What started as an annual tradition during Art-A-Whirl has now transformed into a project of monumental proportions. Previously known as the Boat Project, which would invite local noise and experimental rock bands to play on the roof of a houseboat and out in the middle of the Mississippi River behind Northeast's Sample Room restaurant (and won our "Best Local Concert" award in 2010), the event will grow even bigger and be streamlined into a more official presentation as Czeslaw's Loop: The Final Opus.
The concept seems a little esoteric, but it is Art-A-Whirl after all, so bear with us: the performance series is "based on the creative struggle of late 1960s electronic composer Czeslaw Janecki, whose final opus was never performed. An event composed and executed as a four-act opera spread over a three day period, Czeslaw's Loop features a generational cross section of Minneapolis' most influential figures in arts and music."
But what's most exciting is the list of musicians who have signed on to helm each leg of the project: The first night will be conducted by Ryan Olson and Stef Alexander (a.k.a. P.O.S.) of Marijuana Deathsquads and will feature contributions from their ever-evolving cast of cohorts, while the second night will be led by Chris Strouth and include players like Tom Hazelmyer (AmRep, Halo of Flies), Dylan Hicks, and Zachary Vex. There will also be two daytime sessions led by Creative Electric Studios, who originally spearheaded the annual Boat Project.
Art-A-Whirl is now the biggest art crawl in the country. Judging by our docks filled to capacity, sinking and breaking in two, we can see why.. We had a great time and enjoyed a great success thanks to all of our contributers and excellent bands, etc.. We'll be posting images and videos soon. Thanks to Stnnng, Mayda, Marijuana Death Squad, Zak Sally, Bella Koshka and all of out artists who put this show together (see below).. Wow. We had such an amazing experience this year.
This year on the river is shaping up to be spectacular. Mayda, Zak Sally, Bella Koshka, Stnnng, Marijuana Death Squat will be playing around an installation by Joseph Belk and his crew Drew Peterson, Ted Quinn, Adam Burchard, and Phil Harder.
Getting ready for Brock Davis' upcoming show. Mr Davis challenged himself to create a new piece of artwork each day in the year 2009. Amazingly, he succeded. Creative Electric Studios is planning to present a huge of this work in May 2009.
Working on another new radio show. More to come..
Creative Electric Studios now presents photography and videos by director Phil Harder. Three videos, each shot on the Creative Electric Houseboat will be be presented from bands Tipsy Panther, The Twilight Hours and Zak Sally.
Creative Electric Studios now prepares to host Mudmaid authority Pattie Chalmers on her home turf -- a boat on the always important Mississippi River. Opens September 12th.
Creative Electric Studios is preparing a boat for the Mississippi. Upcoming: SS Infinite Regress, Pattie Chalmers (September 2009)
Wyatt Mcdill's latest film Four Boxes has been accepted to the SXSW music and film festival. Check for details and schedules at their website.
Electric Arc Radio is producing a musical production for this fall at the Ritz Theater in NE Minneapolis (September 20th and October 18th). Tickets here.
Must see show at the Soap Factory: Pay AttentionL GM08 (through October 26th). Curated by Christoper Pole and Patricia Healy McMeans (with advisory help from David Salmela from Creative Electric Studios and Yasmil Raymond from the Walker Art Center).
After a long hiatus, Creative Electric Studios changes venues and reappears on the Mississippi River during Art-A-Whirl® 2008. Safe House Boat, a house boat on the Rockway Docks behind the Sample Room in NE Minneapolis will display survivalist Dennis "Kiddie" Cramer's boat and posessions.
Creative Electric Studios featured in this month's GQ magazine. In other news, we are on hiatus hashing secret plans while we focus on the Electric Arc Radio Series which has been consuming all of us as we prepare to get shows ready for broadcast this January on Minnesota Public Radio's 89.3 The Current.
Creative Electric Studios chosen as best gallery of 2007 by City Pages staff. We gear up for Art-A-Whirl, as Electric Arc Radio prepares for its second New York City tour.
See "Urban Explorers" at the Walker Arts Center this Friday and Saturday (March 16th and 17th), with original score by David Salmela. Dates and times at the Walker website
The "Urban Explorers" film premiered at Cinequest film festival. Also played at the "Arctic Lights Film Festival" in Sweden.
" The lively soundtrack and haunting still photography and cinematography keep you watching until the end."
- Metro Magazine (San Jose)
Also, congrats to Chris Larson"Shotgun Shack" sells out at PULSE New York. Read a review here
I definitely did not expect to find a resident of the twin cities with such broad range. In my previous post I noted how I find it rare to see a multidisciplinary talent. Larson dabbles in multiple media formats-- photography, a shotgun-blasted gray guitar, and video. In no uncertain terms, Larson's installation was the best of Pulse New York 2007.
We took down "Shotgun Shack" on January 7th, but is being picked up by Chris Larson's Berlin dealer and will be showing in Bologna and Milan (with the live performance) this Spring.
