Artcodex is a group of artists who all have their own individual practice but also enjoy collaborating on larger projects. At the core of our collective practice is an investigation of contemporary social, political and economic issues. The War Show, a series of exhibitions exploring the idea of antagonistic collaboration, invited artists to duel through their artwork, and was staged in several forms: as duels between pairs of artists in Tactics at Future Prospects in Manila, Philippines; as a group attack in Invasion at Art of This in Minneapolis, MN; and as a war of history in Archive at ABC No Rio in New York City. Themes we have addressed in our projects include Native vs. Non-Native, Gentrification, Homeland Security, and Boom Town Economics. In 2007, Artcodex was invited to Elsewhere in Greensboro, NC to participate in an experimental residency, and produced a short video, The Curse of Kudzu Mountain. We are planning a secret reconnaissance mission in Canada for the near future.
The collective members vary from project to project, but at its core, artcodex is composed of Vandana Jain, Mike Estabrook, Brian Higbee, Glen Eden Einbinder, Manny Migrino, Ernest Concepcion, and Veronika Sweet. For images and supporting texts on the projects listed above, please visit our website at www.artcodex.org.
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Art of This engages Twin Cities communities in participation and awareness of the arts by advocating for socially relevant, conceptual, and experimental art and performance by emerging and established artists working locally, nationally, and internationally. AOT programming strives to be an evolutionary catalyst for artists by granting them the freedom to advance their work by encouraging the development of new processes, concepts and mediums, as well as experimentation with traditional and non-traditional exhibition and performance methods. www.artofthis.net
Kevin Loecke is a Minneapolis based visual artist. He is concerned with the role that culture plays in strategies to actualize humanity and dignity in daily life. His work takes the form of public projects, installations, and individual paintings. He has co-organized many d.i.y. art shows at studio and gallery spaces in Minneapolis and New York City. In 2005 he co-founded Art of This Gallery in Minneapolis and was co-director of the gallery through 2006. He has exhibited at Intermedia Arts, The Belfry Center, and Art of This in Minneapolis, ABC No Rio and Java Studio in New York. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Seward Community Cafe. Kevin earned a BFA from the University of Kansas in 2000.
As a first-time curator of visual art, Troy Pieper has indulged in a process new to him. Before now the decisions were about what to include in an issue of Art Review and Preview, which he edited for some time. He works as a writer and editor, among other things, in Minneapolis.
Mirelle Zacharis is a Twin Cities native who has worked in and around the performing and visual arts for many years both in Minneapolis and in New York City. A graduate of the Perpich Center’s Arts High School, she also holds a B.A. in Religious and Cultural Studies from New School University. She is trained primarily in creative writing, social theory, and religious mythologies. In ’98 she was the creator, producer, and host of The Young Artists’ Forum, held at Intermedia Arts; a successful cabaret series made for and by emerging artists under 21 years old. Since then, she has participated in numerous public readings, art projects, and sociopolitical adventures. Mirelle holds the keys to the No Assumption gallery space and is the heir and occupant of the home. She returned to Minneapolis in ’08 after many years of living in NYC to help her disabled mother. Soon after her arrival her mother fell ill and passed away. Mirelle has since spent her time in Minneapolis experiencing firsthand the disabling effects of bureaucracy, loss, and rebirth, out of which the concept for No Assumption has arisen.
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