New at the Delafield Art Center
Opening reception for Michael Mercado and Chuck Weber
The self-explanatorily titled exhibition âMichael Mercado: Recent Works, Paintings and Sculpturesâ belies an unusual approach to the creative process. âThese works crept up on me,â explains Mercado. âThere was no prep work and, with one exception, no sketches. I havenât worked this way in the past. These specters werenât allowed to surface in my art. But they insisted this time, so I decided to ride it out.â By his own account, the emotional and personal nature of these works made Mercado hesitant to display them. Yet his heart and soul will be on the walls along with the rest of the exhibition until Aug. 23.
The task described by the exhibition title âChuck Weber: 100 Paintingsâ100 Daysâ may give rise to concerns about the quality of such hastily completed works. But Weber waxes philosophical about the challenge: âDoing one a day isnât a gimmick. Itâs a warm-upâŠ much the same as you would loosen up before exercising. They are a way of disciplining the artist to simplify, to be spontaneous and to âlimber upâ the eye before tackling larger studio works.â The verve and assuredness of these âwarm-upsâ will have you repentant for ever doubting Weberâs prowess.
224 E. Main St., Port Washington
Port Washingtonâs Gallery 224 is notable not only for its superb marina view, but also for its recently established artist-in-residency program: Gallery 224 Studios. Resident artists are given studio space in the newly refurbished Boerner Mercantile Building and the public is given the opportunity to watch them in action on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. âPlayful Provocationsâ (Aug. 1-31) emerges from these very studios. The opening reception takes place from 5-7 p.m. on Aug. 1, and is punctuated by a 6 p.m. gallery talk.
âWeird Scenes From Inside the Fairâ
2622 N. Wauwatosa Ave.
Pop artist, surrealist and Racine-extract Jeff Sadowski is set to unleash an exhibitionâs worth of canvasses at Gallery 2622. Despite its putative âweirdness,â surrealism has always relished impeccable technique, which is one of the factors that make its representative works so sur (i.e. âbeyond,â âaboveâ) the real. Sadowski has both the masterful brush and skewed view that makes, for example, Salvador DalĂ of enduring interest. The weirdness begins with a reception on Aug. 1, from 6-9 p.m.