The Soap Factory Presents: Here Comes Jesus: A Video Series by Joshua McGarvey. The artist will be releasing the video series overtime on the Soap Factory’s blog leading up to the final video which will be screened in the Soap Factory’s lower level on April 15th at 7:30PM.

Here Comes Jesus is a video series that probes the westernization of the religious figure Jesus. Absurdity ensues as narrative and metaphor are conformed to relate to my own experiences.

Jesus is a crinkled mirror. Jesus is Play-Doh. Jesus invented a table. Stemming from one scene in Mel Gibson’s film about the crucifixion of Jesus in which the Christian messiah is shown building a table for chairs, the series embraces the ambiguous identity of god’s only son. Here Comes Jesus is a video series that probes the westernization of the religious figure Jesus. Absurdity ensues as narrative and metaphor are conformed to relate to the artist's own experience

Here Comes Jesus is directly inspired by the fact that Jesus didn't leave home until he was 30. As stated in Jesus Christ: Insight, Volume 2, "His childhood and the growing-up process, like his birth, were necessary, though incidental, means to an end." Between the ages of twelve and thirty, we don't know what Jesus was doing, and no one seems to care. Joshua McGarvey's video series offers a thoughtful rendering of Jesus' developmental years.

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Lela Pierce during the June 3x5 residency at The Soap Factory

Sweden + Minnesota Exchange

Open call: March 20 - May 3, 2017, 3:00PM

Residency dates: August 1st - September 3rd

The Soap Factory is excited to partner with Kutlivera to send four emerging and mid-career Minnesota-based artists to Tranås, Sweden to participate in a month-long residency designed and hosted by Kultivera.

This residency is about TIME and PLACE, offering an opportunity to reflect and cultivate ideas through experience and exchange. Artists will be given opportunities to learn about their host city, meet other artists, and work independently or collaboratively in a private studio. Artists of any practice are welcome to apply (visual, performance, literary, dance, interdisciplinary, new media), but please keep in mind that this residency might not provide the logistics and time to create large-scale pieces.   

Artists are asked to prepare to discuss or share their experiences during a public artist talk and private studio visit shortly after their return, organized by The Soap Factory. 


Kultivera operates international cultural programs that are physical, social and creative; that stimulate and inspire both the artists and the local community. Kultivera creates cross-border meetings between artists, community, and industry that allow different areas to fertilize each other in mutual interaction. Kultivera’s idea is to connect several European cultures, and promote democracy, quality, innovation, diversity, and cultural development.

The artist is not bound or isolated to a specific location or place, but is inserted in a typical Swedish small-town situations where they can operate internationally through the local.

More information about Kultivera’s organization and residency programs can be found on their about page .

Support + Costs

The Soap Factory and Kultivera will be supporting the following costs:
  • Travel (flight and train ticket to and from airport)

  • Accommodations

  • Working Studios

  • Food Stipend

  • Material Stipend

Artists are expected to cover any additional expenses during your residency. The Soap Factory staff will be working with you to travel.

How to apply:

This is an open call to participate in the Kultivera + Soap Factory residency program. All applications must be submitted through For more information or to apply click here.
The Soap Factory is excited to announce the four artists and their projects that will be presented as part of Rethinking Public Spaces at The Soap Factory.

Monica Edwards Larson

Poetry of Resistance

 Monica Edwards Larson / Sister Black (Bike) Press’s project “Poetry of Resistance” consists of two parts; a temporary installation of letterpress printed poetry cards and to host a collaborative one-time event: Poetry reading and DIY printing event, using the mobile bicycle press, at the Soap Factory. The installation will consist of hundreds of letterpress printed poetry cards that will be temporarily inserted within the construction fence on the property. The cards will feature the work of local poets whose work bears witness to the many challenges facing our democracy, the health of our planet, and all aspects of human rights, that inspire action.

