Congratulations to the recipients in the 2012 December Cycle of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Suitcase Export Fund. The fund provides support to greater Milwaukee artists who are exhibiting or screening work outside the immediate four-county area. This group of artists will be taking work to Miami, Los Angeles, Delaware, San Francisco; Johannesburg, South Africa; Jeonju, South Korea; Izmir, Turkey; and Tokyo, Japan. The June Cycle opens June 3.
Nathaniel Stern: Stern will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa for “Dynamic Stasis,” a collaborative solo exhibition (with Jessica Meuninck-Ganger) of new works at GALLERY AOP, featuring 14 new print and video works, a catalog, an artist talk. Stern and Meuninck-Ganger will also undertake several workshops in collaboration with the University of Johannesburg.
Eddie Villanueva: Villanueva will be exhibiting a large wall installation at SCOPE Art Fair in Miami. The installation will be a part of Circuit 12 Contemporary's booth.
Shana McCaw & Brent Budsberg: To show video installations and large-scale photographic prints from their series "States of Matter" at The York, a bar/restaurant in Los Angeles, programmed by Culture Reference, a curatorial project based in Echo Park. "States of Matter" depicts a 19th-century Midwestern farm couple struggling with the unfamiliar landscape of the American West. McCaw & Budsberg will participate in two residencies while on the west coast: one at Goldwell Open Air Museum in Beatty, NV, the other at MKE-LAX in Los Angeles.
Nicholas Grider: Grider will travel to Los Angeles for "A Public Drowning," a solo installation/performance involving photographs and text, a reading given in a private swimming pool, and a collective reading of a performance text. "A Public Drowning" is organized by Bellyflop Gallery in Los Angeles.
Brad Pruitt: To screen and discuss his recent documentary, "Mark My Words," in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. The event, hosted by the Watts House Project (an artist-driven neighborhood redevelopment project) in collaboration with the Watts Art Center, Otis College of Art & Design and MKE-LAX, is designed to highlight art and media as a resource for social change and community engagement. This is the first public screening of the film in LA. Pruitt will also co-teach a workshop on public education and community organizing for public practice artists and will screen "Bending Toward the Light" at Otis.
Special Entertainment: Special Entertainment will screen and discuss a selection of their work -- past, new and in-progress -- at Actual Size Gallery in Los Angeles. They will have a simultaneous residency at MKE-LAX, during which they'll be shooting footage for a feature film.
Nirmal Raja: Raja will show works including a 15' x 5' stiff fabric quilt and 10 print/mixed media works as part of a group show at the Gyodong Art Center and Gyodong Studio Gallery in Jeonju, South Korea. The exhibition came as a result of a study trip a group of six Milwaukee artists made to South Korea last year to learn about hanji, the traditional Korean craft of making and manipulating paper.
Yevgeniya Kaganovich: For a solo exhibition at the Heidi Lowe Gallery in Rehoboth, Delaware. Lowe seeks work that transcends traditional thinking about jewelry and focuses on alternative materials. Kaganovich will be showing work from the "Pearl Clasp Necklace" series, which utilizes altered images of a traditional pearl clasp and porcelain “pearls” covered with a glaze that incorporates crushed fresh water pearls. The clasps flatten, inflate, gradate and deform, losing their original function and becoming decorative elements; the combination of porcelain and pearls creates a new precious material.
Marna Brauner: Brauner will travel to Jeonju, South Korea to participate in a group show at the Gyodong Art Center and Gyodong Studio Gallery. The exhibition came as a result of a study trip a group of six Milwaukee artists made to South Korea last year to learn about hanji, the traditional Korean craft of making and manipulating paper. Brauner will be making 6 new pieces to be hung on the walls. While in South Korea, Brauner will lecture at the gallery and at Jeonju Kije College.
Marsha McDonald: For a solo exhibition of recent work-- paintings, drawings, and small bronzes on the theme sort vand or black water at Chandler Fine Art in San Francisco. McDonald will give a gallery talk as well as a public lecture.
Jessica Meuninck-Ganger: Meuninck-Ganger will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa for “Dynamic Stasis,” a collaborative solo exhibition (with Nathanial Stern) of new works at GALLERY AOP, featuring 14 new print and video works, a catalog, an artist talk. Meuninck-Ganger and Stern will also undertake several workshops in collaboration with the University of Johannesburg, and Meuninck-Ganger will meet with Kim Berman at Artist Proof Studio to coordinate an exhibition of South African prints for the "Print:MKE" conference in March.
Tonia Klein: To ship 4 mixed media collages, 2 screen prints and a site-specific installation to Izmir, Turkey for a solo exhibition at FLASH Atölye, an independent nonprofit project and exhibition space.
Rina Yoon: Yoon will travel to Jeonju, South Korea for a group show she has curated at the Gyodong Art Center and Gyodong Studio Gallery. The exhibition is the result of a study trip Yoon led last year of six Milwaukee artists to South Korea to learn about hanji, the traditional Korean craft of making and manipulating paper.
John Riepenhoff: To open a John Riepenhoff Experience at a new Lucie Fontaine Gallery in Tokyo. The John Riepenhoff Expierence will be in place for at least a year, and exhibitions will change quarterly, beginning with miniature paintings by Los Angeles artist Jeni Spota. From Tokyo, Riepenhoff will travel on to Bangkok to arrange a solo plein air exhibition at Ver Gallery.
Victoria Tasch: Tasch will travel to Tokyo to exhibit altered and handmade books with screen printed pedestals in the group show, "Distant in Geography, Close in Mind" at the Bumpodo Gallery.
Zina Mussman: For a solo exhibition, “Under the Sun,” at the Lane Community College Art Gallery (Sister Gallery) in Eugene, Oregon. Mussman will be showing 28 recent mixed-media drawings.