“Let’s Build Something Together”
– Lowe’s Home Improvement Store slogan, 2006
nAbr gallery is excited to present “Let’s Build Something Together”, an ephemeral, interactive instillation by Ashley Morgan. In this instillation the work exists solely on materials provided by the surrounding environment (snow) and the participation of those who encounter it, to manifest into its own space: an awesome snow fort.
“In much of my past sculptural work, I have explored ideas around building a domestic space, maintaining a sense of control, and leading viewers towards an experience of comfort. However, the unique opportunity to work in the indoor/outdoor nAbr Gallery space, the very snowy Wisconsin winter, and this event’s timing with the Lynden Sculpture Garden’s Winter Carnival have taken my interests in a different direction. For the first time, I am asking others to work with me to build a place of shelter. By working collaboratively with anyone who chooses to help, by allowing others to shape the work, and by relying on the natural snow as a central building material, we will achieve uncontrolled and unanticipated results.” -Morgan
Opening: November 23, 2013 2-4pm
Duration: November 23- December 31st 2013
2145 West Brown Deer Road
Milwaukee, WI 53217
Resort is the latest in a series of installations that investigates survivalist culture. Situated in the Lynden Sculpture Garden, nAbr gallery stands among other outdoor sculptures as a representation of traditional indoor spaces of presentation (four white walls). Hideous Beast has attached a series of ten-foot-high periscopes to this structure that can be used to survey the surrounding landscape and sculptures. This intervention inverts the traditional relationship of the viewer to the gallery space, allowing vision to extend beyond its walls. Other projects in this series have explored similar forms and methods of separating oneself from the world in order to gain a clearer picture of it. For survivalists, this act, rooted in fear, is a planned defense against future threats. Resort is an attempt to understand this culture of fear; to ask if art production and presentation could be embedded in the same conditions; and to investigate how the two cultural spheres might affect one another.
Hideous Beast is a Chicago-based collaborative effort between Josh Ippel and Charles Roderick. They have worked together since 2004, organizing participatory events, publishing how-to manuals and, most recently, creating interactive sculptures and installations that examine survival culture. Hideous Beast has exhibited their work at a variety artist-run spaces, galleries, museums and festivals nationally and internationally. More information on Hideous Beast at http://hideousbeast.com/.
Opening Reception: Sunday August 11th (Free)
On View: August 11th through September 8th
Sarah Luther has spent the past year soaking up the landscape, sculptures, weather and elements at the Lynden Sculpture Garden as she produced a series of four very tight and particular drawings of the garden’s landscape, one for each season. Her exhibition, Frame of Season, will be a more playful and abstract descriptions of these experiences, displaying an interpretation of each of the four seasons on the four walls of the gallery space. On view through September 8.
Sarah Gail Luther was born in Milwaukee, and is devoted to creating work that expands her knowledge of her city. She’s worked with IN:SITE, a Milwaukee-based temporary public art organization for three years, as well as other public art projects including The Amplifier, a pop-up community center located in Milwaukee’s Silver City neighborhood, which was funded by the Wisconsin Arts Board.
She has exhibited work at The Green Gallery, the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, and The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. As well as the La Esquina Gallery, Crossroads Gallery, and Dolphin Gallery in Kansas City, and the Transformer Gallery in Washington DC. She has lectured on public art and performance at The Chicago Art Institute, MIAD and UWM.
When words reach beyond their given definition they become poetry. Like visual art, poetry allows audiences to extract significance from the spaces between what is said in order to discover what is meant. In this way, the practice and consumption of poetry is important to defining language by deconstructing it in its simplest and most complex forms. Please join us at nAbr gallery on the grounds of the Lynden Sculpture Garden for Poetry and a Picnic, July 31 from 6-7:30pm, to honor poetry and the way it makes space for an uncertainty about what exists between definitions.
Poetry submissions will be juried by Karl Saffran. Please send up to three of your poems for consideration. If your submission is accepted, you will receive free admission to the sculpture garden that day and will be expected to read during the event. Please send all submissions to nAbrgallery@gmail.com no later than July 29, 2013.
Plein Air, Plain Air
By John Riepenhoff
Sunday July 14, 2013
On the grounds of the Lynden Sculpture Garden
2145 West Brown Deer Rd.
nAbr gallery presents Plein Air, Plain Air by John Riepenhoff. Riepenhoff utilizes the open ceiling of the structure as a viewing mechanism to frame his newest series of Plein Air paintings. Literalizing the term “plein air” Riepenhoff allows the audience to experience the paintings in the same open environment in which he created them.
“When we create we document not only what is at our attention, we also archive the resources that have been used to tell our story. Though this latter aspect of expression is often obscured, its limitations can tell us a lot about an individual’s condition and subsequently about the position of his or her culture. This series acknowledges the limits of an individual’s range in an attempt to shift the outer conditions of creating into the subject of the medium.”
-John Riepenhoff on the ‘Plein Air’ series for the occasion of his first show at nAbr gallery 2010.
John Riepenhoff is an artist, curator, gallery director, art fair co-organizer and inventor of artistic platforms for the expression of others. Riepenhoff opened The Green Gallery while an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His first solo show, Group Show, took place in 2010 at Jackpot Gallery in Milwaukee, and his work and projects have been presented at the Tate Modern and Frieze Art Fair (London); Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, Marianne Boesky, and Swiss Institute (New York); Ooga Booga (Los Angeles); Misako & Rosen (Tokyo); Kölnischer Kunstverein (Cologne); Karma International (Zurich); Queens Park Railway Club (Glasgow); Fredric Snitzer Gallery (Miami); The Suburban (Oak Park, Illinois); Western Exhibitions (Chicago); Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; Milwaukee Art Museum, Inova (Milwaukee). Riepenhoff is a board member of Friends of Blue Dress Park and a founding member of the curatorial group Milwaukee International/Dark Fair. This summer he is is participating in shows at James Fuentes and Marlborough Gallery (New York), Night Gallery (Los Angeles), Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago), and Lucie Fontaine (Tokyo).