Ipso Art Gallery new episode Mystic October

The number 12 is a recurring theme throughout life, whether you are aware of it or not. That’s why it will be the focal point of art for the brand new Ipso Art Gallery; Mystical October.

It will be a one-man show, directed by Cody Henrichs, creator of the Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion. When first approached by First Produce, Heinrichs said he didn’t consider his work “mystical,” but began to think about it.

“I am inherently curious and obsessive. I wrote (mystically)… I don’t know if it’s true. So I wrote it down and then I went home and started researching and thinking about what it means to be mystical,” Henrichs said.

Henrichs, who calls himself tangential, began to focus on the numbers. First he started at seven, then at three, finally landing at 12.

“I was reading more and I was like, ‘Oh interesting.’ So there are the 12 primary Greek gods, then there are 12 sons of Odin, 12 disciples, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 revolutions of the planet which we call months,” Henrichs said. “The 12 signs of the zodiac, the 12 chakras, and it just goes on and on. There’s basically this kind of endless mining of information that comes out of historical repetition for humans to use the number 12 as a number to signify divinity.

He also pointed out other references, including the number of knights around the round table, Jedi Council members, and leaders.

“What if I focus too much on this concept of 12?” Heinrichs said in a press release. “I’ve never been able to do so freely. Just by exploring the practice of simple repetition, I might have cracked something.

At Galerie Ipso, Henrichs will exhibit a number of sculptures, including 12 heads of Hercules, wall hangings, a 12-foot light pillar, a video and more.

Lined up are the 12 busts of Hercules.

“We choose our artist who tends to be mystical to some degree, and so we chose Cody simply because of his work. It always felt very sought after and a bit magical,” said Erin Murtha, Fresh Produce Project Manager.

The show will run through October.

Henrichs has been an artist for as long as he can remember. In elementary school, he was reprimanded for being too creative on an art project and not following the rules. His punishment? A slap with a ruler, standing in the hallway during class and three recesses.

Henrich works in his home studio.

“Maybe some kids might have quit and said ‘I guess I should do as she said.’ Instead, I was resolved to be like it was the price to pay, I had to be reprimanded and kept away from the masses because I see the world differently, so be it,” Henrichs said. “…I think that’s when I consciously started to recognize that I was seeing things differently and thinking things more intensely.”

But it’s paid off for him so far.

Henrichs, from Luverne, Minnesota, has seen his work shown everywhere. One of those places is Fenway Park, where the Boston Red Sox play. There, he says, he replaced Hall of Famer Ted Williams’ head on his bust.

And that’s not the only baseball legend he’s worked with.

David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a designated hitter in 2022, and Heinrichs worked with him to create an outline of his hands.

The accomplished artist not only created art, but taught at Sioux Falls University and high school. It has also been exhibited at the New Orleans Contemporary Art Museum, Zurich, Switzerland and Trenton, New Jersey. He has also worked with other notable artists, including Tara Donavan, Robert Gober and Jeff Koons, to name a few.

In addition to being the chief curator of the Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center, Henrichs is an Adjunct Professor of Sculpture at the University of Sioux Falls. Henrichs holds a master’s degree in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Henrichs has been busy this year, including shows at the USF Faculty Show. And, solo shows in USD, Aberdeen and Portland – all within the next 10 months, he said. In a typical year, Henrichs tries to do no more than three shows per year.

“I’ll probably be done with all of this and then I’m like ‘Wait a minute’ and then you’ll see a gap in my resume and you’ll be like ‘He went crazy in 2022 and 2023 and then he didn’t. I don’t do anything before. 2035,” Henrichs joked.

The show opens with a 6-8 p.m. reception on Sept. 30 at Fresh Produce in downtown Sioux Falls. The event is free and open to the public, and the exhibition will end on October 31.

William E. Bennett