Intertwined



Curated by Jenie Gao, produced by Daniel Swadener, June 13 to September 6, 2017



The restless traveler and the down-to-earth settler share a common motive. Each one is on a journey to find who they are. But whether we are chasing the horizon or the American dream, it’s important to recognize: we don’t just find ourselves. We create ourselves.

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Four Wisconsin artists each share work that places the making of our identities in our own hands. Kristen Bartel calls out the contradictions of the “American Dream” and the impact of that dream on our natural resources. Nirmal Raja intertwines the different places she has lived through language and mark making. Yeonhee Cheong bridges the gaps between commercial design and fine art, by hand drawing political images on textiles and wallpapers that become our everyday surroundings. Rina Yoon’s meditative process connects the body with the earth, describing the body as a seed that contains everything it needs to meet its potential, while also depending on the soil it is planted in to grow.

This show is about connecting who we are with the environments we cultivate. It is about looking closely at the details—and broadly at the picture they make together. It is about the making of history through daily habits. It is about creating what we consume. It is about bridging distances and deepening roots.



Artists’ Symposium from the Opening Reception


Artists in Show: Rina Yoon, Nirmal Raja, Kristen Bartel, and Yeonhee Cheong

Opening Reception for Intertwined

Opening Reception for Intertwined

Opening Reception for Intertwined

Opening Reception for Intertwined

Opening Reception for Intertwined

Opening Reception for Intertwined

Opening Reception for Intertwined

Opening Reception for Intertwined

Opening Reception for Intertwined

Opening Reception for Intertwined

Opening Reception for Intertwined

Opening Reception for Intertwined

Opening Reception for Intertwined

Opening Reception for Intertwined

Photo credits: Promega


Guest Demonstrators: Martha Downs, Amy Misurelli Sorensen, Yvette Pino, and Chad Tuura

Opening Reception for Intertwined

Opening Reception for Intertwined

Overview: Intertwined

Rina Yoon

Between In and Yeon by Rina Yoon

Rina Yoon

Rina Yoon

Rina Yoon

Rina Yoon

Rina Yoon

Artist: Rina Yoon

Touch by Nirmal Raja

Touch by Nirmal Raja

Nirmal Raja

Touch by Nirmal Raja

Touch by Nirmal Raja

Touch by Nirmal Raja

Nirmal Raja

Artist: Nirmal Raja

American Dreaming by Kristen Bartel

American Dreaming by Kristen Bartel

Future of Fruit Trees by Kristen Bartel

Artist: Kristen Bartel

Magic Body by Yeonhee Cheong

Magic Body by Yeonhee Cheong

Future of Fruit Trees by Kristen Bartel

Future of Fruit Trees by Kristen Bartel

Future of Fruit Trees by Kristen Bartel

Future of Fruit Trees by Kristen Bartel

Artist: Yeonhee Cheong

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