The gallery is located at 173 Western Avenue North in Saint Paul on the corner of Western and Selby avenues. Google map
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12 – 6 p.m.
12 – 8 p.m.
12 – 4 p.m.
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Not like fire
Nothing racing to take
or possessions or
No, our love
This poem, which is etched in the sidewalk next to the College of Visual Arts on the corner of Western and Selby, is one of several fulcrums for Charles Matson Lume’s Portals on Western installations. Another, is the sunlight and its relationship to the Portal spaces. These elements, among others, give the installations a kind of gravity and levity. Specifically, the portal installations are shaped daily, imperceptibly, by the sunlight’s changing trajectory as it slowly makes it long journey toward the summer solstice. Perhaps even the moonlight will also mark its passages in the installations.
Light, as always, is the principal component of Charles Matson Lume’s Portal on Western installations. Using materials that seem like “nothing” from our disposable culture, these installations underscore our relationships to light and some of its metaphoric manifestations. Like love, sometimes light is all around us, even if we see “nothing”.
Charles Matson Lume has a tandem exhibition in the CVA Gallery. His installations work with light and everyday materials, while playing on the idea of public and private installation spaces. Lume has been exhibited all over the country and in galleries in Ireland and Norway. He teaches art at University of Wisconsin-Stout and was a 2002-03 Jerome Foundation Fellow.
Thursday, January 20, 6 – 8 p.m.
Moderated by Diane Mullin, Curator, Weisman Art Museum
Thursday, January 27, 6:00 p.m.
Portals on Western is a new public art exhibition space located in the windows and storefront of CVA's Gallery Building. This exhibition series presents two annual installations by Minnesota artists.