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May 24, 2004 // UPDATED 1:40 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Anna Pratt
Anna Pratt

Tee-time at the Walker

You won't worry about your score at the Walker Art Center's Sculpture Garden mini golf course. This playful green playfully mocks Podunk roadside pit stops, as well as other aspects of the American lifestyle. The artists/architects/designers who crafted these holes obviously had fun combining their talents and their sport.

In "Bolfing for Gowlers," Astroturf landscaping runs into the local bowling alley. Pretend to repair a man's wounds for par, "Op-par-ation," which parodies the "hands-on" medical relief of the colorful game Operation, or frolic through a minimalist grid ("Frank's Frolic").

Other games are also afoot: "Pachinko Generation" or "Mini Golf Smackdown." Get "teesed" by the "Black Hole" when you send your ball into deep space. Wear a winter coat to go skiing and ice fishing -- and watch a trapped walleye wriggle beneath a clear sheet of ice in the seasonally confused hole, "Winter in Summer: Ice Fishing House," that even features faux icicles.

An 18th-century building inspired another hole constructed with Kasota stone from the old Ramsey County Courthouse ("Courthouse Folly"). "Life Sucks" is a delightfully not-so-subtle hole, literally and figuratively -- players are predestined for one of three upshots: a winning casino cruiser, professional slacker or stifled middle management steeped in tedious office work. Lastly, take co-sponsor Target's dutiful mascot, Bullseye the dog, for a walk. Receive coupons for Joe's Garage, and Bar Lurcat on South 16th Street and Harmon Place Thursday nights.

May 28-Sept. 6, Thursday-Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., (plus Mondays, May 31, July 5 and Sept. 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m) Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden, 725 Vineland Pl. $5. 375-7651.

'Once Removed'

How many times have you questioned "are those flowers fake or real?" This is the issue artists Brad Freeman and Anne George explore and expose in their joint exhibit, "Once Removed." This is a floral show with text, imagery and lots of brightly colored odds and ends -- mainly silk, plastic and paper flowers.

Minneapolis artist George was selected to work with Freeman over four weeks in a National Endowment for the Arts-sponsored concept-to-print residency. With complex printing methods (overprinting) and composite prints, they trick viewers -- who don't really know what they're looking at. Even the shape and dimension of their books are questionable. On display also are their process materials and additional work from other participating artists.

Through June 20, Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tuesday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.) Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1011 Washington Ave. S. Free. 215-2520.