Image: Ryan | Laidlaw, detail of Vigilants, 2016; Projection onto ceramic sculpture.

Ryan / Laidlaw and Rose Sexton

April 21, 2016 - July 3, 2016
MAEP Gallereis
Free Exhibition

Rose Sexton: Othello
In his 1603 play Othello, Shakespeare evokes purity, beauty, and honesty with images of light, and evil and treachery with those of darkness. Sexton investigates how such symbolism continues to function today through materials laden with associations based on their physical properties—specifically, how they elevate or deprecate a space depending on their use in our designed and built world.

Ryan / Laidlaw: Uneasy Syzygies
This collaboration brings together makers from three different realms of expertise: video, ceramics, and neuroscience. Dave Ryan is a media artist who works with interactive video installation. Mika Negishi Laidlaw is a ceramic artist who works with slip-cast porcelain and hand-built earthenware. Steve Ryan is a neuroscientist specializing in sensor design. This exhibition explores the possibilities of syzygy—a pair of connected but opposing forces—through the conjunction of ceramics and interactive video projection.

Dave Ryan is a fiscal year 2016 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage funds.

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Opening reception for “Othello” and “Uneasy Syzygies”: Thursday, April 21, 6 to 9 p.m.
Artist talks:  Thursday, May 19, 7 p.m.

Generous support for MAEP is provided by Jerome Foundation.
Additional support provided by RBC Wealth Management.

Image: Ryan / Laidlaw, detail of Vigilants, 2016; Projection onto ceramic sculpture.