Soo VAC’s holiday show, Home for the Holidays, offers the visual equivalent of eating tapas—a little of this, a little of that. No thematic or stylistic thread connects the pieces in the show, which represents a cross-section of media and method, but most the artists have Minnesota roots and many are recognizable from past Soo VAC shows.
Bethany Kalk is one such name. Her work has appeared inside and, notably, on the walls outside the gallery. Kalk’s pieces actually appear in two different places—one spot devoted to her low-horizoned landscapes, another to her more abstract pieces populated by organic shapes against shadowy backgrounds. She uses a technique called encaustic, also know as hot wax painting, that infuses her work with depth and texture.
Another up-and-comer, Gregory Euclide, offers up a very different sort of landscape. His incredibly detailed wilderness tableaux in acrylic, oil, and pencil on Yupo, a plastic-coated paper, suggest the detailed renderings in the corner of old territorial maps.
The show also offers up new work from Jennifer Davis, whose mixed media creations straddle the line between fanciful and evocative. Davis’s expansive horizons cut through dreamy emptiness consistently delivering a feeling of openness and possibility.
And I couldn’t describe the show without mentioning Joe Sinness, “Clouder No. 2,” which resembles nothing more than a bouquet of cats. Sinness uses colored pencil and gouache in lovely shades of gray and orange and brown with accents of blue and hazel and yellow. It’s strange, but good strange.
Other notables include Andrea Carlson, Amy Rice, and Clint Rost. It’s an excellent survey of up-and-coming talent. Extra incentive: all the work is on sale. So if you like something you see, you can pick it up right then and there. Prices run from a couple hundred bucks to just shy of $2,000.
Home for the Holidays continues at Soo Visual Arts Center through December 31.