She used to be a painter…

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Hey, many moons ago I used to make paintings. Next Friday some of those paintings will be on display as part of a multi-artist showing at the Ikon Gallery.

My friend and neighbor Drazen is putting this on, and graciously invited me to put some work up. For a split second I thought I’d be able to crank out something new (I learned of this about a week ago, so you see it wasn’t much time) but I’m comfortable showing some older work, since I’ve only had one show in Madison.

Art Show @ the Ikon Gallery
2716 Atwood Ave
Madison, WI 53704
Opening reception:
Friday, May 15, 6:30 – ???

The show should be for a month and will feature work by about a dozen artists. If you can’t make it to the opening, stop by during business hours!

If you’re in town, please stop by!

On Her Plate – an art show

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

I can’t believe I haven’t hyped this up more here! Gwen and I are curating an art show that opens tomorrow (Friday) night at The Project Lodge. If you live in Madison or within driving distance, I’d say it’s well worth stopping by! Here are more details:

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6-19 March 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, 6 March, 7-10pm
Project Lodge Gallery (817 E. Johnson Street, Madison, WI)

Artist and crafts person Carolyn Gaska’s life’s work was kept mostly in storage, until now. The body of work amassed by her efforts is large, and has until now been shared modestly with individuals in the senior community. After her death in 2005, her husband John Gaska was unsure exactly how to disseminate her work to those who would appreciate it. “Her work has touched people and I hope it will continue to do so,” said John.

For the first time Carolyn’s entire body of work will be shown, at the Project Lodge gallery. Using commonplace materials such as plastic plates, gloss acrylic medium, quilt batting, and magazine images, Gaska created a unique art form and spent much of her adult life executing its production with absolute care and dedication. Those born after 1950 have come to know a highly disposable culture, built on consuming, outgrowing, and discarding. Members of the Great Generation operate under a different mindset altogether: quite simply, materials are valued. This is clearly exemplified in the artwork of Carolyn Gaska, and a value that in today’s economic times, we can all learn from.

The opening is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Donations will be accepted to cover the cost of space and for the North/Eastside Senior Coalition.