Upcoming exhibition at Kolman & Pryor with the Guess Ready Review.

Guess Ready Review

FEBRUARY 23 – APRIL 12, 2014

Last summer, 9 artists, musicians and writers, ventured to Mallard Island near Rainy Lake, Minnesota for a week-long residency. Guess Ready Review is an exhibition of new work, inspired by the island.

The exhibition opens March 1 at the Kolman & Pryor Gallery, which was named one of City Pages’ “Top 10 Galleries in the Twin Cities” in 2013. The gallery will have an opening reception from 7-10 p.m., Saturday, March 8. Guests at the opening reception will be treated to music by Chris Koza and Will Hutchinson, and tarot card readings by Stefanie Motta. Koza, Hutchinson, and Motta all are part of the Guess Ready Review Collaborative. The exhibit runs through Saturday, April 12, 2014.

On Friday evening, March 28, 7-9 p.m., the Kolman & Pryor Gallery will present a free public conversation between Dr. Christina Schmid, Assistant Professor of Art, University of Minnesota and the Guess Ready Review Collaborative. Dr. Schmid  and  the Collaborative will explore members’ artistic processes and practice and the impact of the residency on members’ work both individually and collectively.

Mallard Island was formerly home to Ernest Oberholtzer, intellectual, artist, explorer and environmentalist. The island now hosts artist residencies. Casanova successfully, applied for a residency, proposing “our group as a young nature-centric group of makers and thinkers,” she says. In August 2013,CasanovaChris KozaChristopher AtkinsLaura BiggerJohn Fleischer, Will HutchinsonJohn Kim, Ben MorenStefanie Motta and Daniel Dean traveled to Mallard Island.

During their stay the group learned that in 1912 Oberholtzer wanted to explore an unmapped northern territory, but knew he needed a guide and companion. He sent a telegram to his good Ojibwe friend, Billy Magee, asking Magee to join him on the 2,000-mile expedition. Magee’s response was “Guess ready, go end earth.” Casanova’s group adopted the name Guess Ready Review to symbolize their collective quest into a creative frontier on the Minnesota-Canadian border.

“We collectively felt that Magee’s statement was ambiguous,” Casanova says, “a commitment to go, but with some reluctance. That, of course, mirrors the creative process, which often requires a leap into the void. But taking that leap with others makes the journey all the more possible and rewarding.”

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