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Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
April 6 - Sep 28

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
July 3 - Sep 25

Dhamma MKE

exhibitions
August 1 - Sep 26

The Point Being: Works by Thomas Gaudynski

performances
September 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
September 20

Poetry Reading: John Sierpinski, Sylvia Cavanaugh, and Ed Werstein

special events
September 21

¡Palante!: A Celebration of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture

readings & workshops
September 22 - Oct 13

Friction in Fiction: Developing Characters and Conflict

readings & workshops
September 26

Poetry Reading: Jake Skeets & Manny Loley

readings & workshops
September 26

Poem as Field – Understanding Energy in Poetry a craft talk with Jake Skeets

readings & workshops
October 2

Poetry Reading: Alan Bernheimer & Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
October 16

Poetry Reading: Timothy Donnelly & Bethany Price

performances
October 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
October 19

Language as a Playground

readings & workshops
October 20

Reading: Peter Markus

readings & workshops
October 22 - Dec 31

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

readings & workshops
October 23

Reading and Book Launch: Kathie Giorgio

readings & workshops
October 24

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
October 27

Submitathon

readings & workshops
November 1

Reading and Screening: Trisha Low, Stephanie Young, and Zachary Epcar

readings & workshops
November 10 - Dec 8

Shifty Subjects and Unexpected Endings

special events
November 16

39th Anniversary Gala

exhibitions
Aug 1 August 1 - September 26
11:00am, Free and open to the public

The Point Being: Works by Thomas Gaudynski

Opening reception: Thurs. August 1 | 6-8 PM

The Point Being features a selection of Thomas Gaudynski’s drawings created over the past six years that incorporate text art, visual poetry, and found objects, while exploring domestic and musical themes, often in combination. The result is often a “visual confrontation between interiors and still-lifes,” and images that produce auditory effects of both sound and silence. While the works in this exhibition often ask to be read, they also readily present interpretive conundrums for the viewer, playfully exploring the excesses and limits of language and meaning, ultimately revealing a preference for being itself over any point one might make about it.


About the artist:

Thomas Gaudynski grew up and spent time walking around Milwaukee, West Allis, and the Kinnickinnic River collecting and observing flora, fauna, rocks, and detritus. He was educated at various libraries, museums, bookstores, and record shops. Originally trained as a visual artist, Gaudynski switched his artistic focus to sound art and text sound in his early twenties, subsequently performing and recording with a number of both well- and lesser-known sound artists and musicians. Over the years, Gaudynski has produced over thirty recordings and was awarded a Wisconsin Arts Board Music Composition Fellowship in 1989. His drawings have been exhibited throughout Wisconsin, and his works are held in private collections in New York City, Albany, Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee, Kenosha, Port Washington, and Seattle. Gaudynski is also the author of three books: Artifacts: Essays on Music +Art + Design (2001), SELFIZDAT (2014), and Re: Re: Re: Essays and Drawings (2016), all published by Necessary Arts. His collected audio recordings from a(R)t NOISE and Necessary Arts are included in the Jean Cujé Milwaukee Music Collection at Marquette University and in the Creative Audio Archive at the Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago. A longtime collaborator of Woodland Pattern, he was instrumental early on in bringing music programming to the center and in 2012 curated its John Cage Centennial Celebration. He is married to Marly Gisser, a retired graphic designer and alternative spirituality pilgrim, and is father of Kira Gaudynski, a music theatre disciple and practitioner. Everything has influenced him.

(photo credit: Terry Bauman)