Living Rooms

January 17, 2016 — July 24, 2016

Brent Budsberg and Shana McCaw


2009 mixed media; 36 x 36 x 36 in
Courtesy of the artists

Beth Lipman


2014 glass; 45 x 54 x 30 in
Courtesy of the artist

Beth Lipman

Distill No. 3

2016 brass; 7 1/2 x 7 1/4 x 5 in.
John Michael Kohler Arts Center Collection, gift of the artist

Installation view of works by Michelle Grabner in Living Rooms at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2016.

Installation view of Living Rooms at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2016. (Left to right) Brent Budsberg and Shana McCaw, Reaction, 2009; mixed media; 36 x 36 x 36 in. Counterweight, 2010; mixed media; 96 x 96 x 72 in. Courtesy of the artists.

Michelle Grabner

Untitled (detail)

2015 oil on gesso on burlap on panel; 24 x 48 in
Courtesy of the artist and The Green Gallery, WI.

Ideas of the home or notions of domestic life are central to the artistic investigations featured in this exhibition. Milwaukee artists Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg have collaborated since 2001 in sculpture, performance, and site-specific installation, and most recently with photography and video. A nineteenth-century Midwestern farmhouse, depicted in unlikely or impossible scenarios, has emerged as a central character in their work. Through it, they examine the psychology of place, ancestral memory, and the passage of time. Michelle Grabner, also Milwaukee-based, explores ideals of orderliness and routine through patterns she identifies in her domestic environment. She translates the compositions found in crocheted blankets, paper toweling, and gingham fabric into abstract paintings and larger-than-life sculptural works. Sheboygan-based Beth Lipman explores the symbolism of seventeenth-century still-life paintings through sculpture and photography. Included in this exhibition are glass re-creations of a life-size crib and cradle embodying the fragility of life.

Our gratitude is extended to The Frank G. and Frieda K. Brotz Family 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.