Rachel Collier
Virtual Opening
November 2020

Nancy Julia Hicks
Virtual Opening
December 2020

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Rachel Collier
have x will travel (working title)
Virtual Opening
November 2020

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; 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 the production of dog themed reality TV. Collier is currently operating 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.

Krista Anderson-Larson
like the inside
Virtual Opening
August 15th, 2020

The confines of a bathroom encapsulate pivotal moments of self-care and examination. In the privacy of our own homes, we familiarize ourselves with a space dedicated for immediate relief, intimacy, and learning. Like the inside investigates the bathroom as an architectural and sociological phenomenon, imposed with social and cultural constructs of gender, sexuality and identity. Artist Krista Anderson-Larson (KAL) confronts our usual encounters of traditional lavatory objects in ways that highlight a personal lifelong experience of performativity.

Hygiene is no longer a routine exclusively focused upon the material body, but rather a pedagogy––or art of governance––targeting gender and sexuality. Social constructivists propose there is no inherent truth to gender and it is constructed by social expectations and compliance. To KAL, these systemic enforcements of identity are physically significant in the structure of the bathroom and are in deep need of remodeling. Her work ascribes a sense of sensuality to bathroom fixtures and furniture that reference, and at times mimic, the body. Multiple flesh colored soap dishes stacked on another and nipples painted onto toilet backings anthropomorphize and sensualize these sculpted figures. Each piece is arranged in a way that subtly suggests an emobdiment of desire, insecurity, and lust. A wall dedicated to tiled work balances surface tension through varying undulating patterns. Viewers are encouraged to interact with the artwork by using touch as a way to contemplate our most intimate and performative behaviors. This series serves as a catalyst to redefining the normative social influence of conformity.

Krista Anderson-Larson is a fiscal year 2019 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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.