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Franklin Art Works

Private Gallery
Closing Party and Dialog are Cancelled due to the weather
Wardell Milan / Jennifer Danos / William Lamson
Wardell Milan / Jennifer Danos / William Lamson
  Franklin Art Works' exhibition closing party scheduled for this afternoon including a dialog between Wardell Milan and Doryun Chong has been cancelled due to incliment weather. As this is the final day of our current exhibitions, the event will not be rescheduled.

The highlight of the event will be an informal dialog with the New York artist Wardell Milan regarding his Main Gallery exhibition. The dialog is scheduled to begin at 3pm. Admission is free.

The New York artist presents new works in photography, collage and drawing that address issues of sexuality, race and history.

Milan's large-scale photographs are based on elaborately constructed dioramas, densely populated with culturally and historically loaded figures appropriated from art and world history books, family snapshots and the artist's own photographed figures and enviornments.

The sum total is an analogy of American and world culture, their cultural collisions, history of violence and long-hoped-for unity. "How doe people who are often written on the margins of history (specifically American history) deal with an ascend from a past of invalidation and exclusion?" - Wardell Milan

Milan received an MFA from Yale University and has exhibited at the National Gallery of Art (Warsaw), Queens Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Saltworks (Atlanta), Artists Space, PS1/Museum of Modern Art and Taxter & Spengemann Gallery. He was a 2006-07 artist in residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Also on view
Jennifer Danos
Architectonic Obtrusion

tape The Minneapolis artist presents a massive concrete sculpture that measures over 30 feet long and draws upon architectual elements of Franklin Art Works' facility for its scale and form. The work seamlessly extends FAW's existing entrance ramp anothet six-plus feet, termindating in an undulating curb that follows the course of the Project Space's soffit ceiling.

Danos received an MFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign, and has exhibited at the Rochester Art Center, the Soap Factory and the Minneapolis College of Art & Design.

William Lamson

Lamson, based in New York, presents his recently completed Actions series of 33 short videos (2007-08) in which the artist artfully bursts dozens of black balloons in increasingly inventive ways. The videos, extending over 30 minutes, are a study in motion with a dry sense of humor throughout. Each short work required intricate planning, exact timing and deadpan performance by the artist, such as Actions (April 10, 2008) depicting the artist swinging into frame, suspended from his heels to pop a falling balloon at the last possible moment of its fall with a pin attached to his head.

Lamson received an MFA from Bard College. His works in video and sculpture have been featured in exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts (Santa Fe), Real Art Ways (Hartford), the Brooklyn Museum, Pierogi, Socrates Sculpture Park (Long Island City) and PS1/MoMA.

Please contact Franklin Art Works' staff at 612-872-7494 x 3 or for further information.

Wardell Milan

Hercules and The Love Affair

Jennifer Danos
Architectonic Obtrusion

William Lamson
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