Escape Routes

October 2, 2016 — January 20, 2017

Ethan Murrow, Wanderer Above Sea of Fog, 2013; graphite on paper; 36 x 36 in. Courtesy of the artist and Winston Wächter Gallery, NY. Photo: Stewart Clements.

Russell Crotty, Outpost Two, 2014; ink, acrylic, plastic, bio-resin, fiberglass on paper; 55 x 55 x 2 3/4 in. Courtesy of Shoshana Wayne Gallery, CA. Photo: Gene Ogami.

Alexander Brodsky and Ilya Utkin, Diomede I (Traveler's Bridge), 1989-90; etching; 42 x 31 in. Courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, NY. Photo: D. James Dee.

Dan Miller, untitled (212), 2015; acrylic and ink on paper; 30 x 44 1/4 in. Courtesy of the artist and Creative Growth, CA.

Andrea Joyce Heimer, I Know That You Are Not Here To Stay But Take Me With You When You Go, 2015; Acrylic/pencil on wood;18 x 24 in. Courtesy of the artist and Parlor Gallery, NJ.

Robin Kang, Phantasmatic Data Dawn, 2015; cotton, synthetic yarn, wool, metal; 98 x 56 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Alexis Rockman, Bronx Zoo, 2012-13; Oil on Wood; 84 x 168 in. Courtesy of the artist and Sperone Westwater Gallery, NY.

Laurent Chéhère (France), Rue Disparue/Lost street, 2015; c-print, 47.2 x 47.2 in. Courtesy of the artist and Muriel Guepin, NY.

Cole Caswell. Old Man Work Trade, The Mountain, NC, 2015; tintype; 8 x 10 in. Courtesy of the artist.


Explore the impulse to get away from it all through works of contemporary art including photography, sculpture, video, paintings, and drawings.

This series of five original exhibitions takes visitors along various routes the artists have chosen as their means of eluding the pressures and anxieties of 21st-century living. Going off the grid lures some. Some create portals to other realities or shift their attention to inventing fantastical worlds. Still others flee the burdensome present through mind-consuming, highly detailed processes.

Participating artists include: Emery Blagdon (1907–1986), Alexander Brodsky and Ilya Utkin (Russia), Cole Caswell (ME), Laurent Chéhère (France), Justin Cooper (NY), Russell Crotty (CA), Hiroyuki Doi (Japan), Andrea Joyce Heimer (WA), Hipkiss (France), Patrick Jacobs (NY), Robin Kang (NY), Jed Lind (CA), Theo Michael (Mexico), Dan Miller (CA), Ethan Murrow (MA), Melvin Edward Nelson (1908–1992), Stas Orlovski (CA), Alexis Rockman (NY), and Hiraki Sawa (England).

Our gratitude is extended to The Frank G. and Frieda K. Brotz Family Foundation, the West Foundation, Sargento Foods Inc., and the Herzfeld Foundation for major support of this exhibition and to the Wisconsin Arts Board, with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding also was provided by the members of the Exhibitions & Collections Giving Circle. In addition, Arts Center programs are made possible by the generous support of its members.