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

UPCOMING
2016-05-05T22:00:00Z to 2016-05-06T02:00:00Z
Northeast Arts District
1500 Jackson St NE, Minneapolis
2016-05-06T23:00:00Z to 2016-05-07T02:00:00Z
Bockley Gallery
2123 W 21st St, Minneapolis
2016-05-06T23:00:00Z to 2016-05-07T01:00:00Z
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis
2016-05-06T23:00:00Z to 2016-05-07T01:00:00Z
Raymond Ave Gallery
761 Raymond Ave, St. Paul
2016-05-06T23:00:00Z to 2016-05-07T02:00:00Z
Northern Warehouse Artists' Co-op
308 Prince Street, St. Paul
2016-05-07T00:00:00Z to 2016-05-07T01:00:00Z
Union Depot
214 4th St E, St. Paul
2016-05-07T22:00:00Z to 2016-05-08T01:00:00Z
Showroom
615 W Lake St, Minneapolis
2016-05-07T22:30:00Z to 2016-05-08T02:30:00Z
Traffic Zone
250 3rd Ave N, Minneapolis
2016-05-12T23:00:00Z to 2016-05-13T01:00:00Z
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE, Minneapolis
2016-05-13T00:00:00Z to 2016-05-13T02:00:00Z
Minnesota Museum of American Art
141 E 4th Street, St. Paul
2016-05-13T23:00:00Z to 2016-05-14T02:00:00Z
MCAD MFA Studios and Gallery
2201 1st Ave S, Minneapolis
2016-05-14T20:00:00Z to 2016-05-15T00:00:00Z
Fifth Element
2411 Hennepin AVE S, Minneapolis
2016-05-14T23:00:00Z to 2016-05-15T02:00:00Z
Vine Arts Center
2637 27th AVE S, Minneapolis
2016-04-22T23:00:00Z to 2016-04-23T03:00:00Z
Space 369
2242 University Ave, St. Paul
2016-05-20T05:00:00Z to 2016-05-22T05:00:00Z
Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson St NE, Minneapolis
2016-05-20T23:00:00Z to 2016-05-21T02:00:00Z
California Building
2205 California St NE, Minneapolis
2016-05-21T23:00:00Z to 2016-05-22T03:00:00Z
The Soap Factory
514 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis
2016-05-21T23:00:00Z to 2016-05-22T01:30:00Z
Form + Content Gallery
210 N 2nd St, Minneapolis
2016-03-19T00:00:00Z to 2016-03-19T02:00:00Z
All My Relations Gallery
1414 E. Franklin Ave, Minneapolis
2016-06-03T23:00:00Z to 2016-06-04T01:00:00Z
Traffic Zone
250 3rd Ave N, Minneapolis
2016-06-19T00:00:00Z to 2016-06-19T03:00:00Z
Kolman Pryor Gallery
1500 Jackson St NE #395, Minneapolis
2016-06-25T22:00:00Z to 2016-06-26T02:00:00Z
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis
2016-07-09T17:00:00Z to 2016-07-09T21:00:00Z
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis
2016-09-23T23:00:00Z to 2016-09-24T01:00:00Z
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis
NOW SHOWING
2016-04-14T22:00:00Z to 2016-04-15T00:00:00Z
Concordia Gallery
1301 Marshall Ave, St. Paul
2016-03-12T01:00:00Z to 2016-03-12T04:00:00Z
Waiting Room
1629 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis
2016-04-16T23:00:00Z to 2016-04-17T02:00:00Z
Flanders + Associates
818 West Lake St, Minneapolis
2016-04-22T23:00:00Z to 2016-04-23T02:00:00Z
Form + Content Gallery
210 N 2nd St, Minneapolis
2016-04-24T00:00:00Z to 2016-04-24T03:00:00Z
Kolman Pryor Gallery
1500 Jackson St NE #395, Minneapolis
2016-04-16T22:00:00Z to 2016-04-17T01:00:00Z
Circa Gallery
210 N First St, Minneapolis
2016-04-16T19:00:00Z to 2016-04-16T22:00:00Z
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis
2016-04-22T23:00:00Z to 2016-04-23T03:00:00Z
Space 369
2242 University Ave, St. Paul
2016-04-15T22:00:00Z to 2016-04-16T01:00:00Z
Hiro Fine Art
275 Market ST, Minneapolis
2016-04-02T23:00:00Z to 2016-04-03T01:00:00Z
Midway Contemporary Art
527 Second Avenue SE, Minneapolis
2016-04-08T23:00:00Z to 2016-04-09T02:00:00Z
Franconia in the City@Casket
1781 Jefferson St. NE, Minneapolis
2016-01-30T01:00:00Z to 2016-01-30T04:00:00Z
Weisman Art Museum
333 E River Pkwy, Minneapolis
2016-04-24T00:00:00Z to 2016-04-24T05:00:00Z
Public Functionary
1400 12th Ave NE, Minneapolis
2016-01-23T06:00:00Z to 2016-05-22T05:00:00Z
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis
2016-05-07T22:30:00Z to 2016-05-08T02:30:00Z
Traffic Zone
250 3rd Ave N, Minneapolis
2016-03-19T00:00:00Z to 2016-03-19T02:00:00Z
All My Relations Gallery
1414 E. Franklin Ave, Minneapolis
2016-04-30T00:00:00Z to 2016-04-30T03:00:00Z
White Page Gallery
3400 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis
2016-05-21T23:00:00Z to 2016-05-22T03:00:00Z
The Soap Factory
514 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis
2016-04-29T22:00:00Z to 2016-04-30T00:00:00Z
Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis
2016-04-30T19:00:00Z to 2016-04-30T22:00:00Z
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis
2016-02-27T06:00:00Z to 2016-06-04T05:00:00Z
801 Washington Lofts
801 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis
2016-04-30T19:00:00Z to 2016-04-30T22:00:00Z
Groveland Annex
25 Groveland Tr, Minneapolis
2016-04-30T23:00:00Z to 2016-05-01T02:00:00Z
Soo Visual Arts Center
2909 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis
2016-04-07T23:00:00Z to 2016-04-08T02:00:00Z
The ditch. Gallery
400 1st Ave N #535, Minneapolis
2016-04-24T00:00:00Z to 2016-04-24T02:00:00Z
David Petersen Gallery
2018 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis
2016-02-27T06:00:00Z to 2016-10-09T05:00:00Z
Walker Arts Center
1750 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis

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