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Alyssa Baguss / Leave of Absence

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Exhibition Runs: November 13 - December 31, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS - The Burnet Gallery is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition in the gallery of new drawings by Alyssa Baguss. In this current work, Baguss examines what she calls “digital wanderlust”. The strong compulsion to travel and explore combined with today’s propensity to experience the world (known and unknown) through the internet. She describes this new medium as “virtual navigation” by which we exchange “an actual experience for an abstraction of experience” and in turn “form new habits and behavior about the natural world”.

In “Leave of Absence”, Baguss documents this new way of “travel” through drawing. She “constructs an experience that begins in the home and spans billions of miles”. “Using serene imagery from distant seeing machines I delicately articulate foreign landscapes with everyday construction and household materials. Plumb line chalk renders powdery craters from above, carbon paper records moments on the surface and carefully rendered postcards capture memorable encounters along the way. Leave of Absence is a symptom of wanderlust and a documentation of my travels.”

Alyssa Baguss’s (http://www.alyssabaguss.com) practice explores mediated natural environments through drawing processes. She is a visual artist and arts program director, who works out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Alyssa is a 2015 recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and her work has been exhibited in the Twin Cities and regionally, including Burnet Gallery, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Rosalux Gallery and Augsburg College Christensen Center Art Gallery.

Baguss has worked as a teaching artist and artist in residence with the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis Public School system’s Art for Academic Achievement residency programs, and with various art organizations in the Twin Cities including the Walker Art Center, Weisman Art Museum and the Rochester Art Center.

Alyssa Baguss is a fiscal year 2015 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Burnet Gallery is a commercial gallery showcasing works by a wide array of international, national and local contemporary artists. The gallery is located in Le Meridien Chambers Minneapolis, an award-winning art hotel in downtown Minneapolis.

Considered one of the top boutique art hotels in the world, Le Meridien Chambers Minneapolis features more than 250 pieces of original contemporary art throughout the public areas as well as the hotel’s 60 guest rooms. Located at 901 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, Minn., it offers a unique combination of art, culinary, design and true boutique hotel experience.