“Brooks Turner: Uncanny Similarities of Scenes and People” runs through Nov. 6 in the gallery.
The exhibit is a culmination of two years of research by Turner into the history of fascism in Minnesota. The exhibition includes archive materials, which re-surfaces in the gallery as a complete transformation of the space. All the gallery walls and windows are covered with cardboard on which collages, appropriated print matter and handwritten notations provide a backdrop for sculpture and cardboard detritus littered on the floor.
A major piece in the show is a life-sized figurative sculpture depicting the artist as a dead Neanderthal laying on a wooden pallet. A second exhibition drawn from the same body of research, “Legends and Myths of Ancient Minnesota,” opens at the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis later this month. Turner has earned support for this body of research and work from the Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, Minnesota Humanities Center and the Minnesota State Arts Board. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from UCLA and a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College.