ICYMI: A Giant Mural of Minneapolis Music Icon Prince!

ICYMI: A Giant Mural of Minneapolis Music Icon Prince!

The 100-foot-tall work by Miami artist Hiero Veiga was officially unveiled!

While the Interstate 35 bridge and several downtown buildings let their purple lights shine, Prince’s sisters Tyka and Norrine Nelson spoke to a large crowd gathered by the mural.

Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

“This street and this city mean so much to us,” Tyka Nelson told the crowd. “You showed up, and you showed out.”

Before the speeches, DJ Mickey Breeze, 20, spun Prince tunes, and people partied to live music by Dr. Mambo’s Combo, a veteran Twin Cities funk band with which Prince would occasionally sit in at Bunker’s Bar in the North Loop.

Awash in purple with hints of pink and gold, the mural features in the lower right corner Prince with a prominent Afro, an image based on a 1977 Robert Whitman photograph taken before the singer signed with Warner Bros.

“I wanted a narrative,” Veiga said. “And I wanted to have the symbol but not so obvious.”

Other speakers included Twin Cities arts consultant Joan Vorderbruggen and marketing executive Sharon Smith-Akinsanya,who worked for Prince in the 1990s. She began a campaign for the mural with his blessings in 2015, the year a Bob Dylan mural went up on a private building at Hennepin Avenue and 5th Street in downtown Minneapolis. The Prince mural was also privately financed.

 By Jon Bream, Star Tribune

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Rock Johnsen Ceramics · Artist  – Minneapolis, MN

Rock Johnsen Ceramics · Artist  – Minneapolis, MN

Photo credit @jade.patrick

Rock Johnsen: The work I create explores duality.  Being a person of mixed race this is an idea that i have been perpetually confronted with.  In my work I’m looking to find a balance between two concepts or idea.  I use human anatomy and creatures to examine ideas of comfort with functional items.

I also create work that explore the links between chemistry and geology in ceramic glaze. I grow crystals on the surfaces of ceramics I enhance these crystals with rare earth elements to expand the way these ceramics interact with light.

Rock Johnsen

“Functional Handmade Ceramics, and Paintings.”

Find my work on-line and at these Minneapolis locations:

 

Artist’s New Nisswa Mural Evokes Nostalgia for Minnesota Summer Days of Youth!

Artist’s New Nisswa Mural Evokes Nostalgia for Minnesota Summer Days of Youth!

Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
Artists Samantha French and her partner Aaron Hauck create a wall-sized mural near Big Axe Brewing Co. and StoneHouse Coffee & Roastery. French’s brother Chris owns the brewery and her parents own the coffee shop in Nisswa.

Grand Forks Herald: A new face is in town and it’s one that probably will get some second looks in Nisswa, Minn.

New York-based artists Samantha French and Aaron Hauck, her longtime partner, recently completed a wall-sized mural near Big Axe Brewing Co. and StoneHouse Coffee & Roastery in the central Minnesota town.

“I really like to create things and make work, and just the act of painting and drying I’m really interested in,” French said in a phone interview Sunday, July 25.

The final touches are completed on a mural by artist Samantha French and her partner Aaron Hauck as seen from the Big Axe Brewing Co. patio Thursday, July 22, 2021, in Nisswa.

French and Hauck finished painting the mural Friday, July 23, on a building her father owns, in the courtyard seating area of the brewery, working nine 12- to 14-hour days. The image is of a woman just submerged underwater, letting out bubbles of air from her mouth.

“That is representative of the work I do in my studio practice. I usually work oil on oil on canvas for the smaller works, so it’s the same sort of imagery that I do in my own practice,” French said.

 

Artist Samantha French paints from a scaffolding while working on her mural Thursday, July 22, 2021, in Nisswa. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
Artist Samantha French paints from a scaffolding while working on her mural Thursday, July 22, 2021, in Nisswa. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

French’s current body of work explores the idea of “escape, the tranquility and nostalgia for the lazy summer days of her childhood.” The series is inspired by the 38-year-old’s own reflections and memories of her childhood summers spent in the lakes of northern Minnesota.

