Sunday, August 31, 2008

Ingrid Restemayer & Tara Costello at Rosalux Gallery, September 2008

Deceit by Mirage, new work by Tara Costello & Ingrid Restemayer
Opening reception with the artists: Saturday, September 6th, 7-10pm
Show runs: September 3rd – September 28th, 2008
Rosalux Gallery is located at 1011 Washington Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN
Regular hours: Wednesday-Thursday, noon-8pm, Friday-Sunday, noon-5pm

In Deceit by Mirage Tara Costello’s plays in atmosphere and emotion contrast with Ingrid Restemayer’s patterned premeditation. Yet the show is balanced and complimentary in that both these artists’ recent works deal with the implication of space through shape.

The latest from abstract painter, Tara Costello concentrates on exploring the contrast between control and providence. Texture and reactions between the materials she uses are as important as the resulting image. Her more atmospheric paintings reflect emotional experiences rather than specific places or times. Whereas her more controlled pieces express the raw physicality of mark-making. Yet both were inspired by the beauty of the unexpected.

Printmaker and fiber artist, Ingrid Restemayer continues her habit of mixing mediums but now with a new, greater emphasis on collage – layering dark, hand-dyed papers. A new dimension appears in her work where delicate printed images appear to float between and out from under mottled, inked papers. The papers themselves appear velvety in their blackness. The compositions are, quite literally, tied together with thread. Repetitive hand-stitching adds to the meditative quality of this work.

Pieces in this show work toward the abstraction of shape. At times the essence of a land or waterscape appears, exploring the suspension of time and the beautiful instability that it holds. Atmospheres created solely of color are paired with pieces where dark blacks resonate against bright whites, punctuated by harsh color or gentle printed images.

Costello’s style of painting with trowels and the spontaneous compulsiveness therein presents the fragility of current state. While Restemayer’s collaged layering of paper and image seems meditative but displays a finality marked by her hand-stitched thread codices.

Rosalux Gallery is funded and managed by its 24 artist members. Consumers buy direct from the artist who creates the work. Rosalux is a vibrant and growing community of Twin Cities artists working together to help build not only each others' careers, but also the Twin Cities' art community.

For more information please contact Ingrid Restemayer at 612-396-3947 or
For general information or to request an exhibition schedule, visit or at 1011 Washington Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

"First Thursday" August 7, 2008

Another "First Thursday in the Arts District" is quickly approaching. This is the time I consider to be my 'regular hours' as the studio is open 5-9pm on the first Thursday of every month for NE's monthly, mini art crawl. There has been some new construction in my studio and a few new paint colors added to the walls. Stop by to see how my work looks in this new environment.

Northrup King Arts Building, Studio 401-b
1500 Jackson St. NE (Use the VanBuren St. entrance for best access to 4th floor)
Minneapolis, MN 55413
directions at:

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Bloomingdale's, MOA, through August 26, 2008

Bloomingdale's may be one of the last places you'd expect to find original art by local artists, right?  Well, in the Mall of America location Visual Manager, Deb Wink has cleared a spot and developed a program for just such a thing.  For almost a year now, Bloomingdale's has played host to a variety of work by locals like me.  Shows change out monthly on a highly visible wall between Young Men's and Women's Accessories departments.  My work can be seen there now through August 26th, 2008.

Bloomingdale's, Mall of America
3000 Southeast Court
Bloomington, MN
Monday-Saturday, 10am-9:30pm; Sunday, 11am-7pm