The Institute of Visual Arts (Inova) at UWM is featuring an exhibition of work by the artists who received the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists in 2011.
The exhibition continues through Dec. 9 at Inova/Kenilworth. It brings together work by three artists in the Established category: Nicolas Lampert, Brad Lichtenstein and Sonja Thomsen; and three artists and one artist collective in the Emerging category: American Fantasy Classics (Brittany Ellenz, Liza Pflughoft, Alec Regan, Oliver Sweet), Richard Galling, Hans Gindlesberger and Sarah Gail Luther.
Lampert is a senior lecturer in the Department of Art & Design at UWM, while two fellows have past connections to UWM. Gindlesberger was adjunct assistant professor and area head of photography in the Department of Art & Design, and Lichtenstein was a lecturer in film and founder of DocUWM.
The fellows were chosen in November 2011 from a field of 143 applicants by a panel of three jurors. For more information about the Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists program, visit http://lyndensculpturegarden.org/nohl.
Gallery hours are Wednesday and Friday-Sunday noon-5 p.m., and Thursday noon-8 p.m. A description of exhibited works by each artist follows, as well as a listing of special events. The exhibition and events are free and open to the public.
Nicolas Lampert: For this exhibition, Lampert has collaborated with Paul Kjelland on a new series of prints and commemorative athletic uniforms that celebrate the history of the Milwaukee Commandos, a group of young black men who worked alongside Father James Groppi in the fair housing struggles of the mid-1960s.
Brad Lichtenstein: Described as a compassionate filmmaker – “there is visible heart behind every shot” – Lichtenstein screens a compilation of excerpts from “As Goes Janesville,” as well his earlier films.
Sonja Thomsen: For the exhibition, Thomsen displays her first foray into sculpture, “trace of possibility,” a 14-foot steel and polycarbonate structure, placed in relation to “witness,” a large photograph on vinyl. Other new works are “nexus,” a changing series of archival pigment prints, and “vessel,” nine small white-on-white still lifes on vinyl displayed with a larger, figurative image.
American Fantasy Classics: AFC has created an immersive mixed-media installation, “The Streets of New Milwaukee.” The work also is described as the “congealed essence of AFC’s swan song.”
In the summer of 2012, after nearly two years of “arduous collaboration, trial and cross-contamination,” their clubhouse, living quarters, studios and gallery headquarters at 631 E. Center St. were destroyed
by fire. AFC activates its installation two remaining times in November, with a host of collaborators and special guests.
Richard Galling: The gallery features a series of recent paintings. Through process and reference, Galling’s work posits a consideration of the contemporary by way of “abstract painting.” Mechanical marks and patterns, derived from stenciling, masks and paint released from squeeze bottles, are combined with casual and incidental gestures of the hand.
Hans Gindlesberger: Through “Partial Architectures,” the artist examines how contemporary society constructs and represents concepts of place. The work is a collection of archival pigment prints, cyanotypes and laser-etched negatives displayed on a light box. It began with a roll of film shot by Gindlesberger’s grandfather in Germany during World War II.
Sarah Gail Luther: The artist has spent the year exploring hundreds of abandoned Milwaukee plots to select five pieces of land with a particular feel, interest or beauty. She then created field guides for each location. These field guides, and a cubic foot of soil and plant material from each site, are on view at Inova. Also included is a flower cart with bouquets from each location. On Saturdays, she distributes the bouquets in different public locations to encourage people to explore the abandoned sites.
Wednesday, Nov. 7: Artists Now! Hans Gindlesberger: “Dead Reckoning.” Gindlesberger discusses his most recent project, combining architectural and photographic processes to create sites that interweave global history with familial memory. 7 p.m. Arts Center Lecture Hall.
Thursday, Nov. 8: American Fantasy Classics Presents: Nite Life. Walk “The Streets of New Milwaukee” and experience arts and entertainment, architecture, cuisine, nightclubs, dancing, education, cinema and friendship. 6 p.m. Inova/Kenilworth.
Wednesday, Nov. 28: Locally Grown film series: “As Goes Janesville.” Lichtenstein’s documentary catapults viewers into America’s debate over the future of the middle class. 7 p.m. Union Theatre.
Thursday, Nov. 29: American Fantasy Classics Presents: Nite Life (see Nov. 8). 6 p.m. Inova/Kenilworth.
Thursday, Dec: 6: Sarah Gail Luther: “A Guide to the Field Guides.” 6 p.m. Inova/Kenilworth.