Artist Sergei Isupov Flirts with the Uncanny
Sculptor is the focus at Racine Art Museum
Sergei Isupovâs 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 Isupovâs 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 Isupovâs unsettling faces, is it because you just saw your reflection?
Racine Art Museumâs âCollection Focus: Sergei Isupovâ opens Sunday, Feb. 23, and will be on display until June 8.
âArt from the Ashes: Finding Light in the Shadow of the Shoahâ
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. âTo comprehend a nectar requires sorest need,â noted Emily Dickinson. âArt from the Ashesâ 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 UWMâs special collections. The works will be on display until May 30.
âArtists Now: Sandra de la LozaâArt as a Living Practiceâ
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.