Contemporary Art

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

 

Press Release

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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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"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 frankjuarezgallery@gmail.com or call 920.559.7181.  

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Welcome Reece Howell to the Frank Juarez Gallery

The Frank Juarez Gallery is happy to announce Reece Howell, as our newest gallery assistant. We look forward to working with him in 2019.

About Reece Howell

Reece Howell is a traditional and digital painter residing in Milwaukee. Growing up he spent much of his summers with his father exploring the northern woods of Wisconsin, fishing, hiking, camping, the same experiences many Midwestern kids have. His mother had a career in the medical field, he remembers copying anatomical drawings from her medical textbooks by her side as she worked from home. Now in adulthood looking back those are some of his most cherished memories. In his work he explores relationships and shared moments of the human experience. 

He is Interested in trauma and healing processes of the body and mind. He is also affected by nostalgia, always seeing how the good memories seem to shine through the bad.

Reece knew at a young age that all he wanted to do was pursue a career in art, after high school He attended the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in the spring of 2015. During his undergraduate studies he learned about digital tools and their relationship to contemporary art making. He aims to incorporate digital components to bring the traditional media of painting into new dimensions.

Today Reece is a painter working in the mediums of traditional oil, digital painting, and also mural. He has participated in group shows around Milwaukee, as well he assists and heads on projects creating murals around the city. He continues to pursue his interests in the human experience and pushes to connect with his audience at a deeper level through his work.

Press Release: Indiana Green 2018

Indiana Green: A Wisconsin Group Exhibition

Artist Reception: June 16, 5-8pm

June 9 - July 21, 2018

Milwaukee, WI — The Frank Juarez Gallery is happy to announce the 9th segment of Indiana Green: A Wisconsin Group Exhibition. Featured artists include: Lois Bielefeld (Milwaukee), Kendra Bulgrin (Algoma), Michael Davidson (Milwaukee), Jaymee Harvey Willms (Milwaukee), Trent Miller (Madison), Nirmal Raja (Milwaukee), Jeff Redmon (Milwaukee), LaNia Sproles (Milwaukee), and Lisa Wicka (Marinette).

This exhibition runs from June 9 – July 21, 2018, with an artists’ reception from 5-8pm. Parts Unknown Studio is located at 1035 S. 5th Street, Milwaukee, WI  53204. Gallery hours are Saturdays, 10am-2pm. Indiana Green is co-curated by Frank Juarez and Melissa Dorn.

Indiana Green is an annual group exhibition featuring 2-D and 3-D 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, installation to photography, and video to drawings.

Image: Lisa Wicka, Along the Way VII, Mixed media print on wood panel, 9.5” x 15", 2018  Poster design by Sally Carson

Image: Lisa Wicka, Along the Way VII, Mixed media print on wood panel, 9.5” x 15", 2018

Poster design by Sally Carson

About the artists

Lois Bielefeld is a series based artist working in photography, audio, video, and installation.  Her work continually asks the question of what links routine and ritual to the formation of identity and personhood. The Bedroom, Weeknight Dinners, Androgyny, All In: Shorewood Girls Cross Country, and Neighborhood examine the connective ties people share within our private and public spaces with food, perceptions of gender, team, and community.

Lois lives in Milwaukee, WI with her daughter and wife. Bielefeld has her BFA in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. Besides photography, she feels passionate about traveling, swimming, urban gardening and bicycling adventures.  Her work is in the permanent collections of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City, the Museum of Wisconsin Art, and The Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin. Bielefeld has shown at The International Center of Photography in New York City, The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Museum of Wisconsin Art, The Charles Allis Art Museum, ArtStart, Portrait Society Gallery, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Parkside, UW-La Crosse, and Walker’s Point Center. In 2015 Lois had a ten-week artist residency in Bourglinster, Luxembourg through the Museum of Wisconsin Art and the Luxembourg Ministry of Culture. She is a recipient of the 2017 Nohl Fellowship. Bielefeld is represented by Portrait Society Gallery in Milwaukee.

Born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, Kendra Lynn Bulgrin attended the University of Wisconsin Whitewater where she received a BFA with an emphasis in painting and a minor in Japanese Cultural Studies in 2005. Bulgrin completed her MFA in interdisciplinary arts at Memphis College of Art in 2007. Throughout the years, Bulgrin has continued to teach painting, drawing, and design at the college level.

Bulgrin draws from a unique vantage point as an adopted child and continues to explore the complex issues surrounding her identity, memory, and past. Recently, she has been coming to terms with the birth of her two sons, both with special needs. Bulgrin’s oil paintings examine the longing for identity and the subsequent expectations associated with identity and memory. She questions how identity is constructed through images, place, memory, decoy, and the miniature.

