Abel Contemporary Gallery Exhibitions – Isthmus

Press release : April 15-May 29, 2022, Abel Contemporary Gallery presents Ryan Myers, Outlandish: Group Show, and in no. 5: Aris Georgiades –Feed

Opening Friday, April 155-8 p.m. open to the public.

Live Artist Talk: Aris Georgiades – Saturday, April 23, 1 p.m. CDT

Virtual Artist Talk: Ryan Myers – Thursday, May 5 at 5 p.m. CDT on abelcontemporary.com and facebook.com/AbelContemporary.

This online event will include: a video presentation of the exhibition installed in the gallery, a conversation with the artist about his work and Q&A with the public. Streamed via Facebook live and available on our website, the recorded video will also be available for viewing after the event is over.

Ryan Myers: About the face

Inspired by the ancient works of the Aztecs and Incas as well as cartoons and superheroes, Ryan Myers creates vessels and sculptures inspired by the human figure. Although most of his works have no specific function, many of his pieces are functional or semi-functional. Currently residing in Madison, WI, Myers earned a BS in Art Education, as well as a BFA from Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has taught at Madison College, Madison, WI and has given numerous lectures and workshops focusing on wood firing and hand building techniques.

Weird: Collective exhibition

Natural observation often plays a key role in artistic practices ranging from veristic renderings to whimsical interpretations. As its title suggests, this group exhibition presents works in a variety of media that reference the natural world and interpret it in surreal, strange or atypical ways. This process of transforming the familiar into extraordinary or extraterrestrial visions allows the artist and viewer to explore aspects of the world around us in new and unexpected ways. Artists in this exhibition include: Carol Chase Bjerke, Seth Clark, Mary Fischer, Martha Glowacki, Rain Harris, Richard Jones, Ann Orlowski, Rachelle Miller, Mike Rebholz, Barry Roal Carlsen, Andy Rubin, Lori Schappe-Youens, Paula Schuette Kraemer , Gregory Schulte and Allan Servoss.

In no. 5: Aris GeorgiadesFeed

Aris Georgiades’ sculpture is founded on the ideals of craftsmanship, humor and beauty. Working with wood, metal and recycled materials, Georgiades’ work addresses issues ranging from male identity, labor economics to the changing American landscape in a post-industrial economy, highlighting the contrast between permanent and disposable materials in an architectural context. Georgiades holds a BFA from the University of Michigan and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently Professor of Art/Sculpture at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally and has been featured in publications such as Art in America, Sculpture Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune.

Shows open online Saturday, April 16 at 10 a.m. CDT

Julia P. Cluff