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"Edge of Camp" at Bockley Gallery

Go off the beaten path for a group show at Bockley Gallery.

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Wild Things — Made from nature, Proctor’s art creations are about the nature of change.

Because it is tucked away in a quiet street in Minneapolis’s Kenwood neighborhood, Bockley Gallery is easy to miss. The small, independent gallery, run by namesake Todd Bockley, occupies an unassuming corner next to Birchbark Books, a short walk from Lake of the Isles. Bockley’s specialty is emerging and established Native American artists including Frank Big Bear, Julie Buffalohead, and Jim Denomie.

This month, Bockley offers up something a bit different with Edge of Camp, an eclectic group show featuring a half-dozen artists whose work in some way touches on our sense of place and impermanence in a rapidly changing world.

While the show includes work from a range of artists with divergent styles, it is organized around the mixed-media assemblages of Jim Proctor. The artist likens his chimerical creations, which are made out of local plant materials, to the contents of old Victorian curiosity cabinets. Set against black shadowboxes, Proctor’s mini-sculptures—acorns fused with thorns, a prickly stem with tufts of seedpod hair—reflect back our complicated relationship to the natural world.

“When I visit any outdoor space I’m drawn to the edges,” says the artist, who asks: “What will emerge out of these spaces?” Proctor’s work, and that of his fellow artists, suggests the possibility of a hybrid future “both ugly and beautiful, both alien and native.”

Opens Jan. 18. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W. 21st St., Mpls., 612-377-4669, bockleygallery.com

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