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Visiting Artist Colloquium: Ben Jackel
February 26, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Ben Jackel‘s handmade sculptures deal with the history of war and its artifacts which are inherently but also subtly political in nature. Working primarily in clay, wood, and stoneware and imparted with a hand-rubbed beeswax finish that unifies the works, the artist explores the objects of conflict and emergencies from medieval-esque helmets and Norse weaponry, to World War I and II era military machinery like cannons, naval ships, and aerial machines, to a series of more common objects like a fire extinguisher, a fire hose, and sprinkler heads. Scaling these objects for a gallery space exposes viewers to objects from our own culture that they may not see without military service, inviting reflection on their role in our geopolitical reality that may otherwise go unconsidered.
Visiting Artist Colloquium Spring 2020
2650 Humanities Building Ground Floor
455 N Park St, Madison WI
Wednesdays @ 5:00 – 6:15pm
Discover the latest developments in Fine art, Craft, and Design at our free public lectures by some of the nation’s most prominent artists, critics, and gallery and museum directors.
The Art Department Visiting Artist Colloquium is a series supported by the Anonymous Fund and the Brittingham Trust. VAC lectures are held every Wednesday during the academic year, and are free and open to the public.
Find the full Spring 2020 VAC schedule at: https://art.wisc.edu/public-programs/