Monica Edwards Larson is the proprietress of Sister Black Press - a private Letterpress and Book Arts studio, established in 2000 in Minneapolis, MN. She received a Masters in Fine Art in printmaking from Arizona State University. She has taught Printmaking, Graphic Design and Book Arts to students of all ages in the Twin Cities area, including the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, College of Visual Art, University of Northwestern and Minneapolis College of Art & Design. She is a 2017 recipient of the MN State Arts Board - Artist Initiative Grant, and recently started a new venture called Sister Black (Bike) Press – a mobile printing press that she pedals on the Twin Cities’ bike trails and streets, stopping to print at local bike shops, bookstores and libraries.

Leyya Mona Tawil

Destroy// Minneapolis

In collaboration with local dancers and musicians, dance artist and composer Leyya Mona Tawil will bring her day long performance ‘Destroy// All Places’ to The Soap Factory. Destroy// All Places is a new ritual for new times. The performance is composed, but untethered. The artists attempt a score imbedded with mechanisms that make its execution increasingly impossible, forcing the material into stages of deterioration and evolution. Destroy// All Places began in San Francisco in 2012, and has since visited over 23 cities including Saint Petersburg, Rome, Cairo and Athens.  Over 100 artists have participated in the project internationally.

“My project for The Soap Factory, Destroy// Minneapolis, is a metaphor for renewal and resistance.  The health of a city is dependent on change; a change that requires destruction as part of the life cycle…  As well, it is a framework to support and present the talented dancers and musicians of Minneapolis/St. Paul.” - Leyya Mona Tawil

Leyya Mona Tawil, Artistic Director of DANCE ELIXIR, is an artist working with dance and music practices. Her performance scores have been presented in 16 countries; highlights include New York Live Arts/Live Ideas (NYC), After the Last Sky Festival (Berlin), TransDance15 (Cairo), Bimhuis (Amsterdam) and the Museum of Nonconformist Arts (Saint Petersburg). Tawil’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, American Theater Magazine, Movement Research’s Critical Correspondence and PAJ-Journal of Performance and Art.

Photo credit: Atsushi Iwai

Monica Sheets

Collectively We Support Your Autonomy

Monica is installing a large-scale neon sign for the Soap Factory façade created in collaboration with Ne-Art Custom Neon in Northeast Minneapolis. The text – “collectively we support your autonomy” – is a reflection of and comment on participatory processes and relationships between artist, participant, artwork and audience.

“This lesson also applies to the Soap Factory’s role in the Twin Cities' art community. It is the support provided by organizations such as the Soap that enables artists’ autonomy in exploring their varied interests and contributing their knowledge to the world. It is also our collective support of these organizations as artists, audience and volunteers that ensures their continued existence. It seems fitting to me to emphasize these reciprocal roles on the Soap’s exterior while its interior is closed in order to undertake renovations that ensure its own autonomy and continued existence.” - Monica Sheets

Monica Sheets creates platforms for communication as a means of civic engagement for herself and other participants. She was born in Toledo, Ohio and her experiences growing up in the Rust Belt were pivotal to her decision to work directly with participants, coming from a desire to reach audiences who might not normally visit galleries and museums. In addition to her artistic work, she has worked in different capacities at a variety of non-profit art organizations, including as founder and director of Das Fundbuero e.V., a cultural organization dedicated to creating spaces in which former East German citizens can discuss their experiences of the German Democratic Republic and the aftermath of German unification in 1989.

Laura Brown

Laura Brown will install screen printed faux construction signs around the perimeter of the Soap Factory during renovation. The signs will contain components of the visual language of construction signs, but they will ultimately not be helpful or useful in navigating around the construction site. Instead, their colors and patterns will serve the purpose of sustaining anticipation about the soon-to-be completed Soap Factory renovation. In addition to the installation, Laura will host a series of Open Air Studio Sessions, inviting the public to come print signs of solidarity, protest, or encouragement; in relation to their day-to-day experiences in a wider world that is in various states of literal and metaphorical "renovation".

Laura Brown is a printmaker, book artist, collaborator and teacher. Her work examines human relationships and memory through the lenses of geography, movement, and time. She has held residencies at the Myren Graffikk in Kristiansand, Norway; the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California; Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York, and her work appears in collections at Yale University and the Library of Congress, among others. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Studio Art/Printmaking at the University of Texas at Austin.

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