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Escape Routes

October 2, 2016 — January 20, 2017
 
 

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.