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Don’t Doubt Your Horses Reception

July 27 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Dan Wahl
Don’t Doubt Your Horses
a participatory exhibition
Exhibiting at the Marshall-Lyon County Library
201 C Street, Marshall, MN 56258
July 14 – August 26, 2022
In-Person Reception
Wednesday, July 27 from 9:30 am-11 am in conjunction with the Petting Zoo & Carnival at the Marshall-Lyon County Library
Dan Wahl will also being having a virtual reception on August 4th. For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/392208209641222/
Please let SMAC staff know if you request any information or accommodations to attend in-person or virtual event by emailing info@swmnarts.org or you can visit our Access Page for more information as well: https://swmnarts.org/access/
The Marshall-Lyon County Library hours are Monday through Friday 10 am to 8 pm & Saturday 9 am to 2 pm. The library building has accessible parking, as well as being an accessible building and space. If you have questions about the location, please contact the facility at 507-537-7003 or library@marshalllyonlibrary.org.
This activity is funded, in part, by an appropriation from the MN State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund and its art and cultural heritage fund that was created by vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
Dan Wahl Artist Statement
Don’t Doubt Your Horses is an interactive exhibition that includes your drawings with mine. It has been in development for 7 years, beginning with the 400 Horses Project.
Born from a desire to understand the equine body structure, the 400 Horses Project began as a drawing exercise. I set out to create 400 horse drawings from January 1 to December 31, 2015. All was going well until I got blocked a few months into the project. I journaled and meditated and drew my way through the artist’s block. Then came a truly unexpected idea. I discovered that the project was not about making horse drawings. It was about liking the horse drawings.
If the project was to be completed at all, I would have to accept all the horses. Every drawing, every horse. This was much easier said than done.
The shift of focus from the act of drawing to the act of liking necessitated a deeper appreciation for the horses themselves. In order to accept them I had to let them be who they were. Who they are.
This approach to the project began raising essential questions about standards and aesthetics. What is “bad art”? What drawings would artists hide in their sketchbooks? What horses would be crumpled up and thrown away? In the end, it seemed right to include every single drawing in one exhibition.
The phrase “Don’t Doubt Your Horses” traveled along with some of the more adventuresome horses who were harder to like. I repeated the phrase to myself. Without that mantra some of these horses might never have come into being.
Dan Wahl Bio
Dan Wahl is an artist and writer from the prairie land of southwest Minnesota. He thanks all people, past and present, who hold the land in their hearts. For several decades he has been asking friends, acquaintances, and strangers, “Could you please draw me a horse?”


July 27
9:30 am - 11:00 am
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Marshall-Lyon County Library
201 C Street
Marshall, MN 56258 United States
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