It's a Material World

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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