Made and Connected explores the role family plays in instilling a creative spirit through the work of father and daughter artists Garry Noland and Peggy Noland.
Although working from different vantage points and in different studio spaces, Garry and Peggy credit each other for nurturing art making and the creative processes they pursue. And, although their processes differ, both are interested in the space in between—those areas in which there is uncertainty, awkwardness, curiosity, and most importantly, where there is room for interaction and connection.
For Made and Connected, each was provided with the parameters of a ten-by-forty-foot frame within which they pay tribute to the creative process in their own way, using their individual visual vocabulary. The result is an immersive, visual conversation between father and daughter. Garry’s installation resembles a puzzle or riddle with clues of shape, smoothness, roughness, sheen, and contour. Peggy opted to depict a utopian cityscape replete with fun house-like buildings and highly imaginative characters.
This exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding was also provided by the Kohler Trust for the Arts and Education, Kohler Foundation, Inc., and the Frederic Cornell Kohler Charitable Trust. The Arts Center thanks its many members for their support of exhibitions and programs through the year.