UWM Shows Husbands 'Hiding in the Light'
The exhibition may be titled “Hiding in the Light,” but the husbands put their work front and center through book art, drawing, fiber art, painting, performance art and photography. One ongoing project involves a long pink tube crocheted between the men, connecting them as an umbilical cord might do. The longer this tube grows, the more separate they become. They have also embroidered their initials on pillowcases, placed side by side, as a way to explore intimacy in a marriage that many in America have asked to remain invisible.
In another piece of performance art, Miller and Shellabarger each dug a hole in the ground that was large enough to lie in. They crafted a tunnel between the two holes so that they could hold hands while lying in the underground spaces, a nod to the afterlife.
They also have been known to gather dead trees, hew them into human forms and then set them on fire, similar to a funeral pyre. So it should be exciting to see what happens at the Inova/Arts Center.
An opening reception for “Hiding in the Light” runs 5-8 p.m. April 20. The next day, April 21, a performance takes place at Kenilworth Open Studios. The husbands return for a 6 p.m. gallery talk May 3 and noon performances May 4-5. For more information, visit www4.uwm.edu/psoa/inova/schedule.cfm.
“Abstract Nature” and “Green Fire”
207 E. Buffalo St.
In celebration of Earth Day, Gallery 218 presents the exhibition “Abstract Nature” and screens Green Fire, a documentary about conservationist Aldo Leopold. Light appetizers and live music accompany a 7 p.m. screening Friday, April 20, and a noon-5 p.m. reception Saturday (with a screening at 3 p.m.).
Polona Tratnik Lecture and Seminar
Johnston Hall and Raynor Library
Polona Tratnik, Ph.D., an artist and a professor from Finland, explores the connections between art, science and biotechnology. On Monday, April 16, Tratnik will present an 11 a.m. seminar and a 3:30 p.m. lecture. For more information, email email@example.com.