April 5, 2023

St. Paul, Minn. (Aug. 17, 2010) – Metropolitan State University Gordon Parks Gallery is pleased to present Weighing the Air: the Art of Collaboration. The exhibit opens with a reception on Thursday, Sept. 16, from 4–7 p.m. and continues through Oct. 8.  Gallery hours are Mondays–Thursdays, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; and Fridays–Saturdays, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.  The gallery is located in the Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul.

Weighing the Air: the Art of Collaboration features artists’ books by Julie Baugnet with multilingual poetry by Felip Costaglioli.  This exhibition evolved when Baugnet (a professor of graphic design at St. Cloud State University) and Costaglioli (a professor of film studies, also at St. Cloud State) discovered over a cup of coffee their affinity for keeping journals.  Baugnet was exploring book forms and studying French.  Costaglioli was recording his thoughts in English, Catalan languages and French.

Regarding thir artistic process, Baugnet has said, “Upon the commencement of our collaboration, I bound two journals and we exchanged them periodically over a period of a year.  These two journals are filled with experiments—Felip gets ideas from my images, and I am inspired by his stories and poems.”

The result is a rich interdisciplinary exhibit of painted poems, some stretching as far as seven feet in length.

For more information, contact Erica Rasmussen, gallery director, at 651-793-1631 or e-mail [email protected].

Metropolitan State University, a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, provides high-quality, affordable education programs for adults seeking baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.

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