Inside The Robot

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About Zee Arteest

Linnea was born in Minneapolis on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1979 and was carried home during a snowstorm. She grew up in the small town of Mound and always drew. Her attraction to visual drama started early: when she was only 32 inches tall, she stood in the kitchen doorway and was shocked as Grandma removed all her teeth at once. This was the first vivid image that impressed itself on her memory and precluded a lifetime of visual thinking.

Later, leaning on the bark of a thin limb midway up her favorite maple tree, Linnea was touched by the tenderest breeze. It was filled with the sensation of perfection and she could feel it contained all the secrets of the alternate nature of the universe. The sensation of unutterable beauty has caused years of daydreaming and unremitting attempts at translating the elusive feelings into shapes communicating complexities bigger than words, a little picture guide to these unidentifiable but poignant emotions.

Linnea studied illustration at Washington University In St Louis and cultivated her current graphic style after taking a woodcut print class, where under the direction of a spontaneously combusting maniac she developed a penchant for triphop in the wee hours of the morning and putting thick outlines around objects in her drawings.

In 2004 the Robots invaded.

Currently, Linnea spends her time making art at a converted casket factory in Northeast Minneapolis. She just finished drawing her very first coloring book. Her projects include acrylic and oil paintings, murals, commissions, and collaborations; action painting with rock bands, classical saxophonists, and electronic music DJs; freelance illustration, designing furniture, making pictures for children’s books, and staring at the sky through moving branches.

Her thoughts are still all pictures, and she fills pages of sketchbooks with secret nonsense and meandering doodles, out of which evolve series of characters brimming with internal dialogue. Linnea paints them into pictures to nudge you to believe in her imagined reality where colors are twice as bright, love is infinitely more vivid, and the world is condensed into simple, crystallized pleasures, so just a smile ignites a connection to make any distance small.

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EXHIBITS & SHOWINGS

Current/Upcoming

Solo Exhibits
2016 Oct-Dec |LINNEA. Modus Locus, Minneapolis
2016 May | Proof, Showroom, Minneapolis
2015 Sep | Downpour, Inglewood CA

2013 Jul | Debut, Showroom, Minneapolis
2013 Apr | Stage Fright, Maestoso Music Studio, St Louis Park
2013 Mar | Robot Invasion, Salon Ori, St. Paul
2013 Mar | They Had Lasers, Pizza Luce Downtown, Minneapolis
2013 Mar | First Thursdays, Studio 316, Minneapolis
2012 Dec | Coffee Robot, Dunn Bros Eagan, Eagan
2012 Jul | New Vintage, Buffalo Exchange, Minneapolis
2012 Jul | Paint & Grapes, Northern Vineyards Winery, Stillwater
2011 Dec | Tiny Love, Butter Bakery Cafe, Minneapolis

2012 Apr | Mod Robots, FindFurnish Showroom, Minneapolis
2012 Feb | Paralyzed, Honey Lounge, Minneapolis
2012 Jan | Action, WorkAround office center, Minneapolis
2011 Jun | Summer Bright, Janine’s Coffeehouse, Minneapolis
2011 Apr | Bird Themes, Ginkgo Gallery, Minneapolis
2010 Dec | Losing Direction, The Independent, Minneapolis
2009 Dec | Art Underground, Honey Lounge, Minneapolis
2006 Jul | Shift Change, Sandy Green Gallery, Minneapolis

2005 Apr | Something Springy, Caffe Tempo, Minneapolis
2004 Jun | Cairdeas Coffee, Cairdeas Coffee, St Louis, MO

Group Exhibits

2016 Nov | Exhibicion de Pintura en Realidad Virtual , Alcaniz, Spain
2016 June-Aug | CONDOLENCE. Ambiente Gallerie, Minneapolis MN
2016 Mar-May | Love, Art, & Jewels. The Coal Miner’s Daughter, Milwaukee WI
2015 Nov | Inglewood Art Walk, Inglewood CA
2013 Apr | Harriet Brewery: Robotartbeer, Harriet Brewery, Minneapolis
2013 May | Art4Shelter, Burnet Gallery, Minneapolis

2012 Nov | Northeast Arts Storefront, Gaviidae Commons, Skyway Level, Minneapolis
2012 Jan | Pop Up Gallery, Ad Hoc Art Gallery, Minneapolis
2011-2012 | NE Artist Feature, Hazel’s Restaurant, Minneapolis
2010 Feb | Foot in the Door 4, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis
2008 Dec | Frank Stone Gallery, Minneapolis
2012 May | Art at One, One Yoga, Minneapolis
2012 May | Art4Shelter, Burnet Gallery, Minneapolis
2012 Apr | Marcy Arts Gala, Soap Factory, Minneapolis
2011 Jun | spotOut, Spot Art, Minneapolis
2011 Apr | Glitter Ball 4, Grainbelt Bottling House, Minneapolis
2011 Apr | Deviant Art, Northrup King Gallery, Minneapolis
2005-2016| Art-A-Whirl, 11th Edition. Casket Arts Studio #221, Northeast Minneapolis
2012 Dec | Holiday Show, Dave Royce Gallery
2012 May | Spring Boutique, Mills Church, Minnetonka
2011 Nov/Dec | White Rabbit Varitety Shoppe, Minneapolis
2011 Nov/Dec | Mama’s Happy, Mound

2011 Aug | ArtiCulture, Minneapolis
2008 Mar | Living Art, Anodyne, Minneapolis
2007 Nov | Mural Gallery, Eastside Coop, Minneapolis
2007 Mar | Art to /Di/ For, Anodyne, Minneapolis
2006 Mar | Art is the Key, Anodyne, Minneapolis
2005 Apr | Dunn Bros Local Flavor, Dunn Bros, Minneapolis

2004 Dec | A Show of Art, Fallout Urban Art Center, Minneapolis

Performances

2016 Jul | BRUSH|REED. Lenox, MA
2015 Mar | BRUSH|REED, Minneapolis, MN
2014 Jun | BRUSH|REED, Hong Kong
2013 Oct | BRUSH|REED, Buffalo, NY
2012 Jul | BRUSH|REED, World Saxophone Co, Edinborough, Scotland
2011 | Loring Theater Live, Loring Theater
2011 Jul | BRUSH|REED, Tanglewood, Lenox, MA
2009-2010 | Sample Night Live
2009 Sep | BRUSH|REED, Boston University, Boston, MA

2009 Feb | BRUSH|REED, Smith Center for the Arts
2008-2009 | Marvelle performances
2008 Dec | Action Painting, Jazz Soloist
2008 Sep | Action Painting, Everett Smithson Band

Publications

2016 | Robot Adventure Inside The Robot a coloring book for all ages
2011 | the stranger a haiku voiced from the roof of the world
2004 | Fig. 1 Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, A REVISION OF BOURRERIA (BORAGINALES, EHRETIACEAE) IN SOUTH AMERICA, Marc Gottschling and James S. Miller
2004 | Adansonia Vol. 26 no. 1

Representation

2013 | The Abstracted Gallery, Minneapolis
2008 | Mezzolago Gallery, Minneapolis

Professional Affiliations

2013 | Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association, Board of Directors. Minneapolis MN
2005-Present | Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association, Member. Minneapolis MN

Education

1998 - 2002 | Bachelor of Fine Arts (cum laude) Visual Communications, Washington University (St. Louis, MO)

Recognition

2000 | Study Abroad, Santa Reparata Graphic Arts Centre, Florence, Italy
1998-2002 | Washington University Academic Scholarship, Elizabeth Bland Memorial Scholar