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Come celebrate another year with Woodland Pattern at our Annual Open House on Sunday, December 14th! Our program this year will feature a 2 pm screening of Steve Wetzel’s new video, Of the Iron Range, and a reading from his latest book, [PAUSE] (Green Gallery Press, 2014). As always, there will be baked goodies and beverages, good conversation, and books to browse, as well as an opportunity to check out our latest gallery exhibition of Ed Sanders’s Glyphs and Glyphic Poems. It's also a great way to get a jump on your holiday gift buying and to sign up for the 21st Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit set to take place on January 31st.
Steve Wetzel is an artist from Minnesota, USA, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Film Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Over the past decade Wetzel has produced many works of experimental non-fiction and anthromentary video, and has shown nationally and internationally. This coming February his newest video, Of the Iron Range, will be screened as part of the Flaherty NYC program at Anthology Films in New York City. Much of Wetzel’s video work focuses on social construction and the everyday inscription of the human symbolic. These themes can also be found in two short collections of essays he penned, Occasional Performances and Wayward Writings (2010), and [PAUSE] (2014).
Of the Iron Range documents a cultural event in a small Midwestern town (Cuyuna, Minnesota) that once held the nation’s supply of iron ore. Every year, people from across the region gather for a dynamic, convivial social performance where hundreds of wood ticks are gathered and raced. Deeply symbolic and rich in human observation, Of the Iron Range offers a portrait of one of America’s once-thriving industrial sites.
[PAUSE] is Wetzel’s second volume of collected performance transcripts and occasional writings. The subject matter is, for the most part, a contemporary mix of aesthetic-, personal-, and moral-imminence; the approach is analytic and insightful; the diction readable and engaging. [PAUSE] is criticism and commentary that facilitates deeper affirmation.