February 5 – March 19, 2016
We are honored to present IN//OUT, a group exhibition exploring both the advantage and burden of information overload in today’s world. The exhibition features work by emerging artists Lilia Banrevy, Peter Klett, Kate Klingbeil, James Pederson, Miguel Ramirez, Lucas Ruminski and Sandra Schmidt, and curated by Sean Heiser.
Art practices today are met with boundless access to information. The Internet, historical contexts, well-scouted mediums, and an excess of cultural ephemera grant a large amount of choices to art-making strategies. IN//OUT considers the image and object-making tendencies of a group of young artists, and how they manifest through a diverse range of work –- in conceptual frameworks, formal ideas, and technical execution.
In context of each other, the works display the eclectic modes through which this freedom to information reveals itself-through the symbols, tropes, and references that seep freely and ahistorically though the practices of these artists. IN//OUT is informed by an interest towards this disjunctive yet intelligible state.
Sean Heiser is a painter who currently attends the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he studies painting and philosophy. IN//OUT is his first curatorial project with the gallery. Recent exhibitions include Flatten Image (solo), Turpentine Gallery, Oakland, CA, and Osmosis curated by Peter Klett, Usable Space, Milwaukee, WI.
Lilia Banrevy is a senior in UWM’s painting and drawing program. During her academic career she has worked as a behavioral therapist — using art as a means to help her clients overcome both physical and behavioral limitations — and held an internship at The Pitch Project gallery. This past summer she spent one month studying contemporary art and design in the Netherlands, meeting with artists, curators, and sellers throughout the country. Based on this experience Lilia is planning on studying interior design post-graduation.
Peter Klett is a painter based out of Milwaukee, WI. He is currently attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and will be graduating this spring.
Kate Klingbeil is an Oakland, CA based painter, printmaker, and animator originally from Milwaukee. Her work evolves out of direct experiences and emotional situations. The act of making these paintings is entirely therapeutic. She is sick of seeing paintings by men of women in sexually submissive positions, Kate graduated from California College of the Arts in 2012 with a BFA in Printmaking and runs a project space in Oakland called Turpentine Gallery.
James Pederson was born in Milwaukee, WI in 1990. He received his BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 2012. He currently lives and works in Milwaukee, WI. His practice utilizes painting and video to examine contemporary media culture and the screened devices through which we experience it. He has exhibited in group shows in New York, Chicago, Oakland, and Milwaukee. He has also been involved in various collaborative activities. He co-founded and produced a YouTube-based program called CHIPS from 2012 to 2014, dedicated to discussing, archiving, and broadcasting cultural production in Milwaukee, with a focus on contemporary art. He also serves on the board of the Friends of Blue Dress Park, an organization that seeks to find value in marginal public spaces by facilitating projects and events advocating for experimental use of undervalued places.
Miguel Ramirez is from Chicago, Illinois. He received his BFA from Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 2013. Currently has a studio at The Pitch Project in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His current work spans the fields of Sculpture, Product Design, and Spatial Design. Through the sampling of current social media iconography, emoji icons, and everyday mass-produced objects, Ramirez at-tempts to arrive at a new understanding of sculpture, while inventing new ways to interact with conceptual spaces.
Primarily working in diptych formats, Lucas Ruminski makes pairs of paintings that are simultaneously in opposition and accordance with one another. He uses Americana imagery filled with themes of cinema, representation, and allegory to set up formal comparisons that question the value of image and construction. Lucas Ruminski lives and works in Milwaukee, WI.
Sandra Schmidt is a painting and drawing student of the Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has a BFA in film from UWM. Her work has typically taken the form of processed-based abstract painting. Sandra has show work at Usable Space in Milwaukee and Turpentine Gallery in Oakland, CA. Her films have been shown at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Sandra taught Photography, Film and New Media at The Youth Initiative High School in Viroqua, Wisconsin (2007-2013).