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Archive for October 2010


Robert Carolina’s Daybooks, A Collection of Curiosity

David Coggins is a Minneapolis artist, writer, and set designer. Last weekend I attended an art opening at his very hip studio in Northeast Minneapolis.  I could have spent the evening exploring his space but we were there for the featured work of artist Robert Carolina and his recently published Daybooks.

Created over a ten-year period (2000-2009), Robert Carolina’s eight Daybooks total 1,700 pages and contain 1,000 collages.I felt a kindred spirit with this artist, a fellow storyteller using found objects, text and imagery.  They were humorous, sad, thought provoking and above all they kept me wanting more.  The entire event was magically staged in a setting reminiscent of Paris.  Catered by Grand Bakery, every bite was as interesting and tasteful as the art.

David Coggins Studio in the Grainbelt Brewery

A Better Radish (page from The Green Daybook, 8 x 6)

Daybooks Boxed Set

Available individually and as a boxed set. The Daybooks were edited by David Coggins and are available through Cobalt Press.  To see more examples of either artists work visit Cobalt Press.

David Coggins set design --The Deception by Pierre Marivau 2007 Coproduction Theatre de la Jeune Lune and La Jolla Playhouse

Brilliant Storytelling

The Anthropologist is one of those emails that I can hardly wait to open.  It is always interesting, entertaining, thought provoking and usually introduces me to something I haven’t already seen in a multitude of places.  In other words it is original.  At the same time it frustrates me because this is how I envisioned the content on my blog.  My goal is to introduce you to the stories of artists that I meet.  I realize I need to give myself some credit given they have the support of a corporate sponsor, Anthropologie and probably do this as their full time job!  Still, when I see something great I want to share it.

Enjoy the story of true craft.  PE Geurin is the nations oldest decorative hardware company.  Artisans craft intricate metalwork just as they did when the company was first founded in 1857.

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Series 11, Creative Space: Champagne Toast

Gregg’s equipment arrived this week.  We are close to having phase one complete with a functioning shop, heat and a working bathroom! It was a perfect Fall day to have friends out for grilling burgers, a champagne toast and s’mores to complete the spectacular day.

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