Dystopian Landscapes – new work by Professor Berel Lutsky at Gallery 2622

The work in this show—Dystopian Landscapes—was conceived and executed before the pandemic by UW-Green Bay Prof. Berel Lutsky (Art) at Gallery 2622—and was supposed to have been shown this April.

“The world has changed considerably since then, only making the title of the show that much more relevant. I am pleased to be re-opening John Korom’s Gallery 2622 and bringing back the possibility of seeing art in person vs. just on the screen. Making this possible will require a few departures from the ‘usual’. You are invited to come to Gallery 2622, at 2622 N. Wauwatosa Ave. on August 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. for a socially distant opening reception for Dystopian Landscapes.”

Necessary precautions to ensure everyone’s health will be taken and is as follows: Masks will be required to be worn by everyone. If you do not have one, one will be provided. Hand sanitizer will also be available. The outside area in front of the gallery will be used for socially distant gathering. There will be a few chairs but you may want to bring your own. Hospitality will be provided in unopened single serve containers for snacks and drinks. The number of people in the gallery will be limited to ten at a time.

To help facilitate this we are asking people to rsvp to lutskyb@uwgb.edu >subject line: Aug, 7, with a preferred time slot between 6 to 9 p.m. Times will be assigned with the goal of limiting the number of people present at any one time to twenty or so. We thank you in advance for your cooperation. If you cannot attend the opening, want to spend more time with the work, or bring someone else to see the show, Gallery 2622 is open by appointment. Please call either 414-339-5159, or 414-257-2622 to set one up.

“Most dystopian literature is based on what occurs after a catastrophic event, global war, pandemic, invasion by alien life etc. destroys society as we know it. In truth it will most likely be a more gradual, but no less awful process that will likely have the same result. Artist/Philosopher Adrian Pipers’s 2018/2019 retrospective exhibit was shaped by various iterations of the statement: “ Everything will be taken away….”.

“In her dual roles as artist and philosopher Piper uses this statement, which first appeared in her work in 2003 and is distilled from a passage by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, ‘Once you have taken everything away from a man he is no longer in your power. He is free,’ as a centering mantra.

It has appeared repeatedly mostly as ephemera, on outdoor installations, written in marker on people’s foreheads, in the gallery as photographs documenting the ephemeral instances, and poignantly repeated on large chalkboards as if written by a schoolchild who has misbehaved. A challenge, a warning, a comfort…. ? We are left to ourselves to choose, and realize upon careful consideration, that it may be all three, and more, all at once. The only certainty is that there will be change, and we should not be surprised. Much of my work for the past 30 years has been landscape based. Unlike traditional landscape it has rarely been about a place, history, or celebration of natural beauty. The images offer no escape to the pastoral, nor an idealized version of displaced nature. Instead they offer landscapes of possibilities, not all of them good ones. Unaddressed, climate change is inevitable, and if left to run its course the social order will collapse. ‘Everything will be taken away…..’. If we do wake-up in time, taking the necessary steps will also require drastic changes to how we choose to live on this earth. Everything will be taken away… however in this case to enable something new.”

Lawton Gallery’s ‘Promotion From a Distance’ features alumni Wysocki and Langen

The Lawton Gallery has started a new series to continue to highlight local art and artists:

Stephen Wysocki

Stephen Wysocki is a 1996 UW-Green Bay (Art) graduate with an emphasis in painting. Wysocki works primarily in oil painting, both in studio and plein air. He captures the amazing beauty in the ordinary through subtleties in light and contrasting tones. You can find more of his work on his website and on Instagram.

www.swysockiart.faso.com
@swysockiart on Instagram

Green Bay Print Shop

The Green Bay Print Shop, owned by UW-Green Bay alumnus Brandon Langer, is a small screen print and design shop that focuses on helping the community and local businesses with quality, sustainable, eco-conscious and comfortable garments that people will actually want to wear. GBPS promotes printmaking and educates the public with live printing events where event goers are encouraged to print their own prints and learn about the process. Visit its website to learn more about what is offered. Check it out on Instagram.

www.greenbayprintshop.com
@greenbayprintshop on Instagram

 

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Addie Sorbo creates Facebook group to help people stay connected

Spectrum News — The coronavirus has forced us all to practice Social Distancing. Unfortunately, it didn’t come with a blueprint. A Facebook group popped up recently to help people stay connected, when they are physically apart. The NEW Social Distancing – Together group started in Green Bay but is gaining momentum across the state. Addie Sorbo (UW-Green Bay instructor) is the founder.

