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Duluth Public Arts Commission to showcase projection art in Lincoln Park

Art will be displayed on the Duluth Children's Museum and Aerostich buildings.

Ryuta Nakajima's video project uses the cognitive and interpretive system of cuttlefish camouflage patterns
Nakajima's video project, "Self World," uses the cognitive and interpretive system of cuttlefish camouflage patterns as a biological model to code and map visual information such as paintings, photographs, and video.
Contributed / Ryuta Nakajima

DULUTH — The Public Arts Commission will present two light projections in the Lincoln Park neighborhood from 6-10:30 p.m. Thursday through Monday.

Drawing of wolf
Kimberly Baerg's drawings highlight the Northland's natural wildlife.
Contributed / Kimberly Baerg

The projections will be visible on the east-facing wall of Aerostich, 8 S. 18th Ave. W., and on the west-facing wall of the Duluth Children's Museum, 2125 W. Superior St. This is the second time Duluth Public Arts Commission will showcase projection art.

Artists include Kimberly Baerg, Ryuta Nakajima and Aya Kawaguchi. Each piece of artwork will be animated by Daniel Benoit with projections by Audio Visual Resources in Duluth.

Noah Hobbs, Duluth public arts commissioner, said the displays expand artistic presence in a newer, engaging way.

"The Duluth Public Arts Commission wants to bring a larger, more public presence than it has in the past," Hobbs told the News Tribune. "An easy way to do that instead of murals everywhere, which is oftentimes one artist and one building location, we can do a rotating art display every year."

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Aya Kawaguchi photography
Aya Kawaguchi's photography project transforms an original photograph into a "more personal and meaningful state" through a repeated process of addition and subtraction of photos layered on top of each other.
Contributed / Aya Kawaguchi

Hobbs said the commission hopes to make the projection displays an annual event, bringing light to otherwise notably dark evenings.

"It's dark out all the time, so we want to bring a little light post-holiday season," Hobbs said.

Using multiple buildings to display local art can help establish familiarity between the community and local artists, Hobbs said. Artists are also paid for their submission and gain more artistic exposure.

"We're looking forward to hopefully having more artists and more locations as well," Hobbs said. "We want citizens to be able to consume art in a free and democratic way."

MORE ABOUT LOCAL ARTISTS:
A Duluth-based art group explores all things abstract at a new exhibit at Zeitgeist Arts.

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