BLACK MAGIK WOMAN III COLLABORATIVE PROJECT SHOWING
NORSEMAN DISTILLERY APRIL 24 – MAY 7
PHOTOS: SERENE SUPREME
ART: SOPHIA RASMEA
MODELS: JESSIE & CHAMPAIGNE
THEME: THE FUTURE IS FEMALE
MADE HERE MN, A PROJECT OF THE HENNEPIN THEATER TRUST, IS A WALKABLE ART EXPERIENCE THAT CONNECTS PEOPLE TO LOCAL ART IN DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS BY TEMPORARILY FILLING EMPTY STOREFRONTS/SPACES WITH THE WORK OF MINNESOTA ARTISTS.
ARTISTS: DAVID MAXWELL x SERENE SUPREME
TITLE: CRYING CLOUDS
LOCATION: 930 HENNEPIN AVENUE, MINNEAPOLIS
THEME: THE FUTURE
ON DISPLAY: MAY 4 – AUGUST 30, 2017
THE CONVENIENCE OF THE DIGITAL WORLD LEAD PEOPLE TO ISOLATE THEMSELVES FROM ONE ANOTHER. OUR PIECE EVOKES THE BARRIERS – PHYSICAL, VIRTUAL AND PERCEIVED – THAT ISOLATION CREATES. THE PLASTIC BAGS INSULATING EACH IMAGE REPRESENT THE BARRIERS THAT SEPARATE US FROM THE CONTENT WE CONSUME. THOUGH WE MIGHT NOT REALIZE IT, ISOLATION CAN CHANGE OUR PERCEPTION OF THE WORLD. THIS IDEA IS REPRESENTED BY THE INVERTED IMAGE OF THE “WORLD” THE VIEWER SEES.
NAME: TARIK RASOULI
NICKNAME: YASSIR YOUBETCHA
RESIDENCY @ PALMERS
THURSDAYS. FEBRUARY 2017
ROISIN (DJ ROWSHEEN) & NIKKI (DEVATA DAUN)
RED LIGHT SPECIAL
RESIDENCY @ KITTY CAT KLUB
FEBRUARY 7, 2017
@ FIRST AVENUE, MINNEAPOLIS.
November 28, 2016
Norseman Distillery, 451 Taft St NE, Unit 19, Minneapolis, United States
FEMALE PHOTOGRAPHERS NATIVE TO MINNEAPOLIS SHOWCASE
Maidens Magazine is an online platform that highlights current work from female collaborators worldwide only captured using polaroids, 35mm, medium and large format.
All images will be silently auctioned off that evening and proceeds will be donated to the non-profit MN Girls Are Not For Sale. A statewide campaign of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota to end the sex trafficking of Minnesota girls through grantmaking, research, and public education. MY SISTER, an apparel retailer fighting against sex-trafficking that partners with MN Girls Are Not For Sale will be working closely with the event. We are so pleased to be featured at Norseman Distillery, one of the most underrated art galleries in Minneapolis.
+ Connie Jay Mrotek
+ Jenna Mahr
+ Athena Pelton
+ Hanna Voxland
+ Diana Albrecht
+ Yana Pietras
+ Eleza Seidenstein
+ Tess Kullberg
+ Hosanna Irene Photography
+ Serene Enloe
+ Nicole Feest
+ Madalyn Mae Rowell
+ Lindsey Kusterman
AGG | Glick Gallery will feature a uniquely curated and rotating selection of contemporary art, vintage rock & roll photography, limited-edition furniture, lighting and home accents, and one-of-a-kind clothing.
The opening exhibition runs through December 2016 and includes the work of a number of internationally renown artists and photographers, including Los Angeles- based pop culture painter, Paul Rusconi, the late Andy Warhol collaborator and screen-printer, Louis Waldon, acclaimed photographer, musician and son of The Beatles’ John Lennon, Julian Lennon, the “fictional space” photographer, Daniele Albright, and iconic pop-culture, celebrity and rock & roll photographer, Norman Seeff.
AGG | Glick Gallery features a uniquely curated and rotating selection of contemporary art, vintage rock & roll photography, limited-edition furniture, lighting and home accents, and one-of-a-kind clothing.
