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Madison, WI

FEB/MAR 2017

FEBRUARY / March 2017


Diane Endres Ballweg Gallery (3rd Floor)

Barbara Landes & Paul Sullivan

Meaningless and Sure


We just had to do something on the high 'letter' wall where the gallery name is spelled out. We liked the idea of a piece that you can walk up to from a long way back, but that you only ever see from below. To avoid a flat, movie theater look, we wrapped the piece onto the side walls. We let the sides lean over you a bit, so that they interact with your view of the 'letter' wall as you walk.

On sunny days, a bright bar of sunlight rises up the left wall, so we put some billowy translucent paper there to be scanned each day by the sun.

Under the 'letter' wall is what we dubbed the 'cave.' It's a dimmer, closer space. Work at the back of the cave has to be pretty flat because of the foot traffic through the doors on either side. We figured what went there should meander across its surface. At the same time, that meandering also has to complement the 'letter' wall piece since you can take in both as you walk up the gallery.

That little section of short wall to the right of the restrooms hissed for something escaping like the bats and owls in Goya's Sleep of Reason. By contrast, the wall section opposite wanted work that would make it disappear.

(un)tacit brings together recent paintings by Matthew Choberka, Ian Hagarty, and Sam King. Each of these artists acknowledges the near-inevitable associative capacities of abstraction. Interwoven in their paintings are a host of intentions, impulses, and strategies, each like a point on a spectrum: internal/external, intuitive/rational, accidental/deliberate, brash/restrained, experienced/imagined, revealed/concealed, to name a few. As vectors of action overlap, the notion that painting could ever be reducible to “A vs. B” or “on a scale of one to five...” becomes patently untenable. For these artists, such an entanglement is in fact desirable, for it can yield rich, exuberant paradox.

"Tacit" typically refers to the unspoken: what is understood need not be expressed. In music, tacit means not played. Surely these paintings can’t be tacit in the latter sense of the word, and they offer no promise of implicit agreement. Yet they do not narrate. They embrace what is not understood, and what they convey is multivalent. Maybe they reflect the world; maybe they’re more of it.



Melissa Dorn Richards, Jeff Redmon, and John Kowalczyk  


Eruption is the convergence of three prolific abstract artists living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Melissa Dorn Richards, Jeff Redmon and John Kowalczyk! Each artist is accomplished, having a distinct style and pushing creative boundaries. The combination of these three artists’ work generates an absolute powder-keg of high-level abstract expression that is not to be missed!

Maeve jackson

The waves they make

As an emerging artist, Maeve Jackson is resistant to being associated with any single medium though she prefers working with the platform of video. Her recent works investigate the cultural codes that have been placed on females through out time. Over all, her work examines critical social issues through projects that pull from current & past media to tell stories, examine public opinion, and foster open exchange.






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.