Survival Tools



Solo Exhibit and Site-Specific Installation at Museum of Wisconsin Art / 2018



In this site-specific installation, I focus on two main subjects: the gundog and the bulldog. One represents war and violence, and the other protest and speech. Both subjects are fighting for their right to live.

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(From the museum's wall text) For this site-specific installation, Gao uses woodblocks, prints, and drawings based around two main subjects: the gundog and the bulldog. One represents war and violence, the other protest and speech. Both subjects fight for their right to live, and Gao posits the question as to whether they can co-exist or whether one will dominate the other. She believes that the common denominator behind current discussions about technology, war, human rights, and climate change revolve around what people believe is necessary to "survive" in this world and in the future. People’s ideas may differ on possible solutions, but this shared need to survive should be the basis of how we understand one another, and our willingness to create, collaborate, and connect will determine our long-term success.

In his final sermon on March 31, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr., stated the following, "There can be no gainsaying of the fact that a great revolution is taking place in the world today. In a sense it is a triple revolution: that is, a technological revolution, with the impact of automation and cybernation; then there is a revolution in weaponry, with the emergence of atomic and nuclear weapons of warfare; then there is a human rights revolution, with the freedom explosion that is taking place all over the world. Yes, we do live in a period where changes are taking place. And there is still the voice crying through the vista of time saying, "Behold, I make all things new; former things are passed away." -- "Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution"

Photo Credit of Installation: Latasia Dhami

Survival Tools - Museum of Wisconsin Art - Woodcut Gundog

Title: Overview of the Museum Gallery
Medium: Woodcut, Ink, Woodshavings, Mixed Media
Dimensions: variable
Originals and Limited Edition Prints Available
Photo Credit: Latasia Dhami

Survival Tools - Museum of Wisconsin Art - Woodcut Gundog

Title: Overview of the Museum Gallery
Medium: Woodcut, Ink, Woodshavings, Mixed Media
Dimensions: variable
Originals and Limited Edition Prints Available

Survival Tools - Museum of Wisconsin Art - Woodcut Gundog

Title: Overview of the Museum Gallery
Medium: Woodcut, Ink, Woodshavings, Mixed Media
Dimensions: variable
Originals and Limited Edition Prints Available

Survival Tools - Museum of Wisconsin Art - Woodcut Gundog

Title: Enough to be Dangerous
Medium: Woodcut, Ink
Dimensions: 48 x 38 inches
Original Woodblock and Limited Edition Prints Available

Survival Tools - Museum of Wisconsin Art - Woodcut Gundog

Title: Man's Well-Regulated Friends
Medium: Woodcut, Ink
Dimensions: 40 x 60 inches
Original Woodblock and Limited Edition Prints Available

Survival Tools - Museum of Wisconsin Art - Woodcut Gundog

Title: Center of Mass
Medium: Woodcut, Ink
Dimensions: 40 x 60 inches
Original Woodblock and Limited Edition Prints Available

Survival Tools - Museum of Wisconsin Art - Woodcut Gundog

Title: A Voice Crying Through the Vista of Time
Medium: Woodcut, Ink
Dimensions: 48 x 38 inches
Original Woodblock and Limited Edition Prints Available

Survival Tools - Museum of Wisconsin Art - Woodcut Gundog

Title: In Memoriam: Everything We Remember, Everything We Forget
Medium: Ink drawing on paper
Dimensions: 30 x 20 inches framed, 40 x 30 inches framed
Original Drawing and Limited Edition Prints Available

Survival Tools - Museum of Wisconsin Art - Found Object Art

Title: Triple Revolution
Medium: Mixed Media, Found Objects
Dimensions: 11 x 14 x 3 inches per box
Original Available

Survival Tools - Museum of Wisconsin Art - Found Object Art

Title: Triple Revolution
Medium: Mixed Media, Found Objects
Dimensions: 11 x 14 x 3 inches per box
Original Available

Survival Tools - Museum of Wisconsin Art - Found Object Art

Title: Overview of the Museum Gallery
Medium: Woodcut, Ink, Woodshavings, Mixed Media
Dimensions: variable
Originals and Limited Edition Prints Available

Survival Tools - Museum of Wisconsin Art - Found Object Art

Title: Man's Well-Regulated Friends
Medium: Woodcut, Ink, Woodshavings
Dimensions: 40 x 60 inches, plus shavings
Original Woodblock and Limited Edition Prints Available

Survival Tools - Museum of Wisconsin Art - Found Object Art

Title: Center of Mass
Medium: Woodcut, Ink
Dimensions: 40 x 60 inches
Original Woodblock and Limited Edition Prints Available

Survival Tools - Museum of Wisconsin Art - Found Object Art

Title: Detail shot of the Museum Show
Medium: Woodcut, Ink, Woodshavings, Mixed Media
Dimensions: variable
Originals and Limited Edition Prints Available

Survival Tools - Museum of Wisconsin Art - Found Object Art

Title: Overview of the Museum Gallery
Medium: Woodcut, Ink, Woodshavings, Mixed Media
Dimensions: variable
Originals and Limited Edition Prints Available

Survival Tools - Museum of Wisconsin Art - Found Object Art

Title: Full Balcony View of the Horicon Bank Gallery
Medium: Woodcut, Ink, Woodshavings, Mixed Media
Dimensions: variable
Originals and Limited Edition Prints Available
Photo credit: Andrea Waala (MOWA staff)

Survival Tools - Museum of Wisconsin Art - Found Object Art

Title: Full Balcony View of the Horicon Bank Gallery
Medium: Woodcut, Ink, Woodshavings, Mixed Media
Dimensions: variable
Originals and Limited Edition Prints Available
Photo credit: Andrea Waala (MOWA staff)

Survival Tools - Museum of Wisconsin Art - Found Object Art

Title: Full Balcony View of the Horicon Bank Gallery
Medium: Woodcut, Ink, Woodshavings, Mixed Media
Dimensions: variable
Originals and Limited Edition Prints Available
Photo credit: Andrea Waala (MOWA staff)

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