It's a Material World

Arts & Culture
4:00 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Body as Art: A Conversation With the "Dominican Dominator"

Professional bodybuilder Victor Martinez
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Contributor Gianofer Fields interviews professional bodybuilder Victor Martinez.

This artist's canvass is his own body.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat December 1, 2012

Artist Gets Primitive in 'One Tool Challenge'

With just some wood and an ax, Milwaukee artist Joshua Hunt creates this piece.

Contributor Gianofer Fields introduces us to artist Joshua Hunt.

For the past several months, Lake Effect's material culture contributor Gianofer Fields has been asking artists throughout Wisconsin a simple question: if you had only one tool at your disposal to practice your craft, what would it be? For some artists, who already use only a select few tools in creating their art, it was an easy choice; others simply couldn't - or wouldn't - choose.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat November 17, 2012

A Chair-ful Look at History

It's that time of year when college/university students are experiencing the joy of a short holiday break and the dread of writing their final papers.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Beware the Mad Pumpkin Carver!

Some of the "victims" of the Madison Mad Pumpkin Carver.
Credit She Who Is Not to Be Named

Contributor Gianofer Fields introduces us to the Mad Pumpkin Carver.

 If you don't carve your pumpkins, someone will. 

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat October 20, 2012

Man's Search for Family History Depends on Unusual Clue

A unique rosary is one man's only link to his grandmother's past.
Credit Gianofer Fields

Contributor Gianofer Fields introduces us to a man searching for the history behind a family heirloom.

As a student of material culture, Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields examines the meanings behind objects - what they signify historically and to an individual. But what happens when the meaning of a treasured object is hidden and lost to time?

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat October 6, 2012

'Rooms of Wonder' Exhibit Offers Curiosities of the Past

Madison artist Martha Glowacki brings the curiosities of the past to life in a permanent exhibit at the MAM.
Credit Courtesy of the Milwaukee Art Museum

Contributor Gianofer Fields interviews Madison artist Martha Glowacki.

Knick-knacks, tchochkis, collectibles...whatever you want to call them, there are objects we love to collect.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Walking the Fine, Sometimes Blurry Line Between Work and Creativity

"Chor" by Madison electrician and artist Chris Murphy
Chris Murphy

Contributor Gianofer Fields interviews artist Chris Murphy.

The truth behind the phrase “starving artist” scares a lot of otherwise artistically inclined folks away pursuing an arts career.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu September 6, 2012

'It's a Material World' Explores a Unique Back-to-School Supply

Meet Madison seamstress Thuy Nguyen - and her supplies.
Credit Gianofer Fields

Contributor Gianofer Fields interviews Madison seamstress Thuy Nguyen.

It’s a special back-to-school edition of our It’s A Material World series.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu August 23, 2012

A Beloved Machine Goes on the Fritz

Contributor Gianofer Fields' beloved washer is on the fritz - here's its "brain" in the capable hands of repairman John.
Credit Gianofer Fields

Contributor Gianofer Fields interviews the repairman who has come to save her washer.

Material culture explores why objects have meaning to us. For our contributor, it's because it does her wash.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Fri August 10, 2012

An Artist, a Tool & a Purpose

Madison artist Kelty Carew uses her etching skills to create art - and memorials.
Credit Gianofer Fields

Contributor Gianofer Fields introduces us to Madison artist Kelty Carew.

Objects play many roles in our lives. Some are functional. Some are ornamental. But, there are things - objects - that touch us on an deeper level.

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