Rosalux Gallery presents Uncertain Structures by Betsy Alwin and The Small Parts by Shana Kaplow.
Exhibition Dates: August 4 – 26
Reception: Saturday, August 4, 7-10pm
Gallery Hours: Saturdays + Sundays: 12 – 4pm
In Betsy Alwin’s new work, ceramic lace forms are combined with mixed media to create sculptures that evoke a tension between beauty, strength and fragility. The perforated lace forms are derived from overlooked objects extracted from the background of everyday life and presented here to be experienced as delicate and textural. Their relationship with other materials such as rebar, wood, foam and concrete creates a context for the ceramic forms to be contemplated as seductive and vulnerable while enduring a state of precariousness.
Betsy Alwin received her MFA from Illinois State University, a BFA in sculpture and a BA in Spanish language from Minnesota State University. She has exhibited her work both regionally and nationally, recently at De Chiara Projects, Stone Ridge NY; Kolman and Pryor Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, the Waiting Room Gallery, Edina, MN and the Marian Art Gallery, Milwaukee, WI. She has a permanent public sculpture in Tokyo, Japan. Alwin has forthcoming solo exhibitions at the Phipps Center, Hudson, WI and Rosalux Gallery. Alwin was awarded a 2017 Arts Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Shana Kaplow presents a new series of experimental ink paintings, photographs, and found objects in the exhibition, ‘the small parts’. She collages together a dialogue between disparate subjects such as outsourced, mass-produced furniture, domestic objects, and the otherworldly space of the internal body. Employing an improvisational process that is poetically and politically driven, Kaplow’s work engages embodiment and estrangement within the most familiar environments. Quiet and persistent, these works evoke an idea of home but are never quite ‘at home’.
Shana Kaplow is a visual artist living and working in St. Paul, MN. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at venues such as The Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Tianjin Museum of Art (Tianjin, China), The Asheville Museum of Art, The Plains Art Muse-um, Franklin Art Works, Gallery 71, and The Soap Factory. She received the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors, the Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship, and the McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowship. She is a recipient of a 2018 MN State Arts Board Artists Initiative Grant and currently has a solo exhibition at the Alice R. Rogers Gallery at St. John’s University. Shana is working on her first book of artwork which will be published later this year. Shana is a Professor of 2D Media at St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN.