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Reception Photos: Misplaced Math of Homes and Families at the Frank Juarez Gallery

Review by Sara Mulloy


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Artist Talk with artists, David. Najib Kasir and Alison Ruttan, January 19, 2-3pm.

"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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