YOU ARE SKY is part of an exhibition at Rochester Art Center of new work by five Minnesota-based artists in the Art(ists) on the Verge fellowship: Lindsy Halleckson, Essma Imady, Kathy McTavish, Khadijah Muse, and Chris Rackley.

In YOU ARE SKY, Halleckson creates a site-specific installation that considers the technologies we use to protect ourselves from the outside world and explores barriers, tension, and patterns.

Composed of three elements, she invites viewers to explore and interact with the sculptural works.

WINDSHIELD (shown to the left) is composed of fiberglass sheets, like the screens on our windows. I PROMISE I'LL MAKE IT UP TO YOU invites viewers inside with alluring warmth and reflection. VANISHING POINT is a pair of low-frequency tones that take on a physical pattern that changes depending on the viewer’s location in the room. Together, these works ask viewers to look beyond using all of their senses, and changing their perspective to gain understanding and appreciation for the world that surrounds us.

Art(ists) on the Verge (AOV) is an intensive, mentor-based fellowship program for Minnesota-based, emerging artists working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture with a focus on network-based practices that are interactive and/or participatory.

TheAOV fellowship program is administered by Northern with generous support from the Jerome Foundation.

Image: Windshield (No. 5 - Rochester Art Center); 2019; fiberglass sheets, laminated pine, window tint, and hardware; approx. 16’ x 16’ x 16’

In the Airdrops series, the paintings' bands of color refer to sources of particulate matter (PM2.5) in the air in locations that have experienced catastrophic environmental events. The colors are abstracted from images of sunrise in those places. 

Image: London Sources of PM2.5: Agriculture, Commercial and Households, Energy Production, Energy Use in Industry, Industrial Processes, Non-Road Transport, Road Transport, Waste, and Other, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 8” x 8” x 3”

Sky Parameters is a body of seven infographic paintings based on a snapshot of scientific data of air composition in the Troposphere in Hennepin County (where I live and work). The overall air composition we breathe across the planet is 78.09% nitrogen, 20.95% oxygen, 0.93% argon, and 0.04% corresponds to all of the other chemicals – the compounds that contribute to climate change, smog, visibility, and other respiratory issues. 

The paintings break out chemicals that are found in this small percentage, and the colors depict emissions sources in Hennepin County. 

Image: Sky Parameters: Sulfur Dioxide, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 36” x 60”

Extremities is a body of paintings that focuses on edges, boundaries, and interconnection. The color on the edge of the work reflects from the canvas onto the wall, so, therefore the wall also becomes a part of the painting, as is the light in the room.

Image: Extremety - No. 1, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 28” x 22”

Drawings in the small Tree Acquaintances series were created by suspending a marker from trees in the Cloquet Forestry Center and letting the movement of a branch in the wind create these marks.

Four specific trees were selected that were living on the edges of the forestry test plots - so they had grown despite management strategies, were on the edges between plots, or were in areas not commonly studied (like the bog ecosystem). I spent a morning getting to know each tree, through sketching a drawing, creating a rubbing that preserved the tree’s scent, and setting up these wind/tree drawing experiments.

Image: Tree Acquaintance: Maple, 2019, pen on paper, 7” x 5”