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]

Artist Profile: The expressive needleworks of Alanna Stapleton

Embroidery: thread and needle poking and punching fabric, decorating tea towels and making ordinary pillows cheeky. While some might dismiss the medium as nothing more than a hobby, hand-stitched clothes and boots unearthed by archaeologists date the origins of embroidery back to 30,000 B.C. Artists like Alanna Stapleton take it one step further, elevating the … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Niky Motekallem

The ways in which humans interact with animals are far-reaching. From beloved pets to filtering additives for beer to grilled steaks on our dinner plates, we have deep, dependent relationships with the animals in our ecosystem. Illustrator Niky Motekallem displays her love for nature in her art, which is filled with colorful, kaleidoscopic renderings of … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Art with depth by Marnie Karger

Lakes are peppered across the land of Minnesota—11,842 reminders that this area was once covered in vast sheets of ice a mile thick, plowing inch by inch, and finally melting into what we see today. These water-filled, earthly scars are named after European explorers, topographical features, identifications by Dakota and Ojibwe tribes. And they are … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: The wonderfully strange works of Jennifer Davis

A roaring lion, steeped in vivid colors of bubblegum and coral. A humanoid cat wearing gray slacks, standing against a sparse cream-colored sky. A female figure, dressed in a pale green blouse, as a black, vintage rotary phone defines her facial features. These characters look like they live in an enchanting, yet eerie, pastel-hued Candyland … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Regan Golden turns plants into art

It’s easy to forget the verdant intensity of nature. The fuzzy, villous hairs on the fronds of the unfurling fern. Towering cottonwoods sheltering delicate clusters of milkweed. Even invasive patches of plants, from garlic mustard to buckthorn. But when Regan Golden walks through an urban park or strolls along the rail yard near her house, … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Wing Ta, Canary Grey

Seared short ribs nestled in a cast iron vessel, surrounded by cremini mushrooms, garlic, and ever essential mirepoix. An elegant arc of tuna ceviche, enhanced with fresh papaya, vibrant lime green kiwis, and paper-thin, magenta-hued watermelon radish. A crystal clear glass set atop a rustic gray wooden table, highlighting the bright garnet hue of a … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Nick Zdon

 “I am a large container of life.” “That’s how you would explain yourself to someone,” I asked, making sure I heard him correctly. In a used bookstore more than 15 years ago, Nick Zdon found a Czech comic book with English translations that were a bit rough around the edges. “One of the best … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Matt Wells, the Lizardman of Minneapolis

From Botticelli to Banksy, artists have often used alternate names as a way to identify their creative mark on the world. For Matt Wells, his distinctive moniker came from a seven-foot-tall, green, scaly-skinned reptilian humanoid cryptid said to inhabit the swamplands of South Carolina: Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp. [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”35969″ align=”right” info_text=”Advertisement” info_text_position=”above” … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Ellen Schofield & David Rogers

While the lone wolf artist has long been romanticized for his or her singular innate genius, the collaborative duo has also, many times over, recast the shape, innovation, and creative magic of art. Think Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, Christo and Jeanne-Claude. [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”35969″ align=”right” info_text=”Advertisement” info_text_position=”above” font_color=”#6d6d6d” font_size=”13″ padding=”10″ background_color=”#ffffff” border=”2″ border_color=”#878787″] Now, Ellen … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: The patterns and forms of Ross Bruggink

A fearless and philosophical duo, “Calvin and Hobbes” follows the adventures of the mischievous six-year-old Calvin, and his best friend, a talking and plush sardonic tiger named Hobbes. Their relationship is playful, poignant, and fantastical, as they convert corrugated cardboard boxes into time traveling machines, dig for dinosaur bones, and build crime-stricken groups of snowmen. … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Greta McLain of GoodSpace Murals

Murals bring color and vibrant energy to bleak building exteriors, but the change to the physical walls runs deeper than the brushstrokes. The true power of a mural is in the changes and cultural connections these projects inspire within communities. [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”35969″ align=”right” info_text=”Advertisement” info_text_position=”above” font_color=”#6d6d6d” font_size=”13″ padding=”10″ background_color=”#ffffff” border=”2″ border_color=”#878787″] “Murals create spaces and … [ Read more]