Congratulations to gallery artists, Dale Knaak and Melissa Dorn Richards for being selected to participate in the 2016 Wisconsin Visual Artists Biennial at the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend. Please join us on February 6 from 2-5pm for an artist reception and awards ceremony. MOWA is located at 205 Veterans Avenue in West Bend 53095.
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.
Melissa 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.