Eddee Daniel + Philip Krejcarek
Opening reception: Sunday, October 24, 2–4 pm
Artist-Led Tour of the Sculpture Garden: Sunday, November 7, 2:30-4 pm
View Frank Juarez's interview with the artists for EFFJAY PROJEKTS.
Eddee Daniel has been observing and photographing construction fences in the landscape for several years, attracted by their obtrusive orange color and the questions they raise about function, aesthetics—particularly in natural areas—and access. When he exhibited these photographs in 2009, Daniel created a more immediate experience for the viewer by simultaneously installing construction fences inside and outside the gallery space. At Lynden, Daniel continues to explore the fences’ ambiguous functionality, this time amidst the natural landscaping and permanent artworks of the sculpture garden. His collaborator, Philip Krejcarek, is constructing sculptures that evoke ladders. Unlike the fences, these ladder-like forms are defiantly non-functional. Daniel’s and Krejcarek’s project ranges from the surreal to the whimsical as it explores the relationship between creating and constructing and plays with the very notion of collaborative sculpture.
In the gallery, Daniel presents selections from his Accidental Art series—photographs depicting fences erected by construction contractors in natural areas—and Krejcarek continues to subvert the functional with a series of small sculptures from his Architectural Structures series. In these works, Krejcarek combines the non-utilitarian quality of sculpture with the practical concepts of architecture. Krejcarek was addressing sociological issues—“cities, houses, and relationships”—when he made the work in 1999, and the particular examples on view here challenge our expectations of interior and exterior, inside and outside, in the realms of architecture and human relations.
Eddee Daniel is a fine art photographer, writer, activist, and arts educator. He has been practicing and teaching photography for over 30 years in the Milwaukee area at institutions including Carroll University, Mount Mary College, University of Wisconsin—Waukesha and Marquette University High School. Daniel received his formal training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and over the years his work has evolved to respond to his work in social justice and environmental preservation. He has exhibited locally and nationally; his book of photographs and stories, Urban Wilderness: Exploring a Metropolitan Watershed (2008), received the Kodak American Greenways Award. In addition, Daniel’s work has been published in Family: a Celebration of Humanity, by William Morrow, Popular Photography, The Photo Review, Phototechniques, Art in Wisconsin, and New Mexico Photographer, among others. www.eddeedaniel.com
Philip Krejcarek is a professor of art and chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Carroll University where he teaches photography. He has been a professor at Carroll since 1977. He is the author of An Introduction to Digital Imaging and Digital Photography: A Hands-On Introduction, both published by Cengage Learning. He is a recipient of a Wisconsin Arts Board grant and his work is included in the collections of the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Haggerty Museum of Art, the Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, and the Denver Art Museum. His sculpture and photographs are also included in the Waukesha Public Library collection. Krejcarek’s work has been purchased through the Wisconsin Arts Board Percent for Art Direct Purchase Program for public buildings.