For immediate release: April 15th, 2009
Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
“Artists should never compromise their integrity, morality and principles in exchange for money, success or personal gain” states Wikipedia or as conceptual artist Jenny Holzer cynically states “money creates taste”. At SELLOUT gallery we believe that artists can sell art without compromising their vision. Seriously.
On May 15th, SELLOUT Gallery launches its 2009 schedule with a group show featuring the gallery’s founders John Fleischer, Ruben Nusz and Scott Stulen. FLEISCHER/NUSZ/STULEN will feature new work by each artist and promises to be a must see destination during ART-A-WHIRL in Northeast Minneapolis.
John Fleischer’s hybrid constructions employ reclaimed cardboard, wood, paper, fabric and other common materials to describe non-objective, layered territories reflecting the impermanence of organized structures. Ruben Nusz will continue to explore the optimism within the darkness of tragedy by revisiting the drowning death of actress Natalie Wood via painting and sculpture. Scott Stulen will examine how disappointment and failure shape personal and collective identity through paintings about concrete dinosaurs, rest stops and misguided, but well intended family vacations.
SELLOUT is an artist run initiative devoted to the exhibition of small-scaled, idea-based works by emerging and mid-career artists as well as independent curators. SELLOUT focuses on unpretentious conceptual work, multiples, and ephemeral projects. The intimate space features a mix of curated group and solo exhibitions as well as innovative community events. SELLOUT’s humble scale (250 square feet) provides artists the opportunity to experiment with fresh ideas, pursue new directions, or exhibit alternative, atypical media.
SELLOUT exhibits artists with a distinct vision and commitment to their artistic practice. However, SELLOUT acknowledges that art exists, not in a vacuum, but in a capitalist cultural framework. In addition to our regular exhibitions, artists will be encouraged to create small, affordable works for sale in our flat file. Collectors may browse through pieces not only by the current exhibiting artists, but also by our regular roster of artists. SELLOUT’s desire is to support new art collectors and interesting artwork while allowing unique access and interaction between the collector, curator, and artist.