Yesterday, we spend the day building a wall inside the new Frank Juarez Gallery in the Third Ward in Milwaukee. A BIG thanks to gallery artists, Rob Neilson, Tony Conrad, and Dale Knaak for helping build the wall. In a few weeks we will announce our 2017 exhibition schedule. We are looking forward to bringing you a great roster of artists, exhibitions, and programming.
The new gallery will be located inside Material Studios + Gallery, LLC., 207 E. Buffalo Street, Ste. 600 inside the Marshall Building on the corner of Water and Buffalo Streets.
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Gallery artists, Tony Conrad and Rob Neilson talk about Public Art in Appleton on WHBY.com. Click here to listen to some of the projects that they have in the Fox Valley as well as the importance of community involvement.
Congratulations to gallery artist Melissa Dorn Richards. She will have one of her Mop Series, Mop VIII, in the 94th Annual All Media Exhibition at Ann Arbor Art Center.
Established in 1922, the Annual All Media Exhibition has a long and rich history. This show highlights artists from all over the country working in any media. This year’s juror is Paul Kotula. He is Associate Professor of Ceramics at Michigan State University and has also worked as a gallery director for Pewabic Pottery, Swidler Gallery, REVOLUTION (Detroit and New York) and Paul Kotula projects. Working with an international list of artists, he has formed over 200 solo and group exhibitions pertinent to the field of contemporary art and visual culture.
There is a reception on Friday, October 14th, from 6 to 9 PM and the exhibition continues through November 12. Ann Arbor Art Center is located at 117 W Liberty St, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
Mop VIII, Oil on Canvas, 36 x 36 inches, 2015
Congratulations to gallery artist, Tony Conrad. His work is currently featured in the September issue of Fox Cities Magazine (page 10) and of the front cover.
This magazine is available at most coffee shops, restaurants, libraries, and businesses throughout the Fox Valley.
Conrad’s paintings explore visual components of social stereotypes and oddities from popular culture. In his most current work, Conrad confronts the small town ideologies he remembers from growing up in rural Wisconsin with humorous and ironic depictions of trophy hunting. The hybrid paintings exhibit cross-cultural references with use of vibrant colors and patterns influenced by Persian textiles, wallpaper, doilies, camouflage, and 1960s psychedelic rock posters. The pulsing embellishment present throughout the work speaks not only to the mania surrounding many hunting circles, but also to the decadent nature of American culture. Metaphorically, the paintings represent the complexity of idealized beauty, cultural identity and the euphoric rush of the outdoorsman experience. This work synthesizes these symbolic elements, resulting in a hybridized reality where delicate domesticity and wild outdoor ruggedness all coexist.
Visit his website to view more work at www.tonyconradart.com
A PDF is available online. [link]
Join us for a special screening of Christopher Willey’s “Emotional Topographies I: I dont’ know how many are down” digital animation on August 11 at 6:30pm at the UW-Sheboygan Fine Arts Building, One University Drive in Sheboygan.
This past weekend, the FJG artists got together to tour the place in which they will be having a group show featuring the works by Tony Conrad, Dale Knaak, Rob Neilson, Melissa Dorn Richards, Stefani Quam, Sara Willadsen, and William Zuback. This exhibition isn’t until October 2016, but it was exciting to connect since the closing of the gallery in 2015.
Current Contours Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: October 4 – November 12, 2016
Reception: October 7, 6:30-9pm
Location: Arts Mills,1300 14th Ave, Grafton, Wisconsin 53024
Saturday, December 19, was a magical night at the Frank Juarez Gallery. As you may already know the gallery will close its doors on December 26th after 5 years in Sheboygan. I enjoyed seeing people who have supported the gallery from day one and meeting new people. This has been such a rewarding experience both professionally and personally.
People often ask why am I closing if the gallery is successful. To be honest, I would like a break. A break that will allow me to continue making connections, having the time to make studio visits, visit galleries and museums, revisit my studio practice, and focus on myself. I do want to point out that the only thing that is closing is the physical space of FJG. I am continuing to work with my artists and curate exhibitions.
Here are some of my favorite photos from the reception courtesy of photographers, Dale Van Minsel and Sara Risley.