Express Milwaukee - 60 wrd/min Art Critic Review http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-342-1-60-wrd_min-art-critic-review.html Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST en hourly 1 ANGELA LAUGHINGHEART - 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC @ INOVA MILWAUKEE,WI 6/1/13 11:30 AM http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21204-angela-laughingheart-60-wrd_min-art-critic-a-inova-milwaukeewi%25096_1_13-1130-am.html  Angela Laughingheart’s knitted sculptures have nothing to do with your grandmother’s pastime or your coziest afghan

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LOIS BIELEFELD - 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC @ INOVA MILWAUKEE,WI 6/1/13 12:00 PM http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21205-lois-bielefeld-60-wrd_min-art-critic-a-inova-milwaukeewi-6_1_13-1200-pm.html  Lois Bielefeld’s photographic series root themselves in genuine curiosity about other people’s lives: what their most private spaces look like, what they eat for lunch, why they choose to carry concealed firearms. In order to make the

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KALA ISTVANEK - 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC @ INOVA MILWAUKEE,WI 6/1/13 12:30 PM http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21206-kala-istvanek-60-wrd_min-art-critic-a-inova-milwaukeewi-6_1_13-1230-pm.html In a world full of images as slick and fast as they come, Kala Istvanek has chosen to do something deeply counter-intuitive and potentially resistant. Working from pictures found in magazines or on Pinterest.com, she painstakingly 

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PAUL DRUECKE - 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC @ INOVA MILWAUKEE,WI 6/1/13 1:00 PM http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21207-paul-druecke-60-wrd_min-art-critic-a-inova-milwaukeewi-6_1_13-100-pm.html  For the past two decades or so, Paul Druecke has concerned himself with resuscitating the kinds of public spaces that are easily neglected. So it seems only natural that about three years ago he began to work with that ultimate

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LAURA WOLFE - 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC @ INOVA MILWAUKEE,WI 6/1/13 2:30 PM http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21208-laura-wolfe-60-wrd_min-art-critic-a-inova-milwaukeewi-6_1_13-230-pm.html  Foraging in nature—for fossils, mushrooms, lamb’s quarters—is very much a chance procedure, but it depends on the seeker having both the knowledge to recognize what he or she encounters, and an openness to finding the

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VALORIE SCHLEICHER - 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC @ INOVA MILWAUKEE,WI 6/1/13 3:00 PM http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21209-valorie-schleicher-60-wrd_min-art-critic-a-inova-milwaukeewi-6_1_13-300-pm.html  What does it mean to be a strong woman? Valorie Schleicher asks and answers this question through a series of ceramic sculptures and color photographs which, though made in recent years, harken back to the essentialist

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KRIS REICHER - 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC @ INOVA MILWAUKEE,WI 6/1/13 3:30 PM http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21210-kris-reicher-60-wrd_min-art-critic-a-inova-milwaukeewi-6_1_13-330-pm.html  Common expectation holds that an artist’s work should fit together seamlessly, or at least not require too much suturing on the part of the viewer. But such assumptions not only limit creativity, they are historically inaccurate

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KIMBERLY MILLER - 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC @ INOVA MILWAUKEE,WI 6/1/13 4:00 PM http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21211-kimberly-miller-60-wrd_min-art-critic-a-inova-milwaukeewi-6_1_13-400-pm.html  What would it mean to be a truly democratic subject? In her search for an answer to this question, Kim Miller has looked far and wide, including to Northern Thailand and to a local theater troupe of disabled actors. She has also

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BRAD FIORE http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21212-brad-fiore.html  Brad Fiore’s sculpture of the international star curator Hans Ulrich Obrist looks from afar to have been executed in the style of a Stephen Balkenhol wooden totem, all rough hand-sawn edges and smartly naïve simplification. But

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NICOLAS LAMPERT - 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC @ INOVA MILWAUKEE,WI 6/2/13 11:00 AM http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21213-nicolas-lampert-60-wrd_min-art-critic-a-inova-milwaukeewi-6_2_13-1100-am.html  Sports teams are not known for their politically correct monikers or mascots. On the contrary, over the past few years controversies have arisen as teams have been petitioned to find more acceptable designations. These typically

