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Gallery I — Slower & Lower

Doug Bosley, Helen Hawley and Brian Kluge

MON, APR 7 – SUN, JUN 22, 2014


Idle Words, the Mot Juste by Helen Hawley includes all the words in a Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. The work is ordered alphabetically and printed on twenty-four sheets of film with a Xerox copier. This work emphasizes selection, transparency and homogenization in language. The light fixtures put a volume of knowledge under a dim light. Like bad storage, the pages that hold it and the blank spaces that make words distinct have been removed. The visual mass of language and the processes that suppress its legibility suggest complex relationships present within a language system, for example, between the ideological and the concrete, availability and use.  


Helen Hawley was born in Missouri. She attended Simon's Rock College of Bard, Lacoste School of the Arts in France, and the Rhode Island School of Design where she received a BFA in printmaking. Her work includes prints, paintings, sculptures and visual texts that explore the potentialities and limits of articulation and legibility. She is the recipient of a University Wide Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she is in the final year of the MFA program.  This summer, she looks forward to a residency at the Vermont Studio Workshop.


Douglas Bosley’s work forms a historicized account of a futuristic landscape that revolves around colonies of micro-robots.  These ‘creatures’ or Auxons were originally built to fill and restore a biological niche and have since been left to their own devices. This work interprets the mass-extinction we are living through as a speciation point and investigates what roll artificial life may have as a new domain on the tree of life. While the themes presented are serious, the work itself is exploratory and the auxons themselves are fun. The wonder and excitement of discovering and living alongside these uncanny creatures that have not yet learned to fear humans is the entry point for understanding the conditions that have produced them.


Douglas Bosley graduated from Western Washington University in 2009 with a bachelor’s of fine arts in printmaking and received an MFA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2012.  His work has been shown in numerous juried shows nationally and internationally including shows in Australia, China, Italy, Japan and New Zealand.  He is a recipient of an Illustrators of the Future award and he was recently awarded first place in the prestigious National Society of Arts and Letters National Competition in Printmaking for 2013.  In addition, his work is held by several collections including the Southern Graphics Council Print Collection and Archives, and the Wisconsin Union Art Collection.


Brian Kluge presents sculptures from an ongoing series entitled Artifact/Artifice. These small sculptures employ archetypal geometric forms, visual markers of time, and an allusion to artifacts to create objects of curiosity. The pieces are presented on modular cubes in groupings of like-objects with coded titles. Throughout, there is a mix of factual and fictional information from which to assemble an explanation or narrative. Yet, the clues don’t quite fit together perfectly, leaving the ultimate conclusions open-ended and blurring the distinction between the presentation of archaeological artifact and artistic fiction.


Kluge actively exhibits work nationally and has completed artist’s residencies at the Roswell Artist in Residence Foundation and The LUX Center for the Arts. He received a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.



Image Credit: Doug Bosley, G212.08: ; Brian Kluge, Object b4421


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