigotry are being used to shape policy at the highest levels, this body of work tries to push back against that debilitating tribalism. Where the portraits in this show are the “heads,” there will also be some “tails,” contrasting our professed national values with our living history of systemic violence. Fun stuff!