Current Exhibitions


 

Two concurrent solo exhibitions:

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Josie Osborne: Wonder

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Gary John Gresl: Anthropocene Culminatus

Exhibition Date: May 27 – July 9, 2016
Joint Reception: Saturday, June 11, 5–9 pm
Joint Art Talk: Wednesday, June 29, 5:30–8 pm


We are honored to announce two concurrent solo exhibitions of esteemed Wisconsin artists Josie Osborne and Gary John GreslA joint reception will be held on Saturday, June 11 from 5 to 9 pm. An ‘Art Talk’ featuring the two artists will be held on Wednesday, June 29 from 5:30 to 8 pm.

Both exhibitions open on Friday, May 27 and runs through July 9, 2016.

The tie-in between Anthropocene Culminatus and Wonder…
Although these are two separate exhibitions, there are a lot of similarities between the two. Both Josie’s and Gary’s work reference a tradition of creating artwork with found and readymade objects with their own signature that provide personal narrative and expression.

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Josie Osborne: Wonder…

Wonder can be awe inspiring or perplexing, or both at once. Josie Osborne’s assemblage, collage and print work in this solo exhibition exude capricious playfulness and encourage the audience to be inquisitive. Found and readymade objects create ensembles of tactful and figurative narratives. Repurposed wood containers, pages from old books, bookbinding threads, beeswax, type drawers, flower and bird motifs are items used repeatedly throughout the exhibition. Many items reference Osborne’s practice and scholarship in printmaking.

Josie Osborne is a visual artist, lecturer and the Director of the First Year Program in Art and Design at UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts. She served on the City of Milwaukee Arts Board and has received a Mary Nohl Suitcase Fund support for a traveling exhibition and international studio residency. Osborne has exhibited extensively and curated numerous exhibitions. She received a Masters of Fine Arts in Graphics (printmaking) from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from UW-Milwaukee.

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Gary John Gresl: Anthropocene Culminatus

Using largely rustic materials drawn from rural environments or objects aged, weathered, altered and evolved by and in nature, Anthropocene Culminatus is presented as a site specific, one time manifestation and not to be created again in this same composition.

Anthropocene defines the Earth’s timeline in which Humanity has exerted enough influence to alter the natural conditions. Culminatus suggests in Latin the word culminates. Together they describe a decaying natural environment exacerbated by man-made influence. Anthropocene Culminatus not only prescribes a dire descent of the natural environment in the dominance of human civilization, but also the cycle of life and death depicted by the installation as a whole, assembled with curious and seemingly arbitrary objects portraying the beauty in the face of rustic decay.

Gary’s statement: I use of natural/organic/weathered/evolved materials is an outgrowth of formative stages of his life when I spent time in rural environments, woodlands, lakes, farms, abandoned neglected buildings.  I am interested I bringing the organic and rural and overlooked materials into “white spaces”.  There is beauty in disintegration and evolved objects.


Featured Member Exhibition: Brad Krause

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April 15 – July 9, 2016

Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, April 15, 5–9 pm (spring Gallery Night).

We are honored to announce the opening of our third Featured Member Exhibition of the 2015–16 season, featuring illustrator, animator and painter Brad Krause.

Brad’s artistic style weaves mystical surrealism with a nod to classic comic book illustration. His influence include master comic book artists Mœbius, Bernie Wrightson, Michael Golden, American Golden Age Illustrators like Howard Pyle and N.C. Wyeth, as well as classical master painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and Caravaggio. His work takes from those artists, not only the expressiveness and narrative of their work, but also the impeccable techniques in creating texture, contrast, dimension, motion and light. Brad’s subject matter often plays off of traditional folklore, reinvented.

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“Ghome, Ghome, Ghome”


Artist Bio

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“Jesusaurus Rex,” exhibited in the 2015 Annual Members Show

Brad Krause is mostly a native of Wisconsin, moving here from Michigan via Minnesota when he was 13 in 1974.

He didn’t start doing art until he was 16, and is self-taught in all aspects of picture-making.

After 3 years in the U.S. army (1982 – 1985), he attended U.W. LaCrosse, and then graduated from U.W. Eau Claire with a degree in graphic design in 1988.

About this time he switched from acrylic, oil, pencil, ink and watercolor to Airbrush, while he took a long series of menial art production jobs from 1988 to1996.

In 1996 he bought his first computer with the express intention to create illustration using 3d, since the focus of his work had always been realistic, volumetric shapes in believable space. This gradually raised his computer expertise in 3d and other programs, and from 1996 to 2004 his primary work focus was 3d illustration and animation. During this period, he did no traditional art of any kind.

In 2004, due in part to a gift from a late relative, it was possible to quit full-time employment and work as a freelance illustrator and animator, and this is what he did from 2004 until 2015. During this time he co-founded the Milwaukee Animation Group.

Around 2012, Brad Krause began painting and drawing again, after discovering that digital illustration and animation were not fulfilling the personal creative aspects that motivated him to become an artist in the first place.

He still works freelance as an animator illustrator He has been in a number of shows over the last 3 years, including at Art Works Gallery in Kenosha, Bridgetown Gallery in Wauwatosa, Hot Pop in Milwaukee, and he has won awards from The Wisconsin Museum of Art in West Bend and Walkers Point Center for The Arts member shows.

He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

(Check out his work in animation below. Click here for more on his artwork)

2015–16 Feature Member Exhibition Artists

Adam Stoner: October 16, 2015 – January 9, 2016
Arcadia Katzenberger: January 22 – April 2, 2016
Brad Krause: April 15 – July 9, 2016
Brian Breider: July 22 – October 8, 2016
(click here for more about the Featured Member Exhibition)
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