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Dressing the Monument Installation

October 7, 2011

Artists David Robbins (ably assisted by Alec Regan of American Fantasy Classics), Tobias Madison, Kaspar Müller, Hannah Weinberger, Lucas Knipscher, Anicka Yi, Matt Sheridan Smith, Nicholas Frank, Michelle Grabner, and Brad Killam were on hand in the period leading up to the opening to create and install work for Dressing the Monument. Tobias Madison, David Robbins and curators Piper Marshall and John Riepenhoff gave talks at MIAD (some hosted by Nicholas Frank), and several of the artists talked to visitors to Lynden, including a tour comprised of Katie Martin's students from the UWM Peck School of the Arts.

Alec Regan works on David Robbins's "Open-Air Writing Desk."
Alec Regan works on David Robbins's Open-Air Writing Desk at Lynden Sculpture Garden. (photo is by David Robbins.)

One and a half of the Madison/Müller swings were installed in the dark with the help of their fellow artists and friends; everything was bright in the gallery where Lynden staff members Sergio Salinas and Patrick Kernan assisted with the installation.
Collaboration between Tobias Madison & Kaspar Müller.

Collaboration between Tobias Madison & Kaspar Müller.

Collaboration between Tobias Madison & Kaspar Müller.

Rain Garden Photos

September 20, 2011


The rain garden in the parking lot is looking particularly colorful at this time of year. Dave Treske of Breezy Hill Nursery took these photos; the garden was designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.






Aquatic Planting Day Recap

September 13, 2011

Aquatic plants.

Aquatic plants.

Christine recaps Saturday's event:

"The aquatic planting day in Little Lake was a success!

A big thanks goes out to the ten people who volunteered their time to plant over 200 aquatic plants in the shallow water along the shoreline of Little Lake. Five different types were planted in the lake: pickerel plant, northern blue-flag iris, sweet-flag iris, water plantain, and arrowhead. All of the plants chosen are native to Wisconsin and were grown in Wisconsin; the arrowhead was actually harvested from our own Mud Lake! These plants can grow in up to 14” of water, so they will remain along the shoreline and will not grow out to the center of the lake.

The goals of the plantings are to establish an aquatic buffer zone along the perimeter of the lake, to provide competition for nutrients with algae, and to shade a portion of the sediments thereby inhibiting filamentous algal growth. One bale of barley straw was also recently sunk to help inhibit filamentous algal growth as the straw decomposes.

The next phase of shoreline restoration will involve on-shore plantings around the lake. These plants will help to filter water of nutrients and debris before entering the lake basin, provide habitat for birds and butterflies, and even help to deter geese that are afraid there may be predators lurking in the prairie plants surrounding the lake.

Stay tuned for stage two volunteer opportunities next spring!"

Aquatic plants.

Aquatic plants.

Little Lake Filled + Aquatic Planting Day

September 9, 2011

Little Lake filled.

The Little Lake has been refilled...

Little Lake filled.

The waterfall running!

and the waterfall is running!

The waterfall running!

In the pictures below, you can see the first two aquatic plants in the pond, courtesy of Christine Kozik.

The first of the aquatic plants.

The first of the aquatic plants.

Tomorrow, Saturday, September 10, is Aquatic Planting Day at Lynden, which means free admission to the sculpture garden for volunteer aquatic gardeners who join Christine to plant more aquatics. Click the link for more info, and we'll see you tomorrow!

Art and Nature Intersect

September 8, 2011

Last winter, as part of our Inside/Outside exhibition series, artists Eddee Daniel and Philip Krejcarek erected a series of works on the grounds at Lynden. Some of those works are still up, and, as Eddee discovered today while walking the grounds, have been integrated into the life of the garden even more than we expected! While usually we have a strict "no climbing" policy, in this case we'll have to make an exception.

Photo by Eddee Daniel.

Photo by Eddee Daniel.

Thanks to Eddee Daniels for the photos.

Little Lake Progress

August 24, 2011

Last week, the Little Lake was excavated...





and gravel was poured in and spread.




Next up: Aquatic Planting Day and a new recirculating pump to fill the lake!

Cropper + Morris photos

August 15, 2011

Last Wednesday, on the closing day of their Inside/Outside exhibition, Inverse, artists Amy Cropper and Stuart Morris led a tour through the garden, discussing their own work as well as sculptures by other artists. Another former Inside/Outside artist, Philip Krejcarek, was in attendance, and he sent us these wonderful pictures he took during the event.

Photo: Philip Krejcarek

Photo: Philip Krejcarek

Photo: Philip Krejcarek

Photo: Philip Krejcarek

Photo: Philip Krejcarek

Photo: Philip Krejcarek

Suitcase 2010 Update

August 10, 2011

Kate Balsley's "Anima Mundi" was awarded Best Experimental Film at the Rural Route Film Festival in New York. She used her Suitcase funds to attend the festival, meet fellow filmmakers and environmental activists, and to tell people about Milwaukee's supportive film community.

Nohl: Suitcase Export Fund

August 5, 2011

Congratulations to the awardees in the 2010 Summer 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 Portland, Minneapolis, Arizona, New Mexico, Syracuse, New York City, France, South Africa, South Korea, China, and Little Wolf, Wisconsin.

Yevgeniya Kaganovich: To participate in Drawbench, a group exhibition at Gallery AOP in Johannesburg, South Africa. The exhibition explores three dimensional sculptural objects that originate in two dimensions as sketches, technical drawings and photographic images. She will be exhibiting “Falling Still,” an installation created in collaboration with Nathaniel Stern.

