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  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm, Closed Mon
Event Calendar
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exhibitions
October 6 -28

Exhibition - Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

performances
October 18

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
October 20

Poetry Reading: Soham Patel and Lauren Russell 

readings & workshops
October 25

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets + Open Mic

readings & workshops
October 28

Poetry Reading: Kathleen A. Dale, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Judith Harway, and Bill Murtaugh

special events
November 17

We Exist to Prove the Living Artist: 38th Anniversary Gala

readings & workshops
November 30

Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale and Daniel Owen

film & video
December 14

Film Screening: Riverwest Film & Video by Emir Cakaroz

Archived readings & workshops
Jun 30 Thursday, June 30
7:00pm, Give What You Can

"Thomas Gaudynski's witty, deeply personal essays convey his lifelong passion for experimental poetry, music, and art. With contagious enthusiasm and a gift for clear exposition, Gaudynski offers fresh insights for his fellow devotees and inspires the rest of us to catch up on the fun. Read, learn, and enjoy." –Jody Clowes, Director James Watrous Gallery.

 

Re: Re: Re: collects together twelve essays and two suites of drawings in a series of nested subjects, threads, dialogs, rejoinders, and engagements with contemporary art, music, and poetry. Essays explore the arc of an artist's work over time, making art in time of war, Robert Rauschenberg's "invention," an "homage" to poet Jackson Mac Low, critical reviews of works by Jon Mueller and Hal Rammel, and hands-on reports of user determined listening, interactive poetry performance, and drawing as second language. Drawings reproduced include the fourteen journal/essay drawings Cambridge Avenue (2010) first exhibited at Woodland Pattern Book Center, and twelve impossible still life "object-salads" titled Object Syntax (2014) first exhibited at the James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. The cover features Virtual Landscape (Necessary Arts) from 2014.

 


Thomas Gaudynski was trained in visual art during high school, but in his early twenties switched his creative practice to electronic music, text-sound works, and electroacoustic improvisation. Subsequently, Gaudynski performed, toured, and recorded with any number of alternative sound artists and musicians and is represented on over thirty recordings. Additionally, for over forty years he earned his living as a writer, marketer, and information designer, and for nine years he taught conceptual histories of twentieth-century art at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. In 2010, Gaudynski returned to visual art-making focusing on water-based media.
 
Since then, Gaudynski has exhibited his drawings throughout Wisconsin, and his works are in private collections in New York City, Albany, Chicago, Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Seattle. His books Artifacts: Essays on Music + Art + Design (2001) and SELFIZDAT (2014) are published by Necessary Arts. His collected audio recordings from a(R)t NOISE and Necessary Arts are included in the Jean Cujé Milwaukee Music Collection at Marquette University and in the Creative Audio Archive at the Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago.