Rob Neilson

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. 

We Are Here: Public Art by Rob Neilson at Fox Cities Exhibition Center

PROPOSAL FOR PERMANENT PUBLIC ART PROJECT:

FOX CITIES EXHIBITION CENTER

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Congratulations to Rob Neilson. He has been selected to create a public art piece for the Fox Cities Exhibition Center in Appleton, Wisconsin. 

Below are some detailed images of his accepted proposal.

Images courtesy of the artist. 

About Rob Neilson

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.

Credo Quia Absurdum: New Work by Rob Neilson at the Frank Juarez Gallery

For Immediate Release

The Frank Juarez Gallery

207 E. Buffalo Street, Ste. 600

Milwaukee, WI53202

frankjuarezgallery@gmail.com

 

Credo Quia Absurdum:

New Works by Rob Neilson

August 12 – September 16, 2017

Reception: August 12, 5-8pm

 

Rob Neilson,  Make it with Anyone Anyhow  , MDF and milk paint, 24” x 16” x 11”, 2017

Rob Neilson, Make it with Anyone Anyhow, MDF and milk paint, 24” x 16” x 11”, 2017

Milwaukee, WI (July 27, 2017) — The Frank Juarez Gallery is pleased to present Credo Quia Absurdum featuring new works by Rob Neilson. This will be Neilson’s first solo show with the gallery.

Join us on August 12 from 5-8pm for our artist reception. This exhibition runs from August 12 – September 16, 2017. The Frank Juarez Gallery is located at 207 E. Buffalo Street, Ste. 600, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202. An exhibition catalogue will accompany the exhibition and be available for purchase at www.fjgmke.com and at the gallery.

In this new body of sculptural works, Neilson concentrates on the exchange between the idiosyncratic and collective connotations borrowed from the individuals depicted. Exploiting the traditional genre of the portraiture bust in a way which combines iconography and incongruity, Neilson creates art constructed from layered MDF (medium density fiberboard) and finished with handmade milk paint to consider the space where the iconic encounters the absurd.

About the artist

Rob Neilson is the Frederick R. Layton 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.

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 community. FJG exhibits and promotes the works of artists who value innovation, technical discipline and artistic excellence in their chosen medium. 

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

  •  Indiana Green, June 24 – August 4, 2017, Arts Mill, 1300 14th Avenue, Grafton, WI 53024
  • Cadence, New Paintings by Tony Conrad, September 23 – October 28, 2017, Frank Juarez Gallery
  • Artist in Residency with Sara Willadsen, November 4 – December 16, 2017, Frank Juarez Gallery

For further information on the Creo Quia Absurdum exhibition, please email frankjuarezgallery@gmail.com or call 920.559.7181.  

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