INDIANA GREEN 2017: Studio Visits with Cristian Andersson and Rob Neilson

Co-curators Frank Juarez and Melissa Dorn Richards are at it again. They began their journey visiting artists in their studios for INDIANA GREEN this month. 

INDIANA GREEN is an annual group exhibition featuring 2D and 3D works by artists living and working in Wisconsin. This exhibition introduces a diverse body of work by artists ranging from such as but not limited to: paintings to mixed media, sculpture to printmaking, and installation to photography. This exhibition represents personal exploration of materials, media and ideas in a contemporary practice. In its 8th season it will be working with the following artists: Cristian Andersson (Oshkosh), Stephanie Barenz (Milwaukee), Ray Easley (Fall River), Nina Ghanbarzadeh (New Berlin), Kevin Miyazaki (Wauwatosa), Rob Neilson (Appleton), Jared Patton Plock (Milwaukee), and Kate E. Schaffer (Jackson). 

These studio visits provide us the opportunity to get to know these artists, listen to their creative process, successes and challenges, provide encouragement to pursue ideas, and to exhibit these works. 

FJG will be introducing you to these artists. 

 Cristian Andersson is a painter working out of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. In his formal education, he first studied painting and performance art at Columbia College in Chicago. Then, in 2013, received a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in design and fine art, focusing on photography and printmaking. Informally, his artwork has been equally affected by a number of personal tragedies. By combining this disciplined education and a sense of distress, his large abstract paintings tend to be, as described by a fellow artist, having a sense of melting into complete disarray, and yet having the strength to hold together. As Andersson describes it, his work is like free jazz. A painting can hold different pacings of color and marks, and a level of completion from raw to polished. Like an Ornette Coleman song, the work makes sense when you accept the discord.

Cristian Andersson is a painter working out of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. In his formal education, he first studied painting and performance art at Columbia College in Chicago. Then, in 2013, received a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in design and fine art, focusing on photography and printmaking. Informally, his artwork has been equally affected by a number of personal tragedies. By combining this disciplined education and a sense of distress, his large abstract paintings tend to be, as described by a fellow artist, having a sense of melting into complete disarray, and yet having the strength to hold together. As Andersson describes it, his work is like free jazz. A painting can hold different pacings of color and marks, and a level of completion from raw to polished. Like an Ornette Coleman song, the work makes sense when you accept the discord.

 Rob Neilson is the Frederick R. Layton Distinguished Professor of Art and Associate Professor 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.

Rob Neilson is the Frederick R. Layton Distinguished Professor of Art and Associate Professor 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.