Reading February 17, 2007
"Waiting for Godot"
Read a poem by Jim
Coppoc , featured in this event.
"Waiting for Godot:" mixed
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Mike Elko, Twin Cities artist and printmaker,
received a BA and BFA from the University of Minnesota.
After years of masquerading as a responsible adult and father,
he has returned to printmaking. "If the point was to
re-experience the life of a penniless art student, I must
say that this has been a roaring success!" He is a
member of the Highpoint Printmaking Coop in south Minneapolis,
and has shown in local and national juried competitions.
A compulsive collector of mid-century ephemera, he uses
this material to create contemporary social and political
comment with a humorous slant. "Right
now I'm trying to convince people that art can be accessible
and humorous (and disrespectful), not just dull and ambiguously
mysterious." He often turns his prints into 3-dimensional
objects or books, and considers text an important part
of the process. His solo show at the Susan Hensel Gallery
in Minneapolis, titled "We Drove, We Saw, We Ate",
was based on ideas and memories about the traditional family
car-trip vacation. The Godot waterskiers image was one
of a series of digital prints depicting the highlights
of the fictional Backside family's trip to see the newly-constructed
Omaha Civic Auditorium. (Next year they're going to the
Isles at Langerhans State Park.) Mike has work on view
at the mnartists.org site as well as those of Highpoint
and the Susan Hensel Gallery.