Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Armoury @ The Cedar Gallery

The Armoury returns for an exhibition in the Cedar Gallery for winter Gallery Night - Friday, January 15th 5-10pm

Jessica Steeber and Cassandra Smith of the Armoury Gallery return for their first exhibition since closing the doors on their gallery this past spring. Gathering six of Wisconsin’s finest up and coming artists, the exhibition will be held at the Cedar Gallery in the 3rd ward through Saturday, March 13th. Gallery hours will be Wednesday through Saturday from 1:00 - 5:00pm.

Works by Ginger Lukas, Sophia Flood, Kevin Giese, Katie Kraft and a collaboration between Karin Haas and James LaLonde will fill the two floors of gallery space, opening to the public Winter Gallery Night.

Currently studying for her MFA at UW-Madison, Ginger Lukas’s colorful installations will take over the first floor of the gallery space. Simultaneously referencing our obsession with material, consumption and wealth, while rooted in a simpler time of chandeliers and grand balls, they draw comparison between the old and the new, the frivolous and the grand. Lukas earned her BFA at the Maryland Institute – College of Art, and has a host of scholarships, fellowships and grants to her credit.

Also studying for her MFA at UW-Madison, Sophia Flood’s mixed media assemblages reflect a sensitivity to color, shape and space, while drawing out unexpected relationships between her chosen materials. Flood earned her BFA in Sculpture from the University of Massachusetts, Ameherst, and has exhibited nationally.

UW-Milwaukee fine art instructor Kevin Giese will be exhibiting new and old works, including new installation work. Heavily rooted in the natural world, Giese's works often include material elements taken directly from nature, reworked and displayed in ways questioning our relationship to landscape.

Milwaukee native Katie Kraft will have a new series of paintings on display. Graduating in 2008 from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Kraft’s work is playful and intelligent, challenging our perceptions of the ordinary. Aerial views of pool tables make up this series, a simple yet aesthetically purposeful look at a common pastime.

Finally, a collaboration between MIAD graduate Karin Haas and James LaLonde completes the exhibition. Straying from her delicate yet unnerving prints, Haas and LaLonde will install a herd of miniature zebras in the gallery space, an innocent take on relationships and the childlike qualities we so easily forget.

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