Rina Yoon: For an invitational solo exhibition at the Gyo Dong Art Center in Jeonju, Korea. Yoon will be showing “Earth Body,” her recent body of work comprised of 16 prints and a wall installation.

Kristopher Pollard: To participate in Amalgamation, a group exhibition of 7 artists from around the world at Compound Gallery in Portland, OR. Pollard will be contributing 5 drawings.

Melissa Wagner-Lawler: To exhibit a piece in MCAD Students and Alumni Explore Fiber Arts, a juried exhibition featuring 29 artists at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design Main Gallery. The exhibition runs in conjunction with Confluence, 2011 International Surface Design Association Conference.

Mark Mulhern: To exhibit 7 large paintings at Riva Yares’s two galleries in Scottsdale, AZ and Santa Fe, NM.

Hans Gindlesberger: To exhibit 20 photographic works in the 2011 (16th) Voies Off Festival in Arles, France (part of the Rencontres d’Arles Photographie). His work was presented in a night-projection in the courtyard of the Archbishop’s Palace.
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Sarah Zamecnik: To participate in the annual MFA alumni exhibition for Syracuse University at the Dumbo Arts Center in New York. Zamecnik will show 20 framed 15x15 photographic prints.
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Peter Barrickman & Xav Leplae: To participate in the annual Great Poor Farm Experiment at the Poor Farm in Little Wolf, WI. Barrickman & Leplae plan to bicycle from Milwaukee to Little Wolf, creating a collaborative painting project along the way, which would then be exhibited at this international gathering of artists.
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Jordan Brethauer: To participate in a Red Gate artist residency in Beijing, China that culminates in an open studio event for all the artists. He will exhibit drawings, short films (and music).

Katherine A. Balsley: To travel to NY to present her experimental video, “Anima Mundi,” at the Rural Route Film Festival at the Museum of the Moving Image as well as at Brooklyn Grange (NYC’s largest organic rooftop farm).
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What We Did in July

August 3, 2011

We had a busy July at Lynden. In addition to our summer art camps and our weekly Yoga in the Garden class, we hosted a lecture by Jonathan Lippincott, a sold-out performance by Eiko & Koma, and a free workshop and screening from the Echo Park Film Center Filmmobile. Now that things have died down a little bit (although there's a camp running as I type this, and two events coming up), I thought I'd take this opportunity to recap and post photos from the last month. (A special thank you to Claire Ruzicka for the wonderful Lippincott and Eiko & Koma photos!)

Jonathan Lippincott is the author of Large Scale: Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s, and the son of Don Lippincott, founder of Lippincott Inc., the first fabricator dedicated exclusively to making large scale sculpture. At Lynden, in front of an engaged and enthusiastic audience, Jonathan talked about the large-scale sculpture fabricated at Lippincott in the '60s and '70s, and provided many interesting details about some of the works in Lynden's collection--all illustrated by wonderful slides.

LSG, Lippencott10, CRuzicka, 2011
During the talk.

LSG, Lippencott 8, CRuzicka, 2011
Showing slides.

LSG, Lippencott,1 CRuzicka, 2011
Amidst George Sugarman's Trio, which was manufactured at Lippincott Inc.

With Lynden's Executive Director Polly Morris.

LSG, Lippencott 12, CRuzicka, 2011
At the book signing.

Eiko & Koma arrived a week later. During an earlier trip to the garden, the dancers had chosen a spot in the southeastern corner of the garden to stage their performance. This time, however, the sight of the recently drained Little Lake caught Koma’s eye. While the barren area was a perfect fit for Eiko & Koma’s apocalyptic Japanese dance, it meant that all the previous arrangements for the performance were now out the window. In the next 48 hours, a stage was constructed (under the tireless leadership of our Facilities and Sculpture Manager, Sergio Salinas), a PA system was brought in and set up (including some speakers hung in trees), and everybody rolled with the punches all the way up to and through Eiko & Koma’s performance of “Raven.” Claire Ruzicka was on hand to take pictures of the performance, which involved maneuvering through the sold out crowd, and following Eiko & Koma as they moved off the stage, into the garden, and back.

Photo by Claire Ruzicka.

Photo by Claire Ruzicka.

Photo by Claire Ruzicka.
Crowd & performance.

Photo by Claire Ruzicka.

Photo by Claire Ruzicka.

Photo by Claire Ruzicka.
After the performance.

The following Monday, the Echo Park Film Center Filmmobile rolled into town. The Filmmobile is a traveling film school and cinema operating out of a converted school bus fueled partially by vegetable oil that is run by Echo Park Film Center staff Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr. Steeped in the tradition of itinerant cinema, each summer, Marr and Davanzo tour the United States offering free film workshops and screenings. At Lynden, they gave a Direct Animation workshop, and then, once dusk came, screened movies on the side of their bus, as it was parked on the gravel area next to the pond. The program mixed short films from all over the world with work made at the Echo Park Film Center and at workshops on the road. The audience, which ranged in age from toddlers to grandparents, ate some snacks, played some bingo, and enjoyed the diverse selection of films and live musical accompaniment. We hope to welcome the Filmmobile back to Lynden in the future.

Paolo Davanzo, with the Filmmobile in the background.

Filmmobile & Bingo Bunny!

Audience & projector



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