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Cautionary Tale

March 4 – April 1
Opening Reception, Friday, March 4, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Nick Mann (aka Doodles), March 4, 5pm
Cosponsored by: Sky High Pop-Up Boutique

Cautionary Tale reveals the personal folklore of five American artists who pull from multiple cultures in order to create visually stunning stories. Dennis McNett, Amanda Smith, Stacey Rozich, Betsy Walton, and Nick “Doodles” Mann will display drawings, paintings, prints, ceramics, and site specific installations. These works illustrate a multitude of legends, music, proverbs, and popular beliefs that reflect each artist’s personal narrative.

Dennis McNett’s work ranges from delicate wood block prints to larger than life Viking ship installations. The Pratt Institute printmaking professor’s work is inspired by a fusion of Nordic history, fantastical creatures, and the high energy of the 80s skateboard and punk rock scene.

Nick Mann (aka Doodles) is a San Francisco-based street artist whose eye grabbing work can be simply described as modern day folk art. His creations are a combination of delicately wheat-pasted pieces of paper, gritty spray paint, and eerie neon Nordic creatures.

Amanda Smith’s three-dimensional tableaus on clay slates open up infinite worlds of interpretation. Smith favors a cast of little girls in flowered dresses, who balloon in size like Alice in Wonderland, frolicking through landscapes brandishing drums and guns. Smith cites her family and Indian and Persian miniatures as influences to her work.

Betsy Walton’s work is informed by a range of influences including Byzantine icons, American folk art, geometric abstraction, and the work of many contemporary illustrators and painters. A graduate of Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, she now works in Portland, Oregon.

Seattle-based Stacey Rozich studied illustration at California College of Arts in San Francisco. Her work varies from bold folk art in watercolor and gouache, to simple pen and ink line drawings. Slavic folk tales are the largest influence to her work. In a nod to her Yugoslav background, Stacey works traditional costumes and folklore into a storybook world of warrior women and ghoulish monsters.

 

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FOCUS UWM Photography Club – In the Atrium

 

 

Visit the UWM Atrium through finals and over winter break to see photography by the FOCUS UWM Photography Club