I forgot my day
July 30th, 2021-August 29th, 2021
Opening on Friday, July 30th from 5pm to 9pm.
“We shall never meet, but there is something I want you to know. My time is not the same as your time. Our times are not the same. And do you know what that means? That means that time does not exist. Do you want me to repeat that? There is no time. There is a life and a death. There are people and animals. Our thoughts exist. And the world. The universe, too. But there is no time. You might as well take it easy. Do you feel better now? I feel better. This is going to work out. Have a nice day.” - Erlend Loe
Michael C.F Hansen
Organized by John Herbert
Open by appointment, in addition to walk-in hours on Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm-5pm.
homeroom (1900 Columbus Ave)
June 6, 2021-July 7, 2021
Harrison Wayne Gallo
Kieran Myles-Andrés Tverbakk
After nearly a year without formal programming or events, Waiting Room is eager to welcome guests into their new space, homeroom, and celebrate with peers and patrons.
Off the intersections of Franklin and Chicago, in the heart of Ventura Village, is Waiting Room’s newest exhibition space homeroom. The building itself is currently home to Waiting Room’s director Kristina Johnson (KJ). homeroom situates itself far from the traditional gallery space by preserving the charm of its history that enhance the curatorial perspective by bringing attention to it’s architecture and age. The perimeters of the showrooms date back to1893 and are constructed from laid stone, brick, and shiplap. Exhibitions in our forthcoming season feature an impressive array of contemporary talent that expand the growing genres in identity culture and technology.
The selected works featured in our inaugural show, camedowndifferent, come from ten emerging and established artists living across the US. camedowndifferent offers unconventional associations between artists seldom exhibited together, implicitly exploring the diverse relationships amongst their medias. Works in this show harness feelings of existential mortality by the visual signifiers through use of coded imagery and language in order to provide a particularly overwhelming sense of one’s humor, memory, and conditional identity. There’s a breath – well, a lot of breaths – of edifying inward energy available in that approach, and that’s exactly where these artists shine their spotlight. Altogether the works exhibit a surge of communal confidence in the face of upending travails.
homeroom is devoted to experimentation, discussion and the production of exhibition projects, presentations, lectures, and publishing ventures in collaboration with artists, curators, independent and institutional actors. The exhibition program is mainly focused on a new generation of artists who are rarely exhibited in town or Minnesota.
Kate Burke (she/her) is an Atlanta-based mixed-media and textile artist. Kate graduated with honors from the University of Georgia, receiving her BFA in Fabric Design in 2016. While in school, she received the Mary Rosenblatt Art Scholarship and recently received the ArtFields 2019 Category Award for Textiles. Kate has shown at the Lyndon House Art Center, ATHICA, Sulfur Studios, the Lamar Dodd School of Art, Hartsfield Jackson International, whitespec, as well as other galleries and art centers throughout the southeast. Kate recently returned from a residency at the Hambidge Center, with thanks to the Hambidge Center Fulton County Scholarship.
Andrew CS (he/him) is a web designer, creative programmer, and media-agnostic artist living in Chicago, IL. Andrew is interested in media as memory, or media over time, or something like that. Memory in the mind forms misty trails, but media (ink, computers, microphones, objects, & data) can create discrete imprints of time and pace at a given resolution. Make an archive of these and you have a time capsule, a prosthetic memory, or a time travel mechanism. Just as memory must define oneself (as the sum of experiences) so too does the archive. Kept close these efforts become a record of gestures made, places felt, still listening sessions, observations, time with friends, and time to oneself.
Micah Dillman (they/he) is a queer performance and textile artist based out of Chicago, IL. His textile and fiber work commonly employs motifs and materials that recall associations to early childhood stages of development. Early learning experiences are the basis of how we inform our identity as adults and especially how we internalize the performative behaviors relative to a constructed gender identity. Dillman’s work explicitly questions their agency in that experience.
Sam Dirck (he/him) accommodates limitless arrangements of environments that criticize the function of one’s spatial relationship to design. His use of materials reinforces the idea that our identity is moulded through memories and that we exist paradoxically as multiple selves.