“It’s definitely a support thing. This is a new thing for a lot of people and we’re trying to figure it out, There’s this crazy thing going on in the world that we’re really unsure of but how can we support each other?” said Sorbo.In the group’s first two days it reached one thousand members.Beth Macco is a stay at home mom an finds the group useful.“It’s just light hearted and a place where you can find community and a little bit of joy in the midst of very strange times,” said Macco.The group isn’t just for parents dealing with changes. Delaney Langenberg attends UWGB. She’s used to a busy college life but with the campus shut down, she’s back at home with her parents.“I was like, sure I’ll do this. I’ve got nothing else going on,” said Langenberg. Delaney is one of almost three thousand members to join thus far.“It was a really big change for me and probably other students so it’s nice to have something. You have something to look at and feel positive about.”

Source: Facebook group connects while social distancing

‘Christine Style Retrospective: A Passion for Prints and Drawings’ coming to the Lawton Gallery, Jan. 30

Christine Style Retrospective Show PosterThe Lawton Gallery would like to announce the opening of the exhibition “Christine Style Retrospective: A Passion for Prints and Drawings.” This retrospective will showcase select works of Prof. Emeritus Christine Style, spanning over her 30+ year career. Style, who got her MFA in Printmaking from UW-Milwaukee, works primarily in printmaking and drawing, and pieces will be selected and curated for this exhibition by Annemarie Sawkins.

The opening reception will take place Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Lawton Gallery (Theatre Hall, Room 230). The Exhibition will be open from January 30, 2020 to Feb. 28, 2020 during gallery hours (Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

The Lawton Gallery would also like to invite students, faculty and community members to attend an artist talk by Christine Style on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Studio Arts Room 411. Style will be talking about her work on display in the exhibition “Christine Style Retrospective: A Passion for Prints and Drawings.”

All Lawton Gallery events are free and open to the public. If you have a disability and would like to discuss accommodations, please contact the Curator of Arts, Emma Hitzman, at hitzmane@uwgb.edu. For more information, email Hitzman or visit the Lawton Gallery website.

Art alumna displays work at Green Bay mayor’s office

UW-Green Bay alumna Ebanie Schmidt ’19 (Art) was recently invited to display and discuss her work currently on display at the Green Bay Mayor’s Office. At the “City Hall Artist Meet and Greet” event on Dec. 17, Schmidt explained her work to those present at the open house. Pictured is Schmidt with Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich. Schmidt is also wearing a current piece that she has been working on.

 

Reminder, UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus hosts: A Photographic Exhibition by Lennart Larsen

The Sheboygan Files & Assorted Mysteries: A Photographic Exhibition by Lennart Larsen,” will be on display in the UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus Fine Arts Gallery from Dec. 6, 2019 through Feb. 14, 2020. Lennart Larson is a multi-media artist whose images entice the viewer to investigate the seemingly ordinary and mundane to discover underlying curious mysteries. Larson, who lives and works in Roskilde, Denmark, will be also serve as a visiting artist during the first two weeks of February 2020. The closing reception and “meet the artist” will be Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 in the UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus Fine Arts Gallery. Funding for the guest artist travel and exhibition is provided in part by the UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus Student Government Association.

UW-Green Bay campus community mourns the loss of Prof. Emeritus Robert Pum

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay mourns the loss of Prof. Emeritus Robert “Pummer” Pum, who passed away on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 at the age of 83. He retired in 1998 from teaching Art at UW-Green Bay but remained close to campus through Phoenix athletics, the University golf league, building bird houses for Shorewood Golf Course, and more.

Here is an excerpt from his obituary:

“While he was finishing his doctorate, he accepted a professorship and was one of the founding members of the UWGB art department in 1969, serving as art department chairman for two terms. He led university courses including drawing, two-dimensional design, art metals/jewelry, aesthetic foundations, arts in society, art education methods and independent art studies. He devoted much of his teaching to assisting the state’s next generation of art teachers, supervising the student-teaching assignments of UWGB students in the northeast Wisconsin public and private schools. Pum has exhibited his work nationally, regionally and locally in more than 150 juried art exhibits in 22 states. Known for his jewelry, drawing and mixed-media art, he was the recipient of numerous art awards, merit awards and purchase awards.”

Pum is survived by his wife, Jan (a long-tenured member of Green Bay Athletics, mainly as the University’s women’s tennis coach), and children. Friends may call on the family Friday, Dec. 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Proko Wall Funeral Home on 1630 East Mason St. in Green Bay, WI, 54302. Visitation is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14 at 9:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church on 501 Howe St. in Green Bay, WI, 54301, with the funeral service at 11 a.m. His full obituary is available.