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We are pleased to announce an exhibition of new digital images by Jake Platt shown in collaboration with excerpts from Prophet Noir, an album by sound artists Shawn Reed and Derek Maxwell. A series of printed color digital images and a hybridized, contemporary electronic dub sound installation will present a tension between persistent unrequited desires (the “objet petit a”) and the immediacy of sound. “Objet petit a”, interjected with “𝄐” the fermata offers a conversation between an idea, its function, and the activation of music.

On view through Saturday, January 5th.

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Jake Platt is an Interdisciplinary artist based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016 and his BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2014. In 2017 he enrolled in the Philosophy, Art and Critical Art program at the European Graduate School pursuing a PhD in Literary, Musical and Visual Thought. His work examines the inherent precariousness of thingness by blending photography and sculpture with the language of painting, examining liminal mental, physical and pictorial spaces. Recent exhibitions include Small Works 2017 at Main Street Arts in Clifton Springs, New York, RECLAIM at The St. Louis Artists Guild in St. Louis, Missouri and Photowork 2018 at the Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, New York. Recent publications include poems appearing in the 00000 Ghoost $how VII exhibition zine and Spy Kids Review Issue I as well as photographs appearing in Shift, produced by Loosenart.

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Shawn Reed is an Intermedia/Multimedia artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received his MFA from the University of Iowa in 2007 and his BFA in Printmaking from The University of Northern Iowa. Parallel to his educational pursuits and visual art practice, he has been deeply and heavily involved in Underground Music since the mid 1990's. He has actively toured in music projects, ran DIY music venues, and booked shows and tours throughout his career. Alongside his musical pursuits Shawn has also been creating visual work for outside record labels, music projects, and gig posters. From 2004-2015 he ran Night-People Records, which included directing the visual aesthetic for all of the album artwork for the 200+ releases. He has also been a part world touring bands “Raccoo-oo-oon” and “Wet Hair”. In 2003 he moved to the Twin Cities and started a new project called Feel Free Hi Fi with sound engineer, custom sound system builder and multimedia artist Derek Maxwell. Together they built a large custom Hi Fi mobile modular sound system inspired by classic Jamaican and UK sound systems. Together they DJ, create our own productions and also perform live electronic sets of original music outside of vinyl DJ sets or in-tandem with them. He is a self proclaimed “record nerd and from a vinyl collector angle” specializing in Reggae, Dancehall, Sound System Culture and the music born out of genres such as Steppers, Grime, Jungle, UK Garage. Recent exhibitions include a collaboration with Ryan Garbes for a portable and modular exhibit “Ladybug House” in in San Francisco Chinatown.

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Derek Maxwell is a sound engineer, custom sound system builder and Multimedia artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has performed and written music on trumpet, drums, bass guitar as well as various electronic instruments including samplers, synthesizers, and drum machines. In 2013 he joined Shawn Reed to form a collective called Feel Free HI-FI. In their first year, they focused on DJing and building up a repertoire of music which had evolved from traditional Jamaican sound systems. This included Dancehall, Dub, Jungle and Grime along with a variety of electronic music and global dance music sounds. After immersing themselves in these sounds they began producing original material, and created the album “Prophet Noir” as a sampler of ideas and sounds based on their explorations. Over the last two years Feel Free HI-F has been building and performing with a custom modular sound system by utilizing an ever evolving combination of audio hardware and software. These specialized configurations allow for a dynamic performance and are uniquely built to highlight specific qualities in music. Feel Free Hi Fi collective has been able to work with local promoters, record labels and others to bring artists from other cities and countries to perform in Minneapolis as well as the global community of artists and bringing them to the Twin Cities. Last year Feel Free HI-FI was able to host “Scientist”, a key figure in the history of dub music, to Minneapolis for a rare live performance. Most recent endeavor is to organize a midwest tour for “Equiknoxx” a cutting edge dancehall group from Jamaica.

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Gallery hours:

Monday CLOSED

Tuesday 11am - 7pm

Wednesday 11am - 7pm

Thursday 11am - 7pm

Friday 11am - 7pm

Saturday 11am - 5pm

Sunday CLOSED

*by appointment please call 3198304165

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