Most exhibitions have one good run, then they're done. Indeed, many last just one night or one weekend and pass into the annals of artistic happenings, sequestered to a section rarely visited. But a few have more staying power than your grandmother's fruitcake, while managing to refresh themselves year after year—something which granny's edible brick o' candied goodness cannot do.
And so it is that Indiana Green, brainchild of artist Frank Juarez, will rank among the steadfast by bringing an artsy experience to the fine city of Sheboygan, Wisconsin for a third year—this time hosted in Juarez's own gallery EFFJAY PROJEKTS.
Co-curated by Juarez and Melissa Dorn Richards—Director of Cultural & Alumni Relations at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) and former Executive Director of Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN)—Indiana Green 2012 presents the work of 18 regional artists: Pamela Anderson, Brandon Bauer, Daniel Fleming, Jenie Gao, Frank Juarez, AC Klein, Dale Knaak, Tiffany Knopow, Mary Overman, Melissa Dorn Richards, Sara Risley, Rafael Francisco Salas, Jessica Z Schafer, Leah Schreiber, Becky Tesch, Christopher Willey, William Zuback, and Steve White. Whoa doggies, that's a whole lotta artists, no? Yes!
Of particular interest to audiophiles—you know who you are—is a piece created by Milwaukee composer/sound designer/musician Steve White. According to Juarez:
"This is the first time that Melissa & I invited a Milwaukee composer into the mix of artists. Steve approached me with an idea that could not be resisted. The idea was to create music to a specific work of art that he was attracted to visually. The music that he would compose would be heard through some type of sound box that would be installed in front of this so called piece. When the viewer stands underneath this sound box, then he/she would listed to Steve's interpretation. When you step away from the sound box, then you would not be able to hear the music, which would be looped."
In the end, White created music for Becky Tesch's "Chain" sculpture, which hangs from the 8 foot ceiling. To get a taste of White's work, go to his SoundCloud page. The samples there are quite impressive and varied. I'm especially enamored with his "First Movement" through "Seventh Movement" pieces, all of which have an uncluttered yet challenging appeal that I lurv so good, so it's definitely work the click, kids.
Okay, so Indiana Green kicks off with an artists' reception on April 21 from 5 to 8pm at EFFJAY PROJEKTS Gallery, 604 Erie Avenue, Lower Level, in Sheboygan. Added bonus: The artists will give a talk starting at 6pm. The exhibit runs until May 19, 2012.
For more information on all the participating artists, go here.