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STEVEN BURNHAM - 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC @ INOVA MILWAUKEE,WI 6/2/13 11:30 AM http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21214-steven-burnham-60-wrd_min-art-critic-a-inova-milwaukeewi-6_2_13-1130-am.html  Painting can be used by an artist to achieve many different ends, from the expressive to the activist to the conceptual

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NEIL SUBEL - 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC @ INOVA MILWAUKEE,WI 6/2/13 12:00 PM http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21215-neil-subel-60-wrd_min-art-critic-a-inova-milwaukeewi-6_2_13-1200-pm.html  What would it be like to step inside of a painting? Neil Subel creates what he calls “meditative abstract landscapes” and indeed this description is accurate enough to prompt a desire in the viewer to mentally project herself into his

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JESSICA Z SCHAFER - 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC @ INOVA MILWAUKEE,WI 6/2/13 12:30 PM http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21216-jessica-z-schafer-60-wrd_min-art-critic-a-inova-milwaukeewi-6_2_13-1230-pm.html  More often than not, what you think you’re seeing is not actually what you’re really seeing. The tension that arises from this disjunction can be productive, and so it is in Jessica Z Schafer’s “cinephile” series. Schafer’s diptychs each

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JASON ALTOBELLI - 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC @ INOVA MILWAUKEE,WI 6/2/13 1:00 PM http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21217-jason-altobelli-60-wrd_min-art-critic-a-inova-milwaukeewi-6_2_13-100-pm.html  Jason Altobelli has chosen one of a number of possible answers to the dilemma that faces many a contemporary photographer: how to deal with the easy proliferation of images that flood our visual world and have made the work

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ELEANOR BLEKSLEY - 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC @ INOVA MILWAUKEE,WI 6/2/13 2:30 PM http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21218-eleanor-bleksley-60-wrd_min-art-critic-a-inova-milwaukeewi-6_2_13-230-pm.html  Panoramic painting fell out of fashion with the close of the 19th century, but Eleanor Bleksley may have figured out a way to both revive and innovate the genre. Working from photographs taken on a round-trip train journey between

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NANCY MCMANUS-SUBEL - 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC @ INOVA MILWAUKEE,WI 6/2/13 3:00 PM http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21219-nancy-mcmanus-subel-60-wrd_min-art-critic-a-inova-milwaukeewi-6_2_13-300-pm.html  The measure of a portrait’s worth depends on who is contemplating it: an unrelated viewer, one who knows or wishes to know the sitter, even the sitter herself. Being of the former variety, I cannot judge the verisimilitude of

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BRIAN NIGUS - 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC @ INOVA MILWAUKEE,WI 6/2/13 3:30 PM http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21220-brian-nigus-60-wrd_min-art-critic-a-inova-milwaukeewi-6_2_13-330-pm.html  A memorial structure can be a commemoration or it can be a chronicle. Brian Nigus’s “Woris Insait Yu / Friends Inside the Mountain” functions as both in relation to its astonishingly foreign subject: the Sawiyano tribe of

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HEATHER WARREN-CROW - 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC @ INOVA MILWAUKEE,WI 6/2/13 4:00 PM http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21221-heather-warren-crow-60-wrd_min-art-critic-a-inova-milwaukeewi-6_2_13-400-pm.html  In her video “Listen 2 Me Work,” Heather Warren-Crow has figured out a way to mash up a variety of heretofore unrelated contemporary modes: the do-it-yourself setup and narcissistic self-centeredness of a video blog

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BARBARA CIUREJ and LINDSAY LOCHMAN - 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC @ INOVA MILWAUKEE,WI 6/2/13 4:30 PM http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21222-barbara-ciurej-and-lindsay-lochman-60-wrd_min-art-critic-a-inova-milwaukeewi-6_2_13-430-pm.html  In their “Natural History” series, collaborators Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman overlay striking black-and-white portraits of women with delicate blue flowery veils. Each of the elements in the process is old: the Roman

