An upcoming visual arts exhibition aims to play with a space that’s not traditionally seen as a destination for art.
The free exhibit called “Field Trials II” will host pieces from two Duluth-based artists in Wrenshall’s Free Range Film Barn. Annie Dugan, curator of the exhibit, said displaying work in a barn gives artists the chance to partner with a space in a new way.
“I equate it to being in the laboratory,” Dugan said. “You’re testing out ideas and seeing what works and you’re given permission and space to take that risk that you don’t often get in a traditional white box gallery space in a city.”
Dugan, who co-owns the Food Farm, draws a parallel between farming and artists in the sense that both can benefit from experimenting with new ideas at a smaller scale, much like field trials, the exhibit's name.
“For instance, on our farm we tried cantaloupe this year to figure out, ‘Would it work? Where would it work? How could we expand this?'” Dugan said. “In the same way we try to grow cantaloupe, Catherine Meier and Kristina Estell are trying out their ideas in a space that doesn’t have the pressure of sales connected to it, or having to be tied to a predetermined outcome.”
When farmers and artists aren’t tied to a predetermined outcome they can exercise more creativity, Dugan said.
Meier and Estell will display place-based inspired art and will attend the exhibition during the opening Sept. 21 from 4-8 p.m. Exhibit goers can tour the Food Farm beforehand on opening day from 2-4 p.m.
The exhibition will also take place from 1-5 p.m. Sept. 22 and from 1-5 p.m Sept. 28.