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Le’Andra LeSeur: As Night Comes Again

Le’Andra LeSeur: As Night Comes Again

Foundation Gallery

Sep 15-Nov 18
Artist Talk Wed, Oct 26  |  2-3 pm
Reception Wed, Oct 26  |  3-5 pm

We are pleased to announce, Le’Andra LeSeur: As Night Comes Again. This exhibition presents a selection of work created in the last five years that epitomizes multidisciplinarity and synthesizes the movement of a body—and of a body of work—over time. As Night Comes Again is organized by guest curator aryn kresol and the artist. This exhibition is co-sponsored by OMSA (Office of Multicultural Student Affairs) and the Office of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Le’Andra LeSeur is a multidisciplinary artist whose work encompasses a range of media including video, installation, photography, painting, and performance. LeSeur’s body of work, a celebration of Blackness, queerness, and femininity, seeks to dismantle systems of power and achieve transcendence and liberation through perseverance. Through the insertion of her body and voice into her work, she provides her audience with an opportunity to contemplate themes such as identity, family, Black grief and joy, the experience of invisibility, and what it means to take up space as a queer Black woman—a rejection of the stereotypes which attempt to push these identities to the margins.

LeSeur has received several notable awards including the Leslie-Lohman Museum Artists Fellowship (2019) and the Juried Grand Prize at Artprize 10 (2018). LeSeur appeared in conversation with Marilyn Minter at the Brooklyn Museum, presented by the Tory Burch Foundation and has lectured at RISD and SCAD Atlanta, among others. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions at The Shed, New York, NY; Marlborough, New York, NY; Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA; A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Assembly Room, New York, NY; Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Arnika Dawkins, Atlanta, GA; and others. LeSeur is represented by Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY.

Elemental

Elemental

Emile H. Mathis Gallery

Sep 7-Nov 15
Reception Thu, Sep 15  |  4-6 pm

We are pleased to announce Elemental, an exhibition featuring Jonathan Adams, Jessica Campbell, and Sean McElroy; three artists who have transformed their art practices while working during Covid. Quarantine is not the subject, but the limitation that provided each artist the opportunity to reimagine their work.  

Jonathan Adams’ drawings display an otherworldly confluence of mythical and historical narratives as they relate to personal and collective histories. Adams’ excavates our psychological, symbolic, and social ghosts of contemporary black life after death. Experiences of growing up in the culturally complex Appalachian region of the American South - notably early experiences in the church (Beasts and mythology of scripture), family drug abuse, systemic class racism and southern mysticism inform the sensational imagery present in his work. He explores the ups and downs of intimate sheltering, while seeking social connection and an end to systemic racism during this time of despair.  

Jessica Campbell’s recent Gigantomachinations are made by working intuitively and formally instead of starting with a clear idea and executing it. In her words, “My brain is in a constant fog, and this is the only sustainable way for me to work in this current moment.” These colorful, anthropomorphic figures are constructed from collaged carpet scraps and have titles like Ephialtes (Fighting my Dad about Vaccines) and Porphyrion (Fighting my Dad’s Belief that Women are Born to be Servants). The title of her project, Gigantomachinations, references the Gigantomachy, the struggle between the gods and the giants in Greek mythology.  

Sean McElroy, part of the successful performance art duo, Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble, used his vast amounts of solo time during quarantine to revisit his painting and sculpture practice. He thought about past civilizations that had melted down in one way or another, and the ways that their artists had left behind depictions of what they thought the world looked like. Like Egyptian friezes with a lot of people stacked in a row, or medieval icons where some people were bigger than others based on their importance. His intimately scaled egg tempera icon paintings and bronze sculptures are metaphysical visions of the outside world as he remembered it. They were also visions of his own heart and mind. Eventually he realized each painting is an attempt to depict of society of abundance using the poor tools of allegory. 

Jonathan Adams (b. 1991, Bristol, VA) is an artist from Bristol, VA/TN. He earned his BFA in drawing from East Tennessee State University and his MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Art from Rutgers University. His work has been exhibited in the lower eastside 21 Ludlow st, The Brooklyn Army Terminal under the contemporary artist Kara Walker, Crosstown Arts in Memphis, Chautauqua Visual Art galleries, Wiregrass Museum of Art and was a Part-time Lecturer in Drawing at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Adams' currently lives with his family in VA/TN and loves noodles. 

