(in)Organic at Racine Art Museum A small gem of an exhibition, “(in)Organic” is now open at the Racine Art Museum, in Racine, Wisconsin (Oct 12, 2014-Feb 1, 2015). Curated by Lena Vigna, the show features work by a range of artists who investigate the interrelationship of the natural world and humans. Their varied, mixed media artwork is innovative, colorful and offers plenty of visual richness for the eye. Artist’s concerns touch upon social, historical as well as environmental issues as they relate to nature. Approaches include manipulating scale and materials in unexpected ways.
Wingspread…………..a single word that both names the venue and describes the accomplishments of our October symposium, “Polymer 2.0: The Field at the Beginning of the 21st Century” in Racine, Wisconsin. Three years ago we were here celebrating the fact that polymer art had become a medium of choice for entry into the permanent collections of major museums across the country. This year 67 participants celebrated another breakthrough;
It has been a while, so here are some current “happenings” related to polymer art. Read a synopsis of “The Broken Telephone Project” conceived and orchestrated by Dan Cormier and Tracy Holmes in the upcoming issue of Ornament magazine (vol. 36. no.4). Cormier first presented this take on a well know communications game at the IPCG’s Synergy 3 conference in Atlanta, GA in March, 2013. The article written by Cormier leads the reader through from conception to realization. Eight artists participated: Cormier, Cynthia Toops, Meredith Dittmar, Kathleen Dustin, Sarah Shriver, David Forlano, Celie Fago and Maggie Maggio.
July and August bring the “dog days” of summer. The original reference was celestial and was related to when the Dog Star, Sirius, within the constellation Canis Major, was at its brightest. Perhaps some still think of summer that way, but the Racine Art Museum is currently exhibiting two shows that focus on all kinds of animal imagery -including dogs- from their permanent collection.
“Sugar Skull”, a 2012 creation by Wendy Wallin Malinow is one of the teapots on view at Mobilia Gallery’s new show, “The Teapot Redefined 2012”. While Malinow’s work is at times quite whimsical, her fascination with the macabre is long standing. In terms of a structural challenge, Mobilia’s teapot show provided Malinow the opportunity to experiment with larger scale hollow form. However, the actual manifestation as a skull flows naturally out of the totality of Malinow’s work. Malinow writes: