Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Pilot Artists at the Historic Tower Lofts in Mpls.

Pilot artists John Alspach, Tara Costello, and Yuri Arajs are currently showing work at the Historic Tower Lofts in Minneapolis.
RECEPTION with the Artists: Thurs Dec 6th from 630-9pm
700 Washington Ave N

Placement Gallery shop is open on Nicollet Mall!

Pilot artist Yuri Arajs has opened Placement Gallery Shop, Downtown Minneapolis.

The Shop features original art works & gifts by some of Minnesota’s most talented artists.
For original paintings, ceramics, miniature wood carvings, Gocco prints, cards, or anything else you might want to buy someone for the holidays, you can be sure that this will be the only place to find these wonderful gifts of art.

Here is the vital information:
The Placement Gallery Shop
November 19 – December 24, 2007
651 Nicollet Mall, Gaviidae Common, street level, next to Saks
Gallery Hours: M-F 10-7pm, SA 10-6pm
p. 612.338.3799

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Amy Rice and Jennifer Davis at the Birchwood, Mpls

Delightful 3
Amy Rice and Jennifer Davis at the Birchwood, Mpls
Through Nov 2007
From the Birchwood website:
"Mixed media artists Jennifer Davis and Amy Rice both create narrative images that delight and surprise. In August of 2006 they premiered a series of paintings and collages based on their mutual admiration of and inspiration garnered from each others work. In the show (Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis), entitled "Delightful", each artist used elements from the others artwork to create a new piece. An additional work was created using the original "collaborative" piece and so on and so on creating a visual dialogue in paintings and mixed media pieces that were new, yet familiar. The show was a local favorite receiving "delightful" reviews from every major local print media. While this first show had been over a year in the making and included a staggering amount of work produced, both Davis and Rice stated they felt like they were just getting warmed up and in August of 2007 "Delightful Too" continued this visual dialogue at Young Blood Gallery in Atlanta, GA."
This marks the third istallment in the ongoing series.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Yuri Arajs

Yuri Arajs is an artist but he is also a celebrated curator and this week he is a very busy guy. On Friday night his gallery, Placement, is presenting:

Obsessive Compulsive Drawing
September 14 – October 14, 2007
Featuring artists Ben Boylan, John Fleischer, Melissa Gahagan, David Gaul, Nick Howard.
Exhibit location: 509 – 1st Avenue NE, 2nd floor, Minneapolis
Opening Reception
Friday, September 14, 7 to 10 pm
A fantastic art event and party. Free and open to the public!

and on Saturday Yuri's solo exhibition opens at Gallery 360:

LOST & FOUND...recent works by Yuri Arajs
September 15 - October 21
Opening reception with the artist
Saturday, 9/15, 7-10pm
Free and open to the public
Gallery 360
3011 West 50th Street

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Early September in Minneapolis: Go see some art

Two person show of Pilot artists John Alspach & Terrence Payne
Rosalux Gallery
September 4th-30th, 2007
Opening Reception: September 7th 7-11pm
Here's what Minnesota Monthly is saying about the upcoming show:
Don’t blame us if you come away with a sudden urge to buy a warehouse condominium and fill it with these artists’ works. Alspach and Payne are the reigning kings of condo art; their bold, iconic paintings hang in the hippest rehabs. It makes sense, given that Alspach creates his works from salvaged construction debris, discarded billboards, and metal signs—perfect for that industrial ethos. Payne’s portraits of his youthful peers are similarly striking, evoking both coolness and vulnerability.

Attest and Grow

New Works in New Mediums by Amy Rice
Gallery 122 at Hang It
September 7 - September 28
Opening Reception: September 7th 7-10pm

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Amy Rice Solo Show in Philadelphia

Find Your Wings
New Paintings by Amy Rice
Art Star Gallery
1030 North 2nd Street
, PA
August 4th - September 2nd Reception: August 25th,
5-8 pm

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Celebrate Public TV with JAO

JAO will be speed painting at various times throughout the day at the Twin Cities Public Television 50th year Annivesary Celebration.

August 4, 172 E 4th St, downtown St Paul MN, 10am - 5pm FREE

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Found Gallery , Terrence Payne

You can find now find Terrence Payne's work at Found Gallery in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

JAO is coming to Baltimore!

Speed Painting at Artscape in Downtown Baltimore
Saturday July 21 and Sunday July 22
Both days: 1-7 pm, painting every hour on the hour
In front of the Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art

Tiny Showcase: Jennifer Davis

Are you hip to Tiny Showcase? Tiny Showcase offers affordable art from a varied group of artists by offering small limited-edition digital prints of their work.

Each piece is "around the same price as a CD, book or record..." and a percentage of each sale goes to the artists charity of choice.

They sell out super fast, (often within minutes of the art being posted) so you need to be quick. They are pretty hush-hush about who the artist will be and the print for sale (a new one goes up each Tuesday evening) , but I got a source and tonight it is our own Jennifer Davis.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Michael Sweere Unveils Mayo Clinic Mural

Michael Sweere's recent commission for the Mayo Clinic is now installed and on permanent display in the T. Denny Sanford Pediatrics Center, located in the Mayo Building, Rochester, MN.

