Artist Profile: Charles Youel, founder and creative director of ARTCRANK

Ten years ago on a Saturday night in April, Charles Youel staged a pop-up bike poster show at One On One Bicycle Studio in Minneapolis. Expecting maybe 50 people, you can imagine the pure shock and awe that Charles felt when he saw an ever-extending line out the door, and the studio packed to all … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Gordon Purcell

The Incredible Hulk, in its human form as Bruce Banner, is a nuclear physicist. Chemistry lover Barry Allen, aka The Flash, works as a forensic scientist for the Central City Police Department. And in “Star Trek,” 23rd century adventurers take off in a powerful interstellar spacecraft to explore the far reaches of the galaxy, using … [ Read more]

The Dark Arts: Graffiti walks the line between petty vandalism and complex art form

Provocative bursts of bold colors. Wild, distorted lettering. An urban canvas full of lines, shape, and form, soon to be wiped away—reconditioned to a beige, gray, or whitewashed surface. It’s the nature of the art—atypical, public, transient. It’s graffiti. But is it art? Building an identity in Philadelphia in the late 1960s, graffiti truly exploded … [ Read more]

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Artist Profile: Leslie Barlow

Art doesn’t instruct you what to think—it just tells you to think. In today’s ever-shifting political, economic, social, and cultural climate, we’re sometimes left speechless. But Leslie Barlow shares her art as a language—thought-provoking topics rendered through colorful, realistic, life-sized portraits that you can stand face-to-face with and look right in the eye. “I like … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Jaime Anderson

“In the presence of nature,” Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in his essay, “Nature,” “a wild delight runs through the man, in spite of real sorrows.” Losing oneself (and one’s cell phone service) in the company of nature can be a blissful experience. At the very least, stepping into the wilderness helps wash away the worries … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Laura Eng

Most of us probably don’t put a lot of thought into where our “trash” goes once it leaves the street curb and it’s thrown into the back of a garbage truck. Out of sight, out of mind. Out with the old, in with the new. But in the quest for the latest-and-greatest in our ephemeral … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Michael Iver Jacobsen

What do a dragon, “Blonde” by Frank Ocean, and nature walks have in common? These elements help shape one artist’s grand narrative: The reflective and nostalgic storyboard of Michael Iver Jacobsen. Michael’s interest in art ignited at an early age. “Drawing and painting was something that clicked for me,” he recalls. “My mom claims I … [ Read more]

What ‘The Sneetches’ teaches

Dr. Seuss may have published “The Sneetches and Other Stories” back in 1961, but the Children’s Theatre Company’s musical adaptation “Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches The Musical” proves the short story is still as relevant as ever. Composed by David Mallamud, written by Philip Dawkins, and directed by Peter C. Brosius, the Children’s Theatre Company’s inventive theatrical … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Chuck U

Chuck U’s artwork brings to life an alternate reality that exists within his creative brain. A music-crazed, DJ-ing monkey. A scruffy, Godzilla-like dog/octopus hybrid donning a bowler hat and monocle. A bird perched in a tree with robotic eyes. But why a fascination of whimsical and wondrous worlds? “I wish I had an awesome explanation … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Lucas Gluesenkamp

When looking at Lucas Gluesenkamp’s illustrations, he wants you to think of “the three E’s:” eerie, eldritch, and existential. Drawing inspiration from animated films of the ‘70s and ‘80s, as well as artists Jean “Moebius” Giraud, Frank Frazetta, Ashley Wood, and J.M.W. Turner, the works of the Minneapolis illustrator deal in otherworldly and atmospheric landscapes … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2016: Louise Erdrich

“Louise Erdrich has portrayed her fellow Native Americans as no contemporary American novelist ever has, exploring—in intimate and fearless ways—the myriad cultural challenges that indigenous and mixed-race Americans face.” These words, spoken by the previous Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, addressed the literary and virtuosic impact that Erdrich exudes, as she was awarded the … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2016: Leslie Barlow

One might consider U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis a piece of art in and of itself. But when the doors opened for the start of the football season this year, Vikings fans were greeted with a true array of museum-quality artworks and installations, including six portrait paintings of iconic Vikes from Leslie Barlow. Primarily … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Brent Schoonover

It all started with Mr. Fixit. At a very young age, Brent Schoonover laid his eyes on a copy of Marvel Comics’ “The Incredible Hulk”#349. A brawny Mr. Fixit—aka the Grey Hulk—busting out of his white shirt, swinging a powerful wallop of a smack across the body of the acrobatic Spider-Man, in a dynamic battle … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Erica Williams

As a 14-year-old girl, Erica Williams was obsessed with the magical action-adventure series, “Sailor Moon.” And one of her high school companions had a knack for drawing the characters from the Japanese television show, which instilled immense motivation for the Colorado Springs native to be just as good as her friend.  It was the spark … [ Read more]

Beer, brats, & Bavarian culture: Your guide to Oktoberfest 2016

Minnesota is approximately 4,500 miles from Munich, Germany—home of the original Oktoberfest that began over 200 years ago—but that doesn’t stop us from breaking out our lederhosen and strapping on our dancing shoes for some traditional polka music, all to the sound of the clinking of steins and shouts of “Prost!” Here’s how you can celebrate Oktoberfest … [ Read more]