Video and Reception Photos: Indiana Green 2019 at the Cedarburg Cultural Center

Indiana Green 10 Year Anniversary

Video by Robby Antonio Alcazar of RAA Films. Follow @raafilms

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Photos courtesy of Pat Ryan

Row 1:Melissa Dorn, Frank Juarez
Row 2: Lisa Wicka, Christine Style, Jessica Zalewski, Michael Kautzer, Sara Risley, Ann Baer, Christian Sis, Eddee Daniel, Erica Huntzinger, Nina Ghanbarzadeh
Row 3: Jeff Redmon, Kate Schaffer, Tiffany Knopow, Christopher Willey, Nirmal Raja, Jenie Gao, Rafael Francisco Salas, Dean Valadez, Tony Conrad
Row 4: Todd Mrozinski, John Kowalczyk, Jared Patton Plock, Serena Weits, Cristian Andersson, Kendra Bulgrin, Jaymee Harvey Willms, Dara Larson, Pamela Anderson, Kay Jelinek
Row 5: Brandon Minga, Daniel Fleming, Ariana Huggett, Chris Niver, Dale Knaak, Dave Watkins, Sara Willadsen

On July 31st, Indiana Green celebrated its 10th Year Anniversary at the Cedarburg Cultural Center. This exhibition runs through August 25, 2019.

Indiana Green is an annual group exhibition featuring 2-D and 3-D works by artists living and working in Wisconsin.

The first Indiana Green was organized by Frank Juarez in 2010 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and featured artists from IL and WI. What was suppose to be a one-time exhibition slowly grew into 10 years of working with amazing artists. In 2016, the focus has transitioned to exhibiting and working with Wisconsin artists.

Indiana Green introduces a diverse body of work by artists working from paintings to mixed media, sculpture to printmaking, and installation to photography. This exhibition features works that are meaningful and significant today in Wisconsin's contemporary art landscape. This exhibition is co-curated by Melissa Dorn and Frank Juarez. Organized by the Frank Juarez Gallery.

Cedarburg Cultural Center, W62N546 Washington Ave, Cedarburg, WI 53012. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday 12pm-4pm. 

Reception Photos

"Misplaced Math of Homes & Families” at the Frank Juarez Gallery

"Misplaced Math of Homes & Families” 

January 12 - March 9, 2019

The Frank Juarez Gallery

207 E. Buffalo Street, Ste. 600

Milwaukee, Wisconsin  53202

Artist Reception: Saturday, January 12, 5-8pm with an artist talk on January 19, 2-3pm

Milwaukee, Wisconsin — The Frank Juarez Gallery is pleased to present "Misplaced Math of Homes & Families”, an exhibition featuring new work by David Najib Kasir and Alison Ruttan

This exhibition runs from January 12 – March 9, 2019, with a reception on January 12 from 5-8pm. An artist talk is scheduled for January 19 from 2-3pm. The Frank Juarez Gallery is located at 207 E. Buffalo Street, Ste. 600, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202. 

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.

David Najib Kasir, “ Bleeding Refugee Man from Aleppo” , Acrylic on canvas, 28 X 28 inches, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist.

David Najib Kasir, “Bleeding Refugee Man from Aleppo”, Acrylic on canvas, 28 X 28 inches, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist.

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

Alison Ruttan, "Blue Hulk" an "e" f rom the series Gone , Ceramic, 9 x 11 x 18.5 inches, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist.

Alison Ruttan, "Blue Hulk" an "e" from the series Gone, Ceramic, 9 x 11 x 18.5 inches, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist.

About the Frank Juarez Gallery

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,"Misplaced Math of Homes & Families”,please email or call 920.559.7181.  

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Reception photos: Rob Neilson at the James Watrous Gallery

Congratulations to Rob Neilson. He has a solo show at the James Watrous Gallery in Madison titled, "Pataphysical Portraits". His exhibition ends August 19, 2018. 

In this body of sculptural works, Neilson exploits the traditional genre of portraiture busts in a way which combines iconography and incongruity. Concentrating on the exchange between the idiosyncratic and collective readings of each figure’s image, Neilson explores the construction of identity and the space where the iconic encounters the absurd. His work asks what this reveals about how we see ourselves, what we value, and the meaning we give to individual narratives.

The James Watrous Gallery is located on the 3rd floor of the Overture, 201 State St, Madison, WI 53703. Gallery hours are Saturday 12–8PM, Sunday 12–5PM, Monday & Tuesday Closed, Wednesday & Thursday 12–5PM, and Friday 12–8PM. For more info click here.

Here are some photos from his reception.