Minneapolis Indie Xpo at the Soap Factory

Nothing worse than a sweaty runner attending a comic book expo, but there I was at the Soap Factory at the Minneapolis Indie Expo, half-way through my run, trying not to drip on the artwork. And of course I had no pockets to gather cards and samples, let alone buy anything.

Spoke briefly with my friends Zak Sally and Tyler Page, great work.

Ran into designer/illustrator Sam Anderson again, keep bumping into that guy.

Saw a few former students: Evan Palmer, Will Dinski, Eric Schultz, among  others (missed Ed Moorman and Brent Schoonover somehow, as well as fellow instructor Tom Kaczynski).

A couple of new favorites are Sam Hiti and his apprentice JP Beaty. Sam's work has that Alex Toth element I love so much, big chunky blacks, and JP's work exhibits a unique interpretation of naive/raw art, really smart for such a young artist.

Aldo Moroni's Fragilearth destroyed!

I attended Aldo Moroni's destruction performance of his piece, Fragilearth at MCAD's gallery, recovered a couple of artifacts from the demolition. I had mentioned to Aldo that I was hoping for a smidgeon of a house for my desk, not realizing that giving out parts of the sculpture was part of the plan (or maybe he decided to make it a part of the plan?)

Before the destruction, we were allowed to pick out the sculpted structures that we wanted to have. They were removed from the piece to preserve them. I was actually hoping for a scramble at the end, finding little broken pieces.

After the performance, we were allowed to pick up any additional pieces that were scattered around the floor. So in the end, I got some nice unbroken pieces as well as a couple of chunks that I picked up off the floor. Thanks Aldo! thrilled to witness the performance.

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