Artist Profile: Carving out space with designer Leslie Olson

Leslie Olson likes her space. In her art, she visualizes pictures and carves them out of negative space. In her free time, she rock climbs and boulders, literally hanging off into empty space. But, in every aspect of her life, her style is her own.  “People tell me I have a very linear approach to … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Designing the written word with Anne Ulku

Anne Ulku just wants you to feel something. As a designer and illustrator, she’s made a name for herself through her work with brands ranging from small local startups to national companies like Apple, HP, and Nickelodeon. Her deft use of bright color, eccentric design, and interpretive typography flows together in a way that lends … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Luis Fitch’s art is at the intersection of graphic design, fine art, and vandalism

You may not know who Luis Fitch is, but you have probably seen his art. From T-shirts to taco shops, Fitch has been consistently using a combination of gallery openings, street art, and branding opportunities to make himself a recognizable symbol wherever he goes. Other artists might think he is selling out, but he doesn’t … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: The Natural and Vivid Watercolors of Xee Reiter

Xee Reiter’s backyard is bursting with life, with three gardens, a hen house, an in-progress worm farm, and a beehive. Some may think it looks chaotic, but to Reiter, who grew up with fresh produce from a garden and helped butcher the chickens her family raised, it looks like an organic canvas.  “I grew up … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Lisa Friedrich’s explosive gunpowder art

Lisa Friedrich has perfected the art of playing with fire. While some artists prefer the more traditional media of pencils and paintbrushes, Friedrich reaches for gunpowder. “There was no research on how I could make my own gunpowder art. So I asked my school to fund me a grant to study gunpowder and they went … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: The world’s an endless sea of collaging opportunity for Ben DiNino

Ben DiNino has an obsession with stuff. He says his partner would readily refer to his collection as a certified hoarding habit, especially after making frequent moves around the U.S. before settling down in Minneapolis six years ago. But to him, it’s just an endless sea of collaging opportunity.  “Recently I’ve been trying not to … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Kurt Seaberg uses lithography to protect our wild places

Like the tranquil lakes and forest scenes depicted in his lithographs, Kurt Seaberg is as soft-spoken and reflective as they come. He considers each of his words carefully, speaking in the measured, quiet manner of someone who’s spent much of his time among nature. Since he was young, he says he’s leaned on artistic creation … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: John Bosley’s iconic illustrations take viewers on a road trip across the Midwest

People outside of the Midwest generally don’t pay much mind to the region, brushing it off as nothing more than flyover country. But we Midwesterners know that there’s so much more held within our states than meets the sky, from awe-inspiring natural landscapes to small, local landmarks deeply beloved by a lucky few.  Cover artist … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Mark Rivard’s unconventional path to a life of art and advocacy

If anyone’s learned how to take dire circumstances and spin them into gold, it’s Mark Rivard, who used a series of misfortunes to set the stage for a successful career that’s brought him around the world intersecting art, business, education, and advocacy.  It began in 2004 in his mom’s basement, of all places. Rivard had … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: The offbeat patterns of collage artist Kara Sweeney

A piggy bank. A money tree. The ubiquitous flying cash emoji. That stock market line graph looking particularly bullish. The Statue of Liberty. A “loan shark.” These are all concepts that artist Kara Sweeney called upon as she created the cover for this month’s “Economics” issue. Her obvious jumping-off point was starting with the color green; … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Michael Byzewski of Aesthetic Apparatus

Michael Byzewski isn’t quite sure how he landed on his aesthetic. “Bad luck? Love of cats? Anxiety issues? Probably a combination of all those, along with being attracted to mid-century, simple print ad design,” he says. The Minneapolis-based designer and illustrator works from his studio, Aesthetic Apparatus, where he’s produced pieces in both commercial and … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: The clean, striking designs of Matt Erickson

Matt Erickson has mastered the basic rule of K.I.S.S.: Keep It Simple Stupid. At just 27 years old, the graphic designer and artist has honed a refreshingly sparse style—one that can be seen everywhere from labels on Jack Daniels bottles to bags of Caribou Coffee to the mural inside the Uptown Minneapolis Target store.  Erickson’s … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Tymkrs and the Art of Circuitry

Left, the original artwork for The Growler’s Issue 61 cover by Sarah Petkus. Right is the rendition of the same artwork for the badge design by Tymkrs For us commoners, the inner workings of a circuit board are miles over our heads. Most days we’re lucky to manage screwing in a light bulb without any … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: The Iconic Illustrations of Mark Herman

Mark Herman’s bright sunlit Minneapolis studio is covered in prints, sketchbooks, and miscellaneous artworks he’s thought up over the years. We’re sitting back in his cozy office, which is lined with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves stuffed with photographs, mementos, some of his own artwork, and books that he ironically doesn’t touch. “I’m a terrible student—horribly dyslexic, barely … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Michael Slagle brings his bold aesthetic to ordinary life

Alot of lines.” This is the simple description Michael Slagle offers of his art, but the reality is much more complex. Delicate clouds and bright colors are interrupted by bold black lines, combining flatness and volume to alter the perspective from something recognizable to something more abstract. From bridges to flowers to farmlands, where most … [ Read more]