Reception for SPARK: A Material Studios Exhibition at the Frank Juarez Gallery

Thank you so much for joining us for the opening reception of SPARK: A Material Studios Exhibition. We had such a fabulous turn out. This exhibition features new work by Pamela Anderson, Nina Ghanbarzadeh, Clare Jorgensen , Nirmal Raja. Bela Suresh Roongta, Alan Thompson-Wallace and is curated by Barbara O’Brien.

SPARK is an exhibition with an inventive and ambitious origin and goal. Curator Barbara O’Brien, who moved to Milwaukee in May 2018 from Kansas City where she served as Executive Director (2012-17) and Director of Exhibitions and Collections (2009-12) at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. She was invited to curate an exhibition that featured artists from the Material Studio. Selections were based on studio visits where each artist was invited to share one work with O’Brien that was on the “leading edge” of their practice. Six artists were selected to meet with O’Brien over the next year as they develop this new work for SPARK. “What a marvelous welcome to Milwaukee,” said O’Brien. “The dialog between artist and curator will undoubtedly generate surprise and excitement not only for me, but also for the artists and visitors to the exhibition.”

SPARK: A Material Studios Exhibitions runs through August 31, 2019.

SPARK: A Material Studios Exhibition at the Frank Juarez Gallery

“SPARK: A Material Studios Exhibition”

July 13 – August 31, 2019

Frank Juarez Gallery

207 E. Buffalo Street, Sixth Floor

Milwaukee, WI 53202

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin - The Frank Juarez Gallery is pleased to present "SPARK: A Material Studios Exhibition”, an exhibition featuring new work by Pamela Anderson, Nina Ghanbarzadeh, Clare Jorgensen, Nirmal Raja, Bela Roongta, andAlan Thompson-Wallace. 

SPARK is an exhibition with an inventive and ambitious origin and goal. Curator Barbara O’Brien, who moved to Milwaukee in May 2018 from Kansas City where she served as Executive Director (2012-17) and Director of Exhibitions and Collections (2009-12) at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. She was invited to curate an exhibition that featured artists from the Material Studio. Selections were based on studio visits where each artist was invited to share one work with O’Brien that was on the “leading edge” of their practice. Six artists were selected to meet with O’Brien over the next year as they develop this new work for SPARK. “What a marvelous welcome to Milwaukee,” said O’Brien. “The dialog between artist and curator will undoubtedly generate surprise and excitement not only for me, but also for the artists and visitors to the exhibition.”

This exhibition runs from July 23 – August 31, 2019, with areception on July 13 from 5-8pm. The Frank Juarez Gallery is located at 207 E. Buffalo Street, Ste. 600, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202. 

Pamela Anderson is known for bold, colorful strokes and gestural movement, Milwaukee, Wisconsin – artist, Pamela Anderson, brings a modern dimension to her Abstract works. She applies paint in vibrant colors, allowing creations to emerge spontaneously. Her paintings and sculptures are untitled which allows her work to be experienced with open interpretation by the viewer.  She is a full-time artist, an Affiliate and Co-Managing Director of Material Studios + Gallery. She was awarded the title of Pfister Artist in Residence for the 2016-2017 Artist-in-Residence Program at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Born and raised in Tehran, Iran Nina Ghanbarzadeh transplanted in Wisconsin in 2001. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UWM with a focus in fine art and graphic design in 2013. She is also a teaching artist and has been involved in many workshops, lectures and presentations. 

Clare Jorgensen, a Milwaukee artist, works in encaustic and cold wax.  Her work evokes imagination and her subject matter is socially informed. Jorgensen has participated in a number of exhibitions in Milwaukee, Algoma, Cedarburg, Elkhart Lake, and Chicago. She is a 2018 Finalist for the Pfister Hotel AIR Program. 

Nirmal Raja received a BA in India, a BFA at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and an MFA at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She has been a mentor at Redline Milwaukee and continues to mentor artists through the Milwaukee Artists Resource Network. Her art practice is inter-disciplinary and conceptual exploring themes of memory, identity and transience.   

Taking pen to paper Bela Suresh Roongta draws in the tradition of henna, the ancient east-Indian art of her ancestors.  A self-taught artist, she plays with lines and the spaces in between capturing the complexities of our past, the times we live in and the human spirit.  

Alan Thompson-Wallace is an award winning British mixed media figurative artist, Co-owner of Saxon Wallace Gallery inside Material Studios, Public sculpture artist including Beasties on Parade at Milwaukee Zoo and organizer, host, curator, teacher, theater set artist, and exhibitor for various art events across the world. 

Barbara O’Brien is a curator, educator, and museum leader with a national reputation and an impressive record of accomplishments. “I have dedicated my career to being an advocate for the art and artists of our time,” she shared. “’What’s next?’ is the question that motivates my curatorial practice. Beauty and form can bring us into dialog with the ideas and cultural landscape of our time.” 

O’Brien joined the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art as curator in 2009 where she developed the museum’s traveling exhibition program and oversaw the production of important exhibitions and related catalogs. Prior to joining the Kemper, she was an assistant professor of art at Simmons College in Boston, where she was also director of the college’s Trustman Art Gallery and head of its arts administration program. From 2003-06 she was editor-in-chief of Art New England magazine and from 1990-2001 was director of the gallery and visiting artist program at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts. A native of Bonner Springs, Kansas, O’Brien earned a master’s degree in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design, and holds bachelor’s degrees in women’s studies and journalism from the University of Kansas.
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,"SPARK: A Material Studio Exhibition”,please email frankjuarezgallery@gmail.com or call 920.559.7181.   