Created entirely from recycled paper packaging, the mosaic mural depicts the four major natural biomes (environments) of Minnesota and the plant and animal life that live within each. They are: Forest, Prairie, Lakes and Wetlands. Over 100 living creatures are depicted - including several hidden surprises. Measuring six feet in height by sixteen feet wide, the mural took almost one year to complete.

click on images for the amazing details

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Delightful Too Review

Pilot artists Jennifer Davis and Amy Rice opened a two person show in Atlanta this week at Young Blood Gallery
and received a favorable review in Atlanta's weekly arts rag, Creative Loafing:

Delightful Too: Mutual admiration
Minneapolis artists Amy Rice and Jennifer Davis

Published 07.11.07

Delightful Too, the Young Blood Gallery exhibition of work by Minneapolis artists Amy Rice and Jennifer Davis, is infused with a friendly, two-peas-in-a-pod vibe. Like best friends sitting down to paint each others' toenails or to read racy excerpts from Harold Robbins novels, there is a charming sense of play and intimacy in this collaborative exhibition of two women who share a fascination with vintage advertisements, girl culture, birds and bunnies, sprinkle cupcakes, retro colors, and a snarky take on the past.

Favoring juicy hues of peach, melon, sea-foam green and salmon pink, Rice and Davis also share an obvious delight in riffing on each others' creations. Almost every work in the show offers a nod to the other artist, with one of Rice's artworks invariably "inspired by" one of Davis' and vice versa. The way the artists play off of each other's work evokes the bonds that often form in female friendships with their similar rhythms of back-and forth admiration and borrowing.

Rice's work is the more graphic and visibly street-art-inspired of the two. Rice works with spray paint, acrylics and the fat, black borders of stencils. Her paintings blend the look of ads from 1940s women's magazines; an irreverent, female take on street art; and a touch of Henry Darger kink. Though her clunkier technique and more garish palette can often compare unfavorably with Davis', at its best Rice's work offers poignant evocations of both the look and the emotional texture of the past. Her re-creation of the kind of barter system practiced in childhood in the self-explanatory "You Can Hold the Bunny If I Can Wear the Mask" is a good example of the artist's loaded content.

Davis tends to work on a smaller scale, using collage, painting and drawing to create surreal little vignettes. A popular motif is human bodies with animal heads and a visual style that seems to borrow from the 1970s at some moments and the '40s at others. A typically satisfying mix of color and content is the creepy "Birthday Party," in which Davis' bright, chirpy color palette extends to the seasick hues of the children's faces.

Davis' work is fascinatingly rich in both its cultural borrowings and its air of decadence mixed with preciousness.

Delightful Too. Through July 27. Young Blood Gallery, 629 Glenwood Ave. Wed. and Fri., noon-6 p.m.; Thurs., noon-7 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., noon-5 p.m. 404-627-0393.

Modes of Disclosure At Form and Content Gallery

Modes of Disclosure

At Form and Content Gallery

210 N 2nd St

Minneapolis MN

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 12, 6-8pm

Pilot artist:
Artist and Athlete

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Spill The Wine

Tara Costello and Michael Sweere are currently exhibiting work at Spill The Wine
Spill The Wine is located at 1101 Washington Avenue South in Minneapolis.

Jennifer Davis at Aidan Savoy Gallery in New York City

Jennifer Davis has work in a group show entitled, "Clear Blue Sky" at Aidan Savoy Gallery in New York City. July 12-29th, opening reception July 12, 7-10pm

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Brick by Brick

Pilot artist Amy Rice has work included in Brick by Brick, a "sidewalk gallery" in downtown Minneapolis that is part of "an event designed to revitalize the creative energy of the Warehouse District and bring back the spirit that defined it as the creative center of Minneapolis."

More information about the project and more banners at the Brick by Brick website.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Jennifer Davis at Gallery 360 in Minneapolis

Out On a Limb
Recent Paintings by Jennifer Davis
Opening Reception: Sat June 2nd 7-10pm
Show runs: June 2- July 22

The show is posted online here:

Friday, June 8, 2007

jao speed painting video

See the super fun new video of Pilot artist jao by John Paul Burgess on
with an article by Camille LeFevre

Rosalux Raffle or How To Get Great Art for $5

Many of the Pilot artist are or were members of Rosalux, a fantastic collective gallery in Minneapolis.

This Saturday night, June 9th you can buy raffle tickets for only $5 each and enter to win art by some of the Twin Cities most innovative artists, as well as hip local shops and restaurants. Place your ticket in the envelope by the artwork or item you want to win. Raffle tickets will be available at the gallery during regular hours from June 5th-June 9th, as well as during the night of the event. You do not need to be present to win.

Rosalux Gallery
1011 Washington Avenue S
(Open Book)
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Gallery Hours:

tuesday-thursday : 12-8pm
friday-sunday : noon-5pm

Image by Terrence Payne
Everything is Great
Oil Pastel
54" x 42"