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MN Original | Assemblage Artist Jan Elftmann

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Learn how Jan Elftmann’s penchant for collecting objects shines through in all of her work. She makes art approachable for the every day person in her playful assemblage work and eye-catching art cars.

Elftmann helped found the Minnesota ArtCar Parade after she completed her first art car–a pick up truck covered with 10,000 wine bottle corks. She’s currently working on her third art car.

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MN Original | Painter Dan Bruggeman

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Learn about how painter Dan Bruggeman is interested in the places between urban and suburban; landscapes which are uniquely American. His paintings portray vignettes where humans have altered the natural environment for entertainment purposes.

As a senior lecturer of studio art at at Carleton College, Dan Bruggeman’s work bridges together concepts of art, science and history.

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MN Original | Neon Artist Matt Thompson

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Watch now: Matt Thompson has perfected the century-old craft of neon in his 30 years as a sign maker. Using brightly colored glass tubes and gas, Thompson creates custom signage, repairs old signs and commissions one-of-a-kind artwork.

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MN Original | Sculptor Alexa Horochowski

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Watch how multidisciplinary artist Alexa Horochowski’s work integrates unassuming materials such as Arctic sea kelp to create grand installations that speak to globalization and environmental decline.

Horochowski’s 2014 show, Club Disminución (or “Club of Diminishing Returns”), featured sculpture, installation, photography and video, and was created specifically for the Soap Factory. The work was inspired and informed by an artist residency in Chile.

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MN Original | Social Game Experience FutureKave

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Learn how Chuck Olsen and Taylor Carik set out to create a project that married digital experience and social interaction. The result is Futurekave — an interactive video-game-art-piece hybrid that bridges virtual and physical space. Through an Xbox Kinect depth camera hooked up to a video game engine, participants are transported from physical space to a virtual reality where their movements and interactions determine the transformation of a fictional planet.

Olsen and Carik are the founders of vidtiger, a company that mixes art, technology and social good.

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