PostMadison at Arts + Literature Laboratory
February 23 – April 6, 2019
Madison’s creative community has rarely been as strong as it is right now. There are several reasons for this vibrancy, but one major factor is, of course, UW-Madison and its arts programs, which include the visual arts, performing arts, media arts, dance, music, and a seemingly endless array of ways to gain exposure to world-class artists and their work. The three-year-old Arts + Literature Laboratory (where I serve on the Board) is another one of the major factors contributing to the vitality of the arts in the area, and this exhibition is a good introduction.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a rich history of artistic practice, invention, and education. Drawn here by one of the country’s top ranked university art programs, scores of new students call Madison home every year. And then, they depart, pulled out into the world by opportunity and vision. But no one ever leaves Madison completely behind. In a progressive town with a restless energy, students are easily drawn in to numerous pursuits, they add to the richness of the community and they leave something of themselves behind.
Postmadison is an invitational show that brings four graduates of the UW art program together in a place that was foundational to their development: Anna Campbell, MFA 2006 (Madison); Joey Fauerso, MFA 2001 (San Antonio, TX); Chris Walla, MFA 2003 (Moorhead, MN); and Kristof Wickman, BFA 2007 (NYC). We connect with these artists to see where their art practices have taken them, how their recent work informs each other and how we might glimpse a common thread of Madison’s influence.
An opening reception will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019, 7-9pm. The exhibition will be on view at ALL through April 6, 2019. Gallery hours are Thursday-Friday 12-4pm, Saturday 11am-3pm, and by appointment.