Forming Function

Art Series Part Two:

With Two Exhibitions:  

Building Dreams:  

Art of Architecture and Invention

and

“Now Make the Dry Bones Live”:  

The Finer Magic of Louis Sullivan

Galaudet Gallery’s second year of their Forming Function art exhibit series has two exhibits.  One exhibit is in their Eau Claire, Wisconsin space and is called Building Dreams:  Art of Architecture and Invention.  The second exhibit is in the Chicago space and is called "Now Make the Dry Bones Live":  The Finer Magic of Louis Sullivan.   Both these exhibits celebrate the second Chicago Architecture Biennial and the respective towns they are shown in.

Eau Claire, Wisconsin Inventor Featured:

Building Dreams:  Art of Architecture and Invention features Eau Clairian A.E. White’s patented inventions made into art works; Wisconsin and especially Eau Claire Architecture and other inventions and architecture.  The dual themes of architecture and invention play off each other in the three main rooms of the gallery.  In the Tower Room, White's Inventions are presented in the primary images submitted for his patent applications along with the Inns of Wisconsin hand colored lithographs and other inventions.  In the Bay Room White's inventions show more than one page of the images and parts of the patent narratives along with an actual piece made by A.E. White Machine Works here in Eau Claire that sits by the patent that envisioned it.  In the Studio room see Mike and Vicki's continuation of their award winning TIPI 2.o housing idea for low cost housing along with other ideas riffing on the theme of this exhibit.  Galaudet Gallery is also offering Guided Tours of their first floor space in the 1892 Historic Victorian Mansion in downtown Eau Claire which will include information about A.E. White and his many patented inventions.   So stop in for some inventive art inspired by Architecture and Inventions called Building Dreams:  Art of Architecture and Invention September 23 thru October 28, 2017 at Galaudet Gallery, 618 S. Farwell, Eau Claire, WI.

 

New Jewelry for the Eau Claire exhibit:

Building Dreams will also bring in new jewelry that is architecturally inspired.  Jewelry artists from around the corner and a little further used Galaudet Gallery's building as inspiration focusing on elements like our stained glass window, the wood beading on the door moldings and other ideas.  They also used the time period of 1905--1925 (when A.E. White was most prolific in his inventions) as a springboard for some art deco/ jazz age inspired pieces and pieces that have been inspired by White's inventions.  And they looked to architecture in general to make statement pieces that are as beautiful as they are unique.  Some of the pieces are still being fashioned so stop in any time to see what just came in and get inspired for your own jewelry creations or support these great artists with a purchase.    Using these inspirations has produced some really great and fun jewelry that is all One of a Kind.  Our 30 day return policy can be lengthened if you are purchasing any item for Holiday gift giving, just let us know.

 

Our Chicago Gallery's focus is Louis Sullivan:

"Now Make the Dry Bones Live":  The Finer Magic of Louis Sullivan will delve deeper into Vicki Milewski's Hunting with Louis Sullivan art collection which contains artistic collaborations between Sullivan and Milewski as she continues her work of elucidating and bringing Sullivan's ideas into the 21st Century.  The title for this exhibit comes from a handwritten note Sullivan made to himself as he worked on his philosophical drawings, "Now make these dry bones live" referencing Ralph Waldo Emerson's famous insistence that we should not be left with the dry bones of past civilizations but should recognize our lives can have revelations, visions and more that past people had.  Large scale installations, watercolor works and artist books will be on display as Milewski shows Sullivan as a 21st Century thinker whose line of thought needs to be injected into the discourses we are having today about art and architecture.

 

Both of these art exhibits build upon the work Galaudet Gallery has done in bringing attention to past thinkers, architectural wonders and new perspectives on art that the sibling co-owners Mike Milewski and Vicki Milewski have become famous for.

 

Forming Function Part Two list of events:

All events are free and open to the public

Opening Receptions:

 

9/14/2017

"Now Make the Dry Bones Live":  The Finer Magic of Louis Sullivan

5pm—7pm Galaudet Gallery 2223 West Hubbard Chicago, IL

 

9/23/2017

Building Dreams:  Art of Architecture and Invention

3pm—8pm Galaudet Gallery 618 South Farwell Eau Claire, WI

 

 

9/15/2017

Artist Talk

"Now Make the Dry Bones Live":  The Finer Magic of Louis Sullivan

7pm

7pm  Galaudet Gallery 2223 West Hubbard Chicago, IL

10/21/2017

Aritst Talk

Artist Books:  A New Way to Read

6:30pm

6:30pm  Galaudet Gallery 618 South Farwell Eau Claire, WI

 

Building and Exhibit Tours:

 

9/23 /2017

Building Dreams:  Art of Architecture and Invention

Building and Exhibit Tour 

3pm

3pm—8pm Galaudet Gallery 618 South Farwell Eau Claire, WI

 

9/24 /2017​

Building Dreams:  Art of Architecture and Invention

Building and Exhibit Tour 

2pm

3pm—8pm Galaudet Gallery 618 South Farwell Eau Claire, WI

 

Other Building Dreams Tour Dates:

 

November 4, 2017       Building Tour at 3pm

 

November 5, 2017       Building Tour at 2pm

 

and sometimes if the tour guide Mike is here and available he might be able to give you a tour just ask us.

