January 17 - March 13
Helen Hyde and the Japanese Print Tradition
This exhibition features prints by Helen Hyde, the first western female artist to study the rigorous printmaking techniques of Japan; two of her acolytes, Bertha Lum and Lilian May Miller; and traditional Japanese prints by Ukiyo-e and Shin hanga artists like Hiroshige. Curated by Christa Story, Collections Manager and Exhibitions Coordinator at the Wright Museum of Art, the exquisite prints on view are drawn from both the Lawrence University and Beloit College art collections.
Hoffmaster and Kohler Galleries:
Milwaukee-based artist and filmmaker Maeve Jackson will present new photography, sculpture, and video work, including a two-channel projection piece. Based in part on a recent residency at Hotel Pupik in Austria, Maeve’s exhibition will explore nomadic and temporary ways of inhabiting a landscape from specifically feminine and rural perspectives. She has shown her work around the Upper Midwest and at film festivals in the US and Europe.
Artist statement: As an emerging artist, my process begins as an observer that works in the mediums of photography and video. My work is a meditation on the self-critical internal voices of young women in the 21st century. In my short film, “the beautiful”, a young woman removes the fabric her head, provoking questions of identity and culture. “The Tertiary of a Women”, is a poetic video performance showing a woman leveling glasses of milk from an above perspective. Each decision symbolizing how she makes choices in her own life to keep it all balanced. As the audience, we watch from a different perspective and begin to criticize her decisions while she herself is a critic of her own decisions.
Currently, I am developing a new body of work for a solo exhibition at Lawrence University that stems from work I created while at a recent residency in Austria. The work is based around the nomadic sensibility of women inhabiting landscape. The idea of temporary settling is highlighted in the de-constructible screens for the two channel projection of “Hotel Pupik”. A sculpture that consists of a television and wheel barrel hints to the transportation of objects and the idea that the medium of video can be experienced anywhere. Paired with a photograph series of women tending to the landscape are displayed in frames that mimic slides and a box that are used for portable honeybee hives emphasizing the ability to pack up and go.