MinnPost Article on 55408

I was written about in a recent article by Molly Priesmeyer for MinnPost about the Minneapolis 55408 exhibition. Priesmeyer was kind enough to discuss the motivation behind my work in some detail, and I was most impressed with her interpretation of my print, I am Fine. She nailed it.

“Tonja Torgerson’s screen print, “I Am Fine,” is a portrait of a girl with snaking leaves framing her head, the ends of which are festooned with two syringes. The word “okay” has been crossed out and replaced with “fine.” While the design and colors are cheery and childlike, the image tells a more complicated story: a struggle, an illness, a push to put on a pretty face in the midst of it all.” –Molly Priesmeyer

An image of ThinkGirl Poster was also included in the article. Talent artists and colleagues, Ellen Mueller and Isaac Arvold, were also featured in the article.

You can read the full article on MinnPost.com

Artwork Featured in the Southwest Journal

My artwork is featured in the Southwest Journal for an article on Minneapolis 55408 at Intermedia Arts. A small image of I am Fine, is featured on the front page of the current issue (above). And the inside spread features a great picture of one of the ThinkGirl Posters (see image below). The Southwest Journal is available through out the Uptown area, so pick up a copy and check out the article. Its very exciting, especially since the opening is only two days away!

Show & Tell

My work will be included in Minneapolis 55408 at Intermedia Arts. This local exhibition showcases artists who live/work in the Uptown area.
The opening party is Friday, March 14th from 7-11:30 pm. More information below:

Minneapolis 55408
Intermedia Arts

2822 Lyndale Ave S

Minneapolis, MN 55408

Exhibition runs: March 13th-May 10th
Reception: Friday, March 14th

Gallery Hours:
Monday–Friday, 12 PM–7 PM
Weekends:Open first Saturdays, 10 AM–5 PM

Press for Anxiety Dreams Exhibition

I thought it was worth mentioning again the great press we have been receiving for the Anxiety Dreams Exhibition. I am especially delighted as it was my first curatorial venture. Two years ago, Ellen Mueller and I had only a great idea for an exhibition. Here are some of my favorite highlights from the articles that have been written:

“Artists Ellen Mueller and Tonja Torgerson curated “Anxiety Dreams,” a collection based on discussions they had while working at The Soap Factory last summer. In fact, Torgerson’s mixed-media pieces are inspired by dreams she had while putting together an exhibit at the Soap. The show required delicately arranging red string, which wove itself into her nightmares.

Torgerson’s wooden boxes are whimsical yet foreboding, private and revealing. Encased in one is a medical-book-like painting of a foot. Red string represents blood dripping from a half-toe. The missing tip appears in the corner, next to a bloody razor blade. “They’re biographical,” Torgerson says. “I had been struggling with illness. And I had these work dreams, too.”

Like anxiety dreams themselves, many of the pieces in this exhibit are personally revealing. In fact, this exhibit of young artists’ work — from large-scale drawings to videos – is pleasantly compelling. Torgerson and Mueller have an eye for creating a cohesive show of up-and-comers.”
— Molly Priesmeyer, MinnPost


Altered Aesthetics has picked an irresistible premise for one of two shows currently up at the gallery. Who hasn’t had dreams that the universe may be more malevolent than you thought? Anxiety Dreams, curated by Tonja Torgerson and Ellen Mueller, features the work of nine artists offering their take on this familiar expression of subconscious angst in the form of photographs, paintings, mixed media, and video.”

“White night gowns, paper-doll streamers, and haunted expressions figure prominently into Noelle McCleaf’s photographs. Tonja Torgerson’s bright, graphic shadow boxes depict not-so-bright-and-cheery subject matter. Lindsay Noble’s zombie-like, life-sized, 3D cutouts are straight out of a down-market catalog. Each offers the familiar turned askew, much the way dreams do.” — Stephanie Xenos, The Morning After

Anxiety Dreams Press

I am gathering a list of the press for the Anxiety Dreams exhibition. Here is what I have so far.

We have a full length article for the exhibition in MinnPost!

As of 2/4 Anxiety Dreams made the TC Daily Planet homepage with a picture of Ellen Mueller’s performance and a nice overview of the exhibition.

Also a review at Mpls St Paul Magazine’s The Morning After.

Listings include:
l’etoile magazine blog
minneapolis st paul magazine online