The Billings MIXX artist collective returns with an ephemeral show on Friday and Saturday | Entertainment

“MIXX XIII, Baker’s Dozen”, an exhibition of recent works by thirteen contemporary regional artists, will take place this weekend in Billings.

The exhibition will be held at LGX Studio at 2315 4th Ave. N. (across from Tiny’s Tavern), with an opening on Friday June 3 from 5 to 9 p.m. and closing on Saturday June 4 from 1 to 5 p.m.

MIXX is a local artist collective that has presented pop-up exhibitions every year since 2007. This exhibition, “MIXX XIII, Baker’s Dozen”, includes thirteen regional artists: Jane Wagoner Deschner, Robin Earles, Mark Earnhart, Todd Forsgren, Maggy Rozycki Hiltner, Phoebe Knapp, Jodi Lightner, Tracy Linder, Jon Lodge, Gordon McConnell, Neltje, Keeara Rhoades and Patrick Smith. It features contemporary works of photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, textiles, installation and more. The exhibition is in memory of Neltje, a recently deceased original MIXX artist. Friday and Saturday receptions are free and the public is invited.

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The audacity and uniqueness of by Neltje work can hardly be overstated. His work is distinguished by an uncompromising commitment to improvisation and a discernible correlation between his inner being and the forces of nature. She said: “I create because I am determined to define moments, emotional responses to the natural world and the chaos that seems to be the breath of life. . . . I am sustained by, obsessed with, my soul filled to the brim almost daily by the great, the infinitesimal, the lightest and the darkest of images and ideas. My fierce and demanding passions force me to forge a set of daydreams and reality. I paint.”

Jane Wagoner Deschner the obsessive accumulation of collected and remixed memories materializes the universal aspects of human experience. The evoked nostalgia creates positive feelings and promotes social bonds. In this exhibition, the subject of her small installation is “mother”.

“Rimrock Mall August” by Robin Earles, acrylic on paper, 6 x 6 inches. by Robin Earles.

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Robin Earles is a Montana-based painter and draftsman who uses color and form to explore ideas about space. She will have a solo exhibition in August 2022 at Kirks’ Grocery.

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“Fruit Smack” by Mark Earnhart, 2019, wood, laser etched glass, flocking, KoolAid, hardware, 15 ¼ x 21 ¼ x 2 inches.

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by Mark Earnhart the work reflects on how the familiar, the personal, and the tangibility of a thing guides the perception, understanding, and complication of expectation.

Todd Forsgren uses photography to examine themes of ecology, climate change, perceptions of landscape, and social justice while striving to find a balance between art history and natural history. In this exhibition, Forsgren will present a grid of images from his Hydrophilic & Hydrophobic series which seeks to create startling images of water using old and new photographic technology to photograph everything from bioluminescent creatures to emitted infrared light. by algal blooms.


“Pig” by Maggy Rozycki Hiltner, machine and hand sewn overdyed found quilt, cotton, 40 x 66 inches.

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Maggy Rozycki Hiltner, a Red Lodge-based artist who works in embroidery and found materials, showcases a selection of new art quilts. These new works explore ideas of visceral memory, communication and disgust.


“Tomb” by Phoebe Knapp, exterior dimensions 12 x 12 x 12 feet.

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Phoebe Knapp is a sculptor of many years whose medium is primarily wood and metal, and who divides her time between a studio in Billings and a ranch in Big Horn County. The artwork in this exhibition, “Tomb”, is an interactive wooden construction with 3 nested cubic boxes inside, from the largest box 12′ X 12′ X 12′ to the smallest box 3’10 ” X 3’10” X 3’10 , in homage to the number phi 1.61803…and in the formation of a labyrinth, with lighting and mixed techniques, including water and stones.

by Jodi Lightner the drawings present a reconfiguration of built environments and reimagine how the objects we bring together and the spaces we inhabit influence perceptions.

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“States of Suspension” by Jodi Lightner, 2021, acrylic and ink on mylar, 20 x 20 inches.

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Tracy Linder is a sculptor whose works create an intimate experience of rural life through form, material, scale, presentation and lighting. At 8′ tall, his new piece, Wind, considers the harsh drought sweeping the West; Arranged in swirls, she chose cow ribs because they protect vital organs.

Jon Lodge’s the work is generated by the interplay of processes and materials. Viewers experience purely visual aspects of surface, texture, light, and pattern (much like the auditory sensations produced by sound). Titles and detailed lists of materials offer clues to the operating systems and visual constructs used in the making of the work.

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“Kid Grid #7 (Shooting out the Lights)” by Gordon McConnell, 2022, acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 inches.

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Gordon McConnell is a painter celebrating his 40th birthday in Billings. His recent paintings, represented here by a group of twelve-inch square canvases, are in a colorful cartoon style.

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Keeara Rhoades’ Lost on eBay: “ANTIQUE DAGUERREOTYPE CASE Girl with China Doll HAND TINTED PICTURE”, ai-generated image, #1 of 9 unique images sequentially generated.

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Keara Rhoades using passive camera techniques to explore cycles and potential outcomes, his recent works explore the intersections and transformations between character, condition and position, causing boundaries to be exposed, hidden or identified. The artwork for this show, Lost on eBay, is an AI-generated image produced using the eBay auction description, “ANTIQUE DAGUERREOTYPE CASE Girl with China Doll HAND TINTED PICTURE”, from a Daguerreotype photograph which I lost in a bid of $366.79 + $10.90 shipping.

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“Grid Toolik” by Patrick Smith, small samples of Greenland and Alaskan landscapes, 20 x 20 inches.

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Working in polar logistics in the High Arctic for 30 years, by Patrick Smith the photographs tended to be abstract constructs depicting the open, sometimes austere but always stunning landscapes of the ice cap or tundra. Over time, these environments are increasingly threatened by the industrial production of our high-energy societies.

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