Organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum in collaboration with the Chipstone Foundation, The Tool at Hand puts the skill and creativity of some of the most talented names in the art world to the test. The exhibition showcases the wonder of the process of making and, at the same time, sparks an important conversation about the nature of skill, production and tool use today.
In the spring of 2011, the Chipstone Foundation invited 16 contemporary artists to make a work of art with one tool alone. Working in a variety of materials, including paint, metal, wood, glass, fiber and clay, the artists range from those who work with non-traditional tools to those whose skill with traditional tools is in a class by itself. The resulting exhibition features a variety of creative and witty artworks, presented together with images of the tools used to craft them and a short explanatory video produced by each artist.
Recent economic reports speculate that a third industrial revolution, shaped by digital technologies, is underway. This summer, HCCC investigates the implications of such technologies on the making of sculptural and functional objects in the 21st century. Ctrl + P features work by several contemporary artists who use open-source programs and 3D printers to conceptualize and create in revolutionary ways.
The reception will also feature open studios by HCCC's current resident artists. Beer, sponsored by Karbach Brewing Co., will be served.
On view through Sept. 8.