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Week of June 24
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I N T E R R O B A N G

The Interrobang Film Festival runs from June 26 through June 28 at the downtown library.  Read Alissa Sheldon’s preview of the festival on the Art Beacon website.

E V E N T S :

WEDS JUNE 24, 5 PM  Frank Hansen Art Benefit Show:  The Patient Rider, Nest Gallery

WEDS JUNE 24, 6 PM Town Square Art Show, Crane Artist Lofts

WEDS JUNE 24, 6 PM Fitch Artist Studios Open House

WEDS JUNE 24, 6 PM Big Top Bacchus Life Drawing, Darker Marker Productions

WEDS JUNE 24, 7 PM Urban Visionaries Show, Viaduct Gallery

WEDS June 24, 7 PM Aerial Expo, Courtyard, Des Moines Social Club

THURS JUNE 25, 6:30 PM Gallery Talk:  Fiber, Des Moines Art Center

FRI JUNE 26, 11 AM Interrobang Film Festival Begins, Downtown Library

FRI JUNE 26, 11 AM Des Moines Arts Festival Begins, Western Gateway

FRI JUNE 26, 4 PM  Happy Hour Artist Reception with Thomas C. Jackson, Proof

FRI June 26, 5 PM Van Holmgren S.O.S. Q&A, The Lift

SAT June 27, 10 AM ArtFest Midwest, Iowa State Fairgrounds

SAT June 27, 2 PM Too Broke for the Arts Festival Fest, Vaudeville Mews

SAT June 27, 7 PM John Huffman Pizza Party!, Transient Gallery, Nestcraft


D E A D L I N E S :

NewBo Art Fest - Call for Artist DEADLINE August 15th

MORE ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES

Still photo from feature film “Wildlike” by Frank Green

S.O.S.  by  Alissa Sheldon          Last night I walked out of the blazing heat into the cool cocoon of The Lift to view  Van Holmgren ’s new show, “S.O.S.”, and found the artist himself seated with friends, flashing his signature grin through the dark of the bar. For Holmgren, who has received national attention recently for his  mural  featured on “ The Bachelor ” and his  live painting of a food truck  that turned the heads of  Wu-Tang Clan , “S.O.S.” is a departure from his previous work and takes a turn down a more serious alley.          The show reflects upon the ways in which S.O.S., the internationally recognized distress signal for “Save Our Souls”, has lost its prevalence as it has been replaced by other acronyms used in everyday life of texting and social media.  Holmgren says:          “When I look at the content we post in social media, a majority of what is shared are cries for help. The constant struggle of people in our country and around the world is at the forefront of our culture, and fresh news stories come out every day with that theme. The world is spiraling more and more out of control as we live and work for the ideal lives we all deserve.          Money and power are both at the root of the problem, controlled by the very people that we look to for help and protection. This show illustrates and reflects our interactions with these necessities and our resulting cries for help: white picket fences to symbolize our ideal lives in which we are all safe with no fear; cardboard signs are used for begging on the street by people without a home or family; traps set and arrows shot by the same people we look to for protection; bottles used either in celebration or as a way to numb the pain.”          Holmgren’s signature style fits well with this commentary on modern society and delivers his message by provoking thought rather than slamming his audience in the head with a sledge hammer.  Viewers feel clever in connecting to the images, and through this experience, the message is made even more powerful.  Artist contact info:   vanholmgren.com   van.holmgren@gmail.com  @vanholmgren (Instagram)

S.O.S.

by Alissa Sheldon

       Last night I walked out of the blazing heat into the cool cocoon of The Lift to view Van Holmgren’s new show, “S.O.S.”, and found the artist himself seated with friends, flashing his signature grin through the dark of the bar. For Holmgren, who has received national attention recently for his mural featured on “The Bachelor” and his live painting of a food truck that turned the heads of Wu-Tang Clan, “S.O.S.” is a departure from his previous work and takes a turn down a more serious alley.

       The show reflects upon the ways in which S.O.S., the internationally recognized distress signal for “Save Our Souls”, has lost its prevalence as it has been replaced by other acronyms used in everyday life of texting and social media.  Holmgren says:

       “When I look at the content we post in social media, a majority of what is shared are cries for help. The constant struggle of people in our country and around the world is at the forefront of our culture, and fresh news stories come out every day with that theme. The world is spiraling more and more out of control as we live and work for the ideal lives we all deserve.

       Money and power are both at the root of the problem, controlled by the very people that we look to for help and protection. This show illustrates and reflects our interactions with these necessities and our resulting cries for help: white picket fences to symbolize our ideal lives in which we are all safe with no fear; cardboard signs are used for begging on the street by people without a home or family; traps set and arrows shot by the same people we look to for protection; bottles used either in celebration or as a way to numb the pain.”

       Holmgren’s signature style fits well with this commentary on modern society and delivers his message by provoking thought rather than slamming his audience in the head with a sledge hammer.  Viewers feel clever in connecting to the images, and through this experience, the message is made even more powerful.

Artist contact info:

vanholmgren.com

van.holmgren@gmail.com

@vanholmgren (Instagram)

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