Jessica Campbell is a Canadian artist and humourist based in Green Bay, Wis., working in comics, fibres, painting, drawing and performance. Her Chicago Works  show at the MCA Chicago in 2018-2019 was reviewed in Art in America, Hyperallergic, and Juxtapoz. Her graphic novel XTC69 was reviewed in Publishers Weekly, The Comics Beat, and The Comics Journal; her 2016 graphic novel Hot or Not: 20th Century Male Artists was reviewed by Hyperallergic and Comic Alliance: Her solo and two-person exhibitions include Field Projects in NYC, Roots & Culture and Sub-Mission in Chicago and La Galerie Laroche/Joncas in Montreal. Her work was recently on view in Chicago Comics: 1960s to Now at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and has been included in group shows at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton; Art Gallery of Hamilton in Ontario; Richard Heller in LA; moniquemeloche in Chicago, among others. Her new graphic novel, RAVE, published by Drawn & Quarterly, will be released in April 2022. Campbell is represented by Western Exhibitions, Chicago.  

Sean McElroy holds a degree in Classics from Brown University and a degree in Painting from the University of Washington. He uses sculpture, installation and performance to explore mythologies of love, power and pleasure. His work has been exhibited at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle; Koplin Del Rio Gallery in Los Angeles; and at JACK, the Public Theater and Kate Werble Gallery in New York. He has won a creative Capital Award and has been reviewed in the New York Times.

Jessica Campbell Workshop

Workshop with Jessica Campbell

Rita D105

Thu, Sep 15  |  1-3:20 pm

Make your own Funny Autobio Comic Strip

The comics we first encounter in the world are often funny: gag panels, newspaper strips, children's comic books. Humor is so fundamental to the origin of the medium and is incorporated in its name. In this class, you'll participate in a fast-paced exercise to develop ideas for funny comic strips, which you will see through to completion. From generating an idea to drawing to producing a finished work, this will give you a crash course in cartooning.

RECENT VIRTUAL EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS, AND CATALOGS

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Catalog Exhibition and Virtual Exhibition

The selection of drawings included in the exhibition present seemingly harmless anecdotes on a number of former U.S. presidents, unnamed presidential candidates, campaigns, intelligence figures, and a presidential lover.

Virtual Exhibition  Catalog Artist Talk Recording Discussion Recording

Sky Hopinka Still

Sky Hopinka

Virtual Exhibition

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Virtual Exhibition

Kate Mothes

Building an Online Presence in the World of Art

Discussion with Kate Mothes

From the perspective of running and curating an online contemporary art platform, Kate Mothes discusses the quickly changing landscape of online presence in the art world, especially the emergence of virtual platforms over the last several years, from artist-run culture to pandemic phenomenon. Additionally she will discuss why an online presence is essential for professional artists today, especially social media and websites, along with tips for time management and networking.

Discussion Recording


About the Artist
Kate Mothes is founder and curator of Young Space and Co-founder/Editor of Dovetail Magazine. Young Space (yngspc) is an independent, itinerant, online-offline contemporary art platform emphasizing early career and emerging artists. Dovetail Magazine is an independent online + print contemporary arts publication that positions contemporary visual art in dialogue with design, architecture, photography, travel, and global visual culture. Mothes earned a Bachelors in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Masters in the History of Art, Theory and Display from Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh. She is currently based in Northeast Wisconsin.

Esther Pearl Watson

Esther Pearl Watson: Dream Believer

Catalog Exhibition

Watson grew up in series of small towns outside of Dallas, Texas with her siblings, mother, and flying saucer-building father, Gene. Her family moved often, since her father's hobby of building huge flying saucers out of scrap metal and car engines didn't always sit well with the neighbors. Esther's pieces are often overtly narrative, clear but mysterious scenes of houses or figures ornamented with snippets of prose telling just enough to get the viewer's own imagination engaged, wanting to know more. Some are about family, some about places, all have a rich interior life. Her works without words are just as suggestive of story, also exerting a deep emotional pull. 

