Saturday, April 25, 2015

Iceland Residency Exhibition Opening + Artist Talk with Sam Bosma

Mark your calendars for our newest exhibition and upcoming events, May 22nd from 7-10pm!

We welcome you to attend a public artist talk and lecture by New York based illustrator and comic artist, Sam Bosma from 7-8pm. The talk will be followed by the opening reception and creatives Meet + Greet! You can find all of the details on the facebook event page here!

Iceland Exhibition

About the Exhibition:

Iceland is home of some of the world’s most interesting vegetation, mythological spaces, dramatic landscapes, and creeping glaciers. Every inch of rock is a reminder of the violent history of the land, and every moss formation a reminder of the intricate and sublime life forms that thrive on the volcanic ash. Iceland draws you in with boiling earth pots, waterfalls, wild horses, and coastal creatures- it is a landscape full of inspiration, mystery, and intrigue.

In August 2014, Light Grey Art Lab brought fourteen diverse artists to explore Southern Iceland - to adventure together, create artwork, coteach, and collaborate. The Residency experience provided a platform for unbridled creative and natural exploration. Opening May 22nd, Light Grey Art Lab is proud to present Iceland Residency Exhibition, showcasing collections of new artwork made in response to the Iceland Residency, reflecting on personal experience, growth, and new perspective.

BPatterson_ preview
Preview photograph by Bryan Paul Patterson

The artwork will include original paintings, printmaking, and illustrations, as well as large format and experimental photography, zines, artist books, and more! The exhibition features new work by Bryan Paul Patterson, Chris Hajny, Claire Hummel, Colin Foran, Gloria Pizzilli, Jenny Bookler, Kali Ciesemier, Lindsay Nohl, Maike Plenzke, Manuel Kilger, Meg Hunt, Mike Freeman, Sam Bosma, and Teagan White.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

PATCHES + STITCHES Artists Announced!


A huge welcome to all of the artists selected to participate in the upcoming Patches + Stitches Exhibition! Mark your calendars for July 3rd for a very special two-part opening reception and artist talk with local illustrator,Teagan White! Teagan is participating on the Patches side and will be leading a lecture and 2.5 day workshop that weekend, July 3rd-5th. You can see all of the details on the workshop here! More details for the exhibition and opening coming soon!.

Patches + Stitches Artists:

Aidan Vitti
Amanda Brown
Ashley Hohnstein
Angi Pauly Llobet
Asia Scott
Britt Hutchinson
Cai Vail
Chris Stavitsky
Chelsey Hughes
Christian Moser
Christopher Hegland
Claire Hummel
Daniel Fishel
Emory Allen
Glen Lowry
Hannah Culbert
James Lavella
Janelle Gramling
Jason Norman
Jonathan Randazzo
Kim Ku
Leigh Luna
Lillian Duermeier
Lindsay Nohl
Mira Ko
Patricia Thomasson
Rhys Jones of Lowwbones
Rob Krete
Rory Phillips
Sam Gerstner
Sarah Hedlund
Sarah Julson
Teagan White
Theresa Ptak
TJ Kelley III
Adam Pritchett
Agnieszka Grochalska
Alanna Stapleton
Alexxander Dovelin
Anika Starmer
Anne Ulku
Ashley Yazdani
Chloe Giordano
Clarissa Bean
Courtney Wirth
Eloise Biddlecombe
Erika Rier
Erin Lux
Francesca Gabrielle
Jenny Bookler
Josh Weatherlake
Kara Beckner
Kate Walsh
Katlyn Griffin
Kayla Wasil
Lana Crooks
Linda Winder
Luisa Uribe
Mackenzie Mollo
Meg Hunt
Melissa Stanley
Natalie Rowe
Rachel Frankel
Rachel Wingard
Rob Krete
Rosa sj Chang
Savannah Schroll Guz
Shanalee Hampton
Shiela Laufer
Suzanne Long
Toni Hall
Ulana Zahajkewycz
Vanessa Port
Yinfan Huang

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Guts all over the walls! Recap of the GUTS exhibition opening reception.

Guts Opening Reception
Thanks to everyone that came by for the GUTS opening reception!

Hey! Thanks to all the awesome artists and visitors that made the GUTS opening a huge success! We had gorgeous weather, an awesome feature in the City Pages A-list section (Thanks so much, Jessica Armbruster, for the shout out!), and slew of people wanting to come out and dissect all sorts of topics with us!

Featured Artist, Lana Crooks, came out for the event in full force, staying to eat donuts and chat on the podcast with us. I have to say, it was an incredible time in the days leading up to the exhibition when we watched everything come together all at once.

Take a peek at all the photos from the night HERE!

Guts Opening Reception
Time to explore the insides! "Exposure" by Kristina Drake

If you haven't had a chance to take a look at all of the pieces in the exhibition, now is the time. There's a great mix of 2d and 3d, lots of literal and metaphor heavy work in the show and plenty of things that will quench your thirst for knowledge. The show will be up through May 15th - and you'll have plenty of time to check out the work either online or in person.

All of the delightful specimens are up on the shop through the 15th!

Guts Opening Reception
Thanks, everyone, for stopping in!

Guts Opening Reception
Doors open, great weather, great company.

Guts Opening Reception
Walls lined with guts of all types: (from left to right) "Missing You" by Lindsay Anne Watson,"Mummified" by Maggie Ivy, "Cosmos" by Brandon Robertson, "A Floating Home Deconstructed" by Philippe Poirier, "The Planetarium Hypothesis" by Chris Kindred

Definitely stop by and say hello if you're in the neighborhood!

