Northern Spark at the M

Saturday, June 10, 8:59 p.m. – 5:26 a.m.
Minnesota Museum of American Art

Join artist David Hamlow for artmaking with upcycled trash, in conjunction with his solo exhibition Mirror Stage.

David Hamlow’s multimedia sculptures, installations, and paintings combine to create site-specific, monumental structures from upcycled materials, such as cardboard and plastic containers, many of which have been collected from residents who live above the Minnesota Museum of American Art in the Pioneer Endicott building.

Visitors who come to the Minnesota Museum of American Art during Northern Spark will be invited to build some of Hamlow’s structures alongside the artist. In so doing, you, too, can unlock the creative possibilities of your household waste, while taking stock of the sheer quantity of resources we consume. Hamlow says, “As we look closely at the future of the environment and feel the effects of global climate change, we have to better understand the impact each of us makes and imagine a solution.”

David Hamlow holds an MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Minnesota. He is the recipient of multiple grants and fellowships and has shown work regionally, nationally, and internationally. Hamlow is the professor of Visual Culture at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

This conversation is related to the M’s ongoing exhibit, David Hamlow: Mirror Stage, on view through July 30, 2017. This program is free and open to the public. For detailed information about Northern Spark 2017, visit the festival website:




The M’s exhibitions are made possible, in part, with support from Target and grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to grants from the state’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

David Hamlow. Photo by Christopher Atkins