Bulgrin has shown nationally and internationally, with shows at the Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Encaustic in the 21st Century at the Encaustic Art Institute, and at Beijing Normal University, China. Currently, she is director and owner of James May Gallery.

Michael Davidson has taught at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. While Chair of Fine Arts at MIAD, he led a team to develop a completely new contemporary studio curriculum and degree program. Michael teaches both the painting and sculpture with a specific focus on critique. His work has been exhibited at numerous galleries in the Midwest and in New York, most recently at the Reinstitute, an alternative gallery in upstate New York. 

He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in both Painting and Ceramic Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1985. Michael studied at Purchase College - State University of New York with Robert Storr and Irving Sandler. In 1988, while completing his Master of Fine Arts in Painting, he moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. While in New York City, he worked with curators and artists installing art for the Guggenheim Museum, International Center of Photography, The American Craft Museum, John Weber Gallery, Metro Pictures and numerous galleries and private collections. Michael started a creative consulting practice in 1992, and continues his art studio practice at the Nut Factory in the Riverwest neighborhood in Milwaukee.

Trent Miller is an artist living in Madison, Wisconsin. Miller’s work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows throughout the United States. Recent exhibitions include A Tiny Rivulet in the Distant Forest at ArtStart (Rhinelander, WI), Meet Me At The End Of The World at Tory Folliard Gallery (Milwaukee, WI), Spindrift and Tether at James Watrous Gallery (Madison, WI), and a drawing retrospective I & They at Backspace Gallery (Peoria, IL). In addition to showing his own work, Miller curates exhibitions and runs The Bubbler at Madison Public Library, an arts incubator program in Madison, WI.

Nirmal Raja is an inter-disciplinary artist living and working in Milwaukee, WI. Raja received a Bachelor's of Arts in English Literature in India, a diploma in Graphic Design from the Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She has been a mentoring resident and AIR chair at Redline Milwaukee, an urban arts incubator and community print shop. She teaches in local institutions on a part-time basis and maintains a studio at Material Studios and Gallery in downtown Milwaukee. Periodically she curates shows and organize collaborations that address notions of intersectional identity, migration, disenfranchisement and marginality.

She has participated in solo and group shows in the Midwest, nationally and internationally. She has won several awards and grants including grants from Wisconsin Arts Board and the Milwaukee Arts Board supporting an exhibition at Redline and grants from the Mary Nohl Suitcase Fund.

Jeff Redmon is a Milwaukee based artist, designer, curator and community arts organizer who holds a BFA from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Redmon is currently the Exhibition and Residency Manager at RedLine Milwaukee, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, an urban laboratory that seeks to nourish the individual practice of contemporary art and to stimulate the creative potential of the local community to which we are linked.

A practicing artist for over 15 years, Redmon continues to perfect his unique style of abstract art making. He has also created several public and private large scale murals throughout the Milwaukee area.

LaNia Sproles grew up in the segregated city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and graduated with a BFA from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. She devotes most of her time conducting research on the philosophies of self-perception, queer and feminist theories, and inherent racial dogmas; while also examining the contemporary works’ of Laylah Ali, Kara Walker and poet, Warsan Shire. The combination of printmaking and drawing inspires her to challenge these concepts and to push beyond the traditional expectations of not only the figure but printmaking itself. Through collage and assemblage, she strives to conduct work that pays homage to imagery free from the barriers of social constructs and honest in its vulnerability.

Lisa Wicka is a mixed media printmaking artist who lives in Marinette, WI. She received her BFA from the University of Central Florida, MFA from Purdue University, and is currently the Assistant Professor of Art at UW Marinette. Wicka’s work shows national and internationally and she actively participates in workshops and residencies worldwide. She enjoys traveling and exploring new locations through her art making practice. Her travels have offered her the opportunity to work out of the Ålgården Workshop (Borås, Sweden), Sparkbox Studios (Picton, Canada), Lower East Side Print Shop (NYC) and the Women’s Studio Workshop (Kingston, NY) among others.

Jaymee Harvey Willms is an artist living and working in the Milwaukee area of Wisconsin. She was born and raised in Maplewood, Minnesota. From there she moved to South Dakota where she received her BFA in painting and art history from the University of South Dakota. In 2015 she went on to graduate from SUNY Albany with her MFA in sculpture. She has had international residencies, shows her work across the United States, and continues to make work in her studio in Milwaukee’s Third Ward.

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 who have supported him. What was supposed to be a one-year exhibition gradually grew gaining the attention of artist living and working in Wisconsin. Since 2017, Indiana Green has begun to be exhibited across the state of Wisconsin with new roster of artists. Today, it has featured 74 artists.

For further information on the exhibition, please contact Frank at frankjuarezgallery@gmail.com or call 920.559.7181.  

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