Thanks to all of the great people at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for working together with us to promote Chris Larson's work. The shows were written up in the Star Tribune, Vita.MN, the City Pages, Saint Paul Pioneer Press, the Wake, etc, etc..
Also, Chris Larson named "Artist Of The Year" in the Dec 27th issue of City Pages.
Creative Electric in USA Today's "Get Hip To Minneapolis." Music writer David DeYoung highlights bands, bars and the arts in Minneapolis. After mentioning First Avenue, Tapes & Tapes, the 331 Club, the new Guthrie Theater and Walker Arts Center, he says "One of my favorite places to see art openings is a NorthEast gallery called "Creative Electric Studios."
Electric Arc Radio is pictured and profiled in this month's Metro Magazine.
Shotgun Shack (our current show) and Crush Collision (Minneapolis Institute of Arts) in the Saint Paul Pioneer Press.
Shotgun Shack in the City Pages
On November 11th, we present "Shotgun Shack" by Chris Larson. A limited edition DVD of the opening night performance of Shotgun Shack featuring collaborators Grant Hart and Britta Hallin should be available by Saturday, November 18th. Chris will simultaneously be showing "Crush Collision" at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, opening Thursday, November 16th.
Join us for brunch Saturday October 15th(11am-1pm) for a free brunch as we close Jeremy Ackerman's "Force Fields." Jeremy will be present.
The Electric Arc Radio Show just returned from a tour in Chicago and New York City. The next show is Saturday October 15th at 4pm.
The Electric Arc Radio series begins September 2nd. Tickets are available online
A current Rake Magazine story about the goings on of the gallery. There's also work in that Magazine by our friends, Andy Sturdevant (the comic) and Stephanie Ash (the writer).
Thanks to Pattie Chalmers for her excellent show `Vreggle Vrips`and to Steve Tenebrini who helped put together the "This Side Up" cardboard show. We are looking forward to Jeremy`s Ackerman`s show in the middle of September, and thankfully we'll be able to keep the cardboard show for another month (we'll have it in the back room). Here`s a link to info about radio show we`re doing at the Ritz Theater this fall.
Chuck Olson's piece about Negativland (filmed at Creative Electric) appears on Minesota Stories, Rocketboom, Boing Boing and others
Mark Hosler and David Salmela will be on Some Assembly Required at 2pm on Saturday May 6th. See website for list of stations.
Mark Hosler is on his way from North Carolina to consult with us on the build-up of the upcoming Negativland show. We should have some new Electric Arc Podcasts up next week (4/27/06). Keep checking & sorry about the delay..
Thanks to the 50 or so cartoonists who created the excellent Lutefisk Sushi Volume B show.
William Schaff is coming from Providence, Rhode Island for the opening here on February 18th. He will be arriving on tuesday the 14th. Please contact the gallery soon if you're interested in an interview or speaking engagement.
The Electric Arc radio series spring season begins Saturday, February 25th at 5pm.
Creative Electric Co-Founder David Salmela has been appointed to the Minneapolis Arts Commission.
We will perform the season finale of the "Electric Arc" radio series in the form of a beauty pageant friday december 16th, with a new season to begin in January and continue through the spring.
Also, big thanks to Tobin Sprout for the great show. We are currently planning another show for spring 2007.
For the past several months or so, Creative Electric and Lit 6 have been collaborating on a new radio show titled the "Electric Arc". That show will premiere in front of a live studio audience here on Saturday, November 5th from 4-5:30pm. No admission will be charged.
Thanks to Anna Lee and Mike Gunther and friends for their participation in the Minneapolis Fashion Weekend "Hats and Cocktails Party" last weekend.
Thanks to Tobin Sprout and his wife Laura for making the trip down from Michigan. The opener was excellent. We'll have some pictures up soon....
It was another great experience hosting Davy Rothbart, his FOUND entourage and show of original finds in the gallery, even if it was only for a day. We're looking forward to poring through a new pile of FOUND literature as well as Davy's new book, The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas....
Congrats to John Porcellino and Zak Sally's publishing company, La Mano on receiving an Ignatz award last week for La Mano's first release, "Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man". Also congrats to Zak and Ann who at the time of this posting are driving home from the hospital with their brand new baby boy...
A rare performance by White Map at the Recidivist opening
Our summer of little to no shows has nonetheless kept us quite busy planning the unveiling of Zak Sally's upcoming Publishing company (La Mano) and Release of his new book "Recidivist." His first book was released earlier this year and was recently reviewed in the villiage voice.
We're also planning shows with Tobin Sprout (october), Davy Rothbart (FOUND magazine) William Schaff and others......
The City Pages has chosen us as the best art gallery in the Twin Cities. Thanks to those folks and also to some other equally important people that work here and were not mentioned in the blurb: Jeremy Ackerman, Jenny Adams and Kurt Froehlich.
