Hidden in Plain View

A Touring Exhibit

July 9 through August 30, 2013 – Pierre Bottineau Library,  55 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis & Washburn Library, 5244 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis

September-October 2013 – Minneapolis Central Library – Cargill Hall, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

View images from the gallery opening event.

November-December 2013 – Oakdale Library & Park Grove Library, 7900 Hemingway Ave S, Cottage Grove

January-February 2014 – RH Stafford Library, 8595 Central Park Place, Woodbury

March-April 2014 – Chanhassen Library, 7711 Kerber Blvd, Chanhassen

May-June 2014 – Hardwood Creek Library, 19955 Forest Rd N, Forest Lake & Wildwood Library, 763 Stillwater Rd

 

Photographs by Amy Anderson, Michael Dvorak, Peter Latner, and Tom Wik.
The ability to see that which is often overlooked is what an artist of any type, but particularly a skilled photographer, brings to our consciousness. Amidst the deluge of images that confront us every day, how many of them cause us to pause, enter into a new space and make us confront our own assumptions and stereotypes? The photographers selected for this exhibit have captured the beauty, humor and poignancy of our everyday lives here in the Midwest. Through their art, they encourage us to look at our surroundings from a new, intimate perspective. This is home; hidden in plain view.

Amy Anderson

Who are those teenagers? How do you live in the world? What are the stories that
houses contain?
Where are places of significance?

The high school students with whom Amy Anderson collaborates are full participants in their self-fashioning.
In choosing how and where to be photographed, these youth exert a palpable self-confidence that they might sorely lack in other situations. Pictured alone or with friends, these teens appear anything but angst-ridden and disconnected. All different, they—the pictured and the pictures—are beautiful.

They have no use for electricity. They do not shop at the local mall. They choose to live separately. But Michael Dvorak does not picture the Schwartzentruber Amish, a close-knit community living in southeastern Minnesota, as “other” or “alien.” Neither do his black-and-white photographs romanticize their existence. The children and adults labor; they milk cows, fish, cook and wash the dishes. They are individuals; they are families;
they are like us.

Something is going on behind those bushes. Be they perfectly symmetrical
or unabashedly wild, the trees and shrubbery stand like sentinels,
guarding the secrets of the houses
that they obscure. Tom Wik’s color photographs are a type of intimate portraiture.  Comedic and slightly absurd, they provide insights into personalities of houses that are both real and imagined.
A dusty road,open plains, an abandoned parking lot and a street corner—these are all places where Peter Latner finds the poetic and prosaic. His black and white photographs seem to show us what we might already know. Haven’t you seen a plowed field or an old cemetery before? But what if those spaces are signs of some other past that bears remembering? Whose history is this? How do we know what matters?
Amy Anderson is an award-winning portrait photographer striving to create truly respectful images of people in the Twin Cities and around the world.  Her project “At Risk, With Promise” has been featured in solo and group shows nationwide.

Michael Dvorak is an award-winning photographer based in Minneapolis. 
He focuses on social documentary, found portraiture and freelance editorial projects. Assignments have taken him across the country and around the world.

Tom Wik, a Minneapolis photographer, has spent much of his photographic career recording his native city’s neighborhoods. The recipient of a McKnight Fellowship and Artist Initiative Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board. He also works as a building contractor.

Peter Latner is a Minneapolis-based photographer with a longstanding interest in the American landscape.  His pictures are in a number of museum and private collections, and he is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the McKnight and Jerome Foundations, and the Minnesota State Arts Board.