exhibits

Benson Sculpture Park: Loveland, CO

  On a recent camping trip to Colorado my family stopped by the Benson Sculpture Park in Loveland.  I visited the annual Loveland Sculpture Invitational a few years ago.  The City of Loveland makes annual purchases from the sculptors at the festival for the permanent collection of the park.  What a great thing for a small town to gradually build a legacy of art for future generations!

 

The collection here includes diverse styles in durable materials-mostly bronze, some welded steel, a few stone.  And best of all this is an outdoor, public gallery.  In fact the whole town of Loveland is a gallery with sculptures installed at picnic spots, municipal buildings, and roadside stops.  The sculpture festival and the art around town have been a big tourist draw and a major part of the identity of Loveland.

The Loveland Sculpture Invitational is happening this weekend!  If you're looking for an exciting roadtrip destination this weekend, this would be worth the trip!  More info here .  Cool stuff!IMG_2829IMG_2832IMG_20140729_105915_980 IMG_20140729_105755_761 IMG_20140729_105708_382 IMG_20140729_105531_933 IMG_20140729_104726_995 IMG_20140729_104601_699 IMG_20140729_104438_822 IMG_20140729_104425_372 IMG_20140729_104322_855 IMG_20140729_104238_435 IMG_20140729_103548_918 IMG_20140729_102905_572

Lutheran Celtic music at Art A Whirl!

My weekend is booked.  I'll be at St. John in Northeast Minneapolis participating in the "Art-A-Whirl festivities.  I'll have original Christian artwork for sale and perform some sand animation with Joey Shumann of the Lutheran Ceili Orchestra.  

What's Art-A-Whirl?
Presented by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), Art-A-Whirl is the largest open studio tour in the country. It’s a great opportunity to tour private artist studios and galleries, connect with the artists, and purchase original artwork.

 Art-A-Whirl takes place annually in Northeast Minneapolis, the third weekend of May. This event is free and open to the public.

2014 Dates and Hours:
Friday, May 16th -  5:00-10:00 p.m.
Saturday,  May 17th -  Noon-8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 18th -   Noon-5:00 p.m.



Where is St. John's?


http://nemaa.org/events/art-a-whirl-at-st-johns

St. John's is dedicated to hosting Christian Artists for Art-A-Whirl!







Lutheran Celtic?
I'm excited to perform with the multi-talented Joey Shumann at St. John's this weekend.  Learn more about Joey and the Lutheran Ceili Orchestra at www.joeyschumann.com.  An excerpt: 

The Lutheran Ceili Orchestra is a group of accomplished Celtic Christian musicians from Wisconsin that have travelled the country playing their unique blend of hymns and traditional Irish music. Their "Celtic Service" series combines the verses, prayers, and legends of the ancient Celtic Christians with traditional music and hymns from Ireland and the British Isles played on authentic instruments including the Uilleann bagpipes, tinwhistle, fiddle, harp, bodhran, and more. The group is led by Joey Schumann, who is an annual featured Celtic musician at Carnegie Hall in New York City and has recorded and toured with American composer Tim Janis.


A bit about Joey:

"Joseph (Joey) grew up in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and is excited to return to the area. His family has roots in Appleton and grandmother had a long and happy nursing career at one of the Appleton hospitals where he will be doing some of his residency training. The idea of “family” is very important to him, which is one of the many reasons he chose the field of “family” medicine. He began college with an interest in becoming a children’s book illustrator and was awarded various art scholarships. Along the way he was surprised by how much he loved science courses and switched to medicine. He graduated from Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina having achieved honors in science, fine art and athletics and was also the starting fullback on a Division 2 football team. Joey’s illustrations have appeared in an orthopedics textbook, as well as public exhibitions. He plays a number of ethnic instruments including the Irish bagpipes, tin whistle, and duduk; has toured with American composer Tim Janis; has been a featured performer twice at Carnegie Hall in New York City; and has recorded on various albums, including a project by Janis which was dedicated to people suffering with ALS. He attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee where he was recognized by his class for being a standout in ethics. In the future, he hopes to have a sports medicine focused practice in Wisconsin. Joey is an avid backpacker, values a well-rounded life and spending time with his wife and son."



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Video for "The Work Behind the Work"

Here's my art talk for the show "The Work Behind the Work".  The exhibit is no more, but the lecture lives on!  I really had no idea that I had gone on for so long.  This was a really fun talk for me and I heard some great responses.  Thanks to Bethany Art Department, especially Bill Bukowski, for inviting me to show my work.  I had a great time!    

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"the work behind The Work" prezi

Here's the prezi document I used for my art lecture, "the work behind The Work".  Be patient, it may take a while to load up.  You can simply click the arrows to move through the presentation (arrow keys on your keyboard will work too), or you can drag and zoom the whole canvas to explore.  Enjoy!


