Diane Endres Ballweg Gallery
Line & Color are Sisters
Nature and nurture being similar, two sisters nonetheless approach art-making with different talents and interests. Competing, collaborating, working independently or in reaction to the other, Laura and Sachi Komai have been sisters for over forty years and coworkers for 15 years.
Laura's focus on color and initial foray into art via quilt-making is evident in her collage, bookmaking, and photography.
Sachi's focus on line brings definition and order to what she sees around her and is evident in her drawings and prints of architectural details, vegetables and teapots, as well in a more recent focus on hand lettering.
second floor Gallery
Gordon Revling: re/collection
A lifelong farmer and carpenter, my Grandpa enjoyed photographing his surroundings in light or humorous situations. He took hundreds of photos of family, life on the farm, and his carpentry work, but his favorite subject matter (or most willing) was himself. You could say, he was an early advocate of the selfie. I've focused on his self-portraits in this collection, taken approximately 1935 to 1950. We're fortunate to have this documentation of his life in central Wisconsin, and hope Grandpa's sense of mischief is apparent to the viewer.
First floor Gallery
Domestication Syndrome: Sewn and Sown on the Landscape
Domestication syndrome is a term often used to describe the suite of phenotypic traits arising during domestication that distinguish crops from their wild ancestors.
This work is about many things.
First, the labor of accumulating stitches in a piece of fabric, which is a lot like the labor of gathering raspberries, moving them one by one into a bucket until it is full. The needle is even a bit like the thorns on a raspberry plant- perhaps a thorn was the inspiration for the invention of the needle thousands of years ago. Or maybe it was a fang, or a pine needle. And that is the second and the third thing this work is about: possible origins and imagined possibilities.
Fourth, it is about loving the tools and materials long associated with women, because they are important in the context of human history and therefore something to be proud of.
And there are a few other things this work concerns itself with, such as...
...landscape, especially the midwestern agricultural landscape. Regularity and irregularity of form and shape.
...an alphabet of images and references: roots, needles, fruits, calyxs, hands, vessels, a criss crossing embroidery pattern. More.
Joey Fauerso is an artist and Associate Professor at Texas State University. Recently her work has been included in exhibitions at the Drawing Center in New York, The David Shelton Gallery in Houston, and Antenna Gallery in New Orleans. She lives with her family in San Antonio, Texas.
In Attendance, a six-minute video that splices earthy images of familial play with tactile, stark paintings and a serene ghostly long take of the ocean—all to a minimal metronomic score—euphoria and unease pervade. There is the sense and terror that things are always transitioning faster than one can process.
Drawing Battles, exhibited at the Drawing Center in New York, Southwest School of Art, She Works Flexible, and the Blue Star Museum of Contemporary Art, is a series of video works shot over the two year period I participated in the Open Sessions program at the Drawing Center. Consisting of eleven collaborative drawings, the pieces were made with my family and friends, reflecting a range of familial dynamics. Like a series of heated discussions, the drawings talk to, through, and over each other, with gesture and performance as the dominant means of expression.