MINNEAPOLIS – September 7, 2013, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. – opening reception for Almost Yesterday; the exhibit runs through October 12. Eleventh Wonder’s current objective is to beautify the city. Along the way “WUNDR” has become one of the most prolific and recognizable street artists in Minneapolis. As the world begins to differentiate between traditional graffiti and fine artists that use streets as a canvass, WUNDR has developed a way of bringing his art into the gallery setting without losing the city. During his street art adventures, he explores alleyways and second-hand shops for abandoned treasures. Any once-loved item that evokes the right sort of nostalgic vision of yesterday is fair game to become a background for the distinctive characters of Eleventh Wonder’s world.
WUNDR applies acrylics and found materials to his rescued objects. Some are painted as is, others are harvested for fabric and stretched onto a frame. The Almost Yesterday all-new works incorporate this artistic reclaiming. Meanwhile, in the city surrounding Gamut Gallery, one might be lucky enough to spot one of the birds he has released. He creates these birds in his signature style by painting on sturdy cutouts. He then creates impromptu art installations by hanging them in public spaces, possibly to be taken home by a fellow rescuer. His vision of freedom with these birds is distinct from the gallery. As with his murals, he sets them free to be received for free. This exhibit is an opportunity for the public to show support for a devoted artist.
Eleventh Wonder produces art in a variety of media; including conceptual street art installations, spray painted murals, and illustration. He has exhibited locally, holds a degree in graphic design, and has worked professionally as a muralist. His signature characters began to develop in 2005.
“WUNDR’s art work is often a reminisce of childhood, with a thirst for adventure, and an abstraction of our environment. His characters are not a representation of any specific individual, but are molded from pieces of all of us. They are inspired by mental snapshots of our society, childhood associations, abstractions of feelings and emotions, self reflections and by the people that we interact with daily.” – EleventhWonder.com