Courtesy of __________
June 6 – 25, 2014

Minneapolis artist Jehra Patrick premiers 'Courtesy of __________,' a micro-exhibition presented in the artist’s studio space, culminating a year-long research project made possible by Artist Initiative grant funding through the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Through this project, Patrick traveled to art museums in New York City, San Francisco, and Chicago, where she engaged in deep research within their digital and photographic archives with emphasis on those archival resources depicting past exhibition presentation preparation, and documentation. From these institutional archives, Patrick forms her own visual cache from reproduced and transferred files - making note of institutional record-keeping, artist trajectories, exhibition topics, presentation trends, and the various nature of peripheral activities towards exhibition production.

From this archive, the artist selects and edits images, honing in on interior compositions through digital cropping, reorienting and juxtaposing files, and layering documents. She then produces oil paintings after her ’tagged’ images likenesses, often incorporating qualities native to her photographic and digital sources. The final suite of painted objects is diagrammatic of visual metadata in museum architecture, art presentation, and traditional painting composition, often sighting ‘paintings within paintings,’ remarking on the referential history of Painting. Patrick initiated, and continues the series, as a pragmatic way to both capture and recall Painting’s lengthy past and promote possibility for its future within classical perimeters.

The exhibition is welcomed by an opening reception on Friday, June 6th, from 6-8 pm, and is accompanied by a public program series held in the artist’s studio on consecutive Wednesdays throughout June. Each program is formatted around a panel of fellow Minnesota painters in discussion with their peers and the public. These conversations are moderated by the artist and anchored by a recent text topical to Painting.

Painting and Adaptation
Wednesday, June 11th
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Guest Artists: Andrea Carlson, Jaron Childs, David Rathman, Carolyn Swiszcz

Painting and Adjacency
Wednesday, June 18th
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Guest Artists: Caroline Kent, Ruben Nusz, Garrett Perry, Mathew Zefeldt

Painting and Agency
Wednesday, June 25th
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Guest Artists: Ute Bertog, Katelyn Farstad, Anne George, Joe Smith

Exhibition and programs will take place at:
2205 California Street NE
Studio 605
Minneapolis, MN 55418

The exhibition is open to the public during the listed events and by appointment. For more information or to make an appointment, please contact the artist at

Jehra Patrick is a fiscal year 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. These activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.