Artist & Gallery News

CONSTRUCTS Wallace Bowling

Wantoot welcomes new artist Wallace Bowling. A show of his current work opens Saturday, October 20, coinciding with the driftless area’s annual Fall Art Tour. 

Cigar Boxes provide the three dimensional canvas for many of the mixed-media sculptures in the show. Found industrial artifacts are used to reinforce or compliment the message of the piece.

 

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Labeled “constructs,” the pieces intentionally focus on the action of viewing an image or object. 

Minor details, as the direction a particular piece opens, dictate the viewer’s interface. 

Wallace notes, “Some constructs evoke a tinge of pleasure while others may create a distinct uneasiness.  One’s emotions are heightened by this channeled participation.  Hence the viewer becomes an intimate part of the piece.”

 

 

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CONSTRUCTS could be construed as a culmination of Wallace’s formal education as an Architect, his love of historic artifacts, his innate artistic ability, and his long-term work as a gallerist in Chicago, alongside partner Douglas Dawson.  Dawson comments, "…In many cases the conceptual ‘seed’ for the box was a surreptitious marriage of found object with box – one physically fitting perfectly with the other, then later suggesting the story.”

 

 

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CONSTRUCTS opens at Wantoot’s Mineral Point Gallery on Saturday, October 20, and runs through November 25, 2018. 

Sandra Peterson Receives 2017 Gottlieb Foundation Grant

We’re delighted to share the news that Sandra Peterson has been selected to receive an Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant for 2017. This award is given to 12 artists each year in recognition of the quality of each artist’s work and the artist’s dedication to their work over a period of many years.

The artists for this year’s awards were selected from nearly 400 applicants. Art was chosen for the award by a panel of five advisors, each of whom is either a working artist or a professional curator or critic.

“dog with botanyII” 48”x40” oil on canvas

Wantoot is celebrating Sandra’s grant by hosting a show of some of her most recent work. The show opens on June 3, during Galley Night. Meet Sandra between 5:00 - 8:00pm during the opening reception at Wantoot Gallery.

The Gottlieb Foundation is named after Adolph Gottlieb, who began his career as an artist in New York in the 1920s. He became one of the small group of artists who initiated the movement known as Abstract Expressionism, and achieved artistic and financial success far beyond his early expectations.

“mighty tree” 20”x16” oil on canvas

The foundation has been operating since 1976 with two main purposes. They offer grants to individual visual artists through two programs: an annual Individual Support Grant and a separate program to assist visual artists in cases of catastrophic events through an Emergency Grant program. They also maintain an archive on the art and life of Adolph Gottlieb and organize exhibitions of his art and that of others.

Over the course of his life Gottlieb had several friends and colleagues who, despite their artistic achievements, were not able to support themselves either through the sale of their art or through teaching or related work. Adolph and his wife Esther were known among their friends as people who would help out when times were hard or when someone was in serious need.

You can learn more about the Gottlieb Fountain and about the art of Adolph Gottlieb at gottliebfoundation.org.

 

Cindy Taylor: New Earth/Alternate Versions

While Cindy Taylor has worked in a variety of mediums over her career, she finds oil is ideal for her current work. She has always been drawn to the organic, natural forms found in nature, and she studies plant and flower forms and how they change with the seasons.

Her paintings begin with a rough idea and frequently change during the process. Organic subjects ultimately move in a motion of “growing up.”

The title of this show, “New Earth,” was the title of her first painting that evolved through the synergism of Cindy’s imagination, and forms found in nature. The subsequent artworks are different versions of the original concept.

Cindy says it best: ”These are oil paintings of abstract landscapes, containing colorful organic forms, growing wildly in a vast array of strange configurations."

“New Earth/Alternate Versions” consists of 20 works of oil on canvas in various sizes, with frames by the artist. It opens Saturday, April 1, during Mineral Point's Gallery Night. Meet Cindy at the opening reception from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. The show runs through Thursday, April 27 at Wantoot Gallery in Mineral Point.

"Oh, Joyous Spring," 20" x 30"

"Oh, Joyous Spring" 20" x 30"

 

"Garden In the Deep" 24" x 24"

"Garden In the Deep" 24" x 24"

 

"Composition With White" 16" x 20"

"Composition With White" 16" x 20" 

 

"Lodestars And Polestars" 14" x 14"

"Lodestars And Polestars" 14" x 14"

 

FIELDS: New work by Michael Costanza

Illinois artist Michael Costanza returns to Wantoot Gallery on Saturday, December 3, 5:00pm - 8:00pm, for the opening of FIELDS: An Exploration Into The Immediate and Automatic Act of Mark-making. Wantoot patrons know Michael for his complex college compositions that weave multiple story lines. Michael was on hand for Wantoot’s gallery grand opening in 2012, and returned a few years later to create and host a 5 piece presentation for SLOW ART DAY.

"Dirt Cloud"-- An example of Michael's earlier collage.

 Michael’s show FIELDS is his first exploration into the immediate and automatic act of mark-making, treating each picture plane as a field on which to make the mark. Just as games are played on fields, this body of work consists of a variety of art games where a rule or set of rules were created and followed to execute the work. Occasionally, rules may have been broken to make the piece work.

 

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As the body of work continued to grow, themes and representation began to transpire from the automatic marks. Certain marks began taking on representational meaning: the sights and sounds of water, waves, streams, land, grass, dirt, mountains and natures’s textures became the most prevalently used. With these thematic attachments transpiring, the images then developed a distant relationship with ancient, writing systems such as hieroglyphs and aa variety of other pictographic scripts.

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FIELDS  features over 17 artworks ranging in size from 5" x 5" to 24" x 36". 

 

Brian and Ralph

In an effort to showcase the talent and skills of one of our artists, we asked Mineral Point artist Brian Stuart if he would start a painting in our gallery, during the recent Fall Art Tour in mid- October. Brian thought the idea was wonderful. With the exception of an occasional trip outdoors to paint en plein air, Brian normally paints indoors in his studio, and usually in solitude. And although he frequently paints still lifes, he might be most passionate about portraiture. So he chose to start a portrait in our very public gallery space, during the busy Fall Art Tour.

Who to paint? Brian wanted a distinguished face. Someone who might be recognizable to “Pointers” as they stopped-in or strolled by, would only be a plus. A Mineral Point artist, well known to us as Laura Cisler, happened to have a father who was a retired businessman; a nonagenarian, and who later in life, fell in love with painting. Enter Ralph Martin. When asked by his daughter if he would like to sit for a portrait--in a gallery--his answer was yes!

Ralph sat for Brian on the busy Fall Art Tour Saturday, and again on Sunday. He took the crowded gallery, noise and activity all in stride. He returned the following two weekends to sit for few more hours each day.  During all this time Brian and Ralph struck-up something more than a painter-subject banter. Ralph soaked-up Brian’s on-going explanation of technique and methodology with the zeal of a young student. Their time together was not only special for them--it was touching to everyone got a glimpse of their rich connection.

Brian Stuart is unveiling Ralph Martin’s portrait at Wantoot on Saturday, December 5 at 1:00 pm. It will be on display in the gallery through December.