Exhibition Catalog

Kevin Miyazaki

Kevin Miyazaki: Kuroshio

Catalog Exhibition

Miyazaki’s exhibition tells a story of immigration and migration. It begins by documenting the reuse of buildings from the Tule Lake and Heart Mountain Japanese internment camps, where members of Miyazaki’s father’s family were incarcerated during World War ll. The word “camp” is used by most Nisei, or first-generation Japanese Americans, to describe both the physical place they were held, as well as the overall wartime incarceration experience itself. Miyazaki’s interests lie in examining the changing value of architectural forms constructed as a result of wartime hysteria and racist attitudes. The work continues by documenting additional elements and moments from Miyazaki’s personal history that communicates something larger about our shared humanity.

Exhibition Catalog

Our Stories

Our Stories

A video installation by Kevin Miyazaki
 

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Many of the themes explored in Kevin Miyazaki's artwork are centered around his family history and the larger story of Japanese Americans in this country. He is deeply interested in the ancestors who came before him, the paths of their migration, the stories of their lives and their place in American society. These ideas were on view during an exhibition at UW-Parkside in November 2019-January 2020, with a hope that they inspire viewers to think more deeply about their own American ethnic story.

In the interest of exploring other individual family histories, and to celebrate the diversity present on the UW-Parkside campus, Miyazaki met and photographed students from the classes of Sarah Piña, Assistant Professor of Latina/o Literature and Caitlin Quintenz, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Modern Languages Department. The students were encouraged to write about their family history - and the images and text were made into a 43-minute video.


About the Artist

Kevin J. Miyazaki is an artist and photographer based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His artwork focuses on issues of ethnicity, migration and place, often addressing family history and the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War ll. Miyazaki was born and raised in suburban Milwaukee, culturally and physically far from ancestral roots in Japan, Hawaii, and Washington state. His photographs have been exhibited at venues including Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Griffin Museum of Photography, Museum of Wisconsin Art, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, and Hyde Park Art Center.

Santiago Cucullu

Mo...un...tain

Santiago Cucullu

Virtual Exhibition Artist Talk Recording

Mo...un...tain is an exhibition of new work by Argentinian-born artist Santiago Cucullu. Emphasizing the subtleties of intuitive pacing and spatial orientation, Cucullu makes work using a duality of materials and appropriation to indicate that an exhibition space can act to trigger memories and experiences that we may encounter as rarified moments. Cucullu’s current exhibition, Mo…un...tain, brings to mind the accumulation of the scope of issues in our current experience. Composed of a wall of drawings, a large-scale photo installation, and a vinyl and ceramic wall work, the exhibition in part illustrates this, while also pushing against the current order. For Mo…un…tain, Cucullu looked for moments that were melancholy, but sometimes humorous, while seeming to be removed from, but relevant to our current experience of Covid-19 and a rapidly deteriorating political situation. About the Artist Santiago Cucullu currently lives in Milwaukee, WI. He has exhibited at the Walker Art Center of Minneapolis; Blum and Poe Gallery, Los Angeles; Fondazione Sandretto Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and Gavin Brown Enterprise at Passerby, New York; Musee de Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York; and Loock Galerie in Berlin. He has been included in the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum, New York; the Singapore Biennial at the Biennial of the Americas, Denver, and the Wisconsin Triennial at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. He holds a MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (1999). Mo...un...tain Santiago Cucullu Through Dec 16 Mo...un...tain is an exhibition of new work by Argentinian-born artist Santiago Cucullu. Emphasizing the subtleties of intuitive pacing and spatial orientation, Cucullu makes work using a duality of materials and appropriation to indicate that an exhibition space can act to trigger memories and experiences that we may encounter as rarified moments. Cucullu’s current exhibition, Mo…un...tain, brings to mind the accumulation of the scope of issues in our current experience. Composed of a wall of drawings, a large-scale photo installation, and a vinyl and ceramic wall work, the exhibition in part illustrates this, while also pushing against the current order. For Mo…un…tain, Cucullu looked for moments that were melancholy, but sometimes humorous, while seeming to be removed from, but relevant to our current experience of Covid-19 and a rapidly deteriorating political situation.

About the Artist
Santiago Cucullu currently lives in Milwaukee, WI. He has exhibited at the Walker Art Center of Minneapolis; Blum and Poe Gallery, Los Angeles; Fondazione Sandretto Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and Gavin Brown Enterprise at Passerby, New York; Musee de Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York; and Loock Galerie in Berlin. He has been included in the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum, New York; the Singapore Biennial at the Biennial of the Americas, Denver, and the Wisconsin Triennial at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. He holds a MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (1999).

