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Wardell Milan / Jennifer Danos / William Lamson
Wardell Milan / Jennifer Danos / William Lamson
  Wardell Milan, Jennifer Danos and William Lamson at Franklin Art Works

Franklin Art Works
is pleased to announce a trio of one-person exhibitions permiering work by Wardell Milan, Jennifer Danos and William Lamson. The exhibitions open to the public on Friday, November 7 with a reception from 6 to 8pm. Admission is free.

Milan and Danos will be present at the opening reception.


In the Main Gallery
Wardell Milan: Hercules and The Love Affair

The New York artist will present 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 environments.

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.



In the Project Space
Jennifer Danos: Architectonic Obtrusion

The Minneapolis artist will premier a massice 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, Minneapolis College of Art & Design and the Gallery of Contemporary Art (Colorado Springs).



In the Video Gallery
William Lamson:William Lamson: Actions

Lamson, based in New York, will premier 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 tim@franklinartworks.org for further information.
 
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