Studio Visit with Sara Willadsen

IMG_1440Today I took a drive out West to visit the studio of Sara Willadsen. I was first introduced to her work via social media and came to realize that we have some mutual friends. Small world, huh? 

Sara writes, “I make pictures that satisfy my curiosity in aesthetics and found materials. Combining these articles with reappropriations of my own work allows me to employ past patterns and marks as prompts for new structures and environments. The aggressive process used to construct these secretive spaces is kept in balance with the consciousness to know when to stop”.

Here are some shots of her work at her studio.

I’m sure we will be seeing more of Sara as she begins to relocate back to Wisconsin.

Juarez Juarez “Unfamiliar” Exhibition at the Frank Juarez Gallery

Frank Juarez Gallery is pleased to announce its newest exhibition titled, “Unfamiliar” featuring photographs by New York based artist, Juan Juarez.

Join us for a Skype Artist Talk on August 16 from 1 to 2pm. The gallery is located at 1109 North 8th Street in Sheboygan. This exhibition runs from August 2 – September 6, 2014.

Unfamiliar is a photographic index, which examines the morphology of subjective objects. These objects are part of a collection, which is motivated by personal memory and distinctive form. Most of these objects have been discarded or sold. They have a function, which may or may not be currently practical. Some of the objects may have metaphoric resonance.        

Juarez writes, “Objects exist within a specific cultural context whether mundane or extra-ordinary. As willing participants in culture, it becomes difficult to separate perception from preconception. Preconception governs how we perceive cultural objects and often dictates interpretation. Unhinge these cultural objects from preconceived notions imbedded in social or political context. What remains?”

These relatively mundane objects are specimens for examination. Examination requires time for analysis and conclusion. Visual perception is factored by time. This becomes a motivation for viewer interaction with Unfamiliar. My intention is to present these objects as pure form unencumbered by preconception. The presentation is designed to trigger valuation of how perception allows us to gather knowledge on a given subject. If left with only form, how does this affect our response to cultural objects? Do the specific details or parts of an object registered via visual perception lead to the same preconceived notions held before examination?               

Gallery hours are Saturdays from 10am-4pm and by appointment. Open to the public.

Contact Frank Juarez at 920.559.7181 or for further information about this exhibition. Visit us at



I Listen To Color Reception at the Frank Juarez Gallery

Thank you to all that joined us at the Frank Juarez Gallery. This exhibition was special to me on many levels both personal and professional. The Frank Juarez Gallery sign was finally installed (thanks Ted) and the exterior got a final coat of orange. The use of social media made this show become a reality and the use of Skype gave us the opportunity to interact with the gallery’s first international artist, Lauri Hopkins from the UK. I had the honor to work with an artist that has made a difference in my studio practice, Anna Kunz.

Here is a video highlighting an artist talk along with reception photos by Artdose photographer, Dale Van Minsel. 

To see more reception photos [link].

This exhibition currently is featuring the works by Michael Davidson, Robert Otto Epstein, Lauri Hopkins, Anna Kunz, Rob de Oude, and Julie Torres. It ends July 26, 2014. 

We will be open on July 19 from 10am – 1pm and July 26 from 10am-4pm.


Upcoming Exhibition

Juan Juarez (NY)


August 2 – September 6, 2014

Reception: August 16 with a Skype artist talk at 6pm

Unfamiliar_1Unfamiliar” is a project motivated by personal memory and object morphology, but also the cultural associations of singular objects. Stereotypical masculine associations represented by these objects initiate an analytical dialogue between image and viewer governed by the presentation. All of the objects included in the series reveal a tangible history of use, and these visible signs of wear become a way to communicate my relationship with the objects as masculine signifiers.  This relationship is at times broken or even non-existent. Most of the masculine ideals represented like warrior, nature boy, tech geek, and protector are broken socially, politically, and culturally. Despite this they are continually recycled through popular culture and accepted social norms. There exists a comfort level associated with normative gender roles and media culture tends to promote these values through various communication platforms. My intention with creating this archive of objects is to present them as postmortem specimens. They represent masculine ideals I am unfamiliar with–some of them never attained and others I am uncomfortable with. Nevertheless, I think of them as totems with powerful and suggestive ideals, which prevail culturally as status quo.