Hidden in a back alley in south Minneapolis is an unassuming double garage that has taken on new life as Red Garage Studio. Home and workspace of Minneapolis artist Allison Ruby, during the summer months Red Garage Studio is also host to pop-up exhibitions, art events, parties, and occasional workshops led by guest artists. Its purpose is to serve as an alternative space for presenting art in a fun, comfortable, and unpretentious environment that fosters human connection, conversation, and creative community.
The main event of the summer is MANUAL TRANSMISSION, a monthly series of short-term exhibitions and participatory events. Curated by Allison Ruby, each show features guest artists showing new work in the garage and gardens. The idea of these shows is not to simply exhibit work, but to use art as a catalyst for conversation and community connection. Opening night means a relaxed party in the garden with seasonal food, music, and new friends, and may include additional activities such as performance, multimedia, or experiential elements.
As the name of the series suggests, all MANUAL TRANSMISSION work is created using hand processes, with minimal or no technology or digital fabrication. Even multimedia work, which obviously involves technology to produce, is created with the direct action of the artist such as hand-drawn animation, hand photographic manipulation, or performance. The idea is to remove mediated expression and impersonal, digital perfection to embrace the beautiful uniqueness and imperfection of human creativity.
The other defining feature of these shows is that all the work contains an element of humor or playfulness. This idea of humor is widely defined, and may be expressed in any number of ways, whether in content, concept, form, or chosen media. The humor might be something you have to actively look for. Some work is laugh-out-loud funny, some subtly satirical, some referential, and some bittersweet, even heart-breaking.
No matter what, our hope is that here you will encounter artwork that touches your heart and connects you with people who also find a place within it.
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