University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Exhibition & Program Schedule

Cargo Space

August 27 – September 20, 2014
Opening reception August 27, 6 – 8 pm

Cargo Bus

Photo Credit: David A. Brown

INOVA welcomes Houston-based Cargo Space to experiment in the gallery and rethink how we make exhibitions. The invention of artists Christopher Sperandio and Simon Grennan, Cargo Space is a set of guiding principles wrapped in a refurbished 27’ diesel transit bus. Part tour van, part utility vehicle, the bus forms a mobile platform for dialogue, creation, and community among artists.

During summer 2014, Sperandio traveled across the upper Midwest with Duncan MacKenzie of the art podcast Bad At Sports, making stops at the Walker Art Center’s Open Field and The Poor Farm in Manawa, WI. The road trip culminated with Cargo Space setting up shop at two sites—INOVA in Milwaukee and A + D Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago. Artists selected from each city will collaborate on exhibitions and programs that run simultaneously across state lines. The Milwaukee artists are Paul Druecke, MKE<>LAX, Ashley Morgan, and Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg. Chicago artists are Judith Brotman, Alex Chitty, Heather Mekkelson, Erik L. Peterson, John Sparagana, and Wacom TX.

By connecting artists and arts organizations from these neighboring cities, this artist-centered experiment promotes an alternative model for social, creative, and curatorial engagement. The program developed organically out of conversations amongst the artists beginning at INOVA in July, at the Poor Farm in early August, and in Chicago during mid-August. INOVA supports the group of artists by acting as a host to changing installations, programs, and other events the artists collectively devise. While the exhibitions in Milwaukee and Chicago are different, one commonality for INOVA and A + D Gallery is a presentation of documentation of the program’s development process and ephemera related to past Cargo Space projects. Gallery visitors learn about activities via INOVA’s e-mail list, Facebook page, and Twitter feed, as well as in gallery postings and interaction with staff and artists.

Cargo Space is the first of INOVA’s new series of short projects aimed at residency- or performance-oriented projects. The aim of this program is to feature artistic practices that operate outside of traditional exhibition contexts.

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation Mary L. Nohl Fellowships for Individual Artists

October 10, 2014 – January 11, 2015
Opening reception October 10, 5-8 pm with gallery talk at 6 pm

The 12th annual exhibition of fellowship recipients features the work of Ray Chi, Sheila Held, Special Entertainment (Andrew Swant and Bobby Ciraldo), Cris Siqueira, Tim Stoelting, Eddie Villanueva, and Josh Weissbach. The jurors who selected the seven 2013 fellowship recipients were Naomi Beckwith from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Evan Garza from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Fire Island Artist Residency; and Gretchen Wagner, independent curator from St. Louis, MO.

Brazilian born Cris Siqueira has been focused on technology, filmmaking, and a do-it-yourself mentality since she was a teenager. Her most current project, Ape Girl, is an ethnographic study of American and Brazilian carnivals. It looks at the spectacle of the girl-to-gorilla sideshow as a way to analyze cultural, social, and economic differences as well as racial and gender stereotypes.

As an emerging artist, Eddie Villanueva has focused upon large-scale installations, paintings, and prints that all ask the question: “What does space mean?” Villanueva utilizes archaeological sites and material history to create installations that explore space as a metaphor. Through this, he creates landscapes of abstract forms that become interventions into existing architecture.

As a rising artist, Josh Weissbach has explored space and landscape through 16mm experimental filmmaking, which has focused on the uncanny of lived environments. Weissbach’s fascination with 16mm comes from his ability to change the material strip utilizing hand-processing and optical printers. His most recent film projects have focused on natural spaces and timeless landscapes presented in the digital realm.

Tim Stoelting is a visual and graphic artist who has devoted his practice to subverting and inverting standardized systems. He examines how people view and interact with space and objects and how changing objects can bring awareness to their function and design. Stoelting’s recent work includes distilling a room to its basic form, Ikea drawings, and the deconstruction of iPhones into schematics.

As an architect and furniture designer, Ray Chi has been enveloped in the exploration of work and play in search of the connections between rigor and whimsy. He hopes that his objects will encourage play and become a “vehicle…to transcend our real world preconceptions.” His new interests involve playgrounds in Europe and the Netherlands and creating public sculptures in Milwaukee.

The experimental group Special Entertainment has delved into the relationship between entertainment, art, and laughter. Through bypassing Hollywood’s monopoly on cinematic production, this group focuses on reconfiguring the film’s narrative into a spatial media experience. Their recent work, Hamlet A.D.D., included premieres and screenings at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and New York and online webisodes.

Sheila Held has devoted her artistic endeavors to the historic tradition of tapestry making, which, according to Held, thwarts ephemerality through its time consuming process. In many of her recent work, such as Homo Ludens and Eros and Thanatos, she searches to address points where magic, science, religion, art and nature intersect. Currently, Held is working on her series Women and Water.