Scott Nedrelow is a man of many mediums.¬† Along with making handcrafted iPad sleeves and cases camouflaged as books — a product appropriately named “BOOK” and appropriately labeled with “this is not a book” — Nedrelow uses his art space to make prints, paintings, bound volumes… and sandwiches.¬† His Sandwich Bar for Peace, which is part deli and part art gallery, takes art as payment for food and displays the currency on its wall.¬† Nedrelow is also busily working on the compendium volume to Location Vol. 3, a show that features work from several artists.¬† The Location Vol. 3 opening show is November 10th at The Burnet Gallery at Chambers.
Photos and interview by Kelsey Johnston.
Secrets of the City: Where are you from?
Scott Nedrelow: Willmar, Minnesota.
Secrets: How did you get started with your personal work?
SN: I got started on my own and then ended up in graduate school because I didn‚Äôt have an art background.¬† I went to graduate school to combine an undergrad art program with a grad program.¬† Then I spent a couple of years north of Ely, MN in the woods.¬† I became an Ebay abstract painter to make money and was also working on another body of work based in photography and drawing.
Secrets: What is your take on craft vs. art?¬† Craft being a product with a purpose or function.
SN: I do make a product that has a purpose called BOOK for iPad, but it‚Äôs an in between place because as an object it‚Äôs a strange and interesting object.¬† It looks like a book from the outside but it‚Äôs really not a book.¬† It’s a case to store an iPad and picks up on the hype surrounding e-reading.¬† I thought about this a lot when I was an Ebay painter or making painting specifically to sell on Ebay they were very much a product that people wanted to hang up on their wall.¬† They would start with the idea ‚ÄúI need something for my wall‚Äù and it‚Äôs something that they may not even want to look at.¬† They want it to fit in, to match or fill a place.¬† That’s what the function of it is, to fill a space.
Secrets: How did the idea for the ‚ÄúBook‚Äù develop?
SN: I worked on it with a friend of mine when we were looking at putting together a project called Location, which is a series of artist projects in book form.¬† We were thinking about the shell and experience of a book like a gallery.¬† And at the same time we realized that there is a kind of cultural moment happening that is considering the form and future of books.
Secrets: What is your favorite book?
SN: A biography of Robert Irwin, called Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees by Lawrence Weschler.
Secrets: Tell me more about Location.
SN: ¬†It‚Äôs called Location because the book is the location or the gallery.¬† There is no location– the location is the book.¬† I‚Äôm working on it together with Ruben Nusz.¬† It’s programmed similar to a gallery– we have solo shows, two person shows, and group shows.¬† There are four books a year and we give a standard size and length to artists to do a project that is specifically made for those pages.¬† The goal is to get artists to make work that can be experienced in an unmediated way when you view this book.¬† The book isn‚Äôt just documentation, we make the book into the show, which is kind of an experiment.
Secrets: What‚Äôs your favorite sandwich?
SN: I do like the Ruben and the hot ham and cheese.¬† The first official sandwich of the Sandwich Bar For Peace was the Ruben.¬† I would like to put together something that you would call a croque-monsieur and have that be the second official sandwich.¬† I just need to figure out how to do a croque-monsiuer.
Secrets: Tell me more about the Sandwich Bar For Peace.
SN: It started with friends in the building as a reaction to expensive sandwiches.¬† We started banding together making our own sandwiches and I evolved it through a series of jokes into an institution that‚Äôs one part deli and one part collecting institution.¬† Artists can essentially trade a piece of art for a sandwich, and the permanent collection hangs in my studio (like you’re famous and you’ve eaten in a deli).¬† Everything will be collected together into a book call Sandwich Bar For Peace Annual Report.
Secrets: What‚Äôs the best part about living in Minneapolis?
SN: It‚Äôs a laid back place, but there‚Äôs still a lot going on.
Secrets: What‚Äôs your favorite place in Minneapolis?
SN: I like the Uptown movie theatre a lot.¬† I showed a video installation at the Soap Factory last summer that’s basically about the space of movie theaters.¬† The Uptown Theater is a great space.
Secrets: Childhood dream career?
SN: Probably astronaut.
Secrets: Do you ever wonder if iPads get chilly?
SN: Oh right, yeah, the sleeve is a cozy.¬† The cozy is for the people not for the iPad.¬† The iPad doesn‚Äôt get chilly, but the sleeve will warm the user’s heart.
Secrets: Taylor asks: “Why you so loveable?”
SN: That‚Äôs a dangerous question!
Location – Volume Three features work by Jan Albers, Allen Brewer, Louise Despont, Joe Hardesty, Ginny Maki, Jens Nordmann, Chloe Piene, David Rathman, Deb Sokolow, Megan Vossler.¬† The opening reception and book sale will take place at the Burnet Gallery at le Meridian Chambers Art Hotel on Wednesday, Nov. 10th from 6pm – 9pm.