Thomas Gaudynski, Linda Binder, and Mark Mantel performing in response to
The Point Being, an exhibition of works by Thomas Gaudynski
The Point Being: Works by Thomas Gaudynski on view in the gallery August 1 - September 26
The Point Being features a selection of Thomas Gaudynski’s drawings created over the past six years that incorporate text art, visual poetry, and found objects, while exploring domestic and musical themes, often in combination. The result is often a “visual confrontation between interiors and still-lifes,” and images that produce auditory effects of both sound and silence. While the works in this exhibition often ask to be read, they also readily present interpretive conundrums for the viewer, playfully exploring the excesses and limits of language and meaning, ultimately revealing a preference for being itself over any point one might make about it.
About the artist:
Thomas Gaudynski grew up and spent time walking around Milwaukee, West Allis, and the Kinnickinnic River collecting and observing flora, fauna, rocks, and detritus. He was educated at various libraries, museums, bookstores, and record shops. Originally trained as a visual artist, Gaudynski switched his artistic focus to sound art and text sound in his early twenties, subsequently performing and recording with a number of both well- and lesser-known sound artists and musicians. Over the years, Gaudynski has produced over thirty recordings and was awarded a Wisconsin Arts Board Music Composition Fellowship in 1989. His drawings have been exhibited throughout Wisconsin, and his works are held in private collections in New York City, Albany, Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee, Kenosha, Port Washington, and Seattle. Gaudynski is also the author of three books: Artifacts: Essays on Music +Art + Design (2001), SELFIZDAT (2014), and Re: Re: Re: Essays and Drawings (2016), all 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. A longtime collaborator of Woodland Pattern, he was instrumental early on in bringing music programming to the center and in 2012 curated its John Cage Centennial Celebration. He is married to Marly Gisser, a retired graphic designer and alternative spirituality pilgrim, and is father of Kira Gaudynski, a music theatre disciple and practitioner. Everything has influenced him.
(photo credit: Terry Bauman)