Wisconsin based artist Annalynn Hammond seeks to question the dichotomies that play in the world of human ideas. She is best known for her unique hand-cut paper collages made from vintage textbooks and natural history magazines. Hammond combines different subject areas including, human and animal, body and soul, mind and machine, culture and nature, purity and sin, power and weakness, and many other antitheses.
Her surreal collages encourage the viewer to ask questions and think about the extremes within the pictures. The single images are undeniably someone else’s work, which were found, stolen, destroyed and appropriated. But a thing in itself has no meaning. The idea of a collage is to cut a special image region out and paste it into another picture, giving a new context to the assembled artwork.
Fred Stonehouse was born in 1960 in Milwaukee, WI. He received his BFA from UW Milwaukee in 1982. He had his first solo show in Chicago in 1983 and shows regularly in New York at Howard Scott Gallery and in Los Angeles with Koplin/DelRio. He has exhibited in Mexico, Amsterdam, Rome and Berlin. He is currently an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Wisconsin.
Stonehouse is a major figure in Wisconsin art and nationally recognized for his beautifully executed artwork and witty sense of rebellion. His style has a sophistication that reflects his diverse, cross-cultural interests, and outsider and folk art influences. His paintings are a materialization of his nostalgia for familiar cartoon figures of the past, blended with the artist’s own delicate balance of humor, beauty and derangement.
Flannel shirt, beard, a field, and good music; yep, seems like Milwaukee should have a Bon Iver Day. According to Pitchfork, “Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has proclaimed tomorrow, July 22, Bon Iver Day “in recognition of Justin Vernon/Bon Iver’s Wisconsin and Milwaukee ties,” as well as to commemorate the kicking off of Bon Iver’s international tour at Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater.” The Iver album is really epic, so why not give Justin Vernon and the gang a day.
That is really fucking awesome of Mayor Barrett. Here is his official proclamation:
The City of Milwaukee joins community members and supporting fans on the occasion of Bon Iver’s international tour kicking off at the Riverside Theater on Friday, July 22, 2011; and,
WHEREAS, Bon Iver was founded in 2007 by Justin Vernon in his hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where he continues to record music in a new state-of-the-art recording studio; and,
WHEREAS, Bon Iver’s music embraces Justin Vernon’s Wisconsin heritage, as he has become an international ambassador for both Milwaukee and Wisconsin, while they travel across the world playing music and interact with national media; and,
WHEREAS, Bon Iver’s self-titled album debuted at number two on the Billboard charts in June 2011, and has gained attention from The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, SPIN Magazine, “Late Night with David Letterman”, “The Colbert Report” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”; and,
WHEREAS, The City of Milwaukee joins supporting fans to enjoy the entertaining performance of Bon Iver and commends the band for their musical accomplishments;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, TOM BARRETT, Mayor of the City of Milwaukee, do hereby proclaim Friday, July 22, 2011, to be
BON IVER DAY throughout the City of Milwaukee.
For really putting up a stinker against Wisconsin. Thank you. We really, really could have used you winning this damn game, and going to the Sweet Sixteen, but no, you had to go all Pac 10 choke job today…
In just a few short weeks, Wiz Khalifa’s anthem, “Black and Yellow” is up to 28m YouTube views. That is a shitload. And now with the Steelers headed to the Super Bowl, as they are the subject of Wiz’ song, those hits are only going to rise as the Pittsburgh fans get ready. We are siding with Green Bay, Wisconsin, but Wiz’ track ain’t a bad Super Bowl anthem for the kids…
Over the holidays, we were watching “Love, Actually,” a nice British film that celebrates love and caring and relationships with the people that are close to you. Fine, dandy, but what we forgot is that January Jones plays the stereotypical American Girl from Wisconsin who is the dream girl of a British lad on his quest to get laid by the stereotypical American Girl.