It gets sketchy at Form + Content Gallery... but it works.

[caption id="attachment_538" align="alignright" width="194" caption="K'riah: Rending the Garment. Lynda Monick-Isenberg"][/caption]

December fills Minneapolis galleries with large group shows that are curated to make holiday sales. And why not?  Sales keep the doors open and give artists a reprieve from unloved day jobs. (The more sales the less hours selling books, or shoes or coffee...  or the sooner they can leave the ad agency.)  The more artists in a show, the more variety and the more people you can pull into a gallery.  So, I fully support this. ... but it makes for a hard review month.

Sketch Work at Form + Content Gallery is a large group show with a less commercial aim. As the title suggests, this exhibition is an exploration of the limits of “sketch” as independent work rather than preliminary to a final product. The work here examines the visual journey of creation and embraces the spirit of experimentation and possibilities.

Sketch Work consists of fifteen pieces by fifteen seasoned Twin Cities based artists, each adhering to the theme in their own way. The variety here is great. It ranges from the expected drawings to conceptual work.

Lynda Monick-Isenberg's contribution to the show K'riah: Rending the Garment is a very open and airy. This drawing with gouache is an ambiguous narrative depicting a withered dandelion and the cross section of a human face. While the image is very delicate, the lines of the flower have a rougher, active quality. The wide open space of the paper suggests an empty universe full of endless possibilities.

[caption id="attachment_539" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Time Sensitive. Robyn Stoller Awend"][/caption]

Robyn Stoller Awend's Time Sensitive reaches into territory further out. This piece consists of  a small machine which holds two pieces of charcoal on paper. Each stick of charcoal continually moves, drawing two circles at two different rates, over and over, always on top of the last line. This piece is constantly adding to itself and constantly considering time and change.

[caption id="attachment_540" align="aligncenter" width="226" caption="Memoria Animus: Red Lake Series #1-3. Kenneth Steinbach"][/caption]

In my mind, the highlight of this show is Kenneth Steinbach's Memoria Animus. This tiny work is made by scrimshaw on well worn elephant ivory piano keys. The piece emanates a sense of distant memory which is so precarious you can almost feel it slipping through your fingers. The organic imperfections of the broken keys, with the floating images of a topographical map imposed over the top, exist like a lingering memory that has never been rechecked. The work's small scale invites the viewer to get close, adding a heightened sense of intimacy.

Throughout, Sketch Works is satisfying in its adherence to its theme. The work here is strong and, at times, touching. This show is definitely worth your holiday time.

So get out of the malls and get into the galleries. Or better yet, bring your shopping to the galleries.

