The UIS Visual Arts Gallery is pleased to present “Pleasure Comes in Halves,” a mixed-media installation by Milwaukee-based artist Thaddeus Kellstadt. The exhibition, featuring painting, sculpture, and video, will open on Monday, January 14, and run through Thursday, February 14. A reception for the exhibit will take place on Thursday, January 24, from 5:30 to 8:00 PM.
Thaddeus arrived at the start of the new year for a two-week stay that will allow him to develop new work on-site for this exhibit. He has been the UIS Visual Arts gallery as a studio while gathering materials for his work from various sources throughout our community. He has been staying at the Enos Park Residency for Visual Artists, creating a nice synergy for community arts.
Of his work, Thaddeus says, “The structures I paint on are made primarily out of discarded wood. I pick through this discarded wood, to pull out the interesting shapes and forms. There is a lot of collecting in my process. I visit thrift stores looking for wooden animals, bowls and bric-a-brac to cut and fit into my structures. Collecting and reformation are vital parts of my work, and allow me create wonderful problems for myself with what I find. Constructing the forms is a cross between playing with building blocks and fitting together a puzzle. The process is a negotiation between my aspirations and the stubborn nature of the forms. Each step of the construction informs the next, with color being my ultimate instrument and negotiator.”
Thaddeus Kellstadt has shown nationally and internationally at a variety of venues including Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA; Secret Project Robot, NYC; Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL; High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, CA; DEMO Project, Springfield, IL; Alice Gallery, Brussels, BE; Cell Project Space, London, UK; SPACE, Pittsburgh, PA; Contemporary Art Museum & Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC; The Ski Club, Milwaukee, WI. and screened work at The MCA, Chicago, IL; PDX Film Festival, Portland, OR; CPHDOX, Copenhagen, DK and The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA.
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