Brandon Kuehn, Artist Talk

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What is the difference between what we know and what we believe?

In 2015-2016, Brandon Kuehn received a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. The Paranormal Art Project was born. Kuehn has been traveling across the state of Minnesota, researching eye-witness accounts, folktales, native myths, paranormal happenings and mysterious encounters. From meetings with native tribal members to document unknown legends to hunting for ghosts and UFO’s, to traversing the northern wilds for signs of Sasquatch, Kuehn worked with paranormal researchers to document and create original artwork about the supernatural phenomenon they uncovered. A blog and documentation about this project can also be found at http://www.paranormalartproject.com./

Because the idea of the paranormal covers a vast array of subjects, this art exhibit displays an array of mediums that are uniquely suited to their correlating subjects. Wakinyan is the Lakota word for Thunder Spirit which is often portrayed as a large bird with up to a 20ft. wingspan. The painting from this legend and eye-witness account is a quadriptych that is approximately 12 feet across. Project Bluebook contains printed copies of over 150 UFO case files with sightings from Minnesota that the Air Force investigated from the 1940’s through the 1960’s. Visitors will be allowed to page through and reach each case file which have recently been declassified. Warnings is a series of found wood sculptures re-created in a style that Bigfoot researches claim actual creatures in the wild construct to warn each other of human danger. There are many other works as well, including the 10ft. tall mixed media piece The Three Sisters, which sailors on Lake Superior are a series of rogue waves that doomed the infamous Edmund Fitzgerald.

Located in Gallery Three
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