Sunday, December 26, 2010

Margaret Gamache - Collage

Margaret Gamache

Altered Esthetics Featured Artist for the Agents of Orange Exhibit
1/6/11 - 1/27/11
Opening Reception: Friday 1/7 7-10PM

Margaret Gamache
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I have lived in N.E Minneapolis since 1985. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in
Photography from the University of Minnesota, Dec. 1983. Over the years, I have exhibited at the Warm Gallery, Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit, exhibited in shows sponsored by Forecast Gallery Public Space Productions. New York State Museum, Empire State Plaza, Albany New York, and the University of Reno Nevada Photography Dept. Reno Nevada.

In 2008, I became a Resident Artist at Altered Esthetics Gallery in N.E.Mpls. I have exhibited in 15 group shows there. I was the Featured Artist contest winner in ‘ Creative Blood ’ show, 2009 A&E Calendar March. In addition Altered Esthetics ‘America ‘, an international Juried Show winner best in category: mixed medium 2007. ‘ Grade F ‘

Tell me about your work?

Most of my artwork is mixed medium collage, photographs, Drawings, magazine images, paint,
constructed in a two dimensional 8in.x10in. Size. The work is then printed, or copied. In addition, some of my work is mixed medium sculpture in three-dimensional form, as well as photography. My style and subjects deal with family, subconscious guts, mass media’s junk and left over’s. My influences are, Family, a Catholic upbringing, Duchamp, Stieglitz, History and politics.

What are you working on now? How is it different from past projects?

I just finished a work called’ DEAD ASSETS’ which ended a four year period. It is an art installation involving 13 art works. It is about death, finding a place to rest in peace.

Now my work is more fun. I just finished work for ‘Agents of Orange’ show at Altered Esthetics Gallery in Jan.2011. ‘FALL BACK’, a digital photograph. I want to start another art installation next year. I always have ideas and never enough time to execute them all. I keep them in my art journal and plug away at them as well as possible. I will be excited for new ideas come to me, and the pleasure I will receive from them.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?

My mentor Frank Agar advised me to exhibit as much as possible. Keep a passion for sharing and communicating your art to the public. Even if they are not ready for it, and reject it.

Tell me about your working space and your creative process?

I live and do art work in a huge, 100 year old duplex in N.E. Mpls. With a workroom in basement, storage in the attic and computer office space on first floor. How I work is mostly in my head, mulling over ideas and emotions that go together. This usually takes lots of time. I may make folders full of stuff to use eventually for these ideas. There is always many projects and different folders being created. To execute the work is usually fun and done quickly.

Which Minnesota artist do you enjoy?

The Minnesota artists I enjoy are many. Some for years, others newly inspired by. The artists I have exhibited with at Altered Esthetics Gallery have truly amazed me. As well as in the many Galleries in the N.E. Minneapolis Arts District. In addition, it is so much fun to just go on line and find Minnesota Art to inspire me. Here is a few.

Will Agar, photography
Wayne Potratz, sculpture
Amber Janey, mixed media/book art
James Powell, cartoonist
Lisa Elias, sculpture
Elias sisters: Anne Elias , painter; Meg Elias, Ariel Arts; Jane Elias, painter.

If I were to follow you around on an’ art day’ in Minnesota, which places would we go?

First, we would go to some, Art Galleries and studios in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts district. We would see local artist exhibiting and working in diverse mediums and themes, and prices. Altered Esthetics, Casket Arts, Northrop King Building, and Spotart Gallery.

We then would have to sit outside a while at Walker Art Sculpture Garden. Then go inside, and check out any new exhibits. Then back to my place to see my work, eat and drink.

Where do you go on line for good art resources, whether to find a new artist, or to see what is going on in the art world locally and otherwise?

Do you have any exhibits or any interesting things going on in your life or coming up in the near future?

I will be exhibiting at Altered Esthetics Gallery ‘Agents of Orange’ Residence show, opening Jan.7, 2011.

Also in a ‘Creative Blood’ show at North Hennepin Community College, Jan.12, 2011. In this Show, I will be exhibiting with my father, life partner, my son and daughter. Also my mentor Frank Agar and his son Will Agar, both Photographers.

Most exciting, I will be having a Solo show later in 2011, exhibiting my’ DEAD ASSETS’ art- installation. The Solo show is through Altered Esthetics Solo Exhibition Program, the details are yet to come. In the fall, Altered Esthetics has a ‘food’ show I am excited to exhibit in. I know there will be lots more…..

Margaret Gamache (1/2011)

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