"Another Fine Mess" drawings and installations by Russ White opens for one weekend only, Friday, June 7 - Sunday, June 9, at Squirrel Haus Arts in Minneapolis.
The show is a celebration of his work this past year, shaped by social issues and today's human concerns, particularly the American criminal justice system.
The time and care that is apparent in each of Russ White's tangled pencil drawings is humanizing, while also illuminating the dehumanizing constructs of society. The human story in White's drawings sheds light on the dichotomy of the unforgiving industrialized world created by people and we, who then try to thrive and survive in it. "What are these problems doing to us on a daily basis?" White asks. "What does it mean to wake up and read bad news, every single day?"
White was the recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and "Another Fine Mess" is the culmination of his art, social justice concerns and the community partnerships he has developed. The opening reception, on Friday night from 5-10pm, honors this work along with the work of local criminal justice partners including the "We are All Criminals," story telling project and "All Square" sandwiches plus local brews from Surly Beer.
The Schedule: Friday June 7, Opening reception 5-10 pm,
Squirrel Haus Gallery hours: June 8, 12-5pm
Artist talk: June 9, 1-4pm
Squirrel Haus Arts is located at 3450 Snelling Ave S. in Minneapolis in the Longfellow neighborhood, between Hiawatha and Minnehaha Aves.