Monday, April 20, 2015

2.5 Day workshop with Teagan White! July 3-5th!


Join us for an awesome new workshop led by illustrator, Teagan White!
Registration is open to locals and travelers - full list of details or to sign up, click here.

An illustration workshop with Teagan White

July 3 - 5th (Friday Night, Saturday and Sunday)
18 spots available


This workshop is open to locals and travelers! We believe that the best way to expand your creative practice is by connecting with other like-minded people in an environment that promotes exploration, innovation and discovery.

In this new 2.5 day workshop, illustrator Teagan White will share her perspective on what it’s like being an artist committed to two very distinct working styles, both influenced by her connection with the natural world, and why she makes exploration and discovery out in the wild environments of Minnesota a necessary part of her practice. Participants will be encouraged to explore their own stylistic spectrum, look to new sources of experiential inspiration to fuel a new body of work, and learn new ways of expanding their practice authentically through a series of demonstrations, discussions and studio sessions, both out in the (literal) field during a day at Lake Maria State Park and at Light Grey Art Lab.

• Teagan White’s artist lecture and Q&A session on Friday Night at Light Grey Art Lab
• Meet other Twin Cities creatives at the Patches & Stitches Exhibition opening reception and Meet & Greet
• Artists wishing to diversify their practice will be prompted to engage with previously unexplored techniques, styles, or concepts
• Artists with multiple "styles” will gain insight into ways of promoting the spectrum of their capabilities and balancing a multi-faceted career.
• Travel to gorgeous Lake Maria State Park for a series of exploratory art-making sessions and time out in the field as Teagan discusses how the natural world influences our creativity.
• Participate in outdoor (and internal) exploratory sessions to help stimulate ideas for new projects and ways of working.
• Revealing the our personal authenticity and bringing our personal passions into every aspect of our practice.
• Opt in to barbecue and bike to the fireworks in Minneapolis with the Light Grey Crew and local artists on Saturday, July 4th.
• Explore alternative ways of making during demos and studio sessions.
• Chat with Teagan about your personal practice during one-on-one working sessions.


Teagan White is a freelance illustrator specializing in intricate drawings of flora and fauna, playful watercolors of animal characters, and illustrated typography. Her clients have included Target, Papyrus, American Greetings, Penguin Random House, Disney Hyperion, Nike, Honda, Ford, Wired Magazine, and the Washington Post. She lives and works in Minnesota, where she spends her free time following tangled animal paths through forest and field, attempting to befriend gulls on rocky lakeshores, picking wildflowers, and collecting animal bones.


Podcast: Talking With Lana Crooks

Podcast: Talking With Lana Crooks
Download the MP3, stream directly on Stitcher, or subscribe via iTunes!

Talking With Lana Crooks
Length: 00:53:18
Synopsis: The Guts exhibition is finally here, and on this week's podcast we talk to featured artist Lana Crooks. Lana is a member of the OhNo!Doom collective and gallery director for Clutter Gallery. She constructs creatures from fabrics and found objects as a textile sculptor and purveyor of faux specimens and soft curiosities. We talk with Lana about everything from her past, her process, her thoughts on mixing client work and gallery work, and much, much more.

Guts Opening Reception

Show Notes:
Lana Crooks : Website - Instagram - Twitter - Facebook - Shop
Every Day Original
Stranger Factory
Designer Toy Awards
Chicago Drink & Draw

Light Grey Game Night

Thursday, April 16, 2015

GUTS Opening Reception tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow night, April 17th from 7-10pm for the opening reception and celebration of GUTS! This unique exhibition features new artwork, prints, and originals by 60+ artists from around the globe. Artists have made a variety of fiber sculptures, hand-sewn details, intricate illustrations, and paintings that share the truths, uncovered mysteries, and fabricated stories behind some of life's greatest questions! Artists have taken it upon themselves to investigate some of their favorite subjects- taking on the role of scientists, archeologists, and detectives!

Lana Crooks Install

The GUTS exhibition features a collection of new work by guest artist, Lana Crooks! Lana is a Chicago-based artist and curator who has been working with us over the past couple days to hang her 15ft wall installation filled with tiny treasures, hand-felted skulls, cut wood pieces, and more!

You will be able to see all of Lana's work available this Friday at the opening and on our online shop! Keep an eye out for special artist interviews and features. If you are local and attending the opening, Lana will be here to say hello!

Lana Crooks Install
Here is a detail of some of her handmade specimens!

You can find more information, the list of contributing artists, and invite friends on the facebook event page here! We hope to see you tomorrow night!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Light Grey Game Night: C.R.E.A.M.

Light Grey Game Night - C.R.E.A.M
There's something special about counting a towering pile of cold, hard cash. Money may be the root of all evil, but sometimes you just have the urge to dive into massive money bin like Scrooge McDuck, then emerge from the golden sea of loot spitting out coins like a majestic money fountain. And that odd craving you're feeling must mean it's time for another Light Grey Game Night! So mark your calendar for Thursday, April 23 from 6:30 - 9:30 pm!

As you might remember, we're attaching a theme to each night to help people narrow down what games they might want to bring (although you're still welcome to bring whatever you'd like!). This week's theme is, in the immortal words of the Wu Tang Clan, C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me)!

So come prepared to test your monetary acumen as you outbid your opponents in High Society and Going, Going, Gone!, build a tiny empire in Machi Koro, or just point your (foam) gun at your friends and see who comes out on top in Ca$h & Guns, among plenty of others! If you have a favorite boardgame, bring it!

So grab your friends, family or favorite stack of board games, and come play with us! RSVP via our Facebook event, and feel free to share! The more the merrier!