Art Hounds describes when art forms collide and complement each other


Miles Taylor of Wood Lake, Minn. is a burlesque DJ and visual artist with a particular interest in glitch art. He admires the innovative work of Autumn Cavender, an artist and midwife from Dakota. Her art finds a common thread in digital media and traditional Dakota quills and hide processing.

Autumn Cavender’s work is of the digital form of the sounds of her son’s birth.

Courtesy of Autumn Cavender

A year ago, she recorded the sounds of the birth of her second son. Cavender transformed these sounds into a digital image that Taylor says bears striking similarities to his quills. “Wowicakekage: Dakota Art Encoded” is currently at KK Birge Gallery until May 7, then it will travel through the summer. The exhibit will be held at the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council in Marshall from May 12 through June 17, then will spend August at the Crossing Arts Alliance Gallery in Brainerd.

Adam Wiltgen, residency coordinator and director of development at the Anderson Center in Tower View, appreciates the ongoing collaboration between artists and poets in Minnesota through nearby Red Wing Arts. This year is the 21st annual Poet Artist Jury Collaboration, which asks artists to illustrate selected original poems. The result, Wiltgen said, pushes visual artists out of their comfort zone to create something new.

Wiltgen recommends visitors check out Jacob Yeates’ visual response to Casey Patrick’s poem “Medusa,” where the hyperrealistic image shifts and morphs; and Cole Redhorse Jacobson’s “provocative work” in response to Gwen Westerman’s poem about the importance of the Mississippi River to our wildlife and our collective well-being.

The art of the poem

Jacob Yeates illustrates a poem by Casey Patrick.

Courtesy of Red Wing Arts

The exhibit is on view at Red Wing Arts through May 15, with poetry readings on Thursday evenings through that date. Red Wing Arts has created a chapbook of this year’s collaborations. A reception for participating poets and visual artists will be held Friday beginning at 6 p.m. at the St. James Hotel in downtown Red Wing and is open to the public.

Amy Garretson of the Rochester Arts Center has her tickets to the Mid West Music Fest in Winona on Friday and Saturday. The two-day event features a full lineup of local artists performing indie rock, synth pop, classic folk and more on multiple outdoor and indoor stages.

Garretson said it was a great opportunity to experience the city’s bars, cafes and other venues from the Mississippi River on a spring weekend. She can’t wait to catch headliners Polica, Haley and Bad Bad Hats. Proof of full vaccination or a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the start of the event is required.

Garretson offers a tip: VIP tickets to this Midwestern music festival also include admission to a partner event in LaCrosse, Wis., in September.

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