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Visiting artist creates new display for Nemeth Art Center

Artist Allen Brewer has created artwork based on written descriptions of original pieces at Nemeth Art Center. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

By Anna Erickson

A Twin Cities artist is creating new pieces of art based on written descriptions of artwork at Nemeth Art Center.

Allen Brewer visited the Park Rapids art gallery this week to start displaying his artwork next to the originals.

Nemeth Art Center director Meredith Lynn has been collecting descriptions of pieces of art in the collection written by visitors of the art gallery. These descriptions have been sent to Brewer, who creates his version of the artwork based solely on the written word. These pieces are then displayed next to the originals at Nemeth Art Center.

“In language there’s all this embedded code,” Brewer said. “A chair could be a generic chair or a specific chair.”

He doesn’t look at the original pieces before creating the artwork so it’s a surprise to him.

“It’s interesting to later look at the story or history behind the original,” Brewer said.

The descriptions he has received so far have been good to work from, he said. He looks for the geometric descriptions such as long, tall or round to start and studies each description thoroughly.

The project is part of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Minnesota Artist Exhibition Program. Brewer did a similar project at the MIA on a larger scale.

The Nemeth Art Center is the first and only site to host a satellite show for the Minnesota Artist Exhibition Program. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has been showcasing regional talent through this program for more than 30 years.

Brewer’s first group of paintings is now on display at Nemeth Art Center. He will be completing more pieces and be returning in September to complete the collection.

There is still time to submit descriptions to Brewer for the project.

The Nemeth Art Center is located on the second floor of the historic courthouse in Park Rapids, 301 Court Avenue. For more information call 237-5900.

The projected is funded with a Region 2 Arts Council grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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