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This Weekend: $99 Show & DUMBO Open Studios

September 24th, 2010 · No Comments

There’s some really cool stuff going on this weekend both in NYC and Minneapolis. So if you’re in either of these cities take note!

The concept for this show is just so awesome! I really wish I could attend myself. Hundreds of artists donate 5 x 7″ work for the show which benefits The Soap Factory, a Minneapolis non-profit for emerging art. All pieces sell for $99 and are only signed on the back. Part of the fun is that you don’t know who made what until after the art is purchased. As The Soap Factory asks “Can you spot an art world darling or will you simply buy what you like?”


The DUMBO Arts Festival includes open studios of many great Brooklyn-based artists and designers this Saturday and Sunday. Quite frankly many of the artists involved are unfamiliar to me which I view as a great opportunity to see some new and different art! If I make it over (which I plan to) I will definitely stop by April Hannah‘s studio which I visited this past spring.

The Soap Factory’s October Video

October 8th, 2009 · No Comments

The Soap Factory is a gallery and raw space in Minneapolis that hosts a monthly TV show called SFG4.  The October show, below, tours the space midway through the installation of The Austerity Cookbook and interviews the artists about their process.

Soap Factory October 09 from Soap Factory on Vimeo.

Technology, media and the art experience:

Wendy DesChene (4:37) “There’s no quality control on google (images)… I just started thinking about what that was doing to art and how it was playing with our perceptions. All of these things that were originally done by artists then became these things that they couldn’t even imagine. And people were having art experiences that nobody intended through all this digital distortion. And so it kind of comes full circle back here because this is only a temporary painting, this will only be up for the duration of the exhibit, so to see this the way I intended it you have to physically be here.”


Wendy DesChene (10:10) “I know exactly what it’s going to look like usually before I begin. I take a picture of the space and then I use Photoshop to lay it out. I went through probably about 40 different designs before I settled on this one… And so before I even made a mark on the wall I knew exactly what this would look like.”

Peter Owen (17:20) “With my practice, there’s nothing laid out, there’s no overall plan. It’s very intuitive. On one hand it’s really exciting seeing how things develop, on the other hand since there is no plan there is that possibility of failure.”