University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Jennifer Bolande

May 7, 2010 - August 8, 2010
Opening Reception: May 7, 5-8 pm

Location: INOVA/Kenilworth
Cost: Free

INOVA_bolande1Milwaukee (April 19, 2010) - INOVA - Institute of Visual Arts in the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is pleased to present the first major survey exhibition of Jennifer Bolande, spanning three decades of her work in a wide array of media. The exhibition will open on Friday, May 7, 2010 with a reception from 5-8 pm, and will remain onview through August 8, 2010.

Bolande emerged in the early 1980s working first in drawing, dance, performance and choreography. She developed her conceptual agendas within the context of her peers, both in the heady East Village days of Nature Morte Gallery, and with the first-generation Metro Pictures group. Influenced by Jack Goldstein, she began working with found pictures, rephotography, collage, and installation. In an attempt to integrate aspects of dance and choreography (temporality, gesture, movement, props, theatrical space) with pictures, she began to physicalize the photograph in various ways, constructing images, photo-objects, assemblages, sculptures, film and installations. Over the years, Bolande has consistently negotiated between these realms, and has simultaneously worked in the gaps between other reductive binary pairs like audience/performer, public/private, masculine/feminine, and memory/expectation.

INOVA_bolande2While conceptually-based, Bolande's work evidences a romanticists' attraction to the unseenforces of everyday objects and images. She weaves the ephemeral and the concrete into a continual flux of projection, interpretation, and commentary while building a language that is personal but by no means private. Her terrain is the cultural landscape of pictures and objects, the primary sets of cultural significance that exist to communicate and inform our shared knowledge and identities. In her work the obvious quickly subsides, revealing passage into a broader sub-terrain. There, the emotional physics and transient adhesives that connect meaning to objects and events begins to manipulate the view, suggesting a fluidity of meaning.

Overlooked everyday objects suddenly create a language we can read and follow, a trip of revelation, a world we didn't know to look for within the world we know. The form of the retrospective exhibition itself provides an ideal format for Bolande's work, as it too considers the simultaneity of past and present, obsolescence and newness, and recollection and re-presentation. Over fifty works will be gathered for the exhibition and will include a new body of work which will be shown here for the first time. A catalogue, designed by the artist, will accompany the exhibition, with essays by Rosetta Brooks, Jack Bankowsky and Dennis Balk.

Since 1996, the Institute of Visual Arts (INOVA) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has established an international reputation as a contemporary art research center. The mission of the Institute of Visual Arts is to engage the general and university publics with contemporary art from around the world through exhibitions and programs. The Institute is recognized for the high quality of its programs and for the opportunity it offers artists to experiment in the creation of new work, and it is committed to educating audiences by presenting artists who are shaping our visual culture in the present and for the future. According to Artforum magazine, "the Institute of Visual Arts has established itself as one of the most adventuresome venues in the states."

INOVA presents work by local, national and international contemporary artists and by Peck School faculty, staff, students and alumni. The Institute is comprised of three exhibition spaces in the Peck School of the Arts: INOVA/Kenilworth, INOVA/Arts Center and INOVA/Zelazo (the Mary L. Nohl Galleries). For more, please visit

The Bolande exhibition runs in INOVA's East Gallery concurrently with "Cecelia Condit: 1981 to Present" in the West Gallery. INOVA is located in the Kenilworth building at 2155 N. Prospect Ave. Gallery hours are Wed.-Sun. Noon-5 p.m., open Thursdays until 8 p.m.