Listen to Mariela Sancari and I discuss her exhibition at The Pitch Project here on Milwaukee's Public Radio station WUWM.
Collector Daily Reviews exhibition at Higher Pictures
The portraits and human forms on view are varyingly obscured. Ellen Carey multiplies her own face into a kaleidoscope of fractured fragments. Jackie Furtado and Eileen Mueller block their subjects’ faces with shadows and hands, while Whitney Hubbs’ self-portrait falls below the surface of the water. Sonja Thomsen peels away the bodies in her image, literally lifting the emulsion off and leaving behind white ghosts, while Ann Hamilton goes outside in, making her mouth a pinhole camera and using the closing of her lips as the shutter.
"Sonja Thomsen's perceptual holiday at the DePaul Museum of Art, where pure optical phenomena made magic just for the wonder of it..." - Lori Waxman
The SFist To-Do List: 12 Cool Things To Check Out This Week... photography opening Sonja Thomsen at Rayko Photo Center
"...And last but not least in this group of fearless women is Sonja Thomsen, a Milwaukee-based artist whose multifaceted practice combines photography, sculpture, interactive installation and site-specific public art to create spaces reflective of our own perceptions and potential. Since earning an MFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute (2004), her work has evolved in myriad ways. In her practice, she has become more and more concerned with space and our perceptions of one’s own scale in a space. An attempt to make “the space between” perceptible. Thomsen has been working with the specifics of materiality in her practice and continues to be fascinated with the dichotomy of the emulsion and paper, one holding the illusion of depth in its glossy shadows and the other the matte fibers of form. The Effaced Polaroid series is one of many projects that Thomsen is currently developing. These pieces are made in the “in between” moments of her larger studio practice. A quick peel that feels gestural and unpredictable. The defacing of the Polaroid, a one-of-a-kind photograph feels right- one-offs – Serendipity is at play. Thomsen is also interested in how the peeled figure disrupts the scene – a push/pull happens as the underlayer of the photograph is revealed on the surface. The origin of the Polaroids is from her archive – snapshots of friends and family- used as raw material for experimentation..."
Listening to Mitchell Coverage:
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel preview, May 21
- OnMilwaukee, May 31
- Shepherd Express, June 10
- Urban Milwaukee Dial, June 25
- Milwaukee Magazine, Events, July issue
- Lake Effect, interview aired July 11
- Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, July 16
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel review, July 18
- RadioMilwaukee, August 1
- Systems Integration Asia
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel mention, August 8
- Wisconsin Gazette, August 22
- Arup Connect, August 22
Excerpt from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sunday review: ‘Listening to Mitchell” captures sounds, images of a Milwaukee thoroughfare.
"... All of these voices are knit together in a way that has more of a point of view than is at first apparent, a subtle perspective about the commonalities among divergent voices. These are people who feel a sense of ownership over their neighborhood and memories of it, such as the homemade roller rink or the all-you-can-eat chicken lunch at Goldmann’s. Even the ambient sounds — the church, bicycle andpaleta food cart bells, for instance — are married in a way that draws our attention in poetic ways.
Despite this subtle working of the material, the sound installation is also raucous and chaotic at times, with voices in competition with each other. Not unlike the clanging, look-at-me nature of the ads outside (even the church has a blinking digital sign!), this seems a fitting response to the nature of the place. Voices do compete.
Stepping outside of the immersive installation and back onto the street, I found certain sounds turned my head in a way they hadn’t beforehand. “Listening to Mitchell” has attuned me to this place and articulated something about its diversity, and by that measure, the project is wonderfully successful..."
- Mary Louise Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Art Critic
Collaborator Adam Carr and I discuss "Listening to Mitchell" with Bonnie North on Lake Effect, aired on July 11, 2014