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In the Inez Greenberg Gallery...

The Significance of the Middle

Exhibiting Artists: Katayoun Amjadi and Ellie Kingsbury

January 13 – February 17, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, January 13, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Artist Talk: Tuesday, January 31, 7:00 p.m.

The “middle” can refer to many things including mid-life, the in-between place of multi-cultural identity, marginalized individuals, the place we may find ourselves when we’re in between careers, relationships, major life decisions, or the gap that may exist in our lives for many different reasons. Artists Katayoun Amjadi and Ellie Kingsbury are both exploring “the middle” in their work.

Amjadi’s installation piece and video uses the classically symbolic pomegranate image as a motif that encompasses issues around multi-cultural identity, femininity, life, and death as well as the pervasiveness of decorative and material goods. Both highly personal and universal, these installations allow us to consider our own fragile and fleeting place in the larger human landscape. Likewise, Kingsbury’s striking black and white photography puts us face to face with similar issues of identity, mortality, and issues of beauty and materialism, both as individuals and as a culture. By juxtaposing images of middle-aged nudes with garden produce, Kingsbury forces us to question the Western belief system that values youth before age and novelty over tradition.

Together these two artists dare us to contemplate both the challenges and magnificence that exists with us all in “the middle”.

About the Artists:

Katayoun AmjadiKatayoun Amjadi is currently a Teacher Assistant and MFA candidate at the U of M. Previously, she was Assistant to the Gallery Director at the Circa Gallery and Curatorial Intern for the Department of Contemporary Art at Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Her work has been exhibited in several group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally, including Minnesota Museum of American Arts, Instinct Art Gallery, Weisman Art Museum, Beijing Film Academy and 7Samar Gallery in Tehran. Amjadi received her BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Minnesota in 2013. She is a fiscal year 2015 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. She was born in Tehran, Iran and resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota and maintains a studio in the Q.arma building in NE Arts District.

Katayoun AmjadiAs a life-long Midwesterner, Ellie Kingsbury’s photography centers around the beauty and life force found in the mundane. Ellie received a McKnight Fellowship for her project “Automatic Beyond Belief”, a story of Industrial Design Age kitchen appliances. She is also a two-time recipient of the Artist Initiative grant through the Minnesota State Arts Board. She has shown both nationally and internationally, including group shows in Beijing, Santa Monica, San Francisco, and Portland OR, and locally including Katherine Nash Gallery, St. Catherine University, and the Phipps Gallery.