Significant Art to be Unveiled in Historic Third Ward Building
Wisconsin Artist Terese Agnew’s Latest Creation
Terese Agnew and Pieper Properties will unveil a large art installation on Gallery Night at the newly renovated/restored Mayer Building. The project was commissioned by Richard R. Pieper, Sr. who invited Agnew to interpret the wonder everyone feels when thinking about the passage of time. Over the millennia, who/what trod the same ground we are standing or building on?
The result is a conceptual piece twelve by eight feet by the highly acclaimed Agnew and two colleagues Andie West and Sara Harris. The art is entitled Settlement. Thinking about the challenge presented by Pieper, Agnew says she started “envisioning millennia stacking up beneath the Mayer Building. I saw a hypothetical strata column that imagines the last 380 million years under one building. The piece is constructed with hundreds of patterned papers cut, collaged, hand-drawn and stamped”.
Agnew, generally a fabric artist, has works in the National Gallery, The New York Museum of Art and Design, and Merton College at Oxford University. Regionally, she is in the permanent collection of the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Wisconsin Museum of Art. Agnew currently resides in La Farge.
Pieper Properties renovated the prominently positioned, glazed white terra cotta tile Mayer Building with the greatest care for its history, the environment and smart, long-term energy use. Pieper Properties’ Ann Pieper Eisenbrown says, “When renovating, decades of workmanship and materials are uncovered. The Mayer was constructed in 1910. As a renovator, you end up with a greater appreciation of the past and the impetus to contribute to efforts that will endure into the future.”
Agnew’s Settlement, the first installment in a series she is working on, addresses the time scale of resources in a geologic sense and presents unique views of the layers those of us now living are creating.
What: Gallery Night October 17, 2014
Where: 342 North Water Street (Cross Streets: Between South 2nd and South 3rd)
Time: 6:00 pm