“We have done murals on the East Coast. … And my dad had this building he purchased recently, and it was his 70th birthday last weekend,” she said. “He saw the wall and asked us if we’d like to do it … and the opportunity to do one in Nisswa is one we couldn’t pass up.”

French and Hauck graduated from Brainerd High School. French’s parents, Michael and Julie, opened StoneHouse Coffee & Roastery her senior year in 2001. She said she worked at the Nisswa coffee shop during her summer breaks from Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

 

The final touches are being completed on a mural by artist Samantha French and her partner Aaron Hauck as seen from the Big Axe Brewing Co. patio Thursday, July 22, 2021, in Nisswa. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
The final touches are being completed on a mural by artist Samantha French and her partner Aaron Hauck as seen from the Big Axe Brewing Co. patio Thursday, July 22, 2021, in Nisswa. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch


French grew up in Nisswa while Hauck grew up in Brainerd. They lived in New York City for more than a decade after graduating from high school but later relocated 80 miles north for more space and found an artistic enclave and hiking trails in the Hudson Valley.

“We usually do our murals in the fall when the weather is a little more temperate,” French said with a chuckle about the daytime highs in the Brainerd lakes area near 90 degrees.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency also issued an air quality alert last week for northern, central and southeast Minnesota for most of the state, so that made working on the 11-by-25-foot mural challenging, too.

Time was also a factor in attempting to complete the mural before they drove Sunday back to New York. French keeps a studio in Brooklyn, N.Y., and she said working on the Nisswa mural outside — getting to interact with people on the street — was really nice.

 

The final touches are being completed on a mural by artist Samantha French and her partner Aaron Hauck as seen from the Big Axe Brewing Co. patio Thursday, July 22, 2021, in Nisswa. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
The final touches are being completed on a mural by artist Samantha French and her partner Aaron Hauck as seen from the Big Axe Brewing Co. patio Thursday, July 22, 2021, in Nisswa. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

“We haven’t been back (to Minnesota) for a couple of years because of COVID, and so we wanted to spend more time with family and friends (but) we weren’t able to see or visit with as many people. And I know that was kind of difficult,” said French, a full-time painter.

French actively exhibits her paintings and is included in many private and public collections throughout the country while her work has “garnered extensive international and national press,” according to her online biography at her website samanthafrench.com.

“Murals are so accessible to everybody — people who aren’t going to be going to a gallery or a museum — and so it’s just really cool to have it out there and have people experience it, you know, talking with people on the street,” French said.

 

Pitchfork: The Black Keys Detail Blues Covers Album, Share “Crawling Kingsnake”: Listen

Pitchfork: The Black Keys Detail Blues Covers Album, Share “Crawling Kingsnake”: Listen

The duo’s Delta Kream features covers of John Lee Hooker, Fred McDowell, Robert Lee Burnside, and more
The Black Keys have detailed their album of Mississippi hill country blues standards: Delta Kream is out May 14 via Nonesuch. The record opens with the duo’s version of “Crawling Kingsnake,” a song credited to Big Joe Williams and popularized by John Lee Hooker and producer Bernard Besman.
Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney

The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, photo by Joshua Black Wilkins

Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney recorded their “Let’s Rock” follow-up at Auerbach’s Nashville studio, Easy Eye Sound. The duo made Delta Kream with musicians Kenny Brown and Eric Deaton. “It was a very inspiring session with Pat and me along with Kenny Brown and Eric Deaton in a circle, playing these songs,” Auerbach remarked in a press release. “It felt so natural.”

Carney added, “The session was planned only days in advance and nothing was rehearsed. We recorded the entire album in about 10 hours, over two afternoons, at the end of the ‘Let’s Rock’ tour.”

Read Pitchfork’s Sunday Review of John Lee Hooker’s It Serve You Right to Suffer.

The Black Keys: Delta Kream

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