Two New Exhibits Open at Tory Folliard
Art of the wilderness (and the edge of the world)
Trent Miller’s exhibition makes a humble request: “Meet Me at the Edge of the World.” Miller is already a step ahead when it comes to breaking out of the artistic mainstream, seeing as he uses Emery Blagdon’s Healing Machine as a visual point of departure. Outsider artist extraordinaire, Blagdon spent 36 years putting together more than 400 paintings, baroque wire mobiles and found items into a surreal, shed-sized installation that he believed to have curative powers. Miller favors similarly carnival-esque colors and hypnotic structures.
Representation versus abstraction, soothing versus invigorating, earth tones versus hues not on Mother Nature’s palette: these two exhibitions may diverge on a number of scores, but the contraries are always complementary.
“How to Make a Photography Book and Get it Published” by Carl Corey
Alverno College Conference Center
3400 S. 43rd St.
Back in May 2013, the Chicago Sun-Times sent its 28 staff photographers to the breadlines. Thought being: just have the reporters snap the required shots with their iPhones. Despite the darkened flash bulbs, the move illuminated a newfound cultural situation in which we pocket professional photographic technology on a daily basis. But the publishing business has yet to catch up with this democratization of the photographer. Accordingly, Carl Corey’s timely presentation can help all you would-be shutterbugs go pro. Admission is paid via PayPal, costs between $25 and $35, and—no—cannot be charged against future royalties.
“I am Milwaukee Home”
Art Is For Lovers Gallery
2228 N. Martin Luther King Drive
“I Am Milwaukee Home” is a collaboration between 25 local photographers and online music magazine amfm (amfm-mag.com). The magazine commissioned the photographers to snap shots of the various neighborhoods they call home. The result is a free one-night exhibition from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, May 30, which showcases the varied faces and topographies of a city whose diversity has been historically masked by de facto segregation.