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Together With (Madison, WI)

Madison, WS at The Bubbler

Curated by Kate Mothes

May 5th - May 25th, 2017

Together With is an exploration of duality, specifically addressing the so-called middle distance between two extremes. The premise of the exhibition was an artistic and geographic exchange, taking place both in Denver, CO, and Madison, WI, in order for artists in the Denver-based artist collective Hyperlink to engage with artists in other parts of the country and vice versa. Whether Denver and Madison are considered West or Midwest, they are both situated within the vast expanse between, and apart from, the two major American art hubs of Los Angeles and New York. Together With draws artists and their work from both coasts while emphasizing the Midwest as a meeting place, a middle ground.

The theme of duality is so broad as to be practically an anti-theme; it invites a diverse range of interpretations. Some artists’ work deliberately explores sub-themes such as the transition between life and death, inside and outside, or body and soul. Some of the work formally interprets duality by using materials we associate with barriers, or creating pieces and spaces that transition from two-dimensional to three-dimensional. Additionally, some work operates in a more conceptual sense by juxtaposing the beautiful and the grotesque, the limits or barriers of the body, views on privacy and publicity, and perceptions of the real and the imaginary. The eclectic group of artists and artwork meet in an exhibition wherein multiple dualities revolve around and touch off of one another.

Non-Hyperlink artists: 

Kate Mothes is an independent curator-coordinator-collaborator-producer living in Northeast Wisconsin. She is interested in contemporary art and alternative modes of art exhibition, education, and experience, with an emphasis on artist-run initiatives. She has collaborated with artists and organizations both nationally and internationally. She runs a blog and nomadic curatorial platform called Young Space (young-space.com) and more information about past projects can be found at kate-mothes.com.

Image left: Mandy Lynn Ford Judge (acrylic, oil paint, sparkles, gesso, and canvas on canvas adhered to wood panel)

Image right: Ashley Williams and Sarah Williams Necessary Language: Berlin / Doi Saket (clay, wire, foam, paint)