What On Earth: Contemporary Artists and the Landscape- Exhibition Catalog
Portrait Society Gallery is located at 207 E. Buffalo Street, FIFTH FLOOR, Marshall Building, Milwaukee, WI. Hours are Thursday through
“What On Earth” featured the work of three photographers, Lois Bielefeld, Mark Brautigam, and Lauren Semivan who take various approaches to the contemporary landscape. The exhibi;on also included work by Thomas Haneman, Pat Hidson, Diane Levesque, Bonny Leibowitz, Shane McAdams, Marsha McDonald, Lizbeth Mitty, Todd Mrozinski, David Niec, Rafael Francisco Salas, M. Winston, and Christopher T. Wood.
Where at various times in history, the art world celebrated nature’s abundance with vast landscapes (Hudson River School) or scenes of idyllic rural life (American Regionalists), we are now in a time of the “Anthropocene,” an epoch where human activity affects all aspects of nature.
The natural world feels increasingly compromised and fragile. The artists in What On Earth take many approaches to exploring these changes. Lois Bielefeld, for example, created a series of photographs of freeway islands. Neglected bits of land skirting freeway ramps feel like strange hidden patches of unkempt wildness in her dramatically lit night scenes. Photographer Mark Brautigam has spent several years visiting Wisconsin’s driftless region, noting the dramatic shifts from geological time to the fleeting human moment. Painters such as David Niec insist on a steadfast relationship with nature. Niec observes the night sky and makes paintings of moon and starscapes. Fleeing the light pollution of cities, Niec finds solace and poetry as the moon marks our earthly time by waning and cresting. New to the gallery are the large-scale paintings of New York based artist Lizbeth Mitty. Her post-card perfect monumental scenes ooze and flow in ways suggesting the momentum of primal substrates.
Work in this exhibition celebrates and underscores our environment, inching along the fault lines of climate change, polar ice cap melt, air pollution, population growth, species extinction, ocean acidification, ozone layer depletion, acid rain, over fishing,urban sprawl, deforestation, water pollution, waste production, genetic modification of crops. In much of this work, what sounds dire manages to erupt in effervescent beauty, reminding us to take care, to notice, to preserve.
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October 2020 Virtual Exhibition: Quirky
Prairie State College presents
Featuring works by Diane Levesque, Michael Noland, Marilyn Propp and Kevin Veara
Works featured share a love for the eccentric. In a variety of styles, these artists explore imagery but with an idiosyncratic take through distortion, strong color and exaggeration.
16th Street Studios
THE 16TH STREET STUDIOS
Over 60 artists call the 16th Street Studios their creative home in Racine, Wisconsin. Studios are open throughout the year by appointment. Join us on the First Saturday of every December for our annual Open House and last Saturday in April during the regional Get Behind the Arts Studio Tour...
The 16th Street Studios are located in the Racine Arts & Business Center at 1405 16th Street in Racine, Wisconsin.
H.F.JOHNSON ART GALLERY/ CARTHAGE COLLEGE
The H.F.Johnson Art Gallery at Carthage College is located in Kenosha , Wisconsin. From 2004- 2016, Diane Levesque was the director of the gallery where she curated a number of newsworthy group and solo exhibitions featuring such artists as Phyllis Bramson, Beth Lipman, Claire Ashley, Michiko Itatani, Fred Stonehouse, Lorraine Peltz, T.L.Solien, James Mesple, Ann Worthing, Robert Kameczura, Elizabeth Ernst, Joyce Owens, and Paul Sierra. Some exhibitions have included full color catalogs with essays by Danny Orendorff, Fred Camper, Margaret Hawkins, Garrett Holg and James Yood. The H.F.Johnson Art Gallery is committed to exhibiting the finest artists in the midwest.
A Polymer Clay Course
Diane Levesque has created a college level studio class introducing basic and intermediate techniques in polymer clay. Students learn color theory, create a repertoire of textures and patterns and develop compositional strategies to make a variety of polymer & mixed media objects. Follow the course blog to see student work and other course information.
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