Art Hounds: Andy Ducett, Salon Saloon, and the mystery of Jandek

A section of Andy DuCett's "Why We Do This" exhibit at The Soap Factory (Photo courtesy of The Soap Factory, photo credit: Dane McFarlane)

An interesting thread organically emerged in this week's installment. All the hounds' submissions are connected by a cult theme; a cultish musician, cults as phenomenons, and the cult of Minnesota's personality.

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Mike Haeg is an artist, and the straight talking mayor of Minnesota's smallest small town, Mt Holly. Mike applauds what he calls the state's premier live art magazine, "Salon Saloon," for consistently exposing him to new artists and ideas. "Salon Saloon," with one-man art scene and Art Hound Andy Sturdevant serving as facilitator, is presented every third Tuesday of the month at the Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis. The next show, on Oct. 23, will focus on cults.

Love him or not love him so much -- and Mankato artist and musician Amanda Wirig LOVES him -- the atonal, enigmatic Houston-based singer songwriter Jandek is an original. Jandek is performing this Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Halling Recital Hall on the campus of Minnesota State University Mankato.

For a peek into Minnesota's soul, and maybe even your own history and past, Twin Cities poet and public artist Todd Boss strongly suggests you go see artist Andy DuCett's ambitious solo exhibition,"Why We Do This," which occupies the entire show space at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis. Todd describes it as a series of installations that collectively reveal the Minnesota psyche. On view through Nov. 11, with a closing reception on Nov. 10, 7-11pm. For more Art Hounds' recommendations, check us out on Facebook and Twitter. Art Hounds is also available as a podcast on iTunes. Art Hounds is powered by the Public Insight Network.

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