Harrison Gallo (he/him) is an artist born and raised in Atlanta, GA. Having worked in research and industrial laboratories as an experimental chemist for several years, his practice is informed by a reckless passion for research, rapid prototyping, and making sense out of errant data points. Approaching new concepts and materials with a capricious yet obsessive attitude, his current work mixes carbon media, recycled industrial waste materials, and religious motifs in order to explore his overlapping experiences with grief, memory, and sex.
Rene Gibson (he/him) is a painter that lives in New Zealand.
Reade Gosen (he/him) is an interdisciplinary artist working mainly in music (as Sweet Reade) and body art. He's the orignal real daddy badass of Minneapolis and also your favorite uncle. Gosen employs his sharp wit and sense of humor to relay the absurdity of modern life. Currently, he is tattooing out of Sea Wolf Tattoos in Minneapolis, MN. Hit him up for some sick ink and make sure to tell him KJ sent ya--he might even give you a free sticker.
Jordan Homstad (they/them) is a Minneapolis-based visual artist who works primarily in acrylic paint. They are currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Art History at the University of Minnesota. Homstad’s work centers around the emotional, social, and existential impact of technology on contemporary life. Their paintings explore and investigate parasocial relationships with new forms of social media; often questioning and interrogating the hypersexualized female form using narrative to emphasize the ways in which it connects its users back to society.
Kayla Mattes (she/her) is a visual artist working across disciplines including weaving, sculpture and installation. She archives the ephemeral vernacular of digital culture through the interconnected threads of tapestry. Currently based out of Los Angeles, Mattes is represented by Richard Heller Gallery.
Kieran Myles-Andrés Tverbakk (they/them) is an artist from Houston TX, currently living and working on Dakhóta land (Minneapolis-St. Paul). They create mixed media artwork exploring dichotomies within their experience as a first-generation Mexican-Norwegian-American who is also non-binary transgender. Their interests lie in how we as humans divide ourselves socially, politically, and physically.
Lee Noble (he/him) is a musician, performer, and visual artist moving between sound, video, collage, and installation. He is the designer and co-founder (along with Stephen Molyneux) of No Kings Record Co., a cassette label focused on field recordings, ambient, drone, and experimental music, as well as Night Club (along with Emma Beatrez), a transdisciplinary, conceptual art study and activity group, and Vague Intl., a new publishing imprint. He has performed at venues and festivals in the US, Europe, and Japan, including Sonihouse (Nara, JP), Hopscotch Fest (Raleigh, NC), Soy Fest (Nantes, FR), Rewire Fest (Den Haag, NL), the Walker Art Center, the Chicago Art Book Fair, the Los Angeles Art Book Fair, the Wire’s Adventures in Modern Music Fest (Chicago), Human Resources (Los Angeles), Temporary Space (Los Angeles), EMS (Stockholm) and Issue Project Room (Brooklyn). His visual work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Austin, Minneapolis, New York, Manchester, and Berkeley, and in publications by Picturebox Inc., Thames & Hudson, Spector Books, and Secret Headquarters.
Paradisce: A Spring Break Beach Collection
Launching Friday, April 2, 2021
Waiting Room x backroom are pleased to present to you, Joshua McGarvey’s latest collection in experimental fashion, Uselding Fridays Paradisce.
This collection is a collage of processed product. Paradisce is like hot nacho cheese in Cancun on Spring Break. It’s not a celebration of the memory but a reflection on the acceleration we have experienced since a guy got his tongue pierced on TV standing next to Carson Daly at the Spring Break Beach House—I don’t remember if Carson was dating Tara Reid at this point in time, so the exact year escapes me. But seriously, I recently watched a live stream of the Minnesota Orchestra performing a percussion ensemble called “Perfectly Voiceless'' composed by Devonté Hynes and everyone should listen to the song.
A professor once told me, “Paradise isn’t real and trying to get there is like staring into the sun, it will blind you.” I don’t know what that means, but I do think paradise is an oversaturated concept. So my collection is called Paradisce, which is just paradise misspelled.
Sweetheart Market 02
Febrary 12th-14th, 2021
Stranger & Co.
Rachel Collier. x Wacks Co.
