Art Thoughts

The Idea Behind Looking

Sitting at a stoplight you notice a woman’s hair blowing in the wind.  In your kitchen you perceive the sun filtering through the window developing a delicate pattern on the floor. The way certain words or phrases in that book you’re reading pop out from the page at you. What do all of these visions have in common? They are all awareness and recognition of a moment while it is occurring. Being in the present, that is the idea behind looking. We as a society have been programmed in today’s digital age to fill every minute of the day with the goal and purpose of gathering and passing along...

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Levitas/Gravitas at the Milwaukee Artists Resource Network Gallery

With the freedom to select artists whose work revolves around an idea and approach to their medium rather than focusing on the medium itself gave current MARN curator Maggie Sasso’s final exhibition; Levitas/Gravitas a feeling of ease and cohesiveness.   Bringing together a unique and diverse group of two and three dimensional artists; Tiffany Knopow, Kevin Andrew Kraus, Ana Hanso-Ogren, and Allison Welch, whom all presented their distinct artworks with a sense of lightness and precision seemed effortless. As one enters the intimate venue at MARN the viewer is greeted on the first...

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Dynamic and Organic: The Tatalovich Collection at the Haggerty Museum of Art

Currently at the Marquette Haggerty Museum of Art is a dynamic and organic exhibition which fuses a subtle and powerful grouping of works on paper from the Mary and Michael J. Tatalovich Collection.   Compelling in scope and breadth, this exhibition highlights many influential post World War II artists including heavy hitters Richard Serra and Robert Rauschenberg along with captivating works by Jennifer Bartlett and James Siena.   Immediately drawn into and across the opening room by the salon style arrangement of works on paper on the far wall I knew as I approached that...

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Shannon Molter Interview: Origin Story at the 10th Street Gallery

**The following interview was conducted via email with artist Shannon Molter regarding her current exhibition - Origin Story at the Tenth Street Gallery** JA:       How important do you feel the narrative is in contemporary society? SLM:   Narrative is exceptionally important in contemporary society.  It is easily seen throughout our world and is deeply ingrained within our minds, constantly being considered and being put into practice.  For example we all have a personal story.  It includes the setting in which we grew up, who our parents were, how we were raised by them or someone...

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Origin Story: Shannon Molter at the Tenth Street Gallery

The legacy of what we leave behind; the art and objects, books and images, the textiles and vocal tales we share all tell the story of who we are as individuals and as a culture.  These elements shine a light on where we have been, highlighting what we have seen and experienced firsthand, and illuminating who we are and the time in which we existed. These stories as artist Shannon Molter illustrates in her exhibition Origin Story at the Tenth Street Gallery are only a small part of a larger more elaborate narrative where Mother Nature takes on a defining role. Balancing a mixture of two and three...

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Guildess Milwaukee and 10th Street Gallery present, “Who does she think she is?”

As the cool crisp night air swirled outside a small group of patrons gathered inside the cozy venue at the 10th Street Gallery/ InTandem Theatre to view, “Who Does She Think She Is?” a film sponsored by the local Guildess organization. The hour long film illuminated the lives of 5 woman artists from different backgrounds who utilize the various mediums of sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, and performance art to illustrate their passion to succeed and discussed the challenges facing them as contemporary woman artists. Following the film there was an intimate and laughter filled...

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Awakening our Senses: Ron Isaacs- Harbinger at the Tory Folliard Gallery

Delicate and flowing, the architectural sculptures by Ron Isaacs at the Tory Folliard Gallery leap off the wall with astounding clarity as if a breeze had passed through the space, awakening our senses to the beauty and mystery found in what is shown and what is absent. Built upon many layers of structure and meaning, these refreshing sculptures carved from birch plywood combine the nostalgia of vintage clothing with subtle morphing images of nature. Uniting seamless construction with intricately painted details, Isaacs presents the viewer a glimpse into the future while graciously nodding...

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Chip Gianakos: Electric Rain at Gallerie M

Walking into the crowded room at Gallerie M for the opening of emerging industrial artist Chip Gianakos’s debut exhibition Electric Rain; there was a stirring and pulsing sensation filling the room.  As people mingled between a mixture of dynamic wall art and sculptural tables there was an undeniable energy as we recognized we were witnessing something new and innovative. Combining forgotten materials from the past into a new hybrid artistic style, Gianakos has merged beautifully the organic and the technological.  Utilizing unearthed copper plates,Gianakos has harnessed the stunning...

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KingHellBastard: The War Room – Hip Hop Album Review

Blending the visceral and conceptual into one, the latest hip hop album; The War Room from locals KingHellBastard (KHB) hits on multiple levels with a power packed punch of quick and witty lyrics, infectious flows, and innovative beats   Professing themselves kings of the town on the first song “Omar,” it’s easy to slip and forget that KingHellBastard; comprised of Dana Coppafeel, DNA, Shemp, DJ1L, Dima aka The White Russian and Reason, have been an integral part of Milwaukee’s hip hop scene for over half a decade now, consistently producing albums and playing tight shows...

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Elinor Carucci; Precious Moments at the UWM Artist Now Lecture Series

Photography has often been referred to as a pastime for observers.  A solitary activity that preserves the people, places, and the moments in life we recognize as special.  Israeli born and now New York City native, Elinor Carucci has utilized photography throughout her life to break down that barrier of singularity and allowed her images and portraits to be a vehicle for a universal conversation about the intimacies of family and relationships.   Carucci recently gave a passionate and persuasive talk at UWM as part of their Artist Now lecture series, which brings accomplished artists...

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