Art = Heart

Art = Heart


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We asked K12 students in our region to think about how being creative and making art brings them joy, comfort, peace, happiness—all things for a positive mindset. Then they translated those thoughts into amazing original artwork: photographs, digital art, paintings, drawings, and more.
 

AWARD WINNERS (PDF)
Kimberly Lagunas | Best in Show
Loden Chapman | Most Inventive
Helene Holland | Campus Choice
Esme Reilly | Most Heart
Roger Martinez | Dean's Favorite

Shaun Slifer

The Strike Was Broken: Redacted Historical Marker Rubbings
Shaun Slifer


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Shaun Slifer makes rubbings of historical markers as a project for understanding the language of state-sanctioned history through intentional erasure and omission which mirrors that of many “official” narratives. This work interrupts the provisional authority of the historical marker by disrupting static, languid interpretations of the plaque’s narrative.

He is focused on state-sanctioned historical plaques that feature language which glosses over or replaces colonialism, state oppression, and military violence with truncated accounts that marginalize the motivation and origin of popular revolts, disregard whole communities, and other acts of erasure. He searches for wording that drives a particular, dominant historical narrative, carefully excluding, or redacting, the other text on the plaque. By letting negative space dominate the large sheets of paper, critical sections of directive language stand out, akin to the practice of erasure poetry.

These wax-relief rubbings are made on-site using hand-made crayons. His process is deliberately visible, public and accessible. Wearing a high-vis fluorescent vest, Slifer carries a roll of durable Tyvek paper, crayons that have been melted into palm-sized discs, and a short ladder. These rubbings are made during daylight hours while looking similar to a municipal worker.


About the Artist

Shaun Slifer (b.1979) is an Appalachian artist, nonfiction author, self-taught historian, scrimshander, and museum professional based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His multidisciplinary creative work challenges the oppression of currently-dominant historical narratives, both social and ecological. 

He is the Creative Director at the award-winning West Virginia Mine Wars Museum, and a founding member of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative. He is an original member of the now-disbanded Howling Mob Society, and former collaborator with Street Art Workers.

Shaun has exhibited internationally in a variety of museums, galleries, and nonprofit spaces, as well as non-authorized public settings. He has presented on his research and creative practice at numerous universities and conferences in the United States and Western Europe. His work has been exhibited across the US and the world, including at the Queens Museum, the Biennial of Graphic Arts (Ljubljana, Slovenia), and the U.S. Pavilion at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia (Italy). For his work with the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum, he was presented with Honorary Membership in the United Mine Workers of America, Local 1440 in Matewan, WV (he is now an Associate Member). His forthcoming book, So Much To Be Angry About: Appalachian Movement Press 1969-79 will be available on West Virginia University Press in the spring of 2021.

Currently living in Pittsburgh, PA, with roots in Nebraska and Tennessee, he received a BFA with a concentration in sculpture from Watkins College of Art in Nashville in 2003.

Beginnings

Beginnings: three early-career Wisconsin artists
Alyssa Krause | Daniel McCullough |  LaNia Sproles

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LaNia Sproles is exhibiting large cutout mixed media figurative collages. The philosophies of self-perception, queer and feminist theories, and inherent racial dogmas are essential to her work.

Alyssa Krause’s paintings question the parameters of perception. Her work focuses on the nuances in how an image is recognized. Rules are set up before painting as a way to create a border between herself and the work, making each painting surprising and fresh.

Daniel McCullough investigates the atmosphere of place through chance-based approaches to photography. He uses the mysterious space between the camera lens and outside world to make his work. Through physical manipulations onto the surface of film prior to exposure, McCullough incorporates expressive gestures into photographic observations. He combines more straightforward digital captures with his hand-manipulated images on film to create a layered view of his subjects. 


About the Artists

Alyssa Krause, Milwaukee, WI, received her BFA with an emphasis in Painting & Drawing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2019. Her work has been shown locally in Milwaukee and across the Midwest. She is currently represented by Tappan Collective LA.

Daniel McCullough is a visual artist based in Milwaukee, WI. Daniel received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 2018. He was selected for the Plum Blossom Initiative Bridge Work 04 Professional Development Program, 2018-2019. Daniel has shown his work both regionally and nationally. He is represented by the Alice Wilds, Milwaukee, WI. 

