nick art awhirl 2014
ON DISPLAY: MAY 16 – JUNE 20, 2014
noah art awhirl 2014

The Gallery at Fox Tax and guest curator Nathaniel Smith are excited to present a group exhibition which explores ideas surrounding crowds of people, and masses used by artists in their work. Specifically timed during Art-a-Whirl, the largest open studio arts tour in the United States, the exhibition openly questions the positives and negatives associated with massive groupings of people, from the power found in numbers, to the loss of perspective when alone in a large group. Guest curator, artist and arts writer Nathaniel Smith, has chosen six local artists whom utilize groupings in their work, either of people, information, or repetitive process to highlight inherent beauty when the one becomes many, and the information lost when the individual artistic gesture (or person) is lost in the whole.


Opening reception will take place on May 16th from 5 pm to 9 pm., and through the duration of the Art-a-Whirl studio crawl (Saturday 17th from 12 to 5, and Sunday the 18th from 12 to 5. The exhibition runs through June 20th, 2014.

The Masses is a group exhibition featuring artwork focuses on artists who have who utilize grouping, collections and repetition in their work, including paintings by Nick Howard, drawings by Noah Harmon, Erik Baden, and collaborative work by Andy Ducett, Ric Stultz, and Michael Joseph Winslow.

Nick Howard’s ink and gouache paintings group a repeating cast of characters which represent parts of the society created by man. Says Howard, “I am fascinated with people, relationships and mass psychology. In particular, I am interested in how the mind works and how the feelings, thoughts, ideas, and perceptions we have create our world, both personally and collectively.”

Noah Harmon describes his highly idiosyncratic drawings as exploring themes which “include but are not limited to: Relaxing, Enjoyment, Creeps, Hotties, Champions, and Rock & Roll. The work is informed by the internet, television, and the supernatural.” Harmon’s recent “Congolomo” series takes all of his characters and combines them into densely packed, highly detailed groups, where one becomes the sum of a whole.

Erik Baden pencil and ink drawings are collections of mark making in massive gatherings, which ultimately resemble flocks of birds, clouds, or crowds. These works, from the series begun in 2007, is called “The Multitudes”. Says Baden, “This work is driven by the relationship between the individual making and it’s collected whole; a plurality and its summative singularity.” A graduate of Milwaukee Institute ofArt and Design, Baden now lives and works in the Twin Cities.

The crowded, collaborative works created by Andy Ducett, Ric Stultz and Michael Joseph Winslow fit tightly into a show based around ideas of massed objects. Coming from different backgrounds, (Ducett, an artist, Stultz, an artist/designer, and Winslow, a writer), the three created a series of works where each added whatever they deemed appropriate to each page, until it was full, and therefore, complete.


Nathaniel Smith is a Minneapolis-based visual artist, arts writer and arts exhibition organizer interested in contemporary art. He was the founder and Director of The FUTURE PRESENCE Gallery, which was awarded Best New Gallery (2011) as well as 3 of the 10 Best Art Exhibitions of 2012 honors by several publications in its one-year run. He is the online arts editor for LA-based art and design site Beautiful/Decay, a contributing columnist for l’étoile, and has also contributed, the Walker Art Center’s website, and Minneapolis Public Radio, amongst others.




On Display: Dec 14 – April 15, 2014

 The Gallery at Fox Tax and guest curator Jesse Draxler are excited to present a group exhibition examining the complex space between art and design. In our highly digitized and corporately curated world it can be difficult to identify the line where design stops and fine art begins, as well as determine whether the distinction even need be made.  Guest Curator, artist, and designer Jesse Draxler has chosen four local artists/designers to whom he feels aesthetically akin and inspired by to join him in highlighting the blurry realm between the two.  The resulting work creates alternate dimensions, suspended mass, impossible landscapes, and highlights SPACE ranging from the edge of the universe to the interiors of our psyche.


Opening reception will take place on December 14th from 6 pm to 9 pm.  For that one night, these designer/artists will not only have original art for sale, but also will be selling prints, shirts and other wares they have designed.


SPACE is a group exhibition featuring artwork by some of Minneapolis most talented designers/artists, including Jesse Draxler, Michael Cina, Eric Gorvin, Angelo Pennacchio and Eddie Perrote.


Michael Cina’s background is rooted in minimal and graphic communication and visual narratives. He explores many different ideas in his practice, thus the form and medium is varied. His interest is in traditional art and building upon those foundations in new ways.

Eric Gorvin has the ability to translate his style and approach across several different mediums from branding to typography, clothing to book making. Gorvin’s works are extremely polished and highly detailed with a strong influence of street art intertwined with the infinite and the human potential.

