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‘Aftermath’ exhibit opens at the Grand

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt From the center of the 4 pillars Gallery, three of the “Aftermath” exhibit pieces can be viewed in part, including “Dismantled”, “Beneath the Burn” and “Sunday Lawn.” The four exhibit titled “The Spill” is located along the opposite wall.

NEW ULM — A virtual grand opening for the “Aftermath” art installation exhibit was has held Friday at the Grand Center for Arts and Culture.

The exhibit features the artwork of Minnesota State University Mankato students Nelly Jasinski, Ben Liebl, Emily Rhoda and Eli Schimming, in the Grand’s 4 Pillars Gallery.

The exhibit was named “Aftermath” because all four installation pieces represent the aftermath of some event.

The virtual open house can be viewed on the Grand’s Facebook page. In the virtual tour, two of the artists; Nelly Jasinski and Emily Rhoda were available to explain their installation pieces.

Jasinski’s piece was titled “Spilling” and it represents the aftermath of paint spilling. Jasinski said she wanted to create a fun and whimsical aftermath, as opposed to the destructive side. Spilled paint is usually something people don’t observe but instead cleaned up right away. Her installation features overturned paint cans spill across rigid surfaces and everyday household objects.

Rhoda’s installation piece is called “Sunday Lawn” and replicates the look of a mowed lawn using yarn in a three-dimensional space. Rhoda said the installation was an ode to her father.

She said her father takes great pride in mowing the lawn and she always appreciated that aspect of his character.

Other pieces in the exhibit include Liebl’s “Dismantled,” which uses old and repurposed wood to show the connection between trees and wood products. With twine, he hung old wooden doors, drawers and scrap wood from the walls and ceiling of the gallery space.

Schmming’s piece is called “Beneath the Burn” and is a wooden arch structure with burnt electrical features that are designed to resemble the aftermath of a fire.

The exhibit opens to the public on Saturday, April 10, and will run through Friday, May 7.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. All COVID precautions are followed.

The virtual grand opening will remain open for viewing on the Grand’s Facebook page.

For more information, call The Grand at 507-359-9222 or send an email to grand@thegrandnewulm.com.

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