October 16, 2016. Sexton Lofts Penthouse – Minneapolis, MN.
Soirée of Sorts is a highly curated, multifaceted Twin Cities talent platform; a gathering of creatives, influencers, financers and scene types. It is our mission to bring together a diverse community under the guise of the full moon to ignite conversation, spark connections and collectively enrich/enhance our city.
BEHIND THE SCENES
FASHION WEEK MINNESOTA (FWMN): HOMME 2016
MEN’S FASHION SHOW
PRODUCED BY: SARAH EDWARDS & CONNIE MROTEK
BACKDROP BY: KID JERF
ICEHOUSE – 8.6.16
JULY 15, 2017
FIRST AVENUE MAINROOM
SPINNING: DJ KEEZY, SHANNON BLOWTORCH, SOPHIA ERIS, & SARAH WHITE
PERFORMERS: MARIA ISA, MANCHITA, LIONESS, LADY MIDNIGHT, & K.RAYDIO
HOST: MICA MARYJANE
DANCERS: ALICIA STEELE & ALISSA PARIS
ART: KNZ & JOY SPIKA
PHOTOS: SERENE SUPREME
LOST WKND MAGAZINE LAUNCH
SERENE SUPREME-LIVE PHOTO INSTALLATION
CITY WIDE ARTISTRY, MINNEAPOLIS
5.14.16 – 6.11.16
Working with digital photography, film and Polaroids produced by the 11 collaborators, Alarcon Sanchez hand embellishes and manipulates images to create something entirely new. Though the technical process varies, alternately using ink, acrylic or spray paint, beads or sewn materials, even etching/scratching directly onto negatives – his signature style has become synonymous with his artistry and is bewitching to view. In this collaboration, Alarcon Sanchez challenges the ideas of beauty, our obsession with perfection and our consciousness of self by presenting a fiction upon a reality.
From the fashion-esque portraits and stylized photography of Serene Supreme and Erin Pederson, to the storytelling photography of Michael Watson and the bold, expressive images from Nicholas Larkins Perez, each photographer involved in the Ineffable series brings a style distinctively personal. Using this diversity as a way to explore the multiple visages we wear in our day-to-day life, Alarcon-Sanchez creates altered images which explore not only the different faces of their subjects, but also the darkside: grotesque and sinister elements hidden beneath the surface, while unmasking the true, inner selves in all of us.
Wale Deen Agboola
Nicholas Larkins Perez
APRIL 11, 2016
6-10 PM @ NORSEMAN DISTILLERY
BLACK MAGIK WOMAN II IS A PHOTO EXHIBITION SPOTLIGHTING COLLABORATIONS FROM 10 LOCAL, ALL-FEMALE TEAMS, EACH CONSISTING OF ONE MINNEAPOLIS PHOTOGRAPHER, ONE STYLIST & ONE MUSE.
Serene Supreme has selected 10 of her favorite portraits over the past few years to enlarge and display for ART KIDS (MPLS).
Cliche´ MPLS 2403 Lyndale Ave S. Minneapolis, Minnesota
“Serene Supreme combines portrait photography with Q&A interviews, invoking flashes of photojournalism and art documentation in her blog: serenesupreme.com.”
GIRL GIRLS 3.0 @ TURF CLUB. NONA MARIE PLAYS PATTI SMITH.
VALENTINE’S DAY EDITION @ FIRST AVENUE
CHIDO: a collaboration between photographer Serene Supreme & mixed media artist Ramses Alarcon. Together they bring out the inner cool or “chido” of the first forty respondents to Serene’s open call for models. Her signature Polaroid portraits were enlarged and printed, then directly drawn and painted upon by Ramses. With a commitment to showing the select shot for every volunteer-model and every drop of ink and paint applied by Ramses, the series catalogs an unfiltered exploration of how different “cool” can be from one person to another.
