Nancy Julia Hicks
Questions from my body to yours
Virtual Opening
January 3rd, 2021-January 24,2021

Sarah Nicole
Hold You
Virtual Opening
January 25, 2021-February 11, 2021

Virtual Sweetheart Market
Featuring Local Creatives
February 12-14, 2021

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Nancy Julia Hicks
Questions from my body to yours
Virtual Opening
January 3rd, 2021

Questions from my body to yours is a selection of material investigations led by artist Nancy Julia Hicks (they/them). Pieces amalgamate from a collection of images that span Google Maps, bodies of water, oil derricks, recorded performances, and writing. The installation illustrates a poetic attraction to the similarities found between the infliction of pain on a space and on the body. By using language and gathered imagery, they question the ways in which we encounter this harm; these experiences can be at an institution, such as the museum, or in rural spaces, like an oil derrick in the middle of an ocean.

Hicks has incorporated a fascinating oeuvre of new materials within the last two years. For example, they have begun to printmake with asphaltum, printing on latex, improperly reassembling decommissioned guns, sewing with human hair, fur, and dirt gathered from specific locations. They use many of these materials to reference histories of physical or ecological violence that occurs towards and upon the human body.

These intimate spaces reference Hicks’ personal history, intentionally creating connections between the body, constructed space, and implied land in order to analyze its politicized history. Navigating intentionality with materials allows them to imbue historical context into the works. Objects within this show are made out of soft, tactile, and inviting materials that entice viewers to interact with them, replicating systems of complacency. 

About the Artist
Nancy Julia Hicks is a non-binary installation and performance artist, printmaker, educator, and poet. 

They’ve exhibited work at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in the Concourse Gallery, at The Soap Factory, the Highpoint Center for Printmaking, the Soo Visual Arts Center, and Walker Art Center.

1. from tar to dirt
Screenprint on fabric, faux fur, fur, and human hair

2. The field,
Asphaltum dyed fabric and cut letters

3.  Would you live here? Exploration 2
Screenprint in overprint varnish and sprinkled charcoal powder on fabric

4. do you feel the labor when you’re inside?
Screenprint in overprint varnish and asphaltum on paper

5. I feel digested when I am inside you (Chain Exploration 1)
Screenprint, collograph, and photolithography on fabric, metal, polyfill
6. Do you dream of severity?
Screenprint on latex, human hair, dirt, and decommissioned musket

7. Would you live here? Exploration 1 with Chain Exploration 2
Screenprint on latex and handmade chain coated in liquid latex

8. To you I am not a family,
Screenprint on fabric, dirt, and projection

9. Is your love one of complacency?
Screenprint on faux fur and bullet casings

Rachel Collier
Something that I’m supposed to be
Virtual Opening
December 4th, 2020-January 2nd, 2021

Waiting Room presents Something that I’m supposed to be, a group of new paintings by Rachel Collier. In this recent body of work Rachel reflects upon her innermost desire to be released from the confines of traditional painting . Tufted dimensional silhouettes appear animated alongside spray paint and faux fur. These climactic color combinations sit suspended in real time, provoking the imagination to consider a connection between how a piece begins, where it ends, and what it is supposed to be. -

Rachel Collier is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Minneapolis. She grew up watching her grandmother and mother paint, print, sculpt, and sew, so naturally she followed suit and eventually recieved her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Collier’s work can be found in private collections throughout the US and Europe and shows most often with Hair and Nails Gallery in Minneapolis.  She has experience teaching continuing education classes at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, as well as in the production of dog themed reality TV. Collier currently operates as a freelance content creator and art maker. In 2020, she added rug tufting to the mix and is open for studio visits and commissions.

1. What's on the other side
Acrylic, pastel, ink on paper
30” x 24”

2. The Rainbow Connection
Tufted hand dyed wool, nylon, and gold thread on primary rug backing
90" x 60" x 1.5"

3. I’ve heard it
Tufted nylon, acrylic fiber and spray paint on primary rug backing
36” x 22” x 1.5”

4. Someday we'll find it
Acrylic, spray paint, fake fur on canvas
48” x 44” x 1”

5. Have you been half asleep
Tufted hand dyed wool, nylon, and gold thread on primary rug backing
48" x 30" x 4"

6. Have you heard voices
Tufted hand dyed wool, nylon, and gold thread on primary rug backing
48" x 30" x 4"

June 2020:

Critic’s Pick via Artforum

Boredom Fantasy Mimesis
New work from Sam Dirck 
Curated by Kristina Johnson
April 20th, 2020-July 20th, 2020
This show is also in partnership and representation with Approximately Blue.

Waiting Room is pleased to present Sam Dirck’s first solo show Boredom Fantasy Mimesis at our new location in Lowertown Saint Paul. Tempering chance and intention to generate varying expressions of surface texture Sam Dirck positions himself within a set of conditions and moments in an abstract narrative nagivated by his painterly skillset. His work investigates a balance between the reciprocated image and abstraction. Paintings and sculptures serve as improvisational landscapes or implied gestures, delivering the effect that each piece could be a memory you never truly lived. Occasionally a recognizable symbol emerges, making it clear that signs exist within this abstract realm but do not dominate it.

