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Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013

Lynden Gardens Celebrates Winter Art

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The Lynden Sculpture Garden finds artistic benefits in Milwaukee’s chilly weather.

Jessica Meuninck-Ganger and Nathaniel Stern return from a trip to South Africa to present their exhibition “Surfacing” (on display Feb. 3-March 24 in the Lynden’s indoor gallery). The gifted duo’s unique artwork consists of two-dimensional prints overlaid on continuous loop videos contained within frames. In the spirit of offering viewers multiple glimpses into the artists’ process, the gallery also includes drawings that preceded the prints appearing in the finished videos.

On Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Lynden’s Third Annual Winter Carnival, the pair of artists will create another installation—this time using the Lynden’s porch windows. Drawings will be placed directly on the windows and also on fabric panels so they flutter from the top sills. In this project, two- and three-dimensional drawings engage the viewer’s perspective. Interior and exterior images are juxtaposed when the viewer looks through the semi-transparent artworks to the modern sculptures in the park beyond.

Lynden’s Winter Carnival presents several other artists to honor the season. Alec Regan and Brittany Ellenz (members of the artists’ collective American Fantasy Classics) will collaborate with artist Amanda Browder for a TBD exhibition. Meanwhile, current Lynden resident artist Ashley Janke has created an exterior, 8-by-10 foot, roofless gallery space (the “nAbr Gallery”) located near the pond; this space will be utilized by Minneapolis artist Andy Sturdevant for his participatory exhibition, “Gathered from Various Other Reliable Sources.”

Indoors in the studio space, families are invited to make wool felt marbles or candles and then “paint the pond” outside. However frigid the city’s temperatures could be this month, the Lynden’s Winter Carnival celebrates an entire day of art on Feb. 9 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

To register and view a schedule of events, visit lyndensculpturegarden.org.

 

Art Happenings

“Modern Rookwood: 1918-1933”

2220 N. Terrace Ave.

This new exhibition features approximately 30 vessels made by the Rookwood Pottery Company, which was founded in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1880 and produced some of the finest art pottery in the country throughout the Great Depression. It opens Friday, Feb. 8 with a reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m.