Thursdays & Saturdays 2:00-6:00 p.m. September, 6th through the “CHIDO” Exhibit Finale October 4, 2014. Or by appointment, email@example.com
“Three Letter Acronym is the inaugural collection of hand made apparel and accessories produced locally by fine artist, Ash Marlene Hane. Influenced by and created for those who make up the Twin Cities vibrant arts scene; it is no surprise that her look book is a collaboration with Polaroid prima, SereneSupreme, shot on fancy flesh about town. Fusing fine art and street culture, the collection includes intricate images from her PUSHED series as well as phrases like DON’T FORGET TO GO HOME. A phrase likely to come to play post launch party on Friday, Nov. 29th at Eat Streets private lofty gallery space, QX Collective, where DJ Wzz wnshp will be spinning beats as guests are invited to show off their new Three Letter Acronym apparel in the photo booth.
Actively engaged in the Minneapolis art, music and after hours scene, Hane also draws inspiration from her travels to Berlin and Bangkok. She parallels the cities by their ‘hustle and grit’ mentality, saying, “There is a certain kind of hedonism, a choice to be bad while still maintaining a healthy hardworking lifestyle” and her clothes are made with that in mind. The fabrics are hand selected for wearability, color, and endurance. “They are simple and structured with subtle details in stitching and fit; shirts that aren’t too tight in the armpit, so you can stay comfortable while dancing into the morning.” With bold graphics and artful prints her pieces can be worn day to night. Sourced, sewn and screen printed locally, Three Letter Acronym aims to put Minneapolis streetwear on the maps.”
NOVEMBER 23. 2013
R E A L // U N R E A L Art Exhibition
@ QX Collective
7-11 pm / Free
“The QX Collective is all about collaboration, so blending the worlds of fashion, modeling, photography, design and art should serve as a no-brainer. R E A L / U N R E A L is a collaborative art project between Polaroid specialist SereneSupreme and five Twin Cites models. Based on the resulting photo sets, and the model’s personalities, designer Matt Kamilar and artist Jesse Draxler will each reinterpret the images, creating digital illustrations and collages that take the concept of collaborated images to new levels.” Nathaniel Smith
SERENESUPREME x MATT KAMILAR
SERENESUPREME x JESSE DRAXLER
The Culturator: Serene//Supreme and the Analog Spectrum
In 2009, when the Polaroid Corporation announced they would stop selling their film — two years after they stopped making their cameras – the nation was bewildered. Yes, the age of digital cameras was upon us and yes, they captured a similar concept – instantaneous memories – but not in the same evocative, kinetic way. Anxiously awaiting a Polaroid image to manifest was like awaiting our own destiny, like archiving an untamed memorandum. Nothing was certain; everything a cliffhanger.
We refused to accept a world void of Polaroid, and so it was that on January 5, 2010, Polaroid partnered with the all-powerful pop royalty Lady Gaga, appointing her as “Creative Director” for the company and the “new face” of Polaroid. A new generation of instant film emerged led by the analog-embracing project Impossible. In an age where anyone can imitate the Polaroid spectrum by way of Instragram and fly-by-night filters, the words of Marvin and Tammi ring true – “ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby.” In her latest photo project, Serene Enloe attempts to produce a permanent record of a transient scene.
Author Dimitrios Vellis from the Impossible Gallery, courtesy The Impossible Project
l’étoile: Your current Polaroid photo project introduces us to an eclectic mix of locals, both on a anthropological and visual level. How did the project come about?
Enloe: This project focuses on local (and soon more national) creatives and their work. The anthropological piece investigates who they are as people and what they create. I enjoy the social aspect of inviting the subject over and getting to know them through the question and answer portion of the photo set, face to face. I started taking instant film portraits in 2010. It came to a point where I had thousands of portraits and decided to embark on an instant photo portrait project. Using a collaborative model allows me to create and to introduce the interviewees’ current work to others.
l’étoile: At first glance, the Polaroid series could seem as just an excuse to take pictures of “pretty scenesters,” but upon further review one will notice that the roster includes quite a heavy assemblage of local doers and creatives. How do you choose your models?
Enloe: I am interested in photographing interesting people who are creating and collaborating with others on some artistic level. Let’s face it, Minneapolis is full of many talented people: musicians, producers, DJs, models, stylists, writers, photographers, designers, visual and graphic artists. The people presented so far, just happen to also be good looking. I met most of the people featured on Serene//Supreme after moving to Minneapolis 5 years ago. For 7 years, I worked and was a full-time student, earning my bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and my Masters in ESL Education. Unfortunately, I had little time for creativity outside of my studies and almost no time for friends and socializing, even though both are in my nature. I knew that in order to finish my degrees, that I had to push forward and get it done will all of my focus. When I finished my studies, I moved to Minneapolis and had time to meet new people. I was quickly was drawn to creative and artistic people, many of whom are featured in this project.
l’étoile: Are you the stylist or do you let the models choose their wardrobe?
