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Art instructor’s solo exhibit opens at Minneapolis’ Soap Factory

September 10, 2012

A UW-Stout art instructor unveiled the largest project of his career Saturday in Minneapolis. Andy DuCett’s installation “Why We Do This,” opened with a reception at The Soap Factory gallery, 512 Second St. SE.

The solo exhibit runs through Sunday, Nov. 11. DuCett will talk about his work at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the gallery.

Andy DuCettThe exhibit covers all 12,000 square feet of display space in the former factory. It features a variety of interpretive and interactive 3D displays and drawings from everyday life. Aspects of the exhibit, for example, are mass-produced furniture, a giant version of the game Battleship that visitors can play and a football team running onto a field.

DuCett describes the exhibit as “interlocking scenes from everyday life. It’s the different ways we navigate and collect our experiences in life. ‘Why We Do This’ is about the things that we do and the places that we go, the things we fondly recall and those which aren’t appreciated until we have the hindsight to do so,” he said.

Working with a space as large as the Soap Factory challenged his creative skills, DuCett said. He worked on the exhibit for two years.

Recently, he won a first place for an art entry in the Minnesota State Fair and was named one of Minnesota’s “10 Artists We Love” by Minnesota Monthly magazine.

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