In March, we took a trip with a small group of creatives to Greece, where we explored historically rich monuments, learned to throw clay from a local ceramicist, and experienced breathtaking views from atop the country’s many mountains. We recently posted photos from the adventure on our Flickr, which you can check out here!
The opening of Winterland was incredible! Thank you so much to all of the participating artists, both in the main show and our one-night pop-up shop! We are so happy to see all the new and familiar faces, and to see so many people making it out even in this cold weather!
The pop-up shop featured local artists selling prints, zines, pins, handmade sets of runes, and more.
We were also thrilled to have our neighbor Bingley's Teas in the gallery, demonstrating the Gongfu Cha way of making tea for anyone interested in participating. Our friends at Common Roots Café also provided a tasty tray of baked goods for refreshments.
We got to see many of our Minneapolis maker friends at the opening as well, and it was wonderful chatting with them about their products and processes!
If you were able to make it out, we hope you had as good of a time as we did! If you weren't able to stop by, the show will be up through February, and you can also find all of the participating makers' collections on the Winterland webpage.
For more photos from the opening, check out our Flickr page here!
Thank you to everyone who came for our opening reception of Fairly Dark, a collection of solo exhibitions featuring new work from Nico Delort, Sishir Bommakanti, Natalie Hall, and Kathleen Jennings!
The night kicked off with an artist lecture by Nico Delort, who discussed his intricate and intensive scratchboard process, his inspirations, and his path as a visual artist, surrounded by the amazing work from the Fairly Dark exhibitions!
Following that, we cleared space for a massive Drink & Draw, hosted by our friends at THE VACVVM. Visitors spent the night getting to know one another with friendly discussions, comparing sketchbooks, and cold beverages! THE VACVVM even provided a set of prizes which were raffled off during the night, and some lucky participants walked away with some amazing pieces of art!
All night, guests proclaimed their love, hatred, and favorite memories from some of their cherished video games. You could hear the shock, excitement, and enthusiasm throughout the gallery! Pieces included topics from games such as Pokémon, Shadow of the Colossus, Pac Man, Street Fighter and more!
In additional to all of the physical pieces, we had an extra special interactive component, designed and created by artist Chris Schons. He displayed a Mega Man II inspired game filled with shrapnel, falling mechanical parts, and hidden details! Details and an online version will be available soon!
We also highlighted the favorites from our guest jurors to be displayed and recognized as the top ten pieces from the show! We asked Tim Turi and Ben Hanson (Game Informer), Adam May (Gearbox), and Claire Hummel (HBO) to select their top pieces from the exhibition. They selected the artwork of Miranda Meeks, Matt Rockefeller, Leonard Peng, Lydia Guadagnoli, Audrey Gonzalez, Ricardo Alvilés, Victor Maury, Chris Schons, Paul Reinwand, and Richie Pope.
If you were unable to celebrate with us in person, no problem! You can always check out the entire collection of artwork on the Light Grey website. Prints are also available on the Light Grey Shop through April 10th! To view more photographs of the opening reception and artwork, you can also see our flickr gallery here.
Here is a detail of Chris Schon's work displayed at the opening reception
Thanks again, everyone! We will see you on April 17th for the opening reception of GUTS!
Last Friday marked the opening reception for Skate Or Die! We want to give a giant thank you to the artists involved, and to everyone who visited the gallery and made the night a huge success!
Skate Or Die is a celebration of death and destruction, with 60 pieces of art displayed on hardwood skateboard decks. The presentation was jaw dropping, with a gallery absolutely packed with rows and rows of glossy skateboard decks adorned with amazing artwork.
Designs ranged from grim and creepy, to over-the-top absurd, to outright beautiful and visitors respond to each piece with appropriate laughter or contemplation. Longtime skateboarders, horror enthusiasts, and art lovers alike all shared the gallery with a common appreciation for the love and craft that went into the Skate or Die exhibition.
You can view more photos from the opening reception on our Skate Or Die Flickr set. You can buy one of these beautiful skateboard decks, or a gorgeous large-scale print, on the Light Grey Art Lab shop!
Once again, thanks again to all of the artists, collaborators, and supporters!
A huge thanks to everyone who made it out to see the opening reception for the Omnibus Treasury! We had a wonderful evening with great company, artwork, and tons of adorable jewelry! Each of the jewelry collections was hung and displayed to share it's carefully made details, clever themes, and covetable designs!
