Best compliment: to have my work described as human. Serious. By @MattWild no less. Thank you.
And thanks to Margaret Noodin for generously lending her expertise with Anishinaabe. Shout out to Sky Hopinka for his keen perspective. And again, thanks to Russell Bowman, Polly Morris, Marilu Knode, and everyone @SculptureMKE.
We had a great discussion @ NFPL with panelists, Lisa Sutcliffe (Curator of Photography and Media Arts, Milwaukee Art Museum), Joe Austin (Associate Professor of Modern Studies & Urban History, University Wisconsin Milwaukee), and myself. The September 7th event was moderated by Nicholas Frank. Below are a few details of the work along with install shots that include Evan Gruzis' Public Paintings and Cody Tumblin, featured artist in Katy Cowan's ongoing programming for The Outlet. There is still time to see the show.
Whiteboard Poems in the studio before they get installed at NFPL. Info below.
Nicholas Frank Public Library
Public reception Saturday, August 13, 5-8 p.m.
832 E. Chambers St.
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Evan Gruzis's participatory Public Paintings continue.
The NFPL's inaugural theme Inscription is expanded by welcoming Druecke's whiteboard works to the dialogue. While Gruzis’s work addresses literal inscription, Druecke's 'poems' are colorful marker drawings that chart versions of public inscription that occur over millennia, from indigenous earthworks to state-sanctioned plaques to names scrawled in wet concrete. Through his own idiosyncratic lens, and using the flattening mechanism of standard office whiteboards, Druecke considers such phenomena as an accumulated cultural inheritance. The Whiteboard Poems acknowledge our cultural patrimony as deserving of recognition, whether motivations to preserve and maintain are overtaken by forgetfulness, revisionism, development or necessity.
The Nicholas Frank Public Library is located within The Open, which is at 832 E. Chambers St., Milwaukee, WI 53212.