Hans Gindlesberger’s Midwest photos Feb.16-Mar. 16
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside presents the photographic and video art of Hans Gindlesberger Feb. 16 through March 16 on the campus located at 900 Wood Rd. in Kenosha. This students' choice exhibition titled "'I'm in the Wrong Film' and Other Works," is shown in the Foundation Gallery of the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities.
Calling this "a beautiful and thought-provoking photography and video show," UW-Parkside Gallery Director Patricia Briggs said Gindlesberger's exhibition was the popular choice among students.
"UW-Parkside art students chose Gindlesberger as the artist to bring to campus from a list of five possibilities," Briggs said.
Raised in the American Midwest during the decline in the 1980s and 1990s, and forging a career in the midst of the ongoing economic crisis, Gindlesberger is inescapably caught between nostalgic longing for better times and anxiety-ridden hope for economic recovery. His photographs present main streets and exurban neighborhoods from northwestern Ohio to western New York. Digitally inserting himself into these depopulated stages, Gindlesberger strikes poses of exhaustion, listlessness, and melancholy. In one photograph, he sleeps in a fallow field near an isolated farmhouse. Another has Gindlesberger perched on a ladder in front of a boarded building with a paint roller laboring to improve the decrepit environment in which he finds himself.
Along with the exhibition, Gindlesberger presents an artist talk Monday, March 5, at noon in the Oak Room of the UW-Parkside Student Center. That afternoon at 2, he presents a "low-tech" animation workshop in room D150L of Wyllie Hall.
Hours for the UW-Parkside Foundation Gallery are Tuesdays and Wednesdays noon to 6 p.m., Thursdays noon to 8 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free.