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Reception Photos - Dual Nature Exhibition at the Frank Juarez Gallery

Thank you for joining us for our reception. Dual Nature runs until May 11, 2019. 


Mark your calendars: Milwaukee Gallery Night & Day, April 26 & 27. We will have special hours on Friday, April 26th from 6-9pm and Saturday, April 27th from 11am-4pm. At 2pm we will have an artist talk with Tony Conrad. Click here to RSVP.

Gallery is open on Saturdays, 11-4pm and by appointment at 920.559.7181. 

In “Dual Nature,”the works of Tony Conrad and Clint Fulkerson clearly share an affinity to pattern as they reference various complex visual systems inspired by nature both physically and metaphorically. More importantly, the paintings and drawings in this exhibition are telling of two artists heavily concerned with process. Conrad’s pattern centric paintings exhibit a relentless commitment to the making and remaking of seemingly similar marks while evoking the nature of meditative states. Fulkerson’s hypnotic detailed disc drawings are influenced by science, math, and systems of organization which manifest a curiosity of an ever-evolving world. 

The Frank Juarez Gallery is located at 207 E. Buffalo Street, Ste. 600, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202. 

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Artist talk with David Najib Kasir and Alison Ruttan at the Frank Juarez Gallery

On February 16 we hosted an artist talk with David Najib Kasir and Alison Ruttan. The artists talk about how the idea of Misplaced Math of Homes and Families came to be, how they met as well as their own work. Misplaced Math of Homes and Families end March 9, 2019.


The Frank Juarez Gallery is located at 207 E. Buffalo Street, #600, Milwaukee, WI 53202. Gallery hours are Saturdays from 11am-4pm.

Running time: 28:10

War alters societies and art can document the lives lived and lost as well as gauge the change. The Middle East has been involved in war for centuries, but for nearly the past eight years, Syria has seen bombings, bloodshed, destruction, fatigue and the fragmentation of homes and families that have not been seen in the modern age of civilization. The Misplaced Math of Homes & Familiesbrings artists, David Najib Kasir and Alison Ruttan to collectively bring their paintings and sculptures, respectively, to convey the turmoil of a country in chaotic conflict. Kasir introduces the viewer to the bloodied and tired people and their shattered families. Ruttan invites you to the homes they abandoned with the ghosts of loved ones lost within the ruins.

David Najib Kasir is an Arab American artist born in 1977 to immigrant parents of Iraq and Syria. Kasir's work is comprised of personal narratives and surrounds the act of coming to terms with the challenges of life, family, love, war, home and loss. His work transcends the basic conversation of the issues surrounding Syria and the Middle East and gives you something truly palpable that you feel you are able to emotionally connect with as a subject matter to create a better understand. Kasir has exhibited regularly throughout the Midwest as he lives and paints in Milwaukee's Walker's Point.

Alison Ruttan is an American artist who was born in 1954. Ruttan investigates characteristics of human behavior through insightful works that reveal our propensity aggression. Her work invokes lost places of homes and invite us to revisit the suffering of the people who remain in the aftermath of the destruction. Ruttan has had several gallery and museum exhibitions, including the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art and at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago, showing both nationally and internationally. Ruttan is an Assistant Professor in Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Press Release: Dual Nature featuring new work by Tony Conrad and Clint Fulkerson at the Frank Juarez Gallery

“Dual Nature”

Tony Conrad and Clint Fulkerson

March 16 - May 11, 2019

The Frank Juarez Gallery

207 E. Buffalo Street, Ste. 600

Milwaukee, WI 53202

 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin (February 11, 2019) - The Frank Juarez Gallery is pleased to present "Dual Nature”, an exhibition featuring new work by Tony Conrad (WI) and Clint Fulkerson (ME). 

In “Dual Nature,”the works of Conrad and Fulkerson clearly share an affinity to pattern as they reference various complex visual systems inspired by nature both physically and metaphorically. More importantly, the paintings and drawings in this exhibition are telling of two artists heavily concerned with process. Conrad’s pattern centric paintings exhibit a relentless commitment to the making and remaking of seemingly similar marks while evoking the nature of meditative states. Fulkerson’s hypnotic detailed disc drawings are influenced by science, math, and systems of organization which manifest a curiosity of an ever-evolving world. 

This exhibition runs from March 16 – May 11, 2019, with areception on March 23 from 5-8pm. The Frank Juarez Gallery is located at 207 E. Buffalo Street, Ste. 600, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202. 

Tony Conrad received his MFA degree in painting and drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2009. Currently, Conrad is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Conrad’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States in various solo, group, and invitational exhibitions and has won a number of awards including the Lawrence Rathsack Scholarship and the Frederick R. Layton Fellowship.  

Clint Fulkerson lives in Portland, Maine with his wife Kate and daughter Karina. He holds a BFA in Metalsmithing from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, but has been primarily a 2D artist since 2005. In Maine he has shown his work at Corey Daniels Gallery, Edward T. Pollack Fine Arts, Space Gallery, Stonewall Gallery at the Yarmouth History Center, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Ocean House Gallery, Think Tank, Waterfall Arts, Susan Maasch Fine Arts, the University of Maine at Farmington, and the Portland Museum of Art. His work is in numerous private collections, as well as the collection of M.I.T. He has painted murals for Maine’s Percent for Art Program, and for Facebook and Google offices. 

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,"Dual Nature”,please email frankjuarezgallery@gmail.com or call 920.559.7181.  

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