The process of creating this jewelry involves a two-step collaboration. Each artist created an iconic collection of imagery, focusing on their chosen theme, and considering shape and form. These drawings were then sent to Light Grey Art Lab where Light Grey Art Lab founder, Lindsay Nohl, hand-makes each piece, transferring the artists' work to it's final physical state, and choosing complementary findings, chain and elements.
The designs include homages to infamous space satellites, summer fruits, København Culture, underwater creatures, and more! You can see some all of the collections on the Light Grey Shop and details on the Light Grey Flickr page. You can also view all of the works and artists on the Light Grey online Gallery.
Thanks again to all of the artists, collaborators, and supporters! This is a one-of-a kind project and we are proud to make these concepts a reality!
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A Whole Year
Synopsis: Happy New Year! Hooray! 2013 was a crazy year at Light Grey Art Lab! This episode marks the one year anniversary of our podcast, and Lindsay, Jenny, Chris and Francesca share a few of our favorite moments from the past year. Then we take a look back at the very first, poorly recorded episode of our show, when we declared our ambitious resolutions for 2013, and we see just how many we followed through on. Finally, we make a few more for 2014!
Thanks to everyone who was able to make it out in the cold to attend the 6 Degrees opening reception! It was such a wonderful, warm spirited, and celebratory evening!
We invited everyone in with a hot cup of cocoa, tea, treats, and drinks- it really felt cozy!
Walking into the gallery, guests were delighted by the tiny postcards, attention to detail, printing techniques, and true care that came from these personal homages of home.
Each image, reveals a sense of hometown pride, secrets of the cities, intimate and meaningful memories, and some of the most captivating and breathtaking views around. Looking at all of the pieces together truly creates a sense of comradery and collaboration- it is a positive, cultural, and interesting perspective on the places that we call home.
There was quite the crowd around the hot cocoa station!
All of the artist in the show receives the entire collection of postcards, able to mail, share, and re-share these pieces. Each postcard is signed and editioned, available as prints or postcards on the online shop for you to hang, frame, mail, or gift!
6 Degrees will be on display from now until January 17th. You are welcome to stop by and see the collection in person Wednesday-Saturday from 12-7pm and Sundays from 12pm-5pm. We hope to see you here!
You can all see the entire collection of artwork on the 6 Degrees digital gallery on the Light Grey website, more images of the opening reception here on the flickr page, or on the Light Grey Shop.
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Rolemodels opening reception last Friday! It was a great kick-off to a boisterous Halloween weekend, with plenty of people coming dressed in fantasy costume, which we loved! It was awesome to finally be able to play The Battle For Vyk'Tornaahl card game with everyone, and it was made all the more special to be playing right alongside actual armor-clad, blade-wielding warriors!
With 99 Heroes and Villains lining the walls of the main gallery, and four massive landscapes alongside full-sized cloth banners depicting the sigil of each Kingdom, as well as a giant map of the Realm of Vyk'Tornahhl, visitors had plenty to absorb. Throughout the night, people poured over the details of each piece, and stopped to read the history and backstory of their favorite characters. As an added and surreal treat, many of the participating artists came dressed as their own characters, too!
Jenny was manning the bar pouring colorful drinks of all types. Besides a fitting set of beer (Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Warrior IPA, Magic Hat, and Ranger IPA), we offered mixed drinks like bright red Heath Elixirs, mysitcal blue Mana Potions and the dark-as-night Black Magic.
And, of course, there was a table set up with pick-up games of our brand new card game, The Battle For Vyk'Tornaahl, being taught and played all night long. Anyone willing to learn could sit down and play a round of two of the game themselves. It was great fun, with most people getting a grip on the game after only a few minutes of explanation. I won't lie, although we were just playing to learn and have fun, a few of the games turned into fairly heated battles with plenty of smack-talk and mind games... but of course everyone was a great sport in the end!
Again, thank you to all the artists who participated in the show, and to all of you for making it out to celebrate with us!
You can see more pictures in our Rolemodels flickr set! And as always, you can see all the work from Rolemodels exhibition on the Light Grey Art Lab website and purchases artwork from the show on the Light Grey Art Lab shop!
