In the Inez Greenberg Gallery...

Fruitful and Multiplying: The Overpopulation Exhibit

Curated by John Schuerman

Featured Artists: Mayumi Amada, Michael Kareken, Jim Proctor, and John Schuerman

April 11 – May 30, 2014

Reception: Friday, April 11, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Artist Talk: Thursday, May 15, 7:00 p.m.

World population has more than doubled since 1960. The public discourse around population is skittish at best. It is safe to discuss the effects of overpopulation – sustainability, water supply, etc. – but discussion of over-population and especially action to limit population is taboo. The purpose of Fruitful and Multiplying is to present a collection of artwork on the issue of overpopulation and to sponsor dialogue that helps people understand and engage with the many global effects.

Fruitful and Multiplying will include three components: (1) Four featured artists with multiple works that directly address overpopulation and its effects, (2) a salon-style installation of individual art works from 13 local artists, and (3) an informational installation including facts, statistics, diagrams, etc. produced by World Population Balance, a local non-profit with a mission to educate communities on the issues of overpopulation.

“What others won’t talk about is a perfect call to action for artists,” says curator John Schuerman. “Politically sensitive topics, and in particular, social causes, are almost always ushered in with artistic support; for example, the folk singers that supported the civil rights movement. Furthermore, art is perfect for starting to talk about things we haven’t figured out how to address, and where there is no clear answer, or even articulation.”

StarTribune Article (April 18, 2014): Bloomington art show tackles a 'Fruitful' topic: overpopulation by Mason Riddle
Chaska Herald Article (April 26, 2014): Bursting at the seams by Mollee Francisco

Fruitful and Multiplying
Tip Floor, oil on canvas, by Michael Kareken

Related Events

Opening Reception
Inez Greenberg Gallery
Friday, April 11, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

TED-style talk by actress Alexandra Paul – CANCELLED
Schneider Theater
We regret that an unforeseen scheduling conflict prevents Ms. Paul from traveling to the Twin Cities for this speaking engagement.

Artist Talk
Inez Greenberg Gallery
Thursday, May 15, 7:00 p.m.

Aqua per Capita with Jonee Kulman Brigham of Full Spring Studio
Presented in collaboration with CLIMB Theatre
Outdoor Amphitheater
Saturday, May 17, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Rain Date: May 24)
This interactive theater workshop will explore the relationship of population growth, water usage, and carrying capacity.

All events listed above will take place at the Bloomington Center for the Arts and are free and open to the public.

In addition, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Minnesota will be offering a six-week class on the exhibit on Tuesdays, March 25 – April 29, from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at the Bloomington Center for the Arts. Registration is required. For more information, please contact OLLI at 612-624-7847 or visit

About John Schuerman

John Schuerman is Director and Curator for Instinct Gallery in downtown Minneapolis. Instinct is a contemporary gallery with an emphasis on art that honors the natural world. John is also a self-taught artist and independent curator. His deep interest in nature and human nature are visible in both his art and his curatorial work which consists of group exhibitions focused on sociological themes. His aesthetic style and social consciousness formed as he grew up on a dairy farm in southern Wisconsin, coming of age during the cultural revolution of the late 60's and early 70's. He has produced exhibits on topics such as Money, Gender Perspectives, Identity, Environmental Art, and now, Human Overpopulation.

Fruitful and Multiplying Be Fruitful and Multiply, acrylic, by John Schuerman

Fruitful and Multiplying A Blip in Eternity, art installation, by Mayumi Amada

Salon Artists:
Sarina Brewer
Art Gillespie
David Aschenbrener
George Farrah
John Megas
Suzanne Skon
Paula Barkmeier
Fotios Zemenides
Emily Koehler
John Pearson
Alis Olsen
Keith Possehl

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