Art Shanty Projects

01 February 2012

Happening now, through February 5th, 2012. On Medicine Lake in Plymouth, MN.

The fabulously quirky Art Shanty Projects, is a four-week-long exhibition that is part sculpture park, part artist residency and part social experiment. It is an artist driven temporary community exploring the ways in which the relatively unregulated public space of the frozen lake can be used as a new and challenging artistic environment to expand notions of what art can be.

Art Shanty Projects is an homage to the uniquely Minnesotan pastime of ice fishing in a well-equipped and creatively-executed shack. Dotting the state’s lakes in winter, anglers set up shelter, bore through the ice, set up their poles and propane heaters, then sit around playing cards, drinking beer and laughing the whole night long. Sounds like fun, right?

With names/themes such as “The Shanty of Wonder”, “Monsters Under the Bed Shanty”, “SitandSpinShanty”, “Fort Shanty” and “Robot Reprise”, the Art Shanties provide a unique opportunity for artists to interact with their audience, and vice versa, in an un-intimidating, non-gallery like environment. Artists can choose to work in a way that directly engages the audience, or in a more passive way.

Previously an annual exhibition, from the 2012 season it will run biennially, potentially changing to a new Twin Cities-area lake every two years.


01 February 2012, 7:29 pm Ross Angus says:

Ice Follies has been going on in Canada since 2004. There have been some pretty amazing artist projects there, such as the Fastwurm’s Ice Station ISIS.

01 February 2012, 8:26 pm Gina Rossi says:

Very cool! Thanks so much for sending this link, Ross. I had been hoping to find out about similarly quirky events, through comments. You’ve made my day!

01 February 2012, 11:14 pm Melissa says:

it isn’t just Minnesotans who ice fish. Maine does too :)

02 February 2012, 12:03 pm Gina Rossi says:

Hey Melissa, thanks for your post. That’s true… I assume people go ice fishing wherever it gets cold enough to stand on a lake in winter :-) “Uniquely” was probably not the word I was looking for… “beloved” would have been a better choice.

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