Scaffold: A Project Space Exhibition

Mar
19
,
,
2022
12:00 pm
4:00 pm
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May
7
,
2022
,
2022
12:00 pm
4:00 pm
12:00 pm
-
4:00 pm
Opening reception:
March 19, 2022 7:00 PM

Kolman & Reeb Gallery is pleased to present Project Space grantee, Betsy Ruth Byers', new exhibition, Scaffold. Kolman & Reeb Gallery’s Project Space is an initiative launched in 2021 to further support visual artists. Scaffold runs March 19 - May 7, 2022, with a public opening reception on Saturday, March 19, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., during Northrup King Building’s March Northrup King Nights. The exhibition is a multi-sensory, multi-media manifestation of Byers’ alpine and equatorial glacial experiences and the global realities related to climate change.

For several years, Byers has accompanied scientists on trips to various glaciers, hiked the Aletsch Glacier in the Swiss Alps, and observed how glacier tourism now requires bridges and ladders to reach receding and melting glaciers.

“Many people’s experiences of arctic, alpine, and tropical glaciers (often located on equatorial volcanoes) are through screens, and through the speed of social media,” Byers says. “In this exhibition, through which I’ve been processing my experiences, I hope to create contemplative, sensory spaces people can step into and come to an embodied understanding of what’s happening in our world.”

The work within Scaffold, Byers says, “is visually anchored in the aesthetic of survival gear—colors like bright orange and metallic reflectives—and the language of temporary solutions and adaptations.” Elements include a survival tent, a soundscape created from heartbeats heard via a digital stethoscope, paintings, and an olfactory piece. “Smell is so connected to brain function,” she says. “My goal is to create an interactive space that engages the senses and creates physical lasting memories of the exhibition.”

Scaffold begins Saturday, March 19, 2022, and closes Saturday, May 7, 2022.

Artist Reception: Saturday, March 19, 2022, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Kolman & Reeb Gallery is located in Studio 395, Northrup King Building at 1500 Jackson Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413.