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THE OPENING ACT: A SURVEY OF JAN XYLANDER EXHIBITION POSTERS
February 22 to March 24, 2018
At Atelier Circulaire Gallery (#105)
Opening reception: Thursday February 22 at 5:30 pm
From February 22 to March 24, Atelier Circulaire presents Natasha Pestich’s exhibition The Opening Act: A Survey of Jan Xylander Exhibition Posters. The installation includes a series of 40 posters, a wall vinyl curatorial didactic, newspaper art reviews and personal artifacts which depict artist Jan Xylander's career.
Natasha Pestich uses, not the work, but Jan Xylander's promotional material (design and display of hand-printed and digital exhibition posters advertising his shows) to track the artist’s career.
Her intent is to question public perception about an artist’s identity and the legacy of their work, through an original scenography. “In this project, I recognize the concept of making inherent in the identity formation or legacy of artists and their work in general, while taking advantage of the unique opportunity myth provides to address big existential questions in a captivating manner.”
Natasha Pestich purposefully chooses archival material showing different representations of Jan Xylander, often very contradictory over time and epochs, creating a difficulty for the viewer to distinguish between reality and imagination. Ironically, the doubt and the vagueness suggested by an humoristic scenography allow the viewer to better understand Jan Xylander’s whole personality and his relation to his external environment.
As a printmaking artist, Natasha Pestich explains ‘’I make installations, posters, and documents that borrow heavily from graphic information systems. I capitalize on print’s authority to convey information on one hand, and on the other, take advantage of print’s theatrical and subversive potential, allowing me to create humorous and poetic juxtapositions.’’
As a local Minneapolis community artist and educator, Natasha Pestich works primarily in site-specific installation as well as on paper. Her work has been showcased in alternative spaces and museums in the United States, Canada, Portugal, Rome and Scotland. She is the recipient of a number of awards including a McKnight Arts fellowship in the Visual Arts, an Institute for Creative Community Leadership fellowship, a State Arts Board grant and a Metropolitan Regional Arts Council grant.
The opening will take place on Thursday, February 22, at 5.30 pm in the presence of Natasha Pestich. At 6, she will give a curatorial talk and take questions from the public.
Opening of the Gallery: Tuesday to Saturday, from noon to 5 pm (nocturne on Thursdays until 7 pm).
Underground parking: $5 Saturday all day and on weekdays after 6 pm.
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