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Date Thursday, September 29 - December 18, 2011
Location Johnson Gallery - View maps and directions

Event Description

Show Events

Artist Talk with Karen Brummund
October 13

5 p.m.

Johnson Gallery, CC Building, 2nd Floor 

Reception following the talk 

Artist Talk with Carolyn Swiszcz
November 8

5 p.m.

Johnson Gallery, CC Building, 2nd Floor 

Reception following the talk

Binocular City includes the work of two artists exploring architecture and its direct and indirect influence on culture and community.

Karen Brummundʼs large-scale projects transform the surfaces of the environment. Her works include drawings and video works that have documented the large-scale time based drawing installations she has created in numerous cities around the world. These interventions, as Brummund calls them, are time-based drawings of architecture through photocopies, drawings, or videos that actually cover the buildings themselves. In her work the real and the represented intertwine to question our perception of the environment. Her interest is in finding the uncertain spaces between place and time, the paper and building, and the artist and the audience.  

Carolyn Swiszcz's colorful series of works on paper from 2005 and 2006 were made with the loose idea of an unending panorama.  Each work was inspired by a real-life sign or commercial enterprise whose actual site may not have been that compelling. Swiszcz explains, "I gave these subjects different neighbors, re-configured their architecture, and added patterns more closely aligned to those in the parking lots of my psyche".

Exhibition essay by Art Historian Christina Schmid, PhD.

About the Artists

Karen Brummund creates time-based drawings of the built environment. Her public projects interact with architecture and the community. The environments range from the vernacular to the monumental and from with working with an elementary school in Poughkeepsie, New York to Pezo von Ellrichsausen Architects in Chile. Brummund received her Masters of Arts in Fine Arts from the University of East London and is based in Ithaca, New York. Brummund has made site-specific work for communities around the world, including Atlanta Celebrates Photography, the Sirius Art Centre in Ireland, the Brady Centre in London, and Burchfield-Penney in Buffalo. Exhibitions of her drawings and videos include galleries like the Visual Studies Workshop, The Everson Museum of Art, and Londonʼs East End Film Festival. She recently received awards from the Experimental Television Center, Cornell Council for the Arts, Light Work, and the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in Architecture and Environmental Structures.

Carolyn Swiszcz was born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts. She earned her BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and has lived in the Twin Cities for most of the past two decades. She became interested in architecture during a fellowship in Miami Beach in the late 90s, courtesy of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Her work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Drawing Center, Miyako Yoshinaga Art Prospects in New York, and Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston. You will probably not be surprised to learn that she enjoys the kin of melancholy, verging on dread, that one might encounter on a Sunday afternoon in the deserted parking lot of a failed strip mall. Fortunately, she lives in West St. Paul with her husband and daughter.


Michelle Westmark
Gallery Director and Assistant Professor of Art