Endless, Ceaseless, Boundless Joy and The Trouble with Romance
In February 2009, Todd Norsten completed two prints in Highpoint’s former Lyndale Avenue studio. The new works, Endless, Ceaseless, Boundless Joy and The Trouble with Romance, display his keen sense of ironic (sardonic) wit and exacting attention to technique. Endless, Ceaseless, Boundless Joy is a masterful trompe l’oeil screenprint that spells out the phrase “Endless, Ceaseless, Boundless Joy” in what appears to be common masking tape. Norsten’s second print, The Trouble with Romance, depicts a fallen snowman who virtually disappears into his wintery surroundings—except for a trickle of blood coming from his head.
Todd Norsten lives and works in Minneapolis. He holds a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Norsten has been the recipient of fellowships from Ellen Boetel Steckle, the Jerome Foundation, and the McKnight Foundation. He has had solo exhibitions at galleries worldwide including Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN; Federica Schiavo, Rome, Italy; and Adams & Ollman, Portland, Oregon. Norsten has participated in group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Arario Museum, Seoul, South Korea; Blondeau Fine Art, Geneva, Switzerland; and International Print Center New York, New York, NY. Norsten’s work resides in numerous public and private collections, including the British Museum, the Walker Art Center, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.