I was so thrilled to be able to check out the one-day pop-up art exhibition in the currently vacant Madison Municipal Building in central Madison, WI. Four floors of art and events including painting, photography, sculpture, installation, murals, performance, music, film, DIY, and more -- and perhaps most significantly, it came together in less than a month! Organized by Madison Bubbler when it was announced that the building would be emptied prior to an upcoming renovation, Bubbler director Trent Miller set about collaborating with and coordinating over 100 artists from the area to do a total one-day takeover. Some artists brought their finished work into the space, while others used the materials and architecture specific to the building like outdated electronic equipment or paper filing systems, or played on the idea of the municipal building as context. It felt a little bit like an art school degree show -- just bonkers.
Personal favorites: I arrived just in time to sit in on a performance by my friend, artist and curator Stephen Perkins, who was busy placing dichotomous notes around the entire building. And I volunteered to eat a bowl of Kellogg's Corn Flakes while he recited a history of Degeneration Theory and its connection to that very same cereal. I was also really taken with TetraPAKMAN's room, which included a political installation involving wall-hanging sculptures and brilliant yet unnerving sound emanating from a pile of speakers with text next to it reading "This is the sound of a pipeline being built over your rights."
I saw work by Bernadette Witzack and Trent Miller, and discovered paintings by Jeremy Pinc, a video installation by Chele Isaac and numerous other installations, durational performances, and participatory projects.
Congrats to everyone who made this such an incredible experience for the entire community.
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