The Drawing Project looks forward to hosting Beyond An Artist Talk with Alyssa Baguss in partnership with Burnet Gallery to share the current exhibition.
Leave of Absence
November 13 – December 31, 2015
We are thrilled to share with our community the first solo exhibition of new drawings by Alyssa Baguss at Burnet Gallery. In this current work, Baguss examines what she calls “digital wanderlust”. The strong compulsion to travel and explore combined with today’s propensity to experience the world (known and unknown) through the internet. She describes this new medium as “virtual navigation” by which we exchange “an actual experience for an abstraction of experience” and in turn “form new habits and behavior about the natural world”.
Alyssa Baguss explores mediated natural environments through drawing processes. She is a visual artist and arts program director, who works out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Alyssa is a 2015 recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and her work has been exhibited in the Twin Cities and regionally, including Burnet Gallery, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Rosalux Gallery and Augsburg College Christensen Center Art Gallery.
Burnet Gallery is a commercial gallery featuring local, national and international contemporary artists with new shows roughly every six to eight weeks. The Gallery is located in Le Méridien Chambers, an award-winning art hotel located in downtown Minneapolis.
Please bring your sketchbooks, pencils and smart phones!
Thank you to the Burnet Gallery at Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis for hosting.
Alyssa Baguss’s practice explores mediated natural environments through drawing processes. Her work has been exhibited in the Twin Cities and regionally, including Augsburg College Christensen Center Art Gallery, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Soo Visual Arts Center, and Rosalux Gallery. Baguss has worked as a teaching artist and artist in residence with the Minnesota Center for Book Arts youth programming, Minneapolis Public School system’s Art for Academic Achievement residency programs, and with various art organizations in the Twin Cities including the Walker Art Center, Weisman Art Museum, the Rochester Art Center, and Public Arts St. Paul.
Wanderlust is the strong or irresistible impulse to travel and explore. It is often driven by the desire to escape and leave behind the familiar to experience the unknown world. The internet has allowed us to wander to unfamiliar lands never having to leave the comfort and safety of our homes. Travel anywhere via Google Earth, experience other worlds through NASA satellites and daydream quietly while pristine images of the landscapes scroll through our screensavers. I am interested in how technology influences the way we experience the natural world. My practice examines this digital “wanderlust”
This new medium of virtual navigation is exchanging an actual experience for an abstraction of experience forming new habits of thought and behavior about the natural world. This technological window results in a setting that has become literally flat to many of us. It is this “intangible” experience of the landscape that interests me as an artist. Acknowledging this transition from natural phenomena to intellectual conception, I see our relationship with the natural landscape becoming distant and foreign.
Images from Beyond the Artist Talk with Alyssa Baguss.