- John Megas

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Sketch Work

On View: Thursday, December 16, 2010 through Saturday, January 22, 2011

Where: Form + Content Gallery

Address: 210 North 2nd Street, Suite 104 , Minneapolis, MN 55401

Gallery Hours: Thursday Saturday, 12:00  6:00 pm and by appointment

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OPENINGS & EVENTS
Sat Dec 17th 6PM - 9PM CST
Form + Content Gallery
210 N 2nd St, Minneapolis
Sat Oct 15th 6PM - 9PM CST
801 Washington Lofts
801 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis
Wed Jan 25th 4PM - 9PM CST
ChinDian Café
1500 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis
Thu Jan 26th 6PM - 9PM CST
The ditch. Gallery
400 1st Ave N #535, Minneapolis
Fri Jan 27th 5PM - 8PM CST
Logan Park Rec Center
690 13th Ave, Minneapolis
Fri Jan 27th 7PM - 9PM CST
Law Warschaw Gallery
Fine Arts Commons 105, 130 S Macalester St, St. Paul
Fri Jan 27th 7PM - 10PM CST
Weisman Art Museum
333 E River Pkwy, Minneapolis
Fri Jan 27th 7PM - 11PM CST
Gamut Gallery
717 S 10th St, Minneapolis
Sat Jan 28th 2PM - 5PM CST
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis
Sat Jan 28th 2PM - 5PM CST
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis
Sat Jan 28th 5PM - 8PM CST
Independent Filmmaker Project MN
550 Vandalia ST, St. Paul
Sat Jan 28th 6PM - 8PM CST
Form + Content Gallery
210 N 2nd St, Minneapolis
Sat Jan 28th 7PM - 11PM CST
Soo Visual Arts Center
2909 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis
Sat Jan 28th 7PM - 11PM CST
Public Functionary
1400 12th Ave NE, Minneapolis
Sat Jan 21st 7PM - 10PM CST
Gallery 427
1500 Jackson St NE, Minneapolis
Thu Feb 2nd 5PM - 9PM CST
Various Locations
Northeast, Minneapolis
Thu Feb 2nd 6PM - 8PM CST
Traffic Zone
250 3rd Ave N, Minneapolis
Fri Feb 3rd 5PM - 7PM CST
Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis
Fri Feb 3rd 5PM - 9PM CST
Flow Art Space
308 E Prince St, St. Paul
Fri Feb 3rd 5PM - 8PM CST
Bethel University - Johnson
3900 Bethel Dr, Minneapolis
Fri Feb 3rd 6PM - 9PM CST
Various Locations
Lowertown, St. Paul
Fri Feb 3rd 6:30PM - 9PM CST
Highpoint Center for Printmaking
912 West Lake Street, Minneapolis
Sat Feb 4th 6PM - 10PM CST
Rosalux Gallery
1400 Van Buren Street NE, Minneapolis
Sat Feb 4th 7PM - 11PM CST
Artista Bottega
937 7th St W, St. Paul
Fri Jan 20th 6PM - 9PM CST
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
2501 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis
Thu Feb 9th 4PM - 8PM CST
Casket Arts Building
681 17th Ave NE, Minneapolis
Sat Feb 11th 5PM - 8PM CST
Showroom
615 W Lake St, Minneapolis
Sat Feb 11th 6PM - 9PM CST
Soo Visual Arts Center
2909 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis
Fri Jan 27th 7PM - 11PM CST
Gamut Gallery
717 S 10th St, Minneapolis
Sat Feb 18th 10AM - 4PM CST
Regis Center for Art West Gallery
405 21st Ave S, Minneapolis
Sat Feb 4th 6PM - 10PM CST
Rosalux Gallery
1400 Van Buren Street NE, Minneapolis
Fri Mar 3rd 6PM - 8PM CST
All My Relations Gallery
1414 E. Franklin Ave, Minneapolis
Thu Mar 9th 6PM - 9PM CST
Regis Center For Art Quarter Gallery
405 21st Ave S, Minneapolis
Fri Mar 10th 5PM - 8PM CST
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis
Fri Mar 10th 6PM - 8PM CST
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis
Sat Mar 11th 6PM - 8PM CST
Traffic Zone
250 3rd Ave N, Minneapolis
Sat Mar 11th 7PM - 9PM CST
Form + Content Gallery
210 N 2nd St, Minneapolis
Thu Mar 16th 6PM - 9PM CST
Mia's U.S. Bank Gallery
2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis
Thu Mar 23rd 4PM - 6PM CST
Art Institutes International Minnesota
15 South 9th St, Minneapolis
Sat Mar 25th 7PM - 9PM CST
Kolman Pryor Gallery
1500 Jackson St NE #395, Minneapolis
Sat Apr 8th 6:30PM - 10PM CST
Katherine E. Nash Gallery
405 21st Ave S, Minneapolis
Sat Mar 11th 6PM - 8PM CST
Traffic Zone
250 3rd Ave N, Minneapolis
Apr 28th - Apr 30th
Various Locations
St. Paul
Fri May 12th 6PM - 8PM CST
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis
NOW SHOWING
Jan 7th - Jan 28th
Flow Art Space
308 E Prince St, St. Paul
Jan 7th - Jan 29th
Rosalux Gallery
1400 Van Buren Street NE, Minneapolis
Oct 15th - Jan 31st
801 Washington Lofts
801 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis
Oct 3rd - Jan 31st
Humble Cup
1851 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis
Dec 9th - Jan 31st
Highpoint Center for Printmaking
912 West Lake Street, Minneapolis
Nov 28th - Feb 4th
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis
Jan 21st - Feb 4th
Gallery 427
1500 Jackson St NE, Minneapolis
Dec 23rd - Feb 4th
Circa Gallery
210 N First St, Minneapolis
Jan 7th - Feb 9th
Hair And Nails Gallery
2222 1/2 E 35th ST, Minneapolis
Jan 17th - Feb 11th
Regis Center For Art Quarter Gallery
405 21st Ave S, Minneapolis
Jan 14th - Feb 12th
The Soap Factory
514 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis
Jan 14th - Feb 12th
The Soap Factory
514 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis
Jan 5th - Feb 18th
Kolman Pryor Gallery
1500 Jackson St NE #395, Minneapolis
Jan 12th - Feb 19th
AZ Gallery
308 Prince Street, St. Paul
Nov 17th - Feb 26th
Mia's U.S. Bank Gallery
2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis
Jan 21st - Feb 26th
Flanders + Associates
818 West Lake St, Minneapolis
Jan 13th - Feb 26th
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis
Jan 13th - Feb 26th
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis
Jan 17th - Mar 5th
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
2501 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis
Jan 19th - Mar 11th
Modus Locus
3500 Bloomington Ave S, Minneapolis
Jan 17th - Mar 25th
Regis Center for Art West Gallery
405 21st Ave S, Minneapolis
Jan 7th - Mar 31st
The ditch. Gallery
400 1st Ave N #535, Minneapolis
Jan 19th - Apr 16th
Minnesota Museum of American Art
141 E 4th Street, St. Paul
Jan 14th - Apr 22nd
Fox Tax
503 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis