RAC2: Rochester Artists Collaborative

An Exhibition Series for Local Artists

New Work by Kandice Mascotti and Max Menning
February 21 – April 7, 2013

The second season of RAC2 continues with the work of Rochester artists Kandice Mascotti and Max Menning. Both artists willshare their thoughts about their work in a public artist talk during the opening reception at 8:00 pm on Thursday, February 21. The exhibition will be on view Thursday, February 21 through Sunday, April 7, 2013.

Opening Reception
Thursday, February 21 | 7 pm
Artist talks at 8 pm

KANDICE MASCOTTI | metalsmithing

Kandice Mascotti creates mini sculptures made from precious metals, minerals and other non-traditional materials. With an interest in altering and uniting ostensibly incongruous materials, Mascotti creates works that refer to gestures of ratification, notions of consumerism, and ideas of permanence and impermanence. The casting and fabricating of metals is an involved, slow-moving, and multi-layered process. Mascotti relates her process of metalsmithing to that of contemporary life. Much time is spent filing, sanding, pounding, hammering, and casting molten metal into distinctive objects. This process continues and repeats, blurring the line between beginning and end, complete and incomplete. While this method may be considered by many to be monotonous, it provides Mascotti with distinct moments of creativity, and reinforces ideas associated with the rhythm of life. As her works are highly personal, they uniquely relate to the movements and nature of the human body. Wanting Cone (pictured above) is a wearable wall piece; one can choose to display it in a traditional manner, or wear it on ones clothes.

Mascotti moved to Rochester in 1994, pursuing her passion for art making and teaching. She has been an art instructor and local resident for 19 years. Mascotti was raised in Bloomington, MN, and graduated from Kennedy High School in 1989. She earned a BA in Education, double majoring in Art and Mathematics at University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, and a MA in Education from Winona State University. In 2000, Mascotti co-founded Studio Academy Charter School for the Arts. She has continued her graduate studies at the University of Minnesota Split Rock and University of Wisconsin Superior. Currently, she is teaching art and math in the Austin, MN Public School system. She also loves to create art at home with her husband and two children.

Image: Kandice Mascotti, Wanting Cone, 2013, 10K gold, sterling silver, tourmaline, sapphire, moonstone, garnet, peridot, citrine, and plastic, 1.5 x 2 x 4 inches.


MAX MENNING | printmaking

Max Menning favors the processes of reductive printmaking. This technique of carving and removing material is both technically intricate and conceptually complex. Menning embraces this approach for the considerations it imposes on an image, from its conception to its realization. Frequently using wood as the base material to create a plate from which to print, Menning is intrigued with the rendering of light and transparency through a binary lens—his subtraction from the surface plane produces an illusory myriad of monochromatic values, and allows for the consideration of what surfaces will, and will not, transfer ink to the final print. Compromises made to preserve the structural integrity of a material such as wood, with its particular grain direction and density, also impact a design. The negotiation of material limitations, coupled with a pursuit of tonal gradation through the use of only black and white, isolates an exploration of shape, space, and orientation that creates for Menning a meditative practice surrounding the nature of duality. He regards these oft-overextended deliberations as an embrace of notions such as fuzzy logic—a form of logic that uses values between 1 and 0—or the Buddhist two truths doctrine, which recognizes the simultaneity of both relative and absolute truth. In this exploration of “grey areas”, he finds consolation for a personal sense of futility stemming from the incongruous notions of humanity as both sacrosanct individuals and as the simple units of brutal arithmetic.

Menning attended Studio Academy High School through 2006, and is a recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011), where he received an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with emphasis in printmaking. From his current aesthetic interests, he plans to pursue further education within the field of landscape architecture.

Image: Max Menning, Untitled, 2012, graphite on paper, 5 x 8 inches.


About the series:
To provide consistent and meaningful opportunities for Rochester artists to exhibit their work, Rochester Art Center presents the exhibition program RAC2. This series is dedicated to presenting the work of local artists and providing our primary audience, the residents of Rochester, with an opportunity to connect with artistic practices in their own community. As the title suggests, this series is organized in close collaboration between Rochester Art Center and the RAC2 Advisory Committee, comprised of local artists, arts instructors, arts organization leaders, and members of the community at large. This committee, with support from RAC staff, oversees and guides all aspects the gallery program. As an exhibition series designed for local artists, only residents of Olmsted County were eligible to submit proposals for consideration.

RAC2 is supported by Rochester Downtown Alliance, Paul & Maggie Scanlon and The Judy & Jim Sloan Foundation.