PLOCH ART GALLERY
The Ploch Art Gallery, located in the upper level of the Wilson Center's Kuttemperoor Grand Hall, is proud to display the work of regional professional artists each season. Each exhibition includes a free reception with complimentary wine courtesy of Ploch Art Gallery Reception Wine Sponsor Parkside 23 and an Artist Dialogue.
The Ploch Art Gallery is free and open to the public. For more information, or to schedule a tour of an exhibition, please call 262-373-5022.
UPCOMING 2018-2019 EXHIBITIONS
September 4 – October 20, 2018
Artist Reception: October 12, 2018 • 5:30 – 8:00pm
Herbarium is a different sort of archive, but it reveals the same desire to capture and preserve things that comprise a place. The subjects include botanical specimens native to the prairie, as well as introduced varieties that now encroach upon the landscape. The vessels that contain living plants range from teacups adorned with floral designs to plastic shopping bags, darkroom equipment, and scientific instruments. Patterned backdrops further contextualize the work, referencing domestic traditions of elaborate wallpaper, hand-sewn curtains, and embroidered tablecloths. These components describe narratives of transition, colonization, and exploration of the prairie ecosystem.
Kelly Frederick Mizer
October 29 – December 8, 2018
Artist Reception: November 9, 2018 • 5:30 – 8:00pm
As my children get older and leave home, I have begun to explore the idea of memory and identity, as they relate to relationships, particularly the relationships that must change in order to grow. I am interested in the spaces between narrative and the heart, both the story and the longing it creates when it passes. Being a mom has been core to my identity for so long now that I have returned to imagery from my childhood memories to explore who I am aside from my current role. Drawing and painting, for me, are about finding answers that only appear for a split second and then are gone. They are about giving voice to things that have hurt me or intrigued me or betrayed me and examining which parts of my past reside in me still.
January 7 – February 16, 2019
Artist Reception: February 15, 2019 • 5:30 – 8:00pm
To actually come to know the land you exist within, sit in an unconventional place and be surrounded by nature for a period of time. Go beyond viewing the beauty of a sunset and be enveloped in the landscape taking in the nuances revealed to you. Sit and watch as a painter would. I work at night outdoors directly in nature experiencing all of the elements. I strive to capture the world of nature at night, a mysterious, unique, and magical time. I have discovered that being outdoors at night increases awareness of surroundings and tests emotions. The night is dramatic, senses are heightened, sounds are mysterious and sometimes scary, temperature changes become more distinct, and oneʼs presence in the landscape feels noticeably alone. One becomes more still and more aware of their position in space and backside in the dark of the night.
Melissa Dorn & Kate E. Schaffer
February 25 – April 13, 2019
Artist Reception: March 15, 2019 • 5:30 – 8:00pm
What does it mean to be a feminist? What does it mean to be a feminist every day? The exhibition will explore this question through installation, paintings and sculpture. The work of Melissa Dorn and Kate E. Schaffer revolves around commonplace objects, those often overlooked, just as women’s work is often overlooked. The exhibition includes an interactive installation that encourages people to make two objects: one that grows the exhibition so it becomes more democratic and another to take home as an EVERYDAY reminder of what it means to be a feminist.
Jon Horvath & Hans Gindlesberger
April 22 – June 8, 2019
Artist Reception: May 3, 2019 • 5:30 – 8:00pm
Continuing in the tradition of re-photographic projects, we use the Internet and immersive travel simulators, such as Google Street View and Bing Streetside, to virtually journey to sites where iconic images from the history of photography and cinema were created. Photography, cinema, and newer technologies like Street View share a relation as mediums that have been used as surrogates for travel and a way of augmenting our lived experience. While serving a similar impulse, each platform delivers its own unique perception of reality. In choreographing a mashup of content that offers varied perspectives of a place, we overlay the iconic image with the virtual landscape and then, relying on the vernacular of the digital image, allow an intelligent computer process to determine how those two sets of information will interact and composite.
June 17 – August 3, 2019
Artist Reception: June 21, 2019 • 5:30 – 8:00pm
Through a compendium of interdisciplinary and time-based means, my studio work attempts to embrace the empathy, emotion and memory of the human condition. These newest in-progress works have allowed me to depart from animation and return to the human form, offering an infusion of visceral media and a new platform to investigate time and empathy. This group of new static-based portraits are collections of specific individuals that are visually 'compressed' into one hybrid image, creating a new composite of their collective identity. The only caveat is that they consider themselves to be a 'family'. In this fashion time, age, race, gender, sexual orientation and biological factors all collapse into one another regardless of the nature of the families relationships, or their perceived identities.
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