Artist talk with David Najib Kasir and Alison Ruttan at the Frank Juarez Gallery

On February 16 we hosted an artist talk with David Najib Kasir and Alison Ruttan. The artists talk about how the idea of Misplaced Math of Homes and Families came to be, how they met as well as their own work. Misplaced Math of Homes and Families end March 9, 2019.

The Frank Juarez Gallery is located at 207 E. Buffalo Street, #600, Milwaukee, WI 53202. Gallery hours are Saturdays from 11am-4pm.

Running time: 28:10

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.

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

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


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 or call 920.559.7181.  


15 minutes with David Najib Kasir, MKE Lifestyle Magazine

Artist David Najib Kasir was recently interviewed by Nan Bialek, writer for MKE Lifestyle Magazine. David is currently exhibiting new works in “Misplaced Math of Homes & Families” at the Frank Juarez Gallery. Ends March 9, 2019

Frank Juarez Gallery

207 E. Buffalo Street, #600

Milwaukee, WI 53202

Gallery hours: Saturdays from 11am - 4pm.

We will be having an artist talk with David Najib Kasir and Alison Ruttan on February 16 from 2-3pm. Click here to RSVP. Space is limited.

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

Review by Sara Mulloy


Reception Photos

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

Installation Day: Misplaced Math of Homes and Families at the Frank Juarez Gallery

Here are some snapshots from today’s installation at the gallery.

We hope you can join us on Saturday, January 12 from 5-8pm for an artist reception for David Najib Kasir and Alison Ruttan. Both artists will be in attendance.

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