Current | Summer 2017


Intertwined, curated by Jenie Gao and produced by Daniel Swadener

Promega BTC, 5445 E Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg, WI | (view map)

Exhibit: June 13, 2017 - August 31, 2017

Symposium and Opening Reception
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Promega Summer Art Showcase presents ‘Intertwined,’ featuring the work of four Wisconsin artists who help us discover that what we create makes us who we are.

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

Artists will participate in a symposium at 3:30 pm followed by the exhibit opening reception from 4:30-6:30 pm. Join us for live music and woodworking artist Martha Downs giving demonstrations of her craft. A group of artists will also be giving a large-scale woodblock printing demonstration using a steamroller; these prints will be available for purchase.

Exhibit open to the public: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Groups larger than 10 by appointment only; call: (608) 443-3098

The Globe Weaver, solo show by Jenie Gao

Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee, WI | (view map)

Exhibit: June 8, 2017 - August 30, 2017

The Globe Weaver is Jenie Gao’s most recent series of prints and drawings that together tell the story of what it means to be local in a globalized world. This story is told through animals in urban and rural settings, each one navigating its own complicated relationship with the world. Some thrive. Some adapt. Some struggle to survive. Some fight to make a life again, after past threats of displacement, disease, and genocide. Many assimilate. Still others enjoy impressive and precarious success, challenging the stigmas they can’t ever seem to shake.

The purpose of this work is to get us to think more critically of how we judge the world around us, by making us aware of the ways in which we successfully coexist with or conflict with others. Our problems are not simple and building trust is not easy, and yet our understanding and connection with one another has the potential to be.

In Unison, public art installation by Jenie Gao

Madison Public Library: Central | (view map)

On View: March 2017 - January 2018

Open to the public during library hours

Photography allowed. Tag #InUnison and @jeniegao on Instagram and Twitter

Angels, Harpies, & False Dichotomies, by Jenie Gao

Little Galleries, 1921 E Mifflin St, Madison, WI | (view map)

On View: May 15, 2017 - June 30, 2017

Open to the public 24/7.

Upcoming | Fall 2017

On The Nature of Things, curated by Jenie Gao

Arts + Literature Laboratory, Madison, WI | (view map)

Exhibit: September-October 2017

Featured Artists: Rina Yoon and Marsha MacDonald

The title of the show is a nod to a philosophy that has emerged across cultures, one that embraces the idea that we are all made of the same atoms, atoms that philosophy describes as infinite in scale and indivisible. During the Roman Era, the philosopher Lucretius wrote the poem, De rerum natura (translated as On the Nature of Things), which challenged the belief that gods controlled human fate. It did not challenge the existence of gods, but rather the notion that people should fear gods. The argument takes the future of human beings out of the hands of the Fates (who cut and measure the threads of human lives) and instead places that future in the hands of humanity.

De rerum natura is just one of many explorations of an idea that has emerged across civilizations, typically when those civilizations began to suffer the consequences of upholding overly powerful deities/icons, not all too different from the role that larger-than-life leaders, corporations, and brand names play today. The counter to a God-fearing society is work that brings us back to a connection with place and the natural world.

The Navigators, three-person art show

Var Gallery, Milwaukee, WI | (view map)

On View: October 2017 - November 2017

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Header Image is of my sunlit studio.
The nice bio picture was taken by the lovely Kirsty Blattner. The other one is of me running through electroshock during Tough Mudder. It's for the press to use, in case I ever go into politics.