If the embedded version doesn't load try it at this link:
http://prezi.com/nddwq1priveh/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

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BLC gallery views

    I got over to Bethany Lutheran College last night to see my exhibit installed.  I had a few preparations for my lecture tomorrow and I figured I should see it.  Since I wasn't available to hang the show, it was fun to walk in and see it fresh.

   I had a strange feeling.  These very familiar objects from my everyday life were here arranged for display in a public place.  I was very nearly alone in the quiet space.  It was almost dream like.  This is not my first exhibit by any means, but the sudden shift from my studio to the gallery struck me this time.
   Perhaps the nature of the work on display was affecting me.  This exhibit is titled "the work behind The Work" and my aim is to relay some backstory on my finished works.  Therefore there is very little on display that could be called finished.  In fact some objects such as negative molds and wood blocks could rightfully be called tools.  Some of my sketches and maquettes seem surprised to be on display.  This vulnerability is kind of the point.  I want to give the viewer a personal look at my process.

  Tonight I'm trying to set up some augmented reality for smartphones and tablets.  If you have such a device you can prepare to experience the exhibit in a deeper way.

  1. Download the free app called "Aurasma" from Google Play or the Apple App Store.  Even though you will be prompted to create an account, you don't have to.  
  2. Use the magnifying glass in Aurasma to search for "jjjaspersen studio".
  3. Tap "follow".
  4. Tap the 
  5. With Aurasma open, point your device camera at a work of art in the exhibit.  Hold steady and wait for a new image to appear in the screen.  

Notes:  Aurasma uses 15MB of space.  You may need to purge to make room.  For more on Aurasma and augmented reality visit their website at www.aurasma.com

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Preparations for Bethany Exhibit

Here some photos of my preparations for the exhibit, "the work behind the Work" at Bethany Lutheran College.  This show focuses on artifacts of creative processes.  If you go to see it, expect to see negative rubber molds, carved wood blocks for printmaking, rubber molds and scale models for sculptures, and preliminary drawings behind the finished works.  There will also be a few finished works, full scale casts, and some previously unseen personal work.  

From the Bethany Website:
Bethany alumnus Jason Jaspersen's Mixed Media art show titled "the work behind the Work: artifacts of creative processes..." will be on display in the Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center Gallery from February 18 to March 28, 2014, with a gallery talk and reception on Thursday, February 27 at 7 p.m.
Gallery hours are 1-9 pm Sunday to Thursday, 1-8 pm Friday and Saturday.

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Art A Whirl station

 Art for sale!  Get it while it lasts!

Pick up a recycled banjo while you're at it!  I'm now the proud owner of a dulcimer Eric Ouren made from an old coffee can.

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Art A Whirl Press Release

St. John's Lutheran Church presents “ART-A-WHIRL 2013”, works by 6 local and regional artists as well as tours of rare collection of stained glass windows.

Exhibit runs: May 17th-19th
Opening Reception: Friday, May 17th 5-10 p.m.

St. John's Lutheran Church: Art-a-Whirl 2013.

Sponsored by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association, Art-A-Whirl is the largest open studio tour in the country. It’s a great opportunity to tour private artist studios and galleries, connect with the artists, and purchase original artwork. At St. John's Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, we see it as an opportunity to connect with the community directly outside our doors and would like to invite you and your family to also be a part of this event. We welcome you to come view the artwork that will be on display by talented artists within our WELS community at St. John's as well as enjoy the rare architectural beauty on display inside the sanctuary.

We are proud to be featuring work from the following artists:

Bob Averbeck "The focus of my current work is incorporating paper weaving into collages. I collect papers from a variety of sources and try to include metallic paper  accents in most of my compositions."; Jason Jaspersen "I'm a creative generalist working with a variety of media.  My creative work honors both the weight of history and the thrill of the process."   jjjaspersen.com; Daniel Kaniess "it is not what or how the artist sees, but rather how the artist shares the vision."  madebyhuman.com; Hannah Krueger "Her focus is using a Yellow Plastic Camera called a Holga. All of the effects that you see are done in her camera by overlapping multiple exposures and such. No work is done digitally except for simple exposure adjustments and dust removal." yellowplasticcamera.com/home.html ; Eric Ouren "I build one-of-kind acoustic stringed instruments that incorporate tins and gas cans into banjos or dulcimers, following a style developed by the Northwoods Lumberjacks in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I also build banjos in the traditional open-back style. Eric Ouren profile; Denice Woller "From her studio portraits to the abandoned things that won't be there in a few months, she finds joy in capturing everything that catches her eye. Denice's fine art images are shot on film and she prints them herself." wollerphotography.com/

St John's will be open for Art-A-Whirl for the following hours:
Friday, May 17th -  5:00-10:00 p.m.
Saturday,  May 18th -  Noon-8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 19th -   Noon-5:00 p.m.

Sample images available in medium and high resolution. Contact Kai Grohs:  killa_kailani@yahoo.com 612-270-1619.
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