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      Jennie Smith show at Rena Bransten Gallery

      Little Otsu regular & good friend Jennie Smith is having an exhibition of her work at Rena Bransten Gallery simply titled, "Drawings" in San Francisco March 11-April 10. The opening is on March 11th from 5:30-7:30.

      Rena Bransten Gallery
      77 Geary Street
      (between Kearny and Grant Streets)
      San Francisco, CA 94108





      images from Rena Bransten website

      Dan Black & Jessica Seamans Art Show

      This is a must-see show for anybody in the vicinity of the Twin Cities. The duo who make up Landland, Dan Black and Jessica Seamans (whose LO projects include Annual Planner Vol. 3 & 4 and A Collection of 10 Postcards) will be showing their amazing posters, CD packages and other things they've made and Jes' band, Best Friends Forever will be playing.

      "Soft Targets: The artwork of Landland"
      February 27 - March 23
      First Amendment Arts
      (1101 Stinson Blvd at Broadway, NE MPLS)

      Grand opening Saturday February 27, 7-10pm
      Live music from Best Friends Forever &
      all ages, free admission

      First Amendment Arts is pleased to be displaying a collection of posters, CD packages, and other pieces of art designed and screenprinted by Minneapolis thing-makers Landland (Dan Black & Jes Seamans). With their studio conveniently located just two doors down the hall from First Amendment, Landland has been cranking out tons of gorgeous work and they will be lugging over every single piece they've created since their move into the 1101 Stinson Blvd warehouse in 2007. Performing live will be local pop rock outfit Best Friends Forever, featuring Landland's own Jes Seamans on bass and vocals.

      Completely disregarding the standard template of what a rock poster should look like, Landland's aesthetic comes from a different world—unusually sized prints, muted color schemes and obsessive drawing mark the steady stream of posters they produce for First Avenue, the Triple Rock Social Club, The Varsity Theatre and assorted basements and hole-in-the-wall spaces in the Twin Cities and across the country.

      There is rarely anything simple about their work from the five layers of ink they routinely pull across their prints or the days at a time Dan Black will spend drawing a spyrograph pattern from memory. And they never take the easy way out—there are no puns based on band names or half-hearted attempts to interpret the music abstractly. Instead they create micro-worlds of fantastical domestic structures, scaffolding, decaying rollercoasters, train wrecks and swarms of ghosts. In pursuit of designing advertising for rock shows Landland end up creating works of art—each a singular finished statement that looks like the work of no one else.

      Event: Crafty Wonderland Holiday Sale

      If you're in Portland today, Sunday 12/13, please join us at the Oregon Convention Center for Crafty Wonderland's Super Colossal Holiday Sale. We'll be in booth 16 with our friends from APAK and offering show specials. It's free to get in and open from 11am-7pm so come on over and say hi!

      Solo Show Openings: Jo Dery & Martine Workman

      For those of you in Providence, tonight (Thursday, 12/10) is the opening for Jo's show The Uses and Misuses of Animal Spirits at 5 Traverse Gallery from 7-9pm. And across the country tomorrow, Martine will be having her opening in Seattle at Nancy from 6-9pm. Fun, food, and great art abound!

      [caption id="attachment_449" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Jo Dery / Martine Workman"]Jo Dery / Martine Workman[/caption]

      Event: APE with Lilli & Martine!

      If you're in San Francisco this weekend, please join us at the Alternative Press Expo. We'll be at booth 415 offering special show discounts and hanging with some lovely out-of-town guests: Lilli Carre from Chicago and Martine Workman from Seattle! Lilli will be signing copies of her Little Otsu book Nine Ways to Disappear and brand new print. She'll also have some screenprints and Trubble Club minis. Martine will be signing copies of her Little Otsu mini Water and Fall and will have some of her fun handmade minis like Conversating, Cheek to Cheek, and the hilarious Hunks.

      And be sure to check out other LO artists who will be at APE. Joey Sayers will be sharing a table with Minty Lewis and Damien Jay (booth 423) and Jeremy Tinder will be floating around somewhere, but will definitely be at the opening for his show with Grant Reynolds at Giant Robot on Saturday night.