Racine Art Museum, Matt Eskuche Take In the Trash
Each year the RAM
selects an artist—usually one who works in sculpture—to fill the space with
site-specific artwork. On Aug. 6 an artist with Milwaukee ties opens the 2010-2011 window
exhibition in “Matt Eskuche: Agristocracy.” Eskuche fashioned an installation
from found objects, incorporating consumer leftovers such as disposable
bottles, paper coffee cups and plastic lids. Even though Eskuche’s primary
medium is glass, he used society’s throwaway excess to construct high-design
chandeliers and lighting fixtures for the installation.
The centerpiece includes
an immensely long vintage table with claw feet that will be covered with more
than 240 pieces of painted glass trash. It examines the consequences of
consumerism by exposing modern culture’s discarded objects and causing the
public to reflect on what we consider disposable, along with what happens to
this vast waste.
“The museum thought
Eskuche would enjoy and benefit from working in a public space to create a
conversation about what objects we acquire and how we live with them,” Pepich
training includes studying as a metalsmith and learning age-old glassmaking
techniques, which he industriously applies to his installations. Eskuche hosts
a gallery walk during the RAM’s Free First Friday event on Aug. 6 at 7 p.m.
Later in the year he will participate in the 2010 Camgeran Applied Glass
Symposium in Turkey.
gallery space exists at the Museum of
Wisconsin Art (MWA), which showcases statewide talent in an exhibit series
titled “One From Wisconsin.” MWA’s newest exhibition in the series features Milwaukee favorite Fred
Stonehouse. The exhibit runs Aug. 4 to Sept. 12 and will present Stonehouse’s
new body of work, which incorporates 20-25 intimate portraits that reveal
fictitious family lineages. His surreal, witty and satirical portraiture will
invent individual legacies that Stonehouse relates to the genre’s historical
context. The MWA hosts an artist’s reception on Sept. 5 from 1-4:30 p.m.
Annie B.’s “ArtBeat in the Heat,” a family-friendly art festival, takes place Saturday, July 31, from noon to 10 p.m. in Bay View’s Hide House (2625 S. Greeley St.). The event presents artists’ booths in a day aimed at engaging the city’s youths and showcasing Milwaukee art and music.