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SONJA THOMSEN - 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC @ INOVA MILWAUKEE,WI 5/31/13 4:30 PM http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21223-sonja-thomsen-60-wrd_min-art-critic-a-inova-milwaukeewi%25095_31_13-430-pm.html  A nexus is either a series of connections linking together many things, or else it is the central and most important of those things. Taken as the title of an artist book by Sonja Thomsen, it could mean both. In her series of

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JOEANN DALEY - 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC @ INOVA MILWAUKEE,WI 5/31/13 12:00 PM http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21176-joeann-daley-60-wrd_min-art-critic-a-inova-milwaukeewi-5_31_13-1200-pm.html  What to do with the seemingly endless supply of plastic bottles, telephone books, soda cans, old clothes, out-of-date electronics and nearly everything else that our culture discards every minute of every day? Joeann Daley has

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LYNN TOMASZEWSKI - 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC @ INOVA MILWAUKEE,WI 5/31/13 11:00 Am http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21174-lynn-tomaszewski-60-wrd_min-art-critic-a-inova-milwaukeewi-5_31_13-1100-am.html  The coordinated group movements of small creatures like ants, bees and birds bespeak complex interdependencies. How do flocks agree which way to fly, how do swarms know where to gather? The pebbled, mosaic patterns of Lynn

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MORGAN HERUM - 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC @ INOVA MILWAUKEE,WI 5/31/13 11:30 AM http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21175-morgan-herum-60-wrd_min-art-critic-a-inova-milwaukeewi-5_31_13-1130-am.html  “Water Stock” is an unusual metal sculpture by Morgan Herum, and its very name begets a series of questions that everyone on the planet ought to be asking about the liquid element that composes 60% of the human body and

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KEITH NELSON - 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC @ INOVA MILWAUKEE,WI 5/31/13 12:30 PM http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21177-keith-nelson-60-wrd_min-art-critic-a-inova-milwaukeewi-5_31_13-1230-pm.html MALENA MAGNOLIA, ALLISON EVE MOLLET and ALEXANDRA HAWLEY - 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC @ INOVA MILWAUKEE,WI 5/31/13 1:00 PM http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21178-malena-magnolia-allison-eve-mollet-and-alexandra-hawley-60-wrd_min-art-critic-a-inova-milwaukeewi-5_31_13-100-pm.html “Celebrate Queer Milwaukee” is the joint effort of three young artists who, like their subjects, identify somewhere along the LGBTQ spectrum. Never mind where, exactly; pigeonholing is not part of the program, public 

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KRIS BORTH - 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC @ INOVA MILWAUKEE, WI 5/31/13 2:30 PM http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21179-kris-borth-60-wrd_min-art-critic-a-inova-milwaukee-wi%25095_31_13-230-pm.html  The question why paint a picture never used to be a question, but in the age of easy digital reproduction it has become one. Why paint birch trees in moonlight, a martini glass filled with liquor and olives, bright red poppies

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COLIN MATTHES - 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC @ INOVA MILWAUKEE, WI 5/31/13 3:30 PM http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21180-colin-matthes-60-wrd_min-art-critic-a-inova-milwaukee-wi%25095_31_13-330-pm.html  What kind of knowledge does a person need to know in order to survive the threats of our terror-stricken, post-9/11, environmentally fraught, natural-disaster-prone day and age? With tongue firmly in cheek, Colin Matthes has created

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KHALID AHMED - 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC @ INOVA MILWAUKEE,WI 6/1/13 10:30 AM http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21181-khalid-ahmed-60-wrd_min-art-critic-a-inova-milwaukeewi%25096_1_13-1030-am.html  There are many kinds of befores and afters. Khalid Ahmed’s take plastic, measurable, visual form. Formerly an artist and professor of art history at the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan specializing in Mughal miniatures

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MARK KLASSEN - 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC @ INOVA MILWAUKEE,WI 6/1/13 11:00 AM http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21182-mark-klassen-60-wrd_min-art-critic-a-inova-milwaukeewi%25096_1_13-1100-am.html  Mark Klassen could be called an aesthetician of safety, but he could equally be called an appreciator of the banal. For the past decade, Klassen has been meticulously recreating the elements of a vast network of devices whose

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