Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Milwaukee Artists Dissect SPACES

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Exhibition: August 24 - October 19, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, August 24, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Cleveland, OH, July 24, 2012-
The Milwaukee-based artist duo of Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg take on the physical gallery of SPACES like no other artists before. Using the structure of SPACES itself, McCaw and Budsberg will examine the archetype of an art gallery as a collection of architectural techniques that work to negate its own space.

SPACES is not named after the lumber and masonry that make up its structure, but for the void it contains. With white walls and minimal furnishings, the art gallery seeks to disappear in order to isolate and amplify the work it exhibits, yet its physical structure is always present. In their SPACES project "An Inventory of Absence" Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg examine the archetype of the art gallery, referencing techniques of architectural representation to deconstruct and re-contextualize the visitor's experience of space, revealing the void as a compelling yet unattainable ideal.

The Opening Reception on Friday, August 24th from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. is free and open to the public as is general gallery admission.


Milwaukee, WI artists Shana McCaw (born 03/07/1974 in Dubuque, IA) and Brent Budsberg (born 05/13/1976 in Wausau, WI) have collaborated since 2001 in sculpture, performance, and site-specific installation, and more recently with photography and video. Their work examines the psychology of place, ancestral memory, and the passage of time. The two received the Mary L. Nohl Fellowship for Individual Artists in 2008.

Recent exhibitions include "False Burden" at The Black Frame Gallery in Milwaukee, WI; "The Tool at Hand" at the Milwaukee Art Museum; "Inside/Outside" at Lynden Sculpture Garden in River Hills, WI; "End of the Line" at the James Watrous Gallery in Madison, WI; and "Current Tendencies: Ten Artists from Wisconsin," at the Haggerty Museum of Art in Milwaukee, WI. In May, 2011, McCaw and Budsberg were in residence in Wendover, UT with the Center for Land Use Interpretation. Their residency project, a book of photographs entitled "States of Matter," is now part of the collection at the Nevada Museum of Art's Center for Art + Environment. For more information, visit:

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