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In the Inez Greenberg Gallery...

Between Worlds

Exhibiting Artists: Karen Brown, Jennifer Davis, and DC Ice

April 5 – May 3, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Artist Talk: Tuesday, April 23, 7:00 p.m.

Humans have always been fascinated by animals and Between Worlds celebrates and explores that attraction through art. Exhibiting artists Karen Brown, Jennifer Davis, and DC Ice each incorporate anthropomorphism in their artwork; attributing human traits to animals. Although they may have different motivations all three artists appreciate the story telling, complexity, and freedom that arises with personified characters.

For Karen Brown, her spiritual connection to the natural world fuels her interest in learning the life lessons that animals provide and how they might help us to better understand our own feelings through transformation, enlightenment and wisdom. “My sculptures create a…magical place somewhere between reality and the dream world, between childhood and adulthood, between animal and human.”

The intricate paintings by Jennifer Davis also reside on the edge of reality and provide a narrative quality that explores a fantastical universe full of strange planets, transmuted species and surreal situations. Unlike Brown, Davis isn’t seeking answers. In fact, her paintings may leave one with more questions to ponder than solutions. “Every day my invented language of symbols grows, repeats and changes. My paintings are not meant to be didactic, rather to read like pages torn from a strange storybook full of narrative quandaries and engaging puzzles.”

DC Ice’s illustrative stories on scratchboard have become an outlet for her and a safe place to store honest feelings and a full range of emotions from grief to joy (sometimes in the same painting). The animal characters help provide this type of complexity as well as the ability to strip away some of the unnecessary weight of human preconceptions. “I like creating animals with human attributes because I can capture a clearer sense of human emotion without the viewer’s vision being clouded with stereotypes or unconscious prejudices.”

About the Artists

pugilist
Pugilist, clay and gold luster, by Karen Brown

Karen Brown creates large scale mixed media sculptures. She received a MN Artist Initiative Grant in 2018. Her work has been exhibited in many group shows and was featured in a solo exhibition at The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St Catherine’s University in 2016. She’s been on the Minneapolis Community Education faculty for over 20 years and serves on the board of Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists. She was a studio artist at Northern Clay Center and studied at Pratt Institute, NY. in the 1980’s, during which time she was an organizing member of Carnival Knowledge, a political arts organization fighting for women’s reproductive rights. Karen’s studio is at Northrup King Building in NE Minneapolis. Karen’s sculptures intertwine self-reflection and self- expression through the eyes of adolescent girls captured somewhere between reality and the dream world, between childhood and adulthood, between animal and human exploring their emerging voice.

reverence
Reverence, acrylic and graphite, by Jennifer Davis

Jennifer Davis is a Minneapolis-based artist known for her colorful, imaginative paintings of surreal and whimsical characters. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions at venues such as The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis, MN); The DeVos Art Museum (Marquette, MI); Foster Museum (Eau Claire, WI); Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (Santa Cruz, CA); The Lesher Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA); ArtSpace (Raleigh, NC); Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (Boone, NC), as well as several galleries in major cities across the United States and Canada. Davis is a recipient of the 2013 Next Step Fund Grant from the Minnesota Regional Arts Council/McKnight Foundation. She holds a BFA from the University of Minnesota.

thatsmystrawberryjam
That's My Strawberry Jam, scratchboard and acrylic, by DC Ice

DC Ice is an illustrator who works out of her home in the old Schmidt Brewery turned artist lofts in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has a BFA from the College of Visual Arts where she majored in illustration. Her work is shown nationally but she exhibits extensively in the Twin Cities area. DC is represented by Gallery 360. In addition to showing her work at various galleries and out of her studio in the Northrup King Building, located in NE Minneapolis, she opens up her loft to the public during the Saint Paul Art Crawl. There you can see where she creates and meet her husband and newborn son. DC has illustrated over a dozen published children's books that can be found at Creative Kid Stuff, Barnes and Noble.com, and Amazon.com.