Diane Endres Ballweg Gallery (3rd Floor)
JUXTAPOSITION OF DICHOTOMIES - JUSTIN BITNER
Justin Bitner is an artist who resides in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a graduate of the MFA Studio Art program at the University of Wisconsin where he was a University Fellow. During this time he was an instructor of record teaching Two Dimensional Design and held a Teaching Assistant position in the Woodworking/Furniture area. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Illinois State University and a Masters Degree in Sculpture from Eastern Illinois University.
aLSO IN THE DIANE ENDRES BALLWEG GALLERY (3RD FLOOR):
ONE DAY ONLY - APRIL 30
INHERENT LEGACY - ANGELA JOHNSON
This current body of work draws stylistically from the practice of Cabinets of Curiosity. Historically these cabinets included objects from natural history, cultural artifacts, relics, works of art, and antiquities. This form of collecting during the Renaissance was the precursor to the modern day museum. In my own cabinet I am exploring the connections we have to our ancestors and to the natural world. Focusing on family and memory I am visually exploring what we carry with us through the objects we inherit from previous generations, including genetic, physical and emotional traits. I am revealing the inherent values held by generations past through the lens of my own.
The cabinet is composed of family photographs and objects, along with my own contemporary photographs, which use alternative processes. I began this work by mining family photo albums from the late 19th century. They revealed images of my great-grandparents and other relatives, whose lives in south central Wisconsin were so different than my own. I look for a glimpse of myself within the familiar faces of my ancestors in these photographs of wedding days, graduations, Army profiles and candid moments on the farm. I see my grandmother as a baby, and notice that my father has my great-great grandfather’s ears. To what degree is who we are determined by whom and where we come from? In my great-grandmother Pearl’s crystal etched wine glasses, I get a glimpse of how she lived and each time I use them I honor her memory. I am deeply interested in legacy, shared memory and also how we forget. What happens to this infused memory, which is placed on objects when no one preserves them? What legacies do we create over time with the memories and objects we pass on through each generation?
LEAVING A MARK - ARTWORKING
GROUND FLOOR - BUBBLER ROOM
MARCH ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE: Artists in Absentia
See their write up in the Isthmus
Featuring the writing, art, music, and dramatic work of inmates from Oakhill Correctional Institution in Oregon, WI, Artists in Absentia brings the ideas of these men out from the walls of the prison and into dialogue with the community. This residency in absentiadirectly addresses the importance of engaging inmates’ voices in Dane County, where we experience the most racially disproportionate incarceration rates per capita in the U.S. The project seeks to provide a public space where the humanity of those we seldom see may be reflected in creative exchange between artists and audience.
Call for Artists:
Central Library Art Shows: The next deadline for applications is February 5, 2017
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