January 2018 - March 2018
Diane Endres Ballweg Gallery (3rd Floor)
** opening: February 2, 2018 **
THE ART OF A STILL LIFE
The Art of a Still Life by Eric Baillies dives into the stillness of everyday objects through natural light with large and ultra large format photography. This series of still life images largely incorporates Wisconsin plants, food and natural patterns and textures in nature with both tintype and collodion glass negatives.
THE HIDDEN SOULS OF BOOKS
The Hidden Souls of Books by Linda Levinson is a series of photograms (camera-less images) made on cyanotype and silver photographic paper, from books scanned and exhibited as large-scale archival inkjet prints.
second floor Gallery
Curious by Lindsay Marx: Marx's paintings look at curiosity and daydreaming through a child's world. They also tap into how adults relate to their own curiosities.
As a painter, I try to listen to my intuition. One theme that I find myself coming back to over and over again is curiosity and daydreaming. Children specifically have such an eagerness to learn new things and it inspires me to see those emotions, ranging from joy to disgust, on their faces. An eagerness to learn doesn’t stop at childhood and I try to tap into how we relate to our own curiosities through these paintings.
First floor Gallery
J. Leigh Garcia & Maria Amalia Wood
Soñé una Milpa
Soñé una Milpa (I dreamed of a corn field) is a collaborative art project between J. Leigh Garcia & Maria Amalia Wood that acknowledges and celebrates the important, though often hidden experience of Latina immigrant women.
Everyone has a story to tell. However, our current political environment discourages undocumented immigrants from sharing their experiences. Without these stories, immigrants become numbers, labels, and stereotypes. Soñé una Milpa (I dreamed of a corn field) is a collaborative art project that acknowledges and celebrates the important, though often hidden experience of Latina immigrant women.
This summer, MFA candidates J. Leigh Garcia and Maria Amalia Wood interviewed ten Latina immigrant women from the Madison community. After being invited into these women’s homes, Leigh and Maria were treated to corn-based meals from each woman’s home country while listening to the women share their stories. These meaningful conversations inspired the pieces on display, and became part of the artwork experience.
Using hand-made paper and printmaking processes, Leigh and Maria responded to each woman’s narrative. Their collaborative approach to making the work created a space for critical dialogue surrounding what it means to make art within a social practice. Leigh and Maria hope that these pieces will create interest in stories of immigration, thus inspiring respect for these women and their incredible journeys.
JENNIE BASTIAN & Pam Phillips Olson
WHO MATTERS: Intergenerational Photo & Story Project
In August and September of 2017, Madison Senior Center and Madison Public Library teamed up with local photographer Jennifer Bastian and local author Pam Phillips Olson to capture pictures and stories of multigenerational relationships. Families, friends, co-workers, and neighbors participated with only one rule: at least one person in the photo had to be 55 years of age or older. The photos and accompanying stories that came out of these sessions will be on display for the month of December at Madison Public Library and Madison Senior Center.
On Ouisconsin: An Illustrated Historical Catalogue uses a repurposed 15-drawer library card catalogue to describe a fictitious yet familiar land. Each drawer’s contents highlight a different aspect of life in Ouisconsin, “the land of mumbled apologies”. Text and representative artifacts, assembled by author-illustrator Philip Heckman, showcase what defines Ouisconsinites--from their beer to their inventions to their baseball opera. The result is a unique picture of neighbors who sometimes look a lot like us. From October 2017 through January 2018, the "fake history" catalogue will be on display on the second floor landing of Madison's Central Library.
Call for Artists:
The Bubbler at Madison Public Library is currently accepting applications for 2018-2019 exhibitions.
Deadline: March 31, 2018