The lock-in started at 9 pm with Campbell sharing a little about his history as an artist, the projects he's managed to continually crank out, and how he balances the ideas and projects he wants to accomplish with real-world responsibilities and obligations. After that introduction, we moved on to an idea-generating exercise to help come up with a concept for the night's project.
Once everyone got cranking, it was full-speed ahead as people worked through their ideas with Campbell, storyboarded their comics and got creating. The deadline was a 4 am trip to the copy-shop to make a 20 comic edition to share with the rest of the workshop participants.
Thankfully, Campbell is a charming instructor, despite the grueling hours and spirits remained high through the night. There was plentiful coffee, Glam Doll Donuts and a massive late night pizza delivery, which helped.
Right on schedule, we took a group trip into Uptown to make copies of our comics. Once printed and folded, everyone got to go home with a copy of everyone else's comic!
Thanks to Campbell for an awesome night! Needless to say, it was intimidating for everyone involved to start working, knowing they had such limited time. But Campbell really helped people get motivated and push through the problems. In the end, I think a lot of people were surprised to see how much they accomplished when they were on a deadline.
The best part (for me) was getting home and reading through a stack of comics in bed as the sun came up and the birds started chirping, and being impressed with how good they all were!
Congrats to everyone involved!
Compared with many of our past exhibitions, Nights & Weekends was definitely an intimate affair. With so many in-depth projects, the crowd moved slowly through the gallery, flipping through artist books and zines, reading about the history and process behind each project, and pouring over the details of the 400+ pieces on display.
We want to give a special shout-out to the Brooklyn-based Sketchbook Project! They stopped by Light Grey Art Lab as part of their 1703 Miles and Back Tour, and we were honored to host them! Their traveling sketchbook library was parked outside the gallery all day, where visitors could check out sketchbooks from thousands of different artists. Artists treat sketchbooks as amazingly personal and (oftentimes) secret places to work, think and create, so it's an incredible experience to have to many sketchbooks at your fingertips!
Again, thank you to all the artists who participated in the show, to the sketchbook Project for sharing thier library with us, and to all of you for making it out to celebrate with us!
You can see more pictures in our Nights & Weekends flickr set! And as always, you can see all the work from Nights & Weekends exhibition on the Light Grey Art Lab website and purchases prints, originals, zines and more from the Light Grey Art Lab shop!
Friday, June 14th was our opening reception for You Can Do It, Put Your Back Into It, a collection of illustrated posters featuring words that celebrate the practice of making work: diligence, confidence, courage, and participation. It is an awesome show filled with big, beautiful, inspirational posters.
It came just days after we got back from an nice, long vacation, so we needed the energy from the show to kick us back into gear. It was fun to see visitors gravitate to the posters that jived with their personal motivations, and even shared their own words of wisdom.
Thanks to all the artists involved, and everyone who came to the opening! You can see all the photos in the You Can Do It flickr set.
The artwork will be on display in the gallery until July 5th. All the artwork is for sale, and can be bought in person or from our online store. And as always, you can see the artwork now and forever in the gallery on at lightgreyartlab.com.
This past Friday we had the opening reception for our newest show, HOT PARTY! It was a very special opening, as it was a lighthearted, celebration-filled show that marks Light Grey Art Lab's one year anniversary!
The theme of the show was obviously an excuse to par-tay. That means bright, whimsical artwork, cakes and cupcakes as far as the eye can see, larger-than-life balloons, confetti, glitter and friends! Thanks to everyone who came out to see the artwork, partake in some sweets and let us throw glittery confetti all over them for some hilarious photos!
You can see all the artwork in the HOT PARTY gallery on our website. You can purchase any artwork by visiting the gallery, or order from our online store!
And you can see all the photos from the event in the HOT PARTY Flickr set!
Here's to another amazing year!
This Thursday we celebrated Valentine's Day with Make Art With Your Sweetheart, a special event where couples could share a bottle of wine and make matching cameo portraits together.
It was a lot of fun and everyone made some great pieces! The silhouette nature of the project was meant to be playful and relaxed, and allowed couples to participate regardless of their previous experience with art.
It was really cute to see everyone work together and come out with a piece to take home! Thanks to everyone who participated! We hope you had as much fun as we did!
To see all of the adorable photos from the event, visit our flickr set.