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Kinship Circle: An Exploration in Book Arts featuring the artwork of Regula Russelle
reception: Thursday, Nov. 12, 5 - 7:30 pm
gallery talk by the artist 7 - 7:30 pm
exhibition dates: Nov. 13 - Dec. 11, 2015 (closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 26-29)
This exhibition features the artwork of Metropolitan alumna Regula Russelle, Saint Paul. As a believer in civic engagement the artist said, “For decades I have promoted peace, social justice and environmental protection as a citizen volunteer.” Russelle’s handmade books can been found in some of the most prestigious collections in the world (such as the Museum of Modern Art and the British Library), it’s not uncommon to see the artist on a Minneapolis street corner handing out her folios to passersby.
Regarding the exhibition, Erica Rasmussen, gallery director, said, “I have been a long-time admirer of Russelle’s artwork. The craftsmanship that she demonstrates through her paper, books, letterpress and sculptural objects is commendable. And the thoughtful nature of her content causes pause. But perhaps what is most unique about Russelle’s practice is the communal aspect. In her world, the handmade, limited edition book is not reserved for a privileged few. Her artwork is democratized through student involvement, poetry collectives and public art projects. Ultimately, Russelle’s artwork is a hands-on experience for the maker and the viewer. As visitors to the gallery will see (and feel), many of her works push the boundaries of book art.”