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Closing of Brandon LaPlante: Bridging the Great Divide Exhibit at the Rourke

March 19 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

“LaPlante’s Bridging the Great Divide opens at the Rourke”

The Rourke Art Gallery Museum is pleased to announce Bridging the Great Divide, an exhibition of sculptural tables by Fargo artist Brandon LaPlante.  The member’s preview of the exhibit is on Friday 24 February from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and is open to members of the Rourke.  The public opening of the exhibition is on Sunday 26 February from 1:30 to 4 p.m. with a gallery talk by LaPlante at 2 p.m.  The last day to view Bridging the Great Divide is Sunday 19 March.

LaPlante’s Artist Statement

Growing up in rural Minnesota, surrounded by the need to be resourceful, directly influenced the broader narrative of my work.  The process of taking unwanted materials and turning them into something new in form, function, and beauty taught me the true value of owning the product of your labor.  Our throwaway culture works fiendishly to devalue the worth found in the resourcefulness of self sufficiency by enticing us with convenience.  Out of necessity I began making things out of the “trash” of others; over time it has become my way of combatting the destructive practices of mindless consumerism.

When you take what was a strictly functional answer to necessity and apply it to the broader artistic mindset, new possibilities open up to you.  This series is a playful exploration of how my manipulation of the materials at my disposal is similar to the dynamic of how we become who we are through the evolution of what we were given to work with.

February Exhibitions at the Rourke

Moving Metal: Father and Son Kinetic Sculptors :

Jeffrey Zachmann & Carl Zachmann (closing 19 February)

The Rourke is for {art} Lovers (3 February – 26 February)

James VerDoorn : Encounters (17 February – 26 March)

LaPlante : Bridging the Great Divide (24 February – 19 March)

Cameron Seibold : Play (24 February – 19 March)

James VerDoorn : Early Work (ongoing)

Pop Art (ongoing)

Old and New Masters of the Midwest (ongoing)

Gordon Mortensen : Reduction Woodcuts (ongoing)


March 19
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Rourke Art Museum


Rourke Art Museum
521 Main Ave
Moorhead, MN 56560 United States
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