Purgatory Misplaced: New Work by Rob Neilson

September 7 - October 26, 2019

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Artist Talk: October 19, 2-3pm

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Review by Catherine Jozwik, Urban Milwaukee

Press Release

Milwaukee, Wisconsin - The Frank Juarez Gallery is pleased to present "Purgatory Misplaced”, an exhibition featuring new bronze sculptures by Rob NeilsonThis will be Neilson’s second solo show at the gallery.  

This exhibition runs from September 7 – October 26, 2019, with a reception on September 7 from 5-8pm. On October 19, Neilson will be giving an artist talk from 2-3pm. The Frank Juarez Gallery is located at 207 E. Buffalo Street, Ste. 600, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202. 

The term purgatory comes to us from the Latin purgatorium, meaning “a place of cleansing”. The content of this new body of free standing and relief sculpture is centered on the exchange between the idiosyncratic and collective associations borrowed from the imagery of the iconic depictions coupled with the form of classical bust sculpture: Specifically, the form of the double herma with its implications of borders and boundaries.

With the ethos that in an absurd world only the farcical is truly genuine, Neilson creates sculptures that tease at the liminal spaces existing somewhere between truth and fiction, joy and suffering, redemption and damnation. All in an impish attempt to divulge the significance we give our individual narrative – be it reliable or not.

Rob Neilson is the Frederick R. Layton Distinguished Professor of Studio Art and Professor of Art at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.Born and raised in Detroit, he received a BFA in Fine Arts from the College for Creative Studies. A professional artist since earning his MFA in sculpture from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Rob has exhibited his sculpture, installations, and drawings at galleries, museums, and alternative spaces nationally and internationally.

Neilson has created public art commissions throughout the United States, including projects in California, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Illinois, Michigan, Virginia, and North Carolina. In 2006 Rob completed a 6-month residency at the Kohler Arts/Industry program where he fabricated 54 iron castings for a public art project commissioned by the Los Angeles Metro Transit Authority.

Equal parts artist and educator, Rob has been a visiting artist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Virginia Tech University and Longwood University (Virginia), Dickinson College (Pennsylvania), Millikin University (Illinois) and California State University.

The Frank Juarez Gallery is committed to supporting artists working in painting, photography, sculpture, video, installation, and mixed media works. We aim to create an accessible, educational, and engaging exhibition space for our artists, audience, and the Milwaukee community. The Frank Juarez Gallery exhibits and promotes the work of artists who value innovation, technical discipline and artistic excellence in their chosen medium. 

 For further information on the exhibition,"Purgatory Misplaced”,please email or call 920.559.7181.  




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About Indiana Green

Indiana Green started in Sheboygan, Wisconsin in 2010. It was curated by artist, Frank Juarez, as a way to pay respect to artists that supported him. What was supposed to be a one-year exhibition gradually grew into an annual exhibition gaining the attention of artists living and working in Wisconsin. In 2013, he and Melissa Dorn started to co-curate this highly anticipated exhibition. Since 2017, Indiana Green has been traveling across the state of Wisconsin with a new annual roster of artists. To date, it has featured 74 artists. 


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