Art: Altered Esthetics' 'Hug It Out'

Updated 2/5/2014

Plus: "House Party" at Soo & more.

Detail of Eric Syvertson’s “Untitled,” oil, 2013.


Ae Without Walls: ‘Hug It Out’

For the first installment of its 10th-anniversary pop-up exhibit series “Ae Without Walls,” Altered Esthetics gallery is embracing warm and cozy art objects at Republic Seven Corners. The cuddly creations include textile wall pieces cut into the shape of animal pelts by Janet Groenert, and the debut of Interlachen Wool Outerwear, a new line of screen-printed wool outerwear by Danielle Everine in collaboration with her interior-designer husband David Heisserer. The line, which Everine says is inspired by their “love of cold weather, adventure, wool and all things do-it-yourself,” will be on display in addition to some of the designer’s past work. (Opening reception 6-10 p.m. Thu. Free. Exhibit ends Feb. 27. Republic, 221 Cedar Av. S., Mpls. Jahna Peloquin




‘House Party: New Paintings by Eric Syvertson’

At first glance, North Dakota oil workers and college partiers couldn’t have less in common. But Big Oil finds kinship with the frat house in “House Party,” a new solo show from artist and MCAD MFA candidate Eric Syvertson. The artist’s slick oil paintings consist of candid snapshots of young men gathered around a keg and lawns littered with plastic cups — imagery culled from still shots of anonymous YouTube videos. Beautifully rendered in Syvertson’s oversaturated, hyperrealistic style and rife with dual meanings, the work is equal parts style and substance. (Free opening reception 6-9 p.m. Sat. Ends March 22. Soo Visual Arts Center, 2638 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. 612-871-2263. J.P.









‘Reflections on a Siberian Exile’

Arrested in 1949 for who knows what offense against Stalin’s rule, artist Eva Levina-Rozengolts (1898-1975) was exiled to Siberia. Only after her release in 1956 did she resume making art, turning out pastel and ink drawings recounting her lost years. She was one of the few artists who recorded what life was like among the villages and marshes in the remote settlements on the Yenisei River deep in Siberia’s remote Krasnoyarsk region. The drawings inspired a new generation of Russian dissidents who had otherwise forgotten her. Forty-five of her brooding, Rembrandtesque images are featured in her first Minneapolis exhibition. (Opens Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-next Fri. Ends June 22. $8. The Museum of Russian Art, 5500 Stevens Av. S., Mpls. 612-821-9045 or Mary Abbe