LaNia Sproles, Milwaukee, WI, graduated with a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2017. She recently completed her year as a 2019 Mary L. Nohl fellow and teaching artist in residence at the Lynden Sculpture Garden in Milwaukee. She has a solo exhibition at the Wright Museum, Beloit, WI, that runs through April 2, 2021.

Grimm

Kledage, sculptural objects from Gerit Grimm

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Kledage (meaning clothing in German) is a collection of sculptural objects from Gerit Grimm including both her highly-acclaimed, wheel-thrown ceramic figures and her recent fabric sculpture.

Grimm’s ceramic works pair an often-whimsical subject matter steeped in folklore, referencing fairytales, fables, and princesses with impressive feats of technical virtuosity and physical scale. The surface of her work is austere and stone-like; feeling monumental and permanent.

Five handmade fabric dresses, which reference the same folk traditions and fairytales of her clay sculptures, are included in this exhibition. During Grimm’s recent sabbatical she was locked out of her communal Ceramic studio and turned to fabric as a way to continue making during Covid-19. After a three-month class on garment making in Berlin, Grimm began making her own textile sculptures. These sculptures are adaptations of the German dirndl, made by combining traditional fabrics with contemporary fabrics containing Grimm’s hand-drawn fairytales and peasant scenes.
 

About the Artist

Gerit Grimm was born in Halle, German Democratic Republic. In 1995, she finished her apprenticeship, learning the traditional German trade as a potter at the “Altbürgeler blau-weiss GmbH” in Bürgel, Germany and worked as a Journeyman for Joachim Jung in Glashagen, Germany. She earned an Art and Design Diploma in 2001 studying ceramics at Burg Giebichenstein, Halle, Germany. In 2002, she was awarded with the German DAAD Government Grant for the University of Michigan School of Art and Design, where she graduated with an MA in 2002. She received her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2004. She has taught at CSULB, Pitzer College, Doane College and MSU Bozeman and has worked at major residencies like Mc Coll Center, Bemis Center, Kohler Arts & Industry Program and Archie Bray Foundation. In 2009 NET Television created “Fantasia in Clay” a Nebraska Story about artist Gerit Grimm. Grimm is now an Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin, Madison. 

National Print Exhibition

27th Parkside National Print Exhibition

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One of the longest-running competitive print exhibitions in the Midwest, the Parkside National Print Exhibition has shown some of the finest examples of original prints from artists nationwide. 

Juror John Hitchcock | Artist, Professor of Art and Associate Dean of Arts at UW-Madison

Rafael Francisco Salas

Artist Talk Recording

About the Artist
Rafael Francisco Salas is a Wisconsin-based artist. He combines landscape, the legacy of portraiture, architecture, and country music into artwork that evokes a strange, rural poetry. It reflects a personal journey of mixed race identity, conflict, beauty and devotion played out on the vast landscapes of rural Wisconsin.

His work has been exhibited in New York City, San Diego, Boston, as well as many venues in the Midwest including The Neville Public Museum, The Museum of Wisconsin Art, The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Dean Jensen gallery, Circa Gallery and Frank Juarez Gallery. His work is represented by Portrait Society Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Salas has also worked as an art critic for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Newcity Art in Chicago and Urban Milwaukee. Salas is a professor of art at Ripon College in Ripon, WI.

 

From the Artist
My artwork reflects on American tradition and identity. It speaks to an indignant desire for a dream continually just beyond reach. It is a strange, rural poetry of aspiration and poignant reality, a striver’s endeavor of high and low culture, situated between the elevated and the abject.

Country music is the appropriate soundtrack.

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Together Again: Racine Kenosha

Virtual Exhibition

UW-Parkside is pleased to host Together Again, our second survey of contemporary artists working in Racine and Kenosha as the kickoff event for our celebration of 10 Years at the Rita Tallent Picken Center for Arts & Humanities. This all-media exhibition was juried by Shana McCaw, formerly Senior Curator at the Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Museums, now Creative Director and Co-Founder at Current Projects in Milwaukee, WI.

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Gallery Director
Colin Matthes
gallery@uwp.edu

About Parkside Galleries

We are educationally-driven with thematically-focused, interdisciplinary exhibitions. Although we do not have the staff to actively review all exhibition submissions, we invite artists to introduce themselves by sending an email with a link to a website address. We are always on the lookout for new and interesting work, especially if it intersects with our educational mission.

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