RISING, Proposal For exhibition

The RISING projects were funded in part by a 2021 Minnesota State Arts Board Grant and a 2021 Five Wings Arts Council Grant. Tiffany Besonen is currently seeking exhibition opportunities for one or a combination of the options listed below:

  1. RISING Guardians, collection of mixed-medium sculptures
    • 6 large forms, hand-looped raffia, branches, roots, wire (largest 4’x4’x7.5’h)
    • 3 medium sculptures (largest 4’x3’x4’h)
  2. RISING Short Film, 9 minutes, featuring original art, music, and dance by 7 rural Minnesota artists
    • Can be projected and looped in a gallery
    • Can be shown on a smaller monitor on demand
    • Can pop-up through QR codes on phones
  3. RISING Panels, 6 2’x6′ painted and collaged photo panel stills from the short film

rising guardians

  • Feral Guardian

Rural Minnesota artist Tiffany Besonen is fascinated with how sculpture, dance, and film move through real space, and can help us rise above or make sense of chaos. In 2020 and 2021, Tiffany Besonen created a series of 5-7′ tall abstracted, mixed-media “guardian” forms by finger-looping raffia over branch and wire armature. Half of these forms are serene and angelic, the other half are feral and animated. All of these forms serve as guides and guardians for the heroine in the short film RISING. While these works make a great stand alone display, combined with the short film and painted panels below the entire RISING collection works well together in a large space or adjoining gallery spaces.

RISING Short film trailer

RISING, a 9 minute short film, follows a heroine’s journey from isolation into exploring a mysterious place where she battles obstacles and finds self-empowerment. RISING features the collaboration of rural Minnesota artists: sculptures and film direction by Tiffany Besonen, directing consultation by Julie Kjenaas, original musical score by Damian D. Anderson, choreography by Anika Campbell, dance by Anika Campbell, Emily Bradt, and Autumn Moe.

rising panels

  • Panels 1, 2, 3

As responses to the Guardian sculptures and the RISING shirt film, the RISING Panels each began with a 2’x6′ printed photo still of the heroine from the film. Onto each large photo banner surface, Tiffany Besonen added gestural and biomorphic imagery with pastels, colored pencil, acrylic paint, and collaged paper & fabric.

This body of work was funded in part by a 2021 grant from the Five Wings Arts Council with funds provided by the McKnight Foundation. Also, Tiffany Besonen is a fiscal years 2021 and 2022 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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