10 works of art to see at the Minnesota State Fair art exhibition

10 works of art to see at the Minnesota State Fair art exhibition
10 works of art to see at the Minnesota State Fair art exhibition

The annual Minnesota State Fair Art Show is back.

From a classic close-up painting of someone’s beloved cow to a life-size bronze statue of Bob Dylan, 324 works have been selected for the 111th edition of the show which welcomes artists from across the state.

The total number of works submitted was 2,207, much closer to the number of submissions before the pandemic.

Jim Clark, the fair’s superintendent of fine arts for 12 years, notices something new every time. This year these are the responses of visitors

“The other day I had a guest tell me the job reminded him why we’re alive – and it’s not for the 8-5 – which I thought was pretty spectacular,” did he declare.

Clark added that there are “up to 14,000 Minnesotans who identify as artists,” and he hopes everyone will attend because admission is free.

Here are 10 rooms to discover if you browse the Palais des Beaux-Arts between concerts, funnel cake, sweet corn and rides. (See the gallery at the top of the story. And if you’re looking for seed art, head straight to the agriculture building.)

“The Grizzly” by Erik J. Fremstad, Victoria

This cold press archival watercolor and ink is not just a portrait of a grizzly bear’s face. Written all over the bear’s face in black ink are little bear facts and stories. One of the most surprising is a drawing of ‘lunch counters’, the once popular tourist attraction of the early 1900s where people were invited to feed bears, a practice that ended at the start of World War II. .

“The Hand (after Heartfield)” by Russ White, Minneapolis

A hand rises in the air, its fingers curved but not limp. The hand, White writes on her Instagram, “belongs to someone with a womb,” and the piece references the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, and how “we are witnessing the cruel hammer of white Christian fascism beating down on our bodies like a hammer.” White’s piece also references the work of artist John Heartfield, who made anti-fascist imagery during the Nazi era, specifically a poster Berliners saw in 1928 ahead of the parliamentary elections. “The hand has five fingers,” read the poster. “With these five catch the enemy!” Or vote against the Nazis.

“The Cookie Thief” by Jessica Huang, Eagan

Huang uses felt to make a darling little rat wearing a top hat and vest sitting in a cookie tin, surrounded by a delicious thumbprint and chocolate-dipped cookies. It looks like a scene from “Ratatouille,” but this, of course, is the Minnesota State Fair.

“Rainforest Cloud” by Shoshana FinkMinneapolis

This dream photograph looks like it was taken in the forest outside Harry Potter’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at Hogwarts or somewhere in the Amazon rainforest or maybe just in a dream. Where it was shot matters less than what it does – takes you away from where you are, if only for a moment.

“Sunny” by Bonnie Stanoch Tressler, Brandon, Minn.

No Minnesota State Fair art exhibit would be complete without a fully mosaic giant fish. Its layers of orange, green, blue and burgundy mosaics will catch your eye from across the exhibit hall.

“Electronic Window Panel – Westboro Baptist Church – Topeka KS” by David Marksberg, Lakeville

Marksberg took photos of the 10-minute church hate signs associated with the late Reverend Fred Phelps. Known by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “arguably the most heinous and rabid hate group in America,” the article offers people a chance to contemplate the proliferation of hate.

“Waiting, Longing” by Beth Thompson, Minneapolis

Who hasn’t left the room to find their beloved pooch sitting there, just waiting and looking sad and adorable? This piece will make you think there is a real dog locked in a glass case. Fortunately, it’s just art.

“Reunion” by Alexandra BeaumontMinneapolis

Walking through the bustling halls of the Palace of Fine Arts, it can feel overwhelming to contemplate all the faces one sees. Beaumont’s “Reunion” piece, a 1962 photo printed on silk, sways gently on a wall. She printed her family’s photo, taken in Kingston, Jamaica, onto silk, then removed the threads, making it look more like traditional madras, a lightweight cotton fabric. Although it is a still photo, the fabric blows a little, giving it a feeling of ancestral lightness.

“Target” by Christopher P. Rodman, Minneapolis

A frozen moment in time – a guy holding a loudspeaker at a protest that could be any protest anywhere. Rodman captures this defining moment in a black and white gelatin silver print.

“Tomorrow” by Daniel VolenecEden Prairie

In this drawing, the viewer sees a woman in two parts – looking at the cup of coffee, holding it, and looking out the window – giving it a ghostly feel.

Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Center, 1265 N. Snelling Ave., Falcon Heights. Hours: 9am-9pm daily, 9am-8pm Labor Day. $15 to $17; admission to the art exhibition is free. mnstatefair.org

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