Friday, March 27, 2009

Frankie Martin @ Greeen Gallery West

Frankie Martin @ Green Gallery West
April 3rd - May 3rd 2009

Opening Reception Friday April 3rd 8 - 11 pm

Frankie Martin will have work in the main gallery, the John Riepenhoff Experience and Club Nutz.

Erica Somogyi will be showing an animation in the Video Arcade

Frankie will be showing new video works as well as some painting, and stills. Who Died? is a 5 part, two channel, non-linear narrative video that reinterprets popular representations of death and the transcendence of the human body.
Frankie will also present part of her series Left Behind which features paintings and mobiles based on the idea of what gets left behind. To do this she stretches her drop cloths as paintings, and gathers things from her neighborhood, or from her own garbage can. The idea is that these 'things' become non-things, then become re-contextualized as 'things' again.
In the John Reipenhoff Experience, Frankie will exhibit Born Again, a video in which Botticelli’s Birth of Venus is reborn into the format of video. The video is a 3 minute loop in which Venus is born again and again. This piece speaks to the recycling of ideas with in art history and the merging of painting and video.
Freakout, her live act which has morphed from comedic dance to dark comedy will be performed in Club Nutz.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Night Work @ the Armoury Gallery

Night Work
Opening reception:
Friday March 27, 6:00 - 10:00 pm
Show runs: March 27 - May 2


The Armoury Gallery is pleased to announce its 8th exhibition: NightWork. Focusing specifically on professional artists working as artprofessors and instructors in Milwaukee, Night Work is an exciting crosssection of some of Milwaukee's most talented and recognized artists;three of whom are featured in the Current Tendencies exhibition at theHaggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University. Night work includes twocollaborative teams, Nathaniel Stern & Jessica Meuninck-Ganger and ShanaMcCaw & Brent Budsberg, as well as new 2D work by Nicolas Lampert andrecent photographs by Sonja Thomsen.

Along with teaching at UW-Milwaukee, Nicolas Lampert is a curator, aco-editor of a book on anti-war illustrations and an artist who works ina variety of media and has exhibited his work extensively across the country and abroad. Lampert co-curated a traveling political art show that toured 33 cities in Canada and the US during a five year run. He has work in the permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art in NewYork and Milwaukee's own Art Museum. Lampert is also part of theJustseeds Radical Artist's Cooperative that is currently exhibiting an installation at UWM's Union Art Gallery.

Taking over the installation room will be a collaboration by Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg. In seven years of collaboration, McCaw andBudsberg's work has evolved from playful performances about human interaction and rites of passage toward miniature architectural installations investigating transition, space and the passage of time.For Night Work, McCaw and Budsberg will exhibit two new companion sculptures. Incorporating a mysterious wind and subdued atmospheric effects, both pieces create a perception of space beyond the gallery wall, while also suggesting an indirect narrative. McCaw teaches at theMilwaukee Institute of Art and Design and Cardinal Stritch and Budsberg is a MIAD 3-d lab supervisor. As a collaborative team, they won a 2008Mary Nohl Fellowship in the Established Artist category.

First time collaborative duo Jessica Meuninck-Ganger and Nathaniel Stern will present a new series of works. Playfully called "Distill Life,"this series incorporates technologies and aesthetics from traditional printmaking – including Japanese woodblock and engraving circa the1800s, present-day etching, stone lithography, photogravure etc –with the technologies and aesthetics of contemporary digital, video and networked art, in order to create new forms. Hailing from South Africa, and currently studying for his PhD throughTrinity College in Dublin, Ireland, Nathaniel Stern joined the Milwaukee arts community in 2008 for his position with the Peck School of the Arts at UW Milwaukee. His work has been exhibited internationally, and he has a host of awards, residencies and fellowships to his credit. Jessica Meuninck-Ganger earned her MFA at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and currently teaches at the Peck School of the Arts, also having a host of honors, residencies and exhibitions to her credit.

Earning her MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004, SonjaThomsen will present a series of new works from her time spent in 2008 at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood, Florida. Most recently featured in the aforementioned Current Tendencies exhibition at Marquette's Haggerty Museum of Art, Sonja has exhibited her work nationally and her photographs are included in the permanent collectionat the Milwaukee Art Museum. Thomsen currently teaches photography classes at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and was a founding member of the Coalition of Photographic Arts (CoPA), serving as president until June of 2008.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Michelle Grabner Silver Point Drawings with Guest Mobile

March 14 - May 3, 2009
opening reception: March 14, 4-9pm

For this, our second exhibition at Green Gallery East, we are pleased to present new silverpoint drawings by Michelle Grabner with a mobile by Brad Killam. Grabner's paintings and silverpoints index the essentialism of time. Created with lines, marks, ticks, points, and dots Grabner's compositions are simply organized, accumulated, and sequenced, directing the viewer's focus to formal concerns and away from associations and referent. As Michelle writes "thus leaving virtually no space for the imagination or invention." There is nothing signified or expressed - nothing to be interpreted - only a methodical indication or trace of time's passage. Grabner's works underscore the poetics of constraints and sameness.

We are also honored to be the first gallery to show Spanish born artist, José Lerma, in Milwaukee. Lerma will be exhibiting new work in the back room. His mumbling brush strokes and muted pastels articulate a sophisticated and honest contribution to contemporary painting.

Exhibition will run from March 14th until May 3rd
Gallery Hours: Thurs, Fri 4-8 PMSat, Sun 2-6 PM

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Gallery Update

It's probably a little late, but I realized we should mention some recent gallery changes. For those who don't already know, Spackle Gallery and the White Whale Collective have both closed their doors.

jw lawson FINE ART has now relocated to a new space at 414 E Homer Street in Bayview, and is now having events under a new name, War Room. You can find more information about the new space and upcoming events at their WEBSITE or BLOG.

The Green Gallery's original space on Center Street in Riverwest has now officially become The Green Gallery West with the recent addition of The Green Gallery East. The newest Green Gallery spot is located on the East side of Milwaukee on Farwell Avenue. Visit their new webiste HERE.