Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Green Gallery this Friday Oct 17th

@The Green Gallery
631 E Center Street
3rd floor
Milwaukee, WI 53212

Oct 17 – Nov 15, 2008

Friday Oct 17th
from 7-11pm

The Green Gallery is pleased to present its first exhibition of works by Gaylen Gerber.

Gerber's practice is regularly situated in relation to the work of other artists. In this exhibition Gerber presents five new paintings realized in conjunction with five unidentified artists.

Gerber is interested in addressing ideas surrounding perception and particularly the role of context in perception. Gerber’s own work often acts as the contextual ground for the expressions of other artists. For his exhibition with The Green Gallery, Gerber continues to examine the role of the contextual ground in the interpretation of art but also specifically foregrounds the background as an expressive element itself.

In previous exhibitions Gerber has been interested in the normative aspects of visual language: the way we, as part of a shared culture, accept certain forms, colors, etc. as institutional, or we take them for granted as neutral common ground. These visual norms act as grounds for all other forms of expression and we use them to register difference and create meaning. Gerber’s own work is often positioned so that it highlights these relationships by representing the frequently invisible normative aspects of visual language, suggested by their “neutral” gray color as well as by the casting of other artworks as the figurative elements against this ground.

Gerber’s paintings typically begin as grey monochrome canvases painted by Gerber. Gerber then gives these paintings to other artists to use as supports for their work. By contrast, Gerber structures this exhibition around a number of paintings acquired second-hand whose authorship is undetermined. The paintings all shared an important attribute, which is that each emphasized the image of the painting as the artwork’s primary expression. Taking these Available Paintings as his starting point, Gerber repainted the face of each painting either white, to match the initial ground of the canvas, or his customary neutral gray color. In doing so, Gerber conflated differences between image and ground, questioning both the “neutrality” of the ground and emphasizing the conditional quality of the relationship between expression and ground.

Gerber draws further parallels between the contextual ground and the images that are differentiated against it in the installation of the exhibition. Original colors from the exhibited artworks, now painted over, are displaced onto the walls of the exhibition space, suggesting a porosity between elements of the exhibition. For example, when we try to “see” Support, a 20 x 24” heavily impastoed painting in which Gerber has obscured the painting’s image by repainting it white, everything but the image, including the exhibition context that would normally become its background, remains in the foreground of our perception and understanding. Conversely, when we focus on the situation of the work, there is a suggestion that it is unclear exactly where the context ends and Support begins.

Recognizing the shifting relationships between the expression and its ground is at the heart of Gerber’s exhibition and draws attention to a central aspect of perception, which is that to perceive something at all you must first be able to distinguish it from its background.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Paper Boat Gallery Opening: Gallery Night

Join us......

Paper Boat Gallery presents:
Work by Kimberly Weiss & Joseph Rizzo
October 3- November 23rd
Opening reception Gallery Night, Friday October 17th 7-10pm

Kimberly Weiss & Joseph Rizzo

Paper Boat is pleased to bring the dynamic prints of Milwaukee based artist Kimberly Weiss and Minneapolis based artist Joseph Rizzo. Weiss will be showing her series titled "Tough Knots, Bad Landings" which combines relief printmaking and collage to depict natural disasters in a decorative arts style. She received a BFA in Printmaking from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2004. Joseph's paintings showcase his unique eye that combines iconic imagery to create a commentary on politics, culture and environments. In Rizzo's words, "I invent icons to reference social and political issues such as modern imperialism, environmental pollution, government surveillance, and violence in our culture."

Additional images from the show are HERE.

Please contact Faythe Levine with additional media requests at 414. 483. 8462

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Meet your Neighbor at Spackle Gallery

Meet Your Neighbor: work by Andrea Avery
Opening Reception: Friday, Oct. 17th 5-10pm, artist talk 7:30pm
Show Runs through November 30th

Combining her background of traditional needlework with postmodern elements of collage and appropriation, 
Andrea Avery concocts playful, nonlinear narratives. Each piece represents a personal reaction to events affecting people from her hometown; and although each piece has a personal connection, Avery aims to make these stories universal through her use of material and open ended imagery. Using idealized figures and ambiguity, she explores the “complexity of human relationships, birth, procreation, and death” by presenting “recognizable imagery and everyday objects [such as] paper dolls and their clothing” so the viewer may gauge the meaning based on his or her own experiences and associations. The result is an exploration of one’s own connection and attention to community through the collection of human stories and experiences. 

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Spackle Gallery is located at 2674 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue, Milwaukee, in the Bay View neighborhood; gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm. Contact for additional information.