FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Gallery Artist Group Show
Frank Juarez Gallery
1109 North 8th Street, Sheboygan, WI 53081
August 2 – September 15, 2015
Artist reception: August 15, 2015, 5-8pm
Gallery Artists Group Show
Sheboygan – The Frank Juarez Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition featuring new works by gallery artists, Brandon Bauer, Tony Conrad, Dale Knaak, Melissa Dorn Richards, and William Zuback, at 1109 North 8th Street. An artist reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, August 15, 5 to 8pm with an artist talk at 6pm.
This exhibit will include drawings, paintings, sculpture, and photography. This exhibition celebrates the successes of these five artists who are constantly pushing the boundaries of their work while exploring new processes, ideas, and materials. This will be the first time exhibiting as a collective whole at the gallery.
Brandon Bauer is an artist based in Wisconsin. Brandon uses art as a space for critical and ethical inquiry, discourse, and dialog. His work explores themes of social justice, capitalism, consumerism, democracy, war, and critical histories embedded in cultural ephemera. His work employs photography, video, collage, drawing, installation, and collaborative produced projects. Brandon’s work has been exhibited in a number of national and international venues. Brandon’s work has been produced in DVD editions, used as illustration for various editorial publications and books, and has been published in poster editions.
Bauer co-edited the book Peace Signs: the Anti-War Movement Illustrated, published in two editions and released in 2004. Gustavo Gili of Barcelona Spain published the Spanish language edition, and Edition Olms in Zurich Switzerland published an English, French, and German language edition. In 2003 A DVD of Brandon’s early experimental video titled Signaldrift: a day under the city was released by the Paris based video label Lowave. In 2009 the experimental-noise label FTAM released a DVD of Brandon’s collaborations with musician Peter J. Woods titled Hungry Ghosts.
Bauer received his BFA in painting from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 1996, and his MA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2008. Brandon was a 2009-2010 Distinguished Graduate School Fellowship (DGSF) recipient for the completion of his Master of Fine Arts in Intermedia from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Bauer is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin.
Tony Conrad’s pattern-centric paintings and drawings are the result of an ongoing interest in various cultural and historical movements including Persian textiles, Tibetan Buddhism, psychedelic rock culture, and meditative states.
Conrad received his MFA degree in painting and drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2009. Currently, Conrad is a Lecturer of Art at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Conrad’s work has been exhibited in various solo, group, and invitational exhibitions and has won a number of awards including the Lawrence Rathsack Scholarship and the Frederick R. Layton Fellowship. Recently, his paintings have been exhibited at the Museum of Wisconsin Art, as well as the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.
Dale Knaak’s work explores his fascination with the conventional spaces of the everyday. The ordinary that goes unnoticed. Stripped of embellishments, elegance or charm, the subjects of his paintings stand as a testament of time. Dale sees them as a point of contemplation, a contemporary statement on past and present, kept.
He finds it interesting to take a visual experience, process and reinterpret it as a personal experience.
Knaak is a native of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He moved to Milwaukee after high school to study art. He lived in Milwaukee for 10 years, where he received the basis of his art training. After obtaining a degree in Commercial Art, he went on to study painting and drawing for five years with the late James Prohl of Atelier Prohl.
Currently, he maintains a full-time fine art studio in a 1900 sq./ft. warehouse in Sheboygan, WI. He divides his time between fine art drawing and painting, commissioned art, and commercial mural projects.
Melissa Dorn Richards is a Milwaukee-based artist, who holds a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. A practicing artist for 20 years.
Dorn Richards has an intense interest in the humanness of non-human objects, always looking for that awkward gesture or irregular line. Working with vivid color and engaging a heavy black line or contrasting color, she pays close attention to the slight gestures of the line and the placement of shapes to portray that humanness. She has also introduced cut pieces from “recycled” velvet paintings in some of her work, collaborating with the unknown artist.
Her work can be found in many corporate collections including Tax-Air, Northwestern Mutual, West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, Littler Mendelson and Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. Select exhibitions include: Preservatif, Stockholm Gallery; Forward 2014, Charles Allis Art Museum; Up, Down!, River Edge Gallery; Moving Mountains, Frank Juarez Gallery; Schematic, UW-Sheboygan; Eight Counties, John Michael Kohler Arts Center; Art Chicago and Aqua Art Miami, Hotcakes Gallery.
Dorn Richards’ is also active in the local arts community through her work co-chairing the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) advisory board and as a board director and previous lead artist for Artworks for Milwaukee. Her newest adventure is as co-managing director of Material Studios + Gallery, a space for artists to create, produce and develop their entrepreneurial practice.
William Zuback began his career as a professional photographer in 1988 after graduating from Brooks Institute, in Santa Barbara, California. He has been making his living as a professional photographer ever since, currently managing the studio for a magazine and book publishing company in Waukesha, Wisconsin
Inspired by the classic album covers of the 1960’s and 70’s, Zuback has been creating conceptual/staged contemporary photographs for exhibition since the late 1990’s. His narratives generally deal with issues of ones identity whether that be individual, family, or societel.
Zuback’s work can be found in private collections through out the country. He has participated in many Juried group exhibitions and solo shows in Southeastern Wisconsin.
Zuback often considers or describes himself as a fly on the wall. Always in a state of observation, testing the surroundings, and at times participating. His goal as a fine art photographer is to take those observations and life experiences and create visual statements that really become a mirror for the viewer. When people view Zuback’s photographs, he would like the viewer to come away feeling visually satisfied but intellectually curious.
When he creates his photographs he’s reminded that everyone comes to life experiences differently. Zuback would like the viewer to come away feeling visually satisfied but intellectually curious. He feels most successful when the images connect with the viewer on an emotional level but leave room for interpretation.
Zuback’s fine art work is driven by the narrative but enhanced with the technical story telling abilities of the photographic process. A glint of highlight, how he brings out the texture on a certain object or how re-cropping the image in the viewfinder, can turn an average image into an extraordinary one. These are the little victories that fuel Zuback’s desire as a visual storyteller. He finds each of his photographic themes a journey of discovery and learning. He enjoys new paths that challenge his comfort zone. Whether Zuback is pushing those boundaries with the subject matter or the material or technique that he is using, it is always more about the journey and not the final destination.
About the Frank Juarez Gallery
The Frank Juarez Gallery specializes in painting, photography, sculpture, video, installation, and mixed media works by contemporary artists based in Wisconsin and throughout the U.S. We aim to create an accessible, educational, and engaging exhibition space for our artists, audience, and community.
The Frank Juarez Gallery exhibits and promotes the works of artists who value innovation, technical discipline and artistic excellence in their chosen medium. Whether established, mid-career, or emerging, the gallery works with artists who possess that rare combination of skill, talent and work necessary to ensure success over the long-term.
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