Dynamic Stasis

January, 2013
Johannesburg, South Africa

Exhibition Catalogue and Videos

Title: Dynamic Stasis / Nathaniel Stern and Jessica Meuninck-Ganger
Essay: Richard Grusin
Design: Andrew McConville and Jeff Ganger
Photos: Jessica Kaminski
Documentation Videos: Brian James McGuire
Publisher: Gallery AOP, Nathaniel Stern and Jessica Meuninck-Ganger
Date of Publication: 2013
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0-620-55064-2
Download Dynamic Stasis as PDF (6 mb)
Available from Gallery AOP, Johannesburg

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Current Tendencies II: Artists From Milwaukee

Current Tendencies II features 10 Milwaukee artists working in a variety of media including: photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, video and sculpture. The exhibition presents many all-new, never-before-seen works, created specifically for the Haggerty Museum.

Each artist was paired with a Marquette professor who wrote a reflection of the artist’s work based on the professor’s area of expertise, creating dialogue between artist and scholar and connecting philosophy, theology, political science, communications, etc., to the works in the exhibition.

The ten artists are: Reginald Baylor, Mark Brautigam, Julian Correa, Lisa Hecht, Sharon Kerry-Harlan, Luc Leplae, Will Pergl, Nathaniel Stern, Jessica Meuninck-Ganger and Jordan Waraksa.



Title: Current Tendencies II: Artists From Milwaukee
Editor and curator: Lynne Shumow
Essays by: Bonnie Brennen, Roberta Coles, Ryan Hanley, Thomas Jablonsky, Jason Ladd, Richard Lewis, Danielle Nussberger, Melissa Shew and Larry Watson
Publisher: The Haggerty Museum
Date of Publication: 2011
Language: English
Download as PDF (4mb)
Available from the Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee


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Solo Show—Position/Opposition—Johannesburg

My first solo show in Johannesburg was a success. I am very thankful for the advice and support from the great people at Gallery AOP!


Position / Opposition

2 – 23 July 2011

Opening Saturday July 2 at 14:00

Gallery AOP – 44 Stanley Avenue  Braamfontein Werf   Johannesburg

Opening address by Max Yela (Head, Special Collections, UWM Libraries; Adjunct Associate lecturer, UWM Department of Art & Design; Adjunct Instructor, UWM School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA)

Preview by appointment

Exhibition catalogue available

Walkabout: Jessica meuninck-Ganger and Max Yela will conduct a public walkabout on Saturday 2 July at 11:00

Walkabout for artist-printmakers: A special walkabout/information session for artist-printmakers will be held on Sunday 3 July at 14:00

Jessica Meuninck-Ganger’s first solo exhibition at GALLERY AOP revolves around one large artist’s book: 1.2 x 2.3 x 6 meters, when completely open. According to Meuninck-Ganger: ‘The larger than human scale book structure requires two handlers to manipulate and unfold its contents, and demands the arduous actions of opening, accessing, handling, and navigating the pages. Designed to be intentionally cumbersome and awkward, it initiates an interaction between the participants that closely mirrors the inter-personal exchange depicted in the imagery.’

More at Art On Paper.

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Lens and Bos Opening

Nathaniel Stern and I have more than half a dozen works on a Museum show in South Africa opening May 11—with a line-up of some of the most important contemporary photographers and video-makers on the African continent!

Lens Invitation

Bos Invitation

LENS: University Museum 52 Ryneveld Street
The title of the exhibition alludes to the nature of the lens as an optical device that assists in capturing as well as casting an image. The exhibition will include works of diverse media where the lens is used as primary device for image production.

The aim of this exhibition is to combine a selection of older and more recent work produced by South African artists who apply the lens in their practice. The works do not only correlate aesthetically, but also connect in terms of the choice of subject matter. The focus of the exhibition will parallel certain modules taught in Visual Studies at Stellenbosch University, including the history of and discourse on the lens and the utopia/dystopia of photographic and video art in South Africa.

BOS: Constructed images and the memory of the South African Bush War by Christo Doherty at the US Art Gallery cnr of Dorp and Bird Street

The opening event for Lens and Bos will both be on the evening of 11 May 2011.
The opening addresses for both exhibitions will take place at 19:00 in the Sasol Art Museum, 52 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch. A shuttle service will be provided between the venues for the duration of the evening. We encourage you to view both exhibitions.

Contact number: 021 808 3524 / 3029

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Distill Life

Here are videos of my collaboration with Nathaniel Stern, entitled Distill Life. We are getting ready to pack up our finished work and send it to Johannesburg, South Africa for our show in January 2010. We’re excited about the finished pieces and we are very happy to get so much positive feedback on our work.

Floating Worlds from nathaniel stern on Vimeo.

The Multiple from nathaniel stern on Vimeo.

Meninas from nathaniel stern on Vimeo.

At Sea from nathaniel stern on Vimeo.

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Night Work @ the Armoury Gallery

Night Work @ the Armoury Gallery
Image courtesy of the Armoury Gallery

Night Work
March 27 – May 2
Armoury Gallery
1718 N. 1st St. 3N3

Featuring Work by:
Sonja Thomsen, Nicholas Lampert, Shana McCaw & Brent Budsberg, and Nathaniel Stern & Jessica Meuninck-Ganger

“The Armoury Gallery is pleased to announce its 8th exhibition: Night Work. Focusing specifically on professional artists working as art professors and instructors in Milwaukee, Night Work is an exciting cross section of some of Milwaukee’s most talented and recognized artists; three of whom are featured in the Current Tendencies exhibition at the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University. Night work includes two collaborative teams, Nathaniel Stern & Jessica Meuninck-Ganger and Shana McCaw & Brent Budsberg, as well as new 2D work by Nicolas Lampert and recent photographs by Sonja Thomsen.”

First time collaborative duo Jessica Meuninck-Ganger and Nathaniel Stern will present a new series of works. They hack and tweak, shoot and print, appropriate and remix, edit and draw. Playfully called “Distill Life,” this series incorporates technologies and aesthetics from traditional printmaking – including Japanese woodblock and engraving circa the 1800s, present-day etching, stone lithography, photogravure etc – with the technologies and aesthetics of contemporary digital, video and networked art, in order to create new forms.

Individually, Meuninck-Ganger and Stern have spanned art media including net.art, video, interactive installation, sculpture, printmaking, bookmaking, performance and more. Here, they capture and edit video from real and virtual worlds and download these onto hacked digital photo frames. The liberated screens from these frames are then placed behind or embedded within prints, drawings and sculptures. Sometimes, they just use a sharpie and draw right on the screen.

Hailing from South Africa, and currently studying for his PhD through Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, Nathaniel Stern joined the Milwaukee arts community in 2008 for his position with the Peck School of the Arts at UW Milwaukee. His work has been exhibited internationally, and he has a host of awards, residencies and fellowships to his credit. Jessica Meuninck-Ganger earned her MFA at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and currently teaches at the Peck School of the Arts, also having a host of honors, residencies and exhibitions to her credit.

The opening reception was Friday March 27, from 6:00 – 10:00 pm, and the attendance was great! You can view photos of the opening at the Armoury Gallery’s Flickr Set.

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MCAD Faculty Show – 2008

Rote Quest
Rote Quest - 10" x 10" lithography, graphite on paper

“Rote Quest” is a work that consists of printed playing cards onto which I invited viewers to contribute their drawings (from memory) of various playing card designs. Ultimately the imagery symbolizes my beliefs regarding the delicacy of memory and life in terms of human relationships; and at the end I provide a place, or space, for viewers to participate and contribute their own ideas.

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