Tender is the Line

April 17 - June 6, 2009

Opening reception: Gallery Night, April 17

Tender is the Line is a small group exhibition about drawing. Seven artists explore variations of the sketched portrait. They include Paul Caster, Sally Duback, Jean Roberts Guequierre, Steve Ohlrich, Steve Lubahn, Claire Stigliani and Dawn Turner. 

From the highly refined portraiture of classically trained Steve Ohlrich to the small, fragile Bruegel inspired sketches of children by Jean Roberts to the contemporary fashion models of Claire Stigliani, the exhibition covers a range of drawn identities.

Stigliani and Turner are graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and this is the first time their work has been shown in Milwaukee. Jean Roberts Guequierre is represented by Ann Nathan Gallery in Chicago and has not shown her drawings locally either. Paul Caster is the head of the drawing department at MIAD. Steve Lubahn was a student of Paul Caster’s and has since forged an art career, with drawing as his primary medium. Sally Duback works in various media, but drawing has always been an important part of her production. Uniquely, Duback works life-sized on large sheets of cardboard or paper. Steve Ohlrich attended the School of Representational Art in Chicago where he received classical training.

This exhibition will show a variety of mark making styles as each artist addresses the notion of drawing from very different perspectives. All of the work will be for sale and each artist is also available for commissions through the gallery.