Waiting Room x backroom present the second annual Sweetheart Market. This year we are doing things a little differently and going completely virtual. Head over to our sister-site, backroom, to see the full catalog of artwork available at this years sale! We have handpicked goodies and artwork from our favorite shops and artists. Join us in celebrating yourself, your loved ones, and art!
About the Artists
Emma Beatrez is a transdisciplinary artist from Minnesota. They graduated from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2020 with a MFA in Interdisciplinary studio art. Beatrez received their BFA with an emphasis in oil painting at North Dakota State University in 2018. Their recent work deals with ritual, body, proxemics, desire, and simulation through material, light, sound, and scent explorations.
Stranger & Co.
Stranger & Co. is a small, woman-owned shop focused on making high quality design accessible and fairly priced. We primarily represent artists and designers who are women, people of color, lgbtq, and immigrants. Our ethos is one of inclusion, accessibility, and visibility.
Rachel Collier & Wacks Co.
Rachel Collier handcrafted a new line of candleabras. These multifunctional and refillable candleholders will accentuate any interior with a dash of whimsy and sparkle. She’s even got all your wax needs covered by locally sourcing a handful of alluring scented votives, sticks and tealights from Wacks Co.
Benjamin Merritt is a printmaker based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. His work affirms & celebrates the experience of chronic illness & disability through text and printmaking. In the printing studio, he creates copperplate etchings, scraping away & altering the copper to show a long history of marks on the final print. His markmaking is visceral on the paper, a translation of lived experience into inscription.
Bree Meyer is a self-taught artist based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. When she isn’t jammin’ with her band, Double Grave, she’s creating captivating weavings on her floor loom.
Twin Cities-based artist Sarah Nicole specializes in quiet contemporary watercolor painting and bodily sculpture. The intimacy of her work invites closeness with the viewer that reveals an inventive complexity. Her emphasis on an overall beautiful but poignant aesthetic seduces a sense of empathy or thoughtfulness for a suggested human presence.
August Schultz is an interdisciplinary artist based out of Minneapolis. They work mainly in screenprinting and hand-cut text. They will also photograph your wedding if you ask nicely.
Forrest Wasko is an artist living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His work investigates multiple vernaculars present in photography; specifically within observational photography, snapshots, and found images. Wasko also works with a vast variety of formats and photographic processes to create photo-objects, series, and books.
Wretched Flowers is a collaboration between two artists using ceramic, textiles, foraged floral design, and digital media to raise questions about ethnobotany and interspecies collaboration. All of our plant material is either foraged or harvested on our property in New Fairfield, Connecticut, USA.
January 25th, 2021-Feb 11th, 2021
Waiting Room presents a digital exhibition of Sarah Nicole’s paintings, a selection of recent work believed to hold a mirror to sacred moments in the artist’s current day-to-day. In tandem with the global pandemic and the country living in and out of lockdowns, it's an arguably perfect time to look back on some of the artwork made over the last year, capturing a snapshot of a creator in solitude.
Sarah’s process-based works are examples of practice as meditation and healing. The white walls of her studio present themselves as a neutral ground, reassuring her of its intended provision for contemplation. Inside of this space, she explores what qualities of balance and openness can look like when handling her materials. Like any balancing act, she also takes to its contrast, keeping mind the uniqueness that comes in producing a single brush stroke or mark. One move has the capacity to encapsulate feelings of sadness, restraint, and fear. Large stretched canvases and broad brushstrokes form a vernacular that uses her whole body to create. She becomes a part of the painting and as she moves, the canvas is absorbing her deep meditative state, reflecting a nurturing balance of emotions. Sarah is able to calm her anxieties with painting, giving herself time to decompress what we have experienced collectively and individually throughout the pandemic. In an epoch of chaos, the space we use to engage in creation is sacred, and this artist is constantly working to keep it so by expressing her innermost self against its walls.
Sarah Nicole is a visual artist and curator based in Minneapolis. After receiving a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design in 2018, she began producing exhibition opportunities and community events - taking inspiration from her contemporary research. Sarah currently works with the Minneapolis based organization, Public Functionary, and maintains a studio practice within their program.
She has exhibited her work at Miami Art Week with Good To Know, at Sure Space Gallery, at Lanesboro Gallery, at 700 Central, and is in the permanent collection of the Wasserman Projects.
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