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Kiehle Gallery Exhibit

Piotr Szyhalski's "COVID-19: Labor Camp Report" on display in Kiehle Gallery

“COVID-19: Labor Camp Report” is a new exhibit by Minneapolis-based artist Piotr Szyhalski in the Kiehle Gallery through Feb. 12.

For over a decade, Polish-born and Minneapolis-based Szyhalski, has produced multi-disciplinary art projects under the name Labor Camp. His works bridge the realms of fine art and design through interactive installations, sound, performance, printed ephemera, painting, photography, drawing and installation.

In "COVID-19: Labor Camp Report", Szyhalski presents 168 of 225 posters made daily from March 24 to Nov. 3, 2020. The posters began as a direct response to the global coronavirus pandemic and evolved to capture what
was likely the most fraught year of American life in living memory. Each poster renders a different original drawing and accompanying text for a specific day’s news or sentiment in crisp black and white.

At 29” x 20” a piece and wheat pasted directly to the gallery walls, the posters document the change, tragedy and hope of the year 2020 as Szyhalski witnessed it. The exhibition features the largest installation of the project to date and fills the gallery walls to their capacity.

Szyhalski is professor of art at Minneapolis College of Art and Design and holds an MFA from the Academy of Visual Arts. His works are in the collection of the Walker Art Center and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others and he is the recipient of the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Visual Artists in 2009-2010 and 2017-2018.

Piotr Szyhalski will give a Zoom artist talk at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27 
Zoom Link for the artist talk
Meeting ID: 953 5479 3940
Passcode: LABORCAMP