UNLOST is a group exhibition of Milwaukee art created during lockdown. As the world reeled from this uncharted territory, these artists and designers used disorientation as an engine for discovery and creativity. This exhibition includes the work of Rachael Gonzales, Libby Castro, Jacqlynn Murphy, Kurt Young Binter, Ash Lettow and Patrick Castro.
Melissa Dorn works to create experiences both in her art and in her teaching, that momentarily transport people, making space for creating and for change from within. Because of this it was important to her that the exhibition include works from artists working with similar themes that were also former students of hers, creating a space for conversation between the varied works and experiences.
The series of mixed media paintings portray images of a vase in different environments. At first glance, they are simple shapes and forms that look congruous, balanced, and effortlessly holding seemingly simple flowers. Looking closer, the power of the brushstroke, charcoal gestures, pencil lines, scratches, drips, and even firework residue create the composition all serve as a metaphor to investigate memories and thoughts. To conclude: can a vase of flowers express a deeper meaning?
Beleaguered Microcosm is a collection of Jave Yoshimoto’s works that reflects on the recent histories natural and man-made disasters. The works represented are paintings on paper, as well as sculptural pieces made with makerspace/fab lab equipment found nationwide. Jave Gakumei Yoshimoto is an artist and educator of multi-cultural background. He was born in Japan to Chinese parents and immigrated to California at a young age. He is a recipient of the 2015 Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Painters and Sculptors grant, which he used to travel to Nepal and Lesvos Island in Greece to research human crisis, survival, empathy and resilience.
On Friday, October 15th, The Alice Wilds will be holding a private gallery event for ticket holders in conjunction with Makeal Flammini’s exhibition, “A Pound of Flesh.” Please inquire with The Alice Wilds for availability.
Plum Blossom Initiative (PBI) and Var Gallery & Studios present Bridge Work 07 exhibition. For the seventh iteration of Bridge Work, PBI and Var selected three artists (all recent BFA graduates) to participate in the Bridge Work 07 professional development program. Helena Baka creates ceramic sculptures and paintings detailing the mythologies in Albanian culture. Ana Siemsen explores diaspora and cultural identity of her Chinese heritage through fashion design, photography and video. Lindsey Yeager’s paintings critique flawed human society with their propensity to destroy.
Sierra Vista Avenue in East Hollywood, LA is where Randi Drozd and Uriel Correa have lived and worked side by side over the past year. Their painting styles share similarities in color and concept while forming a connection on many levels. “Sierra Vista” encapsulates many aspects of Los Angeles from the griminess and pollution to the epic sunsets you see while walking around the neighborhood. Drozd creates an otherworldly dreamscape partially influenced by certain components of her surroundings. Inspirations for this series included LA’s deco architecture, succulents, sprawling sidewalks, and the patterns of block paving. Correa captures the decrepit landscapes marrying them to the natural, surreal beauty seen from afar, while transforming the debilitated city streets into parallel dimensions. Together, they created a dual reality of fantasy and fiction combined with their everyday observations.