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Exhibitions

 CURRENT EXHIBITIONS


Diane Endres Ballweg Gallery

GUZZO PINC

 
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Paintings 2015-2018

My name is Guzzo Pinc. I live in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. I am 46 years old. My paintings are about birds. And when they are not about birds they are about stones. And when you can figure them out they change. And when they change they fly away and fall into themselves and open up to you. I hope they approach you like purring cats! My wish is to find you with open arms! Painting is like cooking. You just add a little salt here, crisp the edges there, a dash of vinegar and you put it on a plate. I serve my dishes hot! Do you like hot dishes? Maybe you don't like so much garlic?  ...Well then, my cooking is not for you! My cooking is not for everybody and there are other good cooks. Go find them, or better yet, learn to cook for yourself. My flavors are bold and my colors are bright. If my pictures don't sing at least they will hum, and if they don't hum that is because they prefer to whisper. Like cats and birds whisper. If you listen, they will whisper to you.


The Other Side of the Border: Story cloths by Las Hormigas Bordadoras

Hormigas Bordadoras is a group of women in Tanivet, Oaxaca Mexico, who use quilting and embroidery to create unique, one-of-a-kind art pieces that narrate moments from their lives. Each women draws, designs and sews her own pieces. Their themes range from playful moments in everyday life to powerful messages about the impact of immigration on individuals, families and communities. The making and selling of their compelling artwork has given the women a voice, and a way to share their experiences.

This group of story cloths addresses the theme of immigration, which has deeply affected their community. Work in Tanivet is scarce and pays little when they can find it. Many members of the community leave to the U.S. to earn money to support their families. Because crossing the border is so dangerous, once they cross, they often do not return for many many years. A large portion of the population of Tanivet has left. It is heartbreaking for those who have stayed behind. Most families in the village have husbands, children and fathers who are absent from their lives.

“Sometimes it is painful to reflect on the story that we have lived, the story that happened with my son when he left for Los Angeles. For me, it was overwhelming because I thought I would never see him. Eight years passed without seeing him. I often thought that he would just stay there and he wouldn’t return.”

This work for this exhibition was brought to Madison by the Global Artisans Initiative:
The Global Artisans Initiative strives to empower artisans and their families through the promotion of their handcrafts, which support community well-being and strengthens cultural heritage.

GAI is part of the 4W Initiative at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’ School of Human Ecology

For more information about this exhibition contact:
Carolyn Kallenborn
Associate Professor of Design Studies
cmkallen@wisc.edu
816-550-3930

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Hormigas Bordadoras es un grupo de mujeres de Tanivet, Oaxaca México quien elaborar sus telas únicas con bordados y appliqué. Cada pieza es una narración, un dibujo individual sobre su vida. Las temas que utilizan son de momentos tiernos de la vida normal hasta temas fuertes como lo de la migración y el impacto sobre la personas, las familias y la comunidad.  Por sus obras las mujeres han encontrado sus voces y una manera de compartir sus experiencias.

Este grupo de obras tocan la tema de migración que ha afectado profundamente su comunidad. Trabajo en Tanivet es escaso y cuando hay, paga poco.  Un gran parte de las comunidad van para los estados unidos para ganar suficiente a cuidar a sus familias.  Con el peligro en cruzar la frontera, una vez que están en los estados unidos, no regresan a sus familias hace muchos muchos años.  Un gran parte de la población en Tanivet ya han salido.  La situación es angustioso para las familias que quedan. Muchas de las familias tienen esposos, hijos, padres, hermanos que están ausentes de sus vidas.

“A veces me da sentimiento y dolor porque estamos reflejando la historia que ya vivimos, la historia que ya pasé con mi hijo cuando se fue para Los Ángeles. Para mí fue una cosa muy grande porque pensé que ya no lo iba a ver; han pasado ocho años sin verlo. Muchas veces he pensado que un día se va a quedar por allá, y ya no va a venir.¨ 

Este exposición está en Madison por el apoyo de La Iniciativa Artesano Global

La Iniciativa de Artesanos Global (GAI)

La Iniciativa Global de Artesanos se esfuerza por empoderar a los artesanos y sus familias a través de la promoción de sus artesanías, que apoyan a la comunidad bienestar y fortalece el patrimonio cultural.

GAI es parte de la Iniciativa 4W de la Universidad de Wisconsin-Madison, School of Human Ecology

Más información sobre esta exposición:
Carolyn Kallenborn
Profesora de Design Studies
cmkallen@wisc.edu
816-550-3930


First floor Gallery

Emily Lewis

Real and Endangered

For #the100dayproject, illustrator Emily Meredith Lewis created "Real and Endangered", a series of 100 portraits focused on endangered species that are either considered a bit odd looking, have strange names, or simply are unknown to most people. Using the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List, she also added an additional criterion: they had to fall under one of the "threatened" categories (critically endangered, endangered, or vulnerable). This exhibition will include a selection of these portraits.