Angelo Pennacchio Vocalist for the band Umami, one of Totally Gross National Product’s recent signings describes his recent collages as “alien” and “impossible” landscapes.

Eddie Perrote’s works are full of vibrant, colorful, intricate images rooted in a graphic and line-based sensibility, Perrote’s works have a great experimental quality tied to printmaking and mixed media in an indulgent celebration of the imagination.


Jesse Draxler is a Minneapolis based artist and designer that uses a mixed-media fusion of found images, typography and designs. By finding source material from anything, Draxler is able to ‘remix’ fashion spreads as easily as referencing art movements, crafting new imagery with immediate accessibility. Draxler is included on the Walker Art Center / MNArists blog “Ten Artists to Watch in 2013″ list. He has contributed multiple times to The New York Times and was recently featured in “The Age Of Collage” published by Gestalten.                                             






On Display: Nov 2 – Dec 4, 2013
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10am to 4pm
The Gallery at Fox Tax is excited to announce a two person exhibition exposing the process behind the artist’s working proof.


Working Proof, a collaboration by husband and wife, Robyn Stoller Awend and Josh Awend features a new series of letterpress prints, installation and photographs.  During the printmaking process a working proof is taken by the artist to evaluate the current state of the print. This proof may serve to show an incomplete image or reflect the finished work. This exhibit is an example of the artists’ working proof, both conceptual and literal, as it relates to where these artists are in their individual works and where they come together.


Robyn Stoller Awend’s central work in this exhibit, Titled, is a self-portrait composed of 48 words surrounding identity. The installation invites the viewer to create personal definitions of these words and at the same time encourages them to find commonalities between the artist herself and viewer. This installation and other works in the exhibit portray Stoller Awend’s current state of identity through both individual words and word fragments.


Josh Awend’s photographs compliment these letterpress works by documenting the process with images and details of the machinery, materials and essence that produce the artistic outcome. Awend looks for images in the frame that capture the depth of space and scale. Large blocks of color focusing on a specific detail that catches the viewer’s eye and ground image.


This first time collaboration invites viewers to see what the working proof looks like from conception to framed image. The photographs allow a window into the process while the prints display a meaningful finished work, including a small gift from the artist. We hope you can join us November 2nd from 7 to 9pm.



 Ready Me




On Display: Oct 5 - Nov 4, 2013

After a quiet summer break, The Gallery at Fox Tax returns with a solo art exhibit by local artist Daniel Buettner.  Opening reception will be Oct 5th from 6 to 9 pm.  Buettner, a longstanding member of the Rosalux Gallery Cooperative, will use Fox Tax to show a mix of recent work that uses a combination of collage and paint to create surreal voids of ground in which small, detailed representational objects, chosen for aesthetic value, float on the canvas and invite a myriad of personal interpretations.

Dan’s recent work, although continuing his signature mix of painting and collage, tends to mirror what the artist sees as personal rather than artistic growth: his paintings–like his life–continue to become more realistic and detailed, yet simpler.  The focus has shifted from the composition and meaning to the act of the brushstrokes themselves.


Opposite of much collage work which suffers from being overly busy, Buettner uses collage to emphasize the depth and texture of negative space, covering the collaged material in layers of paint and subjugating them to a faint fading whisper in the background.  Even his figurative objects, bright and bold as they may be, seem to float in the painting in order to call attention to the void rather than beg attention for themselves.

All The Things

We hope you can join us for the opening on Oct 5th!




Existing Varieties

Art-A-Whirl Hours:
Open 11am – 5pm Saturday May 18 and Sunday May 19
On View May 17 – June 30

The Gallery at Fox Tax, in conjunction with guest curator Hannah Frick, is pleased to present Existing Varieties; a group exhibition of mini artworks. Over 30 local artists have created new work which is true to their own unique styles, but measures no more than 4″ x 4″.

With warmer weather finally upon us, come feast your eyes on a field of fresh work by both established and emerging Minnesota artists. Fox Tax is budding with many mini artworks. Dimensions are reduced, but there is no shortage of visual information to behold and take home with you if you so desire. Come experience an eclectic group of hot new art on an intimate scale.

Participating artists include: Jon Aller, John Alspach, Ashley Barlow, Zach Collins, Casey Deming, Linnea Doyle, Jesse Draxler, Rudy Fig, Zach Goulet, Nick Howard, Alex Kuno, Judy Labuszewski, Josie Lewis, Jon Maki, Corey McNalley, Shawn McNulty, Kate Pabst, Garrett Perry, Sarah Petterson, Haley Prochnow, Justin Sehorn, Shark, Krista Stout, Paul Stroot, Geoffrey Thomas, Adam Turman, Jeff Warner, Amanda Wellner, Laura Wennstrom, and more.