University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Martha Glowacki: Private Science
Greg Klassen: Perishable Atlas

July 15-September 18, 2011
Opening Reception on July 15 from 5-8 pm
Location: INOVA/Kenilworth, 2155 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202
Cost: Free

INOVA is pleased to present its first exhibitions of Martha Glowacki and Greg Klassen.


Martha Glowacki: Private Science

Martha Glowacki focuses on scientific discovery in the Victorian era, with a personalized take on the field. Her finely crafted sculptural work allows an eccentric entry point into various subjects like astronomical observation, bird migration, and the many natural "curiosities" that once commonly populated parlor cabinets. Glowacki's skill with fine details and materials garners her inclusion in such exhibitions as "Craft: An Expanding Definition" at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (1983) and "Sculptural Concerns" at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati (1993). More recently, her work is on extended view as part of the Chipstone Foundation collection's "Loca Miraculi" exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Photo: Martha Glowacki, Mouse King, detail



Greg Klassen

Klassen's recent paintings display bold color and gesture on a large scale, and the "natural" processes of gravity, evaporation, spillage, liquid pooling and osmosis play a significant role in his images. A student of Gerhard Richter's Dusseldorf studio in the early 1990s, Klassen shares that seminal postmodern artist's preoccupation with the peculiarities of abstraction. Klassen's invention is to downplay or remove the "hand of the artist" in the construction of his work, and to allow the paintings themselves to be equal collaborators. The INOVA gallery's size and scale allows him to explore a scale beyond any he's worked at previously. Klassen showed regularly with the Michael Lord Gallery in Milwaukee, and his work appeared most recently in the "Charles Allis Art Museum's Forward: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now" (2010) and "Afternoon of a Düsseldorf Faun" at the Galerie Andreas Brüning in Germany (2008).

Photo: Greg Klassen, Perishable Atlas

Read More

Glowacki and Klassen Exhibitions in "This Week in Art," by Mary Louise Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 12, 2011

Objets d'art, By Kat Murrell, Wisconsin Gazette, July 28, 2011

Review: Greg Klassen at INOVA, By Mary Louise Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, September 1, 2011

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