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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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INDIANA GREEN 2017: Studio Visits with Jared Patton Plock and Stephanie Barenz

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 their ideas, and to exhibit these works. 

For the next three months, FJG will be introducing you to these artists. 

Jared PATTON PLOCK

Jared Patton Plock is a visual artist based in Milwaukee, WI. He holds a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and an MFA in Printmaking from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Jared is currently a faculty member at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Carthage College and the University of Wisconsin: Whitewater.

Exhibiting work both regionally and nationally, Jared’s work utilizes drawing, sculpture, and installation to investigate our relationship with familiar objects and our surroundings.

Stephanie BARENZ

Stephanie Barenz is an artist who makes mixed media work about place, sojourning, and storytelling. She received her MFA in Visual Arts from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009 and spent a year studying at Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy. She has taught at Hangzhou Dianzi University in China and currently teaches at Wisconsin Lutheran College and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.

Barenz has completed artist residencies through the Students Artist League of New York, the Pfister Hotel AiR program in Milwaukee, and at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative. Her work has been acquired by notable public collectors, such as Northwestern Mutual and Alverno College and has private collectors across the United States and in Europe. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum of Wisconsin Art, Walker’s Point Center of the Arts, Redline, Dean Jensen Gallery, the John Michael Kohler Art Center, Expo 72 in Chicago, and more.

All images copyright of the artist and used with permission.