Riverwest Artists Association
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Riverwest Artists Association | Jazz Gallery Presents DUPLEX by Joshua Hunt and Tonia Pochert Kountz

March 24th — April 21st, 2018. Opening Reception: Saturday, March 24th 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

By - Mar 2nd, 2018 06:02 pm

Milwaukee Artists Joshua Hunt and Tonia Kountz have different backgrounds, ages, and genres, but have a key commonality — they live under the same roof. The ‘Duplex’ located next to Kilbourn Park in Riverwest is considered the home and creative center for the two artists. Living upstairs, Hunt confronts his understanding of the nuclear family through portraits of fictional families against white picket fences. Hunt, a millennial, affected by recession, and a single-parent household, presents pointed critiques of the typical American dream.  He is intrigued by promises of family, security, and luxury. Within DUPLEX, he will present impressions of the family and his own genealogy.

Kountz the owner of the Bremen street house, has lived in the home for over 25 years. Her interest in gardening influences her watercolor paintings of mushrooms, wild flowers, and other small bits of nature. Concerned with tactility and material, Kountz prepares handmade paper for pressed flowers and deconstructs old canvases for new assabalage creations. Her responses to materials erupts from events big to small: the passing of a parent, the coming-to-age of a daughter, or the noticement of a new fungi during a stroll through the neighborhood. For the exhibition, the Jazz Gallery will attempt to duplicate the salon-style display of her work if it were plucked from the the walls of her home. As a artist of the greatest generation, Kountz’s works at DUPLEX will represent her 50 years of artistry.

Originally from Green Bay, Hunt earned a BFA in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Hunt a former MPS educator, currently teaches art at Homestead High School in Mequon. Through the Boy Scouts of America, he serves as a museum designer, curator of the Museum of Scouting Art, and resident artist for the BSA. Featured exhibitions of Hunt’s work were hosted at the National Scouting Museum, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Comb Gallery, and University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley.

Kountz has a BA in Fine Arts from the University of California-Irvine and an affiliate of the Art Therapy program at Mount Mary College. She is also a member of the Riverwest Artists Association and Riverwest Elders group. Recently, she was featured at Inspiration Studios, the Urban Ecology Center, Riverwest Art Walk, and RAA Membership Show.

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