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  1. Alexa Horochowski’s Club Disminución (“Club of Diminishing Returns”)

    514 2nd St SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55414
    Call: 612-623-9176

    Opening Reception September 6. For more information, head to:

    In her pursuit of the physicality of form, Alexa Horochowski uses a wide range of elemental media to render sculptures that defy their native qualities. Hard becomes soft, soft becomes hard, gestures are frozen. Natural objects, flotsam, and ‘naturalized’ garbage, combined with studio-generated objects, suggest a post-human natural history of the future.

    Sculpture, video, and large-scale digital prints work together to depict the struggle between the human drive to create lasting symbols of culture, and Nature’s indifferent, persistent erasure of these symbols. The landscape is distilled into distinctive objects that are charged with elements of the alien or unknown.

    Horochowski molds cochayuyo (Durivillaea antartica, kelp that grows on the shores of Chile below Casa Poli) into cuboidal forms that merge the mechanical with the organic/living. Sponges are translated into bronze so that they resemble pumice, and natural materials take on the qualities of man-made objects. The work explores entropy and the passing of time by imitating the natural processes of accretion and aggregation found in caves or the persistent impression left by fauna and water on architecture and the landscape. A fossil of a credit card heralds a post-consumer future, beyond the Era of the Anthropocene.

    In The Soap Factory’s 25th season, we are delighted to work with Alexa Horochowski on this major exhibition of new work of sculpture, photography and video.

    Since 2009 The Soap Factory has selected regional practitioners to produce single artist projects in our space; an opportunity for artists to show their work in depth in our unique galleries. To show Alexa’s work is particularly appropriate: she has exhibited with The Soap Factory at key points in her career, and was one of the first artists to exhibit in our building, in 1997.

  2. Unhinged in the Haunted Basement

    514 2nd St SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55414
    Call: (612) 623-9176

    Tickets available online.

    Descend into the nightmarish depths of The Soap Factory’s Haunted Basement and explore the terrifying world of Unhinged. An annual tradition 8 years running, The Haunted Basement is bigger and better than ever with 2014’s Unhinged production. The creative team at The Soap Factory has outdone themselves, creating an all-new, terrifying experience for visitors.

    Unhinged uses a brand new immersive structure leaving patrons no safety net. Don’t worry, there is still a safe-word, so practice saying “Uncle” now. Each patron wears a mask and assembles into a group before plunging into the nightmarish, subterranean world of Unhinged. Every patron forges their own path, sealing their fate at each twist and turn. All bets are off during Unhinged. Stand your ground? Stay with your friends? Venture on through the darkness? This terrifying journey promises to keep you on the edge of crying “Uncle” all night long.

    The twisted geniuses behind Unhinged are led by Director Noah Bremer. A founder and current Artistsic Director of the theater company Live Action Set, Bremer brings his experience of immersive, physical theater and the collaborative devising methods of Live Action Set to The Haunted Basement in a new way with Unhinged. Live Action Set have been creating theater that pushes boundaries in the Twin Cities for more than 10 years.

    The Nasal Rangers from the St. Croix Sensory are back with an incredible olfactory landscape to enrich and horrify visitors. New to the Haunted Basement team is Sound Designer Michael Croswell, who builds tension and drives the action with his nightmarish Unhinged soundtrack. Also new in 2014 is Assistant Director Tyler Olsen and his team from Rawredmeat Productions. Olsen and Rawredmeat specialize in live blood effects, bringing the bloody carnage to life in Unhinged. Set Designer Erica Zaffarano and her team of multimedia artists transform The Soap Factory’s raw factory basement into a sprawling, surreal environment that envelops every visitor.

    Did all that screaming make you parched? Nightly’s during Unhinged, visitors can grab a drink to steady their nerves in the Exile Lounge. With a haunted cocktail lineup from the Northstar Bartenders Guild, moody live music, and fun activities the Exile Lounge is the perfect way to start or wrap up your Unhinged evening.

    Can’t muster the courage to descend into The Haunted Basement? Join us October 19th and 26th for ‘Fraidy Cat tours. These lights-on, no-scares tours of The Haunted Basement are part artist talk, part behind-the-scenes tour and an incredible opportunity to see all of the artistry behind 2014’s Unhinged. ‘Fraidy Cat tours on 10/19 and 10/26 from 11am - 1pm, tickets $10 at the door.

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