MAEP: Alison Hiltner

MAEP: Alison Hiltner: It Is Yesterday

March 16, 2017 - June 25, 2017
U.S. Bank Gallery
Free exhibition

Alison Hiltner views herself as an archaeologist of science fiction, exploring the media landscape of films, television, and video games and intertwining these themes with current scientific inquiry. She merges visual cues from the natural world and fiction to create large-scale sculptural installations. The results confront the viewer with something that appears alien yet undeniably familiar.

The central concept throughout Hiltner’s work is a fascination with how science fiction cinema influences our current understanding of scientific research, and how that filter of understanding will affect technological advancement in the future. By maintaining a sense wonder, humor, and a touch of the absurd, she anchors these pieces conceptually in earnest manipulation, driven by a curiosity of the stranger elements of our existence.

For her MAEP exhibition, “It Is Yesterday,” Hiltner has created a responsive environment that explores the symbiosis between algae and humans. An installation that’s equal parts experimental laboratory and mechanized environment, it immerses the audience in a landscape influenced by science fiction, yet populated by real organisms, confusing fact and fiction. By forging a personal connection to algae growth, this work provides an intimate approach to climate issues.

This exhibition is part of the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program, now located in Mia’s U.S. Bank Gallery.

Generous support for MAEP provided by: McKnight Foundation
Additional support provided by RBC Wealth Management


Opening reception: Thursday, March 16, 6 to 9 p.m.
Artist talk: Thursday, May 18, 7 p.m.