Art picks: Nicholas Harper solo

Updated 3/6/2013

The Rogue Buddha owner goes it alone. Plus: DWITT, Light Grey Art Lab.

“Guernica” by Nicholas Harper at Rogue Buddha
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FRIDAY

‘Past/Present/Future: Nicholas Harper Solo’

 

History helps gives us a sense of heritage, an understanding of the present and a glimpse into the future. With his latest solo show, Minneapolis painter and Rogue Buddha owner Nicholas Harper takes that concept to heart. The exhibit will largely consist of Harper’s work dating back 10 to 15 years, which at the time was heavily based in surrealism, cubism and abstraction. For the “present” segment, Harper will also show some of his most iconic, classically based, surrealist portraits. As for Harper’s future, expect a solo show introducing his new sculpture work — which draws a 3-D parallel to his cubist paintings of yore — later in 2013. (Free opening reception 7 p.m.-midnight Fri. Ends March 23. Rogue Buddha Gallery, 357 13th Av. NE., Mpls. 612-331-3889 or www.roguebuddha.com.)jahna peloquin

‘DWITT: The Next Round’

Twin Cities artist DWITT has become known for his prolific poster art, producing nearly 500 designs over the past decade. With his new Kickstarter-funded book, “Portraits Volume One,” the artist (real name: David Witt) turns his attention from gig posters to the art of the portrait. Resourcefully painted over discarded screen-printed paper, the portraits interact with the background imagery for added dimension and texture. The resulting works are alternately playful and haunting, full of Witt’s intricately detailed comic book stylings. The launch party for the book will include an exhibit of prints and original drawings, beer from Harriet Brewing, baked goods from Milf and Cookies and a live set from Ben Weaver. (Free opening reception 6-11 p.m. Fri. Ends April 30. Friedman Iverson Gallery, 2609 Aldrich Av. S., Mpls. www.friedmaniverson.com.)J.P.

Hot Party

There’s an art to throwing a great party — something the folks at Light Grey Art Lab know a thing or two about. They’re marking their first anniversary with a celebration of the art of the party, with larger-than-life confetti installations, miniature birthday cakes and delicate paper sculptures by up-and-coming local artists, all inspired by the excitement and suspense of “the moment before the party.” The opening reception will be a party in and of itself, with an oversized cake, confetti poppers, a photo booth and art giveaways. (Free opening reception 7-10 p.m. Fri. Ends March 15. Light Grey Art Lab, 118 E. 26th St., Mpls. www.lightgreyartlab.com.)J.P. 

SATURDAY

‘Outside the Frame’

Successful immigrants shed the past, adopt new languages and build lives on foreign turf. Having grown up in Yugoslavia, Vesna Krezich Kittelson now divides her life between Minneapolis and Croatia, an ancient country reborn after the breakup of her homeland. Her disrupted heritage heightens her sensitivity to the lives of immigrants whose portraits she paints in three dimensions, and to the mutable lives and languages she recalls in an installation and new collaged sculptures “Babel Tower” and “Twice Born.” (Free opening reception 6-8 p.m. Sat. Form + Content Gallery, 210 N. 2nd St., Mpls. Ends March 30. 612-436-1151 or www.form andcontent.org.) Mary Abbe