“The Writing’s on the Wall” exhibit…

…is up through Oct. 30. Opening night at Central Library Gallery (201 W. Mifflin St) was a success! Visitors to the reception numbered about 180, so thanks to everyone who came!

"The Writing's on the Wall" show e-vite

The artists’ work is terrific, and the debut of Michael Martin’s altered book sets “Scary Nun Stories” and “Confessions of an Ex-Altar Boy” at the opening were a hit! The exhibit features 1-4 pieces each from the following artists: Yael Gen, Nancee Wipperfurth Killoran, Laura Komai, Heather Lins, Michael Martin, S.V. Medaris, Erin O’Connor, Cynthia Quinn, Karen Timm, and Larry Welo. It’s definitely worth seeing, so I hope you get a chance to go see it this month.

Hopefully, more photos to come, but in the meantime, here’s the outside banner at the library, visible until Oct. 30 or until it falls apart (whichever comes first). It’s a woodcut (oil-based ink) on canvas, so it should be good unless the weather goes crazy, which it very well might. Printing it was a nightmare, but more on that later. Pig measures 8ft wide x 4ft high, so banner just a bit bigger than that:

pig print over 'The Writing's on the Wall', banner

putting up the banner with really tall ladders

Library hours for Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St (Madison!):
Monday – Thursday: 9:00 – 9:00
Friday: 9:00 – 6:00
Saturday: 9:00 – 5:00
Sunday: (October – April: 1:00 – 5:00)

“Consumption”: The critics speak!

Well the reviews are mixed regarding S.V. Medaris’ Master of Arts exhibit, Consumption. Here’s a reaction to one of the large-scale pieces (*hint* click image to enlarge):

The Magnificent Seven

boy critics look between their legs with hog painting behind them.

Boy critics voice opinion through interpretive stance, in front of "The Magnificent Seven", a 14ft x 9ft mixed media piece (acrylic and printmaking on canvas and feedsacks) by S.V. Medaris

(click on any photo to see larger version)

7  hogs  advance in mixed media piece The Magnificent Seven by S.V.  Medaris

"The Magnificent Seven" by S.V. Medaris • 14ft x 9ft • Mixed media (acrylic and printmaking on canvas and feedsacks)

And some more photos from the closing reception:

boy with M&M's

"The dark M&M's are terrific!"

child stands in front of painting with big hogs-painting by S.V. Medaris

Young girl poses for camera, ignoring the hogs closing in behind her.

I ♥  Chicken

woman holds young girl up to see inside a chicken box by S.V. Medaris

Looking through the window, into the interior light of "I ♥ Chicken."

Here it is, closed:

chicken box with small window shows chicken coop and moon by S.V. Medaris

"I ♥ Chicken" by S.V. Medaris • 12in x 8in x 4in • found objects, light, recycled prints, acrylic on specimen box.

…and open:

interior of chicken box with roasting chicken in oven copyright s.v. medaris

Interior of "I ♥ Chicken"

The Meat Locker

Approaching the Meat Locker (a tunnel book):

people crowd around some art


illustration of pigs looking out on pasture

"The Meat Locker" by S.V. Medaris • 10in x 10in x 12in (deep) • tunnel book with hand-colored lithographs and inkjets on watercolor paper


tunnel book pulled forward exposes interior of a meat locker with hanging carcasses by S.V. Medaris

Fight or Flight

boys goof off in front of large turkey painting

Another opinion via interpretive stance by the boys for "Fight or Flight," 8ft x 8ft, acrylic and monotype and relief printmaking on watercolor paper, feedsack, and canvas.

Mixed media piece of large turkey challenging viewer, turkey silhouettes in background

"Fight or Flight" by S.V. Medaris • 8ft x 8ft • Mixed media (acrylic paint, monotype and relief printing on feed sacks, paper, canvas)

A Wisconsin Tradition

boys eat m&ms in front of painting of hanging deer carcass

Yes, the dark m&m's were a hit.

hanging deer carcass, kitten drinks blood

"A Wisconsin Tradition" by S.V. Medaris • 8ft x 6ft • acrylic paint, relief printing and lithography on watercolor paper

hanging deer carcass, blood coming out of mouth, kitten with blood. Copyright S.V. Medaris

Close up of "A Wisconsin Tradition." Kitten is hand-colored lithograph. This image is from a moment during a deer-processing on a nearby farm.

Closing Reception (main exhibit):

people in front of artwork in gallery

At the Art Lofts. "Consumption" closing reception, May 20, 2010

If you missed the show and want to see most of the work in person (including most of the large-scale works), come to the Spring Art Tour this weekend (June 11, 12, 13). Maps to the studios and more info at Mount Horeb Spring Art Tour.

and Studio 1134 (the second gallery):

t-shirts and prints in Gallery 1134

Inside Studio 1134 (Gallery 2)

Corn King character by S.V. Medaris on child's XS t-shirt

The "Corn King," a woodcut character made for the "Consumption" show (on child's XS t-shirt) by S.V. Medaris

Corn King apparel available at the Spring Art Tour this weekend.

Inside studio 1134

Inside Studio 1134

prints and t-shirts inside S.V. Medaris' studio

Prints and t-shirts, including diptych of "The Stalking of the Great White Pyrenees"

Framed prints and posters by S.V. Medaris

More grad school work: prints, broadsides and mixed media