“In my newest collection of painting, sculpture and installation, A Pale and Simple Light, I am taking over the entire HAIRandNAILS Gallery for the first time since our inaugural show 5 ½ years ago. In some ways the show is about what I have learned about this building in that time, observations of how people move through it and how artwork lives within it. I am excited at the opportunity to contend with its nature once again. Using color, industrial materials, video, light and plants this exhibition explores themes of architectural and biological space and structure, spontaneous methods of repair, as well as an overall consideration of the complex and likely unsustainable systems we are existentially dependent on.”

Ryan Fontaine is a self-taught visual artist, gallerist and musician based in Minneapolis, MN. He co-directs HAIRandNAILS Contemporary Art with partner Kristin Van Loon.


–In addition to open hours, individual appointments available 7 days/week via hairandnailsart@gmail.com.
*proof of vaccination required
–air circulated by central air, open doors, and HEPA air filters.
–Masks required in the gallery.
–Continuing consultation of CDC and MDH. Adjusting plans accordingly as advised.
–Opening reception will be outside in the HAIR+NAILS backyard sculpture garden to maintain a limited capacity in the gallery.