The Founder’s Hall Art Gallery displays several art exhibits throughout the school year. Artists using different mediums are invited to exhibit their work for 4-6 weeks. In May, UW-Manitowoc art students finish the year by showing their works.
The gallery is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information contact Berel Lutsky, Associate Professor of Art, at 920-683-4735 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 1- April 5
Nicholas Ludwig grew up in Manitowoc Wisconsin, with a devout fascination for observing and exploring the natural world. Completing his education through Manitowoc’s public schools in 2006, he enrolled at UW Manitowoc where he immersed himself in a self-directed study of fine art and the humanities, endeavoring after a personal and meaningful path in higher education. In 2010 he continued his study of fine arts at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, focusing on the discipline of drawing, specifically the exploration of point, line, and plane; their respective spatial relationships, and how the drawing process naturally mutates these relationships. Graduating from MIAD in 2012, Nicholas discovered the direction he sought after, to create art simply and for all, to foster a belief in the young and old that we are all creators, we must embrace this responsibility and go forth. He is currently employed with a non- profit organization known as Artists Working in Education (AWE), where he assists with library programs for children, offering free art making activities. He resides in Milwaukee’s River West Neighborhood and has a studio practice in the Bay View Neighborhood.
“The line consists of an infinite number of points; the plane, of an infinite number of lines; the volume, of an infinite number of planes; the hypervolume, of an infinite number of volumes…”
-Jorge Luis Borges, The Book of Sand
For me drawing is exploring, combining, and organizing everything I have ever experienced, no matter my level of conscious involvement in any particular instance. It’s a relaxing process that allows me to situate myself with time and my surroundings. Its giving life to a new being and throughout the process of a single drawing these comingled imaginings and experiences expand from conception through an entire existence.
I enjoy starting haphazardly, the entire process guided by intuition. I want to react to the marks, each will contribute to the entire composition and each will nurture every subsequent mark and so on. Although in the end an initial line by itself may be completely overgrown/destroyed it has contributed to perhaps a great mass, a specific shape, or sweeping gesture, it has evolved from a single line to an amalgamation of lines contributing to a single shape, which in turn may survive or may be swallowed up and become the nutrition for something larger or more developed, but its existence was essential for that greater being to come about.
My aim isn’t to nullify the autonomy of a single mark but to celebrate how essential a single mark can be. Through the repetition of line, that is direction, pattern, length, width, etc. , I can manipulate the so called importance of one area of the drawing over the next or one line/shape over the next. When viewed I want to be able to have the drawing live and breathe and mutate before one’s eyes as they explore. I want to encourage not only unhindered exploration but also encourage perception and imagination. I want the approach to be grand and solidifying, perhaps existing as a single object on the plane, and as one nears and really starts to inspect I want the viewer’s mind to open back up, not to throw away their previous observations and assumptions towards what they are looking at but to combine them with what they are currently experiencing, and then to plunge deeper into the abyss.
I work mostly with fine tip drawing pens and ball point pens. I suppose I enjoy pens because they allow for the creation of strong lines, marks that are not easily destroyed when working and not easily avoided (by the eye) when viewed but can provide solid structure to build off of. The pen allows these marks to be completely independent of those around it while still allowing these marks to mingle within a community.