Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Milwaukee's Own: Press Release

Friday, December 5th 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Show runs December 5th - January 3rd

The Armoury’s next exhibition looks homeward, featuring four local artists – kathryn e. martin, Harvey Opgenorth, Mary DiBiasio and Colin T Dickson.

The Armoury Gallery is pleased to announce its 6th and most experimental exhibition to date: Milwaukee’s Own. Featuring four of Milwaukee’s most exciting young artists, this not-to-be-missed exhibition will fill the gallery space almost entirely with installation work, including a stalactite cave of muslin, Styrofoam remnants in cloud-like formations, and an optical game involving two walls, a ceiling and giant gold nuggets.

Milwaukee artists kathryn e. martin, Harvey Opgenorth, and Colin T Dickson will utilize the three week break between exhibitions to work in the gallery space, each creating site-specific pieces encompassing a majority of the exhibition space. Mary DiBiasio will present a new series of mixed media works to round out the exhibition. Each artist uses repetition of shape, form, and line in limited color palettes to examine our understanding, perception and relationship to objects and places, simultaneously redefining the interior spaces of the gallery.

kathryn e. martin, having just unveiled her most recent solo exhibition at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, shifts focus to a more deliberately confined space for this exhibition, forcing her work to adapt and rebel against the limitations imposed by the walls. martin will engulf a portion of the gallery in masses of Styrofoam ringlets, cut from their previous life as cups and given new meaning as delicate objects of desire. martin is part-time faculty at both UWM and MIAD. In 2001, she earned her BFA from MIAD in Sculpture with an Art History minor, following that up with both her MA and MFA from UWM in InterMedia Studies.

Harvey Opgenorth will also have a site specific installation, involving an optical wall painting and oversized gold nuggets, simultaneously challenging our relationship with and understanding of our environment. Best known for his “Museum Camoufluge” series that earned him national recognition, Opgenorth is inspired by everyday places and our perceptions of them, often using visual games and nostalgic objects to focus our attention on the often overlooked aspects of daily life. In 1999, Opgenorth received his BFA in Painting from MIAD with a minor in Sculpture.

Presenting a new series of graphite drawings is Mary DiBiasio. DiBiasio’s work presents the figure in contour. The ghost-like images exist as mere remnants of the human form, repeating, falling, running across the page, reminding us of our interconnectedness through the fragile nature of human life. Since graduating from MIAD in 2006 with her BFA in Printmaking, DiBiasio has shown consistently in the Milwaukee area, most recently with the Cedar Gallery on Fall Gallery Night, and at the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts.

Finally, recent MIAD graduate Colin Dickson will create muslin stalactites to fill a portion of the gallery space with a cave-like creation. He will be using the installation to contrast the formality of the space, while establishing a dialogue with human movement, interaction and reaction. Graduating from MIAD in the spring of this year with a degree in Sculpture, Dickson’s work takes on a grand scale, the artist undaunted by cost, time nor space instead forging ahead in pursuit of his vision. Dickson received the 2008 Fine Art Excellence Award for “3 1/2 miles to the center of somewhere else”, his interactive senior thesis installation that, according to the MIAD website, “invites viewers to get lost in the geometrics of mass and illuminated space”.

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