Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Inova Opening: Friday, January 25, 6-9 pm

PLEASE JOIN US! (e-vite and press release attached)
(Deb Sokolow, Claire Pentecost & Amy Ruffo in attendance)

Opening reception: Friday, January 25, 6-9 pm
Institute of Visual Arts
Inova/Kenilworth, 2155 N. Prospect Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

DEB SOKOLOW The Trouble with People You Don’t Know

The Flight of Fake Tears: Large-Scale Narrative Drawing

January 25-March 14, 2008

In huge, wall-filling drawings with maps, directional arrows and blocks
of text, Deb Sokolow (Chicago) mixes politics, popular culture,
conspiracy theory, and social anxiety into sweeping, intricate tales
worthy of any Great American Paranoid.

The Flight of Fake Tears features a sculptural tent-drawing by Dominic
McGill (New York), an enigmatic single-panel narrative drawing by Robyn
O’Neil (Houston), photographed studio wall-drawings by Claire Pentecost
(Chicago), and analogical landscapes by Amy Ruffo (Sheboygan).

Gallery hours: Wednesday & Friday-Sunday, 12 noon-5 pm; Thursday, 12
noon-8 pm.

Artists Now!

January 30, 2008 at 7 pm
Deb Sokolow: The Trouble with People You Don’t Know
Arts Center Lecture Hall, 2400 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Sokolow inaugurates the Department of Visual Art’s guest lecture series
with a talk about the evolution of her studio practice, the development
of the paranoid narrative, and the search for the nefarious.

February 6, 2008 at 7 pm
Claire Pentecost: In Media Res
Arts Center Lecture Hall, 2400 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Chicago-based artist and writer Claire Pentecost considers the great
tradition of drawing and its current place as a mediator between self
and the social.

SiteLines Drawing Immersion Workshop with Leslie Vansen & Deb Sokolow
January 26 & 27, 2008 from 9 am-6 pm
Kenilworth Square East, 1925 E. Kenilworth Pl.
Fee: $100 To register: (414) 229-4308

Information: 414.229.5070
Opening this Thursday, Jan 24, 6pm
Sensory Overload: Light, Motion, Sound, and the Optical in Art Since 1945

Opening features talk by Curator Joe Ketner and artist Erwin Redl, whose 25 x 50
foot LED installation MATRIX (2007) is part of the show. Show also features a
piece by former colloquia guest Liz Phillips.

January 24, 2008 - Ongoing

The contemporary galleries reopen this month with a new installation that tracks
the development of Kinetic and Op art, whose optical stimulation and
interactivity introduced new dimensions to art. Stanley Landsman's Infinity
Chamber (1968), which has not been on view for nearly twenty years, together
with Erwin Redl's dramatic Matrix (2007), a 25 x 50 foot LED installation,
punctuate this extraordinary immersive experience.

Chronological in its presentation, the installation begins with works by Laszlo
Moholy-Nagy and Josef Albers, two Bauhaus instructors whose ideas stimulated
the developments of these styles, followed by vibrant early Op art pieces from
the 1950s and 1960s by European and American artists such as Victor Vasarely
and Richard Anuskiewicz. The development of Albers' ideas into geometric
abstraction during the 1970s is visible in the works of artists such as Al Held
and Frank Stella, and the works of Peter Haley and Philip Taaffe and those of
the so-called post-hypnotic artists such as Bruce Pearson and James Siena show
the continuation of the optical tradition in the 1980s and 1990s. Select
images, films, and videos will be projected in two black box theaters.

The Museum has collected and exhibited new media art ever since 1967 when it
co-organized Light, Motion, Space, one of the first exhibitions on this form of
art in the United States. Sensory Overload features some of the most popular
works in the Museum's Collection as well as key works on loan from other
institutions and private collections.
January 23 - February 3
Rotterdam, The Netherlands, various venues
37th Rotterdam International Film Festival
This premiere international film festival will include screenings of work
by David Dinnell ("Midden"), Luke Sieczek ("Phantom"), and Ari Hamidi ("A
Covenant Adam"), current and former graduate students in the Film department.
Tuesday, January 29, 7pm FREE
Experimental Tuesdays at the Union Theatre, UWM Union Theatre
2nd level, UWM Union

Shoot Shoot Shoot:
British Avant-Garde Films of the 1960’s and 1970’s Program 1
The first of a two-part program of short British avant-garde films from the 1960s and 70s, decades in which independent filmmakers challenged cinematic convention. In England, much of the innovation took place at the London Film-Makers' Co-operative, an artist-led organization that enabled filmmakers to control every aspect of the creative process. LFMC members conducted an investigation of celluloid that echoed contemporary developments in painting and sculpture. The physical production of a film (its printing and processing) became integral to its form and content as Malcolm Le Grice, Lis Rhodes, Peter Gidal and others explored the material and mechanics of cinema, making radical new works that contributed to a new visual language. Tonight’s program includes work by Annabel Nicolson, Guy Sherwin, Mike Leggett, David Crosswaite, Lis Rhodes, Chris Garratt, Mike Dunford, & Marilyn Halford, Curated by Mark Webber.

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Friday, January 25, 7pm $2
Woodland Pattern Book Center, 720 E Locust

Dear Friends and Monsters: An evening with Ari Hamidi
Film Screening, with a poetry reading & performance art as accompaniment.

Filmmaker, poet and former Milwaukeean Ariana Hamidi, will premiere her new film and read from her recently published chapbook of poetry, both entitled Dear Cyclops. In this her newest film, Hamidi asks, how do we make our public selves genuine? through the use of three singular tableaus in which groups of people must relate with each other in unusual surroundings and circumstances.

The film is part documented human experiment and part classic dramatics. Hamidi provocatively advises: “When the monster enters your life, recognize him but don’t judge. After all, he might eat you but it’s worth it if you find you taste good.“

Dear Cyclops is being released in conjunction with a chapbook of poetry under the same title, published by Bronze Skull Press in 2007.

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