OPENING EVENT: FRIDAY APRIL 14, 8 – 11 PM
Diane Endres Ballweg Gallery (3rd Floor)
PAST, PRESENT, FUTURe
Polka! Press is a collective of artists and designers who work alongside one another to produce a diverse mixture of original printed artworks. We promote a vibrant local printmaking culture by offering access to printmaking facilities and providing educational opportunities to the Madison community. The exhibit showcases new work in relief, letterpress, and screen printed media from our past and present members.
STANDING WAVE II
(a vibration of a system in which some particular points remain fixed while others between them vibrate with the maximum amplitude.)
Experiments of translating large-scale painting to wall mounted 3D sculpture in collaboration with Fatherless print collective.
JUSTUS ROE (Chicago, b. 1977) lives and works in Chicago. Roe creates large-scale paintings (both interior and exterior), sculptural installations, and canvas paintings, using a variety of visual mediums. His work references architecture, city grid systems, and landscapes. His abstract stylized forms, mark-making and color palette develop work that is at once reminiscent of aerial perspectives and metropolitan environments. Often in collaboration with architects, designers, curators and clients, Roe creates unique, iconic works of art that help to engage audiences and define specific environments.
Roe has created some of the most recognizable, abstract, large scale, public art paintings throughout Chicago. This includes 1001 S. State high-rise facade for the Wabash Arts Corridor, the Kennedy underpass at Belmont, the facade at the South Shore Metra station, the intersection of Olive and Clark in Andersonville, two ends of the 25th ward arts in public places 16th st corridor at Ashland and Halsted, the intersection of Irving and Ashland, and several significant entrance spaces including the University of Chicago William Eckhardt Research Center, Columbia College Chicago Business and Entrepreneurship Department,1871 entrance wall and hallway in the Merchandise Mart, and lobby wall for the Le Meridien Chicago Oakbrook.
LM:+43-87 is an ongoing photographic study of Lake Michigan observed at Milwaukee's GPS coordinates. Through frequent visits to Milwaukee's Lakefront from 2012 to the present Thomas amassed an archive of over 20,000 images of Lake Michigan documenting its uncanny mutability from moment to moment, dawn to dusk, season to season. Since 2013 portions of the archive have been exhibited as site-specific installation works at Next Act Theatre, Milwaukee, Fine Arts Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Parkside, The Water Council, Global Water Center, Milwaukee and the law firm of Vedder Price, International Headquarters, Chicago.
Thomas received his BFA from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. After he relocated to New York City where he maintained a studio in the West Chelsea Gallery district from 1994-2012. Thomas’ work has been included in numerous exhibitions throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Notable exhibitions include Hiromii Yoshi Gallery, Tokyo and Zach Feuer Gallery, NY garnering the attention of The New York Times, reFRESH (UK) and Camera Austria. Thomas is currently based in Milwaukee / Chicago.
Call for Artists:
Central Library Art Shows applications are closed at this point. We will post another call for applications in the Summer of 2017.