Friday, August 25, 2017

Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts 2017

Wayfinding, Mixed Media Mosaic, Patty Carmody Smith

It’s that time of year again: The Minnesota State Fair returns in all its excessively mundane aspects. Last Tuesday evening I went to the Fine Arts Preview, and it was, with a few exceptions, a decidedly underwhelming experience. I'm a sucker for bright, shiny, colorful objects and the 3-D mosaic above (picture is sideways to better fit the blog format) filled the bill on all accounts. Indeed, it seems as if sculpture is always the strongest category, with plenty of whimsy and craftsmanship to wow the crowds:

Not everybody was wowed.

Kyle L. Fokken’s Jack in the Bucket was even more startling:

While Beth Thompson’s hyper-realistic A Summer’s Nap seemed to be the crowd favorite:

And I even met Genie Castro, the printmaking juror, who was as vibrant as her featured work:

Overall, I’d say that the Fine Arts Exhibit has seemed to have lost its luster, with mostly derivative works. Several artists repeated what they had done in previous years. So, in that spirit (dispirit?) I decided to join the crowd, here’s an updated version of a image I posted last year:

Much more from the fair on Monday!

Check out my other Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts reviews.

By Professor Batty


Blogger Jono said...

I hear they have deep fried avocado this year.

Blogger Professor Batty said...

Well the ultimate would be deep-fried fat, oh, wait! They already have that: deep-fried cheese curds!

Anonymous Nicole said...

I'd say the highlight of the show was bumping into my favorite blogger ;) the art was a snooze fest, I was more disappointed than normal.

Blogger Professor Batty said...

Did Genie show you the composite I did of her?

Blogger Shoshanah Marohn said...

Genie Castro's dress matches her painting!

Anonymous Nicole said...

I totally forgot to mention that!! She showed me on Friday when I got to the booth to work!!! She was so excited... You're just the best :)

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