Impromptu:  

Corresponding Sympathies of the Heart

Watercolor and Pencil by  Vicki Milewski

Design by  Louis Sullivan

A.E. White patent for a Knob Attachment

Invention and patent by A. E. White

Colorization by Vicki Milewski

Impromptu:  

Corresponding Sympathies of the Heart

Watercolor and Pencil by  Vicki Milewski

Design by  Louis Sullivan

The Wheel:  Auditorium Building Windows

Design by  Louis Sullivan

Photo Montage by Vicki Milewski

"Now Make the Dry Bones Live":  

The Finer Magic of Louis Sullivan

Exhibit at Galaudet Gallery

 

Galaudet Gallery will host the exhibit "Now Make the Dry Bones Live":  The Finer Magic of Louis Sullivan which explores 21st Century connections between Sullivan's A System of Architectural Ornament According with a Philosophy of Man's Powers, his egalitarian ideas about society which he proposed would mirror nature and his philosophy about the function of culture, art and architecture with  the 21st Century art of Vicki Milewski  an abstract experientialist who challenges the boundaries of canvas, film, paper, words and music; her mixing of mediums in artworks and in compelling art collections which pursue experiences expressing the healing potential of nature and her egalitarian philosophy of society founded in her belief of the sacredness of all life.  

"Now Make the Dry Bones Live":  The Finer Magic of Louis Sullivan will delve deeper into Vicki Milewski's Hunting with Louis Sullivan art collection which contains artistic collaborations between Sullivan and Milewski as she continues her work of elucidating and bringing Sullivan's ideas into the 21st Century.  The title for this exhibit comes from a handwritten note Sullivan made to himself as he worked on his philosophical drawings, "Now make these dry bones live" referencing Ralph Waldo Emerson's famous insistence that we should not be left with the dry bones of past civilizations but should recognize our lives can have revelations, visions and more that past people had.  Large scale installations, watercolor works and artist books will be on display as Milewski shows Sullivan as a 21st Century thinker whose line of thought needs to be injected into the discourses we are having today about art and architecture.

 

Milewski and Sullivan’s individual works often make precise references to sites, history, metaphysics and the meaning of communal living with both of these artists believing in new technologies but not at the cost of meaningful everyday experiences for everyone.   Sullivan influenced “The Chicago School” which was the first Chicago school of which Milewski now contends the “Third Chicago School” is beginning with an interleaving of artists and architects who share Sullivan's metaphysical philosophy about the real function of art and architecture and the true reality of a democracy that respects all living things as equals.  Works by Louis Sullivan and Vicki Milewski’s art collection Hunting with Louis Sullivan, comprised of large scale works that are inspired by Sullivan with some integrating Sullivan’s drawings and ideas, will be the main exhibition focus.

 

Parallel Axes:

Mystical Trails to Hike On

Watercolor and Pencil by Vicki Milewski

Design by  Louis Sullivan

 

The 21st Century
Arts and Crafts Movement
and
The Third Chicago School

 

The Revitalization of the Arts and Crafts Movement and the beginning of the Third Chicago School is explored in these two exhibitions and their corresponding tours and lecture series.  

 

The Arts and Crafts Movement began in the mid 1800's out of an increased awareness that the industrial age was creating a new social order and approach to art making.  Now the 21st Century presents its technological conundrum as virtual realities and e-living is changing the nature of social structures and ways of making art. Galaudet Gallery explores facets of the original Arts and Crafts Movement with the purpose to create awareness of these changes and ensure our artistic legacy and future not be undermined or lost. 

 

Another inspiration for these two exhibits is “The Chicago School” which originated with Chicago Architects like Louis Sullivan during the turn of the 20th Century.   Starting in the 1950's throughout the 1970's Chicago had "The Second Chicago School" of architects.   Both these schools promoted new technologies and construction methods that worked with the art of their given times and created new avenues for art and architecture to follow.

 

Now as we turn fully into the 21st Century we have found the “Third Chicago School” is beginning and the Arts and Crafts Movement needs to be revitalized.  The dissolution of a hierarchical system for producing, disseminating and collecting art has created a new platform to work from that is based on networks, dialogue and cooperation.  Architecture is experiencing this transition also as it seeks more sustainable ways to design, build and reclaim.  The arts have always looked to nature for inspiration and structuring and now is no different; however, we are looking with new eyes that have vast amounts of information to integrate, understand and take into consideration.  Galaudet Gallery embraces this new looking and puts out the call for others to see anew too.