Art = Food: Rachel Breen’s ‘Abundance’

August 30, 2010 - January 15, 2011 Café Muse, ArtView Exhibition

Rachel Breen’s Abundance is a new site-specific charcoal drawing appearing on the west wall of Café Muse. Her black paper stencils used to make the wall art work are displayed in the café windows.

Breen’s artwork inaugurates a new site-specific series for Café Muse called Art = Food. Plains Art Museum will commission regional artists to create a unique wall-based art work for the west wall of the cafe. While Museum visitors make food selections at the serving line, they can take in works of art made just for this space. Good food sustains our physical bodies. Good art feeds our minds, spirits, and imaginations. Enjoy both together in Art = Food.

The artist’s images are made by using paper stencils. A cloth bag filled with charcoal dust is pressed against the stencil, pushing the charcoal through the stencil holes to make a pattern on the wall. Breen creates the stencils by running paper through an unthreaded sewing machine. Her beautiful and delicate drawings integrate abstract patterns with subtle images of railroad tracks, wheat, cornucopias, the Red River, and landscape forms.

Breen comments that she thinks it is important for us to remember that we live in a place of abundance that helps to sustain us, even in this time of economic recession. She thought this idea would be especially fitting to remember as we enjoy meals in the café.

Rachel Breen lives in Minneapolis and teaches at Anoka Ramsey Community College in Anoka, Minnesota.

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    The exhibition is featured as part of Plains Art Museum’s signature ArtView program, which enables local and regional artists to exhibit their work in the Museum’s additional gallery spaces. ArtView exhibitions are supported by a grant from The FUNd at the Plains Art Museum Foundation.

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