Artist Sergei Isupov Flirts with the Uncanny
Sculptor is the focus at Racine Art Museum
Sergei Isupovâ€™s unmistakable technical mastery allows him to flirt with the uncanny by adding a tasteful pinch of the grotesque into his clay sculptures. Humans and animals merge bodies. Physical features are compressed and flattened. Appendages abound in uncommon multiples and locations. All this makes sense in light of Isupovâ€™s express intent to explore the human condition. How better to evoke existential constriction than the flattening and elongating of bodily features? If you find yourself grimacing before Isupovâ€™s unsettling faces, is it because you just saw your reflection?
Racine Art Museumâ€™s â€śCollection Focus: Sergei Isupovâ€ť opens Sunday, Feb. 23, and will be on display until June 8.
â€śArt from the Ashes: Finding Light in the Shadow of the Shoahâ€ť
Golda Meir Library @ UW-Milwaukee
2311 E. Hartford Ave.
It seems paradoxical that beautiful art originates in the most horrific of circumstances. And yet mushrooms burst forth from excrement and humans surrounded by ugliness bring forth beauty. â€śTo comprehend a nectar requires sorest need,â€ť noted Emily Dickinson. â€śArt from the Ashesâ€ť presents the works of Bay-area artist Helene Fischman created while working in the remains of former concentration camps. The art, conceived as an homage to the victims of the Holocaust, will be presented alongside World War II artifacts held by UWMâ€™s special collections. The works will be on display until May 30.
â€śArtists Now: Sandra de la Lozaâ€”Art as a Living Practiceâ€ť
Arts Center Lecture Hall, Room 120
2400 E. Kenwood Blvd.
In his eleventh thesis on Feurbach, Karl Marx upbraided philosophers for overlooking the fact that they should not merely interpret the world, but seek to change it. Sandra de la Loza is an artist who strives, not merely to represent the world, but to change it. Her photographs, silkscreen prints and other creations draw attention to power relations in contemporary social, political and cultural landscapes. De la Loza will be giving a performative lecture at UWM at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 26.