We are currently getting our bathroom in order. Art-A-Swirl: Art for and about the bathroom is scheduled to open May 13th.
Thanks to Lit 6 Performance group for two consecutive solid performances. They will be performing again at the gallery during "Art-A-Swirl: art for and about the bathroom" May 20-22. Reading will be Friday, May 20th, 7pm.
The Creative Electric Orchestra performs live film score for Phil Harder's multi-film projections in the Woman's Club Theatre for the opening party of the Minneapolis / Saint Paul International Film Festival (April 1)
Our current show, "Optical Hot Dish" featuring the rock art of Squad 19 is in this week's city pages. Thanks to TV Chakra and DJ Dave Wesley their seamless preformance at the opening.
Thanks to Wyatt and his show "Snowbird," and his support crew, including Meghan, DJ Virgil and all of the actors at the screenplay reading.
The Rogue Taxidermy article from the New York Times will be reprinted in the Star Tribune this Sunday, January 9th. M.A.R.T.'s official website.
Our Rogue Taxidermy show is on the front page of today's New York Times Arts Section (1/3/2005)
The MAXIM magazine article about MART just came out.... (January 2005 issue)
The FLASH boutique is, (as scheduled), once again, out of business. But we are not going out of business!
Our next show, Beautiful Mutants, opening friday December 10th features the work of DEVO frontman Mark Mothersbaugh, who recently finished the score for the new Wes Anderson film 'The Life Aquatic'
This year's FLASH boutique is going great so far.... We receive new shipments every day, most recently some clothing from foat design.
Currently gearing up for this year's FLASH boutique.... Oh, and the taxidermists would like to thank the person who left the frozen cat in the bloody Burger King bag on the porch...
Dave Barry of The Miami Herald on squirrel head refrigerator magnets as gifts.
In their January 2005 issue, Maxim men's magazine. will be doing a two page spread of the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermy show. The show will also appear in a French Magazine, a Flemish Magazine, a Dutch magazine and two UK magazines.....
After sending a letter to several members in the Taxidermy community asking for feedback, I received this from Bill Haynes, the Ethics Chairman and Vice President of the National Taxidermy Association's Board of Directors:
Sorry, David If you are looking for approval for this so called"art", I am afraid you have come to the wrong place. Displays of wounded,bleeding or mangled animals is not in any form,"art" The members of the NTA are truly professional taxidermists and as such can be called artists,and most, if not all, abhor your desplays[sic]. You can surely be called a Rogue taxidermist. Bill Haynes NTA Board of Directors Ethics Chairman Vice PresidentA great City Pages article by Molly Priesmeyer.
Thanks to some of the bloggers on the internets for the 60,000+ views a day we've been receiving lately
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Rogue Taxidermist Sarina in latest issue of UK's Bizzare magazine(November 2004 in UK, December 2004 in US). Magazine website.
Creative Electric welcomes the inaugural showing of the (odd and creepy and odd) Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists (MART).
The show was featured on MPR's State of the Arts on 10/22/04. Also look for a Star Trib Item on the same day. Anyway Here's a pic of the interview (Scott, Robert, Sarina being interviewed by Marianne Combs)
Creative Electric thanks Steven Stwalley, Shad Petosky and all the other Cartoonists Conspirators who helped make the Lutefisk Sushi show both fun and successful. Get one of those boxes from them if you still can.
We are currently printing shirts for the t-shirt show closing party. Images coming....
We're currently setting up Pattie Chalmer's show. Here's a behind the scenes look at some photos taken for the press release and website
(Karl Raschke, Photographer)
We are participating in NEMAA's First Thursdays gallery crawl this thursday, March 4th. FJ Phil Harder will spinning two projectors to show you some of his favorite short films.
We will have Coleen Mullins' photo exhibit 'Pictures of the Floating World' on display through saturday, March 6th.
Thanks to retail consultant/fashion designer Steven Hutton, the live mannequins, the cashiers and the builders and to all of the 30+ artists who contributed products for our Flash Boutique show, and helped make our one week department store such a great success.
We are currently preparing the gallery for the Salt of the Stars show, as well as our 'holiday show' to be discussed in further detail next month. We are seeking volunteers to help watch the gallery and do other miscellaneous creative projects. Please send an email if you're interested (designing, planning, building, painting, sign-maiking, etc..).
During the summer, we worked on several projects including a Hip Hopera (hip hop opera) which had several performance at the Burning Man festival.
We also created scores for two commercial trailers for the Central Standard film festival.
We have closed Animal Farm. Our next show is planned for late July/ early August. More details will be available later this month.
We had a great time hosting the Black Eyed Snakes before they embarked on their west-coast tour.
We are currently working on the new Walker Kong Record to be released in August. A pre-release party is tenatively scheduled for late July. Sign the mailing list to receive more info as it becomes available.
Creative Electric Studios
Minneapolis, MN 55418