A certain technical prowess is exhibited by Dirck, each piece oozing with a distinctive vocabulary of symbolic expression. While in its production, he bounced between digital and physical means as a nod to his dedicated exploration of the grid. Digitally mapped gestures and handmade marks take on sweeping, continuous linearities in some compositions creating a unique layer-by-layer camoflauge to his methodology; while other works are consumed by his familiar style of hard-edged, dimensional painting.

This show is a collection that pushes to occupy the space between the pictoriality of painting and the spatiality of sculpture; merging the two with elements of abstract design. Dirck’s paintings exude playful interjections, embedded through inherent rhythms of mark, gesture, color and symbol. Each piece is rooted in the familiar but infiltrated by a carnal use of “play,” an utterly interpreted—nonprescriptive—element to the work. 

Lowertown’s 1st Sweetheart Market 
Pop-up event with Stranger & Co.
Curated by Kristina Johnson & Maura Kelly Doyle
February 8th-21st, 2020

Opening reception
Saturday, February 8th

𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐅𝐞𝐛 𝟖𝐭𝐡:⁣⁣⁣
• Nice Nice Ceramics⁣⁣⁣
• Ital Vibrations ⁣⁣⁣
• Runi Clay Studio⁣⁣⁣
• Crybaby Clay⁣⁣⁣
• Stranger & Co.⁣⁣⁣

𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐅𝐞𝐛 𝟗𝐭𝐡:⁣⁣⁣
• Nice Nice Ceramics⁣⁣⁣
• Runi Clay Studio⁣⁣⁣
• Artifactx Vintage⁣⁣⁣
• Forrest Wasko⁣⁣⁣
• Stranger & Co.⁣⁣⁣

𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐅𝐞𝐛 𝟏𝟓𝐭𝐡:⁣⁣⁣
• Jac & Violet⁣⁣⁣
• Crybaby Clay⁣⁣⁣
• Stranger & Co.⁣⁣⁣

𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐅𝐞𝐛 𝟏𝟔𝐭𝐡:⁣⁣⁣
• Sandwich Ceramics ⁣⁣⁣
• Kristina Johnson⁣⁣⁣
• Stranger & Co.

• Forrest Wasko  

In honor of opening our new doors in historic Lowertown Saint Paul, Waiting Room’s new director Kristina Johnson (KJ) has invited local business Stranger & Co. to hold a small goods market over the month of February. Stranger & Co. is owned and operated by Maura Kelly Doyle, who comes from a formal background in sculpture. After working in both gallery and retail management over the last decade, Maura is now blending her love of design and community-making into her newest endeavor. Doyle has curated weekend events for our Sweetheart Market, which features a list of creative vendors within the Twin Cities (see list above).

How to become lost
Featuring the art of Sayge Carroll, Meg Murphy, Lamar Peterson, Jacob Aaron Schroeder, and Maggie Thompson
Curated by Leslie Barlow
February 21 – April 20, 2019

Opening reception
Thursday, February 21
7–9 pm

Discussion with the Artists Thursday, April 4
5:30 pm Social, 6:00 pm Conversation

How to become lost is an exploration into the ways artists escape into the content and method of their work as a means to process, heal, and liberate–and to get closer to a truth about life in ways that cannot necessarily be seen or framed through ordinary language or experience. This exhibition invites you to be transported into the complexity and humanity of each artists’ work and world, but also poses the question of why and what motivates someone to create: asking viewers to consider the tensions of making work in a painful, traumatic, accelerated and angering climate while holding desire for artwork to be slow, pleasurable, and meaningful. Is this process futile? Are we allowed to enjoy our work? What privileges come with escapism? How important is it, or detrimental? How do we reclaim our space, our work, our joy?

Pleasure as resistance, artistic process as healing, creation of an alternate reality. To escape is to slip or get away from control and restraint, to gain or regain liberty. It can also be a withdrawal, an avoidance, desertion, but perhaps through this flight, a rescue. Each artist in this exhibition reflects on how escapism permeates the layers of their work–their choices and methodology greatly informed by their personal experiences and identities. Sayge Carroll employs her art to soothe and calm when words have failed and articulation falls short. Photos serve as proof or record, clay acts as grounding and honoring, painting as exploration of what is not known, as she investigates themes of identity, ritual, and motherhood. Meg Murphy creates fantasy worlds in her paintings where the womxn are so big, such giantesses, that nothing can hurt them anymore. Her womxn are central characters in their own stories where they take up as much space as they want–and they eat, and eat, and grow exponentially powerful.
The sugar candy colors and cartoon-like surrealism of Lamar Peterson’s paintings create a humorous, nostalgic, awkward, and unsettling environment for his characters. Deconstructing themes drawn from popular culture, race, and the ideal of the American dream, the paintings are a collection of vignettes telescoping on banal experiences which, upon closer inspection, present unexpected delight and danger on human pathways. Through the meditative and labor-intensive processes of manipulating textiles through hand-stitching, burning, and bedazzling, Jacob Aaron Schroeder uses the aesthetic qualities of gender-associated objects to expose the internal conflicts queer men experience. The works in this exhibition demonstrate not only self-investigation and catharsis, but also a means of our current societal understanding of queer mental health. Maggie Thompson desires to memorialize “lost” relationships by creating abstract mixed media textile pieces based on memories. The ending of a long-term romantic partnership, and recent deaths of her father and best friend drew her to reflect on how grief becomes sewn into a person’s evolving identity. Using her artistic process to work through grief and depression, she explores ideas of self-worth, stability, preservation, and the complexities of human relationships.