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Mike Carney @ Tarnish & Gold, Minneapolis

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, 01 Nov 2011

We wouldn’t ordinarily associate a Celt name like Mike Carney with Dia de los Muertos, but on November 4th his show officially reopens the Minnesota gallery Tarnish and Gold, another seemingly diametrical concept. And that’s the point of Carney’s show “Come Together.” The Big Stuff, individual and community, working together, crumbling apart. Carney employs  tiny tactile hand-made pieces, crude and exquisite, that invite touch as he dares to transport you from this kind of epidermis to the whole landscape. Tragedy strikes, and in this interconnected world, contagion ensues. Like the rubble from an earthquake thousands of miles away, the shards bury life, though a chance ray of light may disclose it as well. In this interconnected world it penetrates us as well. Life and death, the simple and dramatic, affects us all.


Like these concepts which can’t be contained,  ceramicist Mike Carney uses several mediums, including painting andsculpture, to create this experience, which is cause for celebration as Tarnish and Gold opens its new home at the Foundry Building on 13th Avenue in Minneapolis at 6:00pm Friday night. And for those of you who don’t call the Northeast home, check out Mike’s work at


Photos by Kevin "Shakes" O'meara


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