Enloe: I have not styled any of the people who have been featured. I ask the models to bring five outfits, of their choice, so that there is variation in the portraits. Each session takes about an hour and a half. The models come over, we usually have a chat and a coffee. I ask them questions and either write down their responses or go through the questions with them and allow them to complete the questionnaire themselves. Then we begin taking photos. I usually take three photos of each of their looks. I then allow the models to choose their favorite photos and take out any that don’t agree with them. It is truly a collaborative effort.
l’étoile: Living in the digital age, it seems surprising to work with disposable cameras. Why do you prefer this medium to experiment with?
Enloe: I love film. I have been taking photos of friends and my travels since I was eight years old. My mother would develop a roll of film for me each week and then put a new roll in my hot little hand. As a child, I loved disposable cameras. I later inherited my father’s Nikon EM, that he used throughout our years in Japan and our travels throughout the world. I have used point and shoot digital cameras for short periods of my life, mostly for the convenience of their portability. I quickly realized, that to me, there’s nothing like film, whether that be that a disposable camera, film camera, or my Fuji Instax camera. I love the look and the softness of the portraits that instant film creates.
l’étoile: Over the years, you’ve compiled quite the portrait collection taken at various parties and events around MPLS. Tell us about the mélange.
Enloe: I am focused on my career and dedicated to projects during the work week which doesn’t allow for much time for socializing. Therefore, over the years, I have become known for bringing people together, often at my house during weekends and my summer vacation. I enjoy being around all of the people that I love at once. I host a dinner party, BBQ or get togethers almost every week. This has become an optimal time for me to take portraits, since so many people are in once place at one point in time. Over the past three years, I have taken thousands of instant film portraits. Most of the shots are taken at my home or at the QXCollective*. I am involved directly with the QXC and the art shows, parties and events that they create.
l’étoile: Any plans to showcase your collection as part of an exhibit?
Enloe: In the future, I would love to showcase the series done for Serene//Supreme. It would be fun to show the thousands of portraits ‘from the vaults’ someday as well. I am a firm believer in doing things at the ‘right time.’ When the time is ‘right,’ it will happen.
l’étoile: You’ve shot for local artists and done images for press releases and for a parties in MPLS and beyond. We hear you’re taking your polaroid “booth” to Milwaukee later this month for Video Villain’s 1 Year Party What has been some of your favorite collaborations?
Enloe: Within the past 3 months, many projects have arisen. I will be shooting the Video Villain’s party in Milwaukee on April 20th which features many artist and DJs, along with Minneapolis artists: WAK LYF and rapper Chris Hooks. This is more of a “fun project” that I wanted to be part of. I have also taken photos for MC Longshot’s new album cover, which will be released shortly. Most recently I have been working with Minneapolis man, Jake Heinitz and Greenroom Magazine, a coffee-table quarterly, set to debut in June. If focuses on independent musicians, street fashion, and urban architecture/conscious living, with a photography focus. Greenroom will have a heavy emphasis on Minneapolis and Chicago with a mix of select international artists. I will have a spread in each issue. The first issue will include photos from Serene//Supreme and later will include more national artists that swing through Minneapolis.
l’étoile: Why do you think “Polaroid photo bombs” are garnering more popularity recently than the more traditional photo booth?
Enloe: They’re quick, easy, portable and produce great photos.
l’étoile: Anyone in town you’re dying to do a photo sesh with?
Enloe: I am excited to work with Greenroom Magazine and take photos with artists I may not have ever had the chance to meet otherwise. On a local level, I am interested in photographing, interviewing and meeting people I don’t know personally. Minneapolis is full of interesting and wonderful people who are creating all the time. I want to be a part of getting their work out there and introducing them to others through photos and their Q & A. Word of mouth is powerful and I look forward to continuing the project.
For more on art collective QXC, check out The Culturator’s recent article with co-founder, Ken Hannigan HERE
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