April 25 – July 15, 2023
Joan Mondale & Community Galleries
Artist reception: Tuesday, June 6, 5:30 – 7 pm

Featuring work by Rachel Breen, Brooks Harris Stevens, Lisa Kokin, Amy Meissner, Mark Newport, Celia Pym, Catherine Reinhart, Winnie van der Rijn, and The Collective Mending Sessions

The metaphors of mending have been endlessly mined and continue to influence the ideas of generations of makers and artists. We are thrilled to present the work of these contemporary artists who explore the theme of mending as the conceptual and technical basis for their artistic practices. Materials are mined for reuse and repurposed; materials are dismantled and objectified; holes are both accidental and intentional, some left, some repaired; cloth acts like skin, to be cut or torn; stitches act to heal; scars remain; power is questioned; things are (re)made to live another day, often to serve another purpose. Join us to celebrate the work of these artists who inspired a spring and summer full of programming!

(Header image: Detail from The Agony of Letting Go by Brooks Harris Stevens; Detail from Sleeve 2 by Mark Newport)
"Please Rate Your Experience" by Lisa Kokin
This exhibition is a part of our Mining Mending: Rethink, Reuse, Revive program — a series of exhibitions and events celebrating the powerful world of mending!
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Creative Support for Organizations grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Exhibitions are supported in part by funds from the Joan Mondale Gallery Endowment.