Monday, December 26, 2011

End of the Season SALE

This month flew by like the rest. I'm spending the next 5 days wrapping things up at the Gallery. You may want to take advantage of this sale if your in the neighborhood we have a lot of beautiful things left that need homes.

End of the season SALE

Friday, December 16, 2011

Temporary Mural Project Editon #6: Amanda Tollefson

Normally, I post about Sky High business over on the gallery blog, but I'm trying to stay focused on the pop-up shop through the end of the season over there so I decided to post this here.

For those of you who may not be familiar the Temporary Mural Project is an ongoing outside gallery that Aaron and I curate together. We invite Milwaukee based artists to create an 8'x 8' painting in their studio that is then installed on the East facing wall of our building where Sky High is located. Each mural runs for a duration of about 3 months with the idea that instead of a blank brown spot on our building, the rotating murals would brighten the community, promote growth and creativity in our neighborhood and give the artist street side exposure.

As of this afternoon I'm pleased to bring you the newest addition to the Temporary Mural Project- Edition #6: Amanda Tollefson, December 2011 - March 2012

Amanda tells us in her own words about this mural:

"The design was inspired by a "Bird of Paradise" bride's quilt from the 1850's, and I wanted to explore my sign painting style in combination with the aesthetic of quilt making. I have always been inspired by visionary sculpture environments, and I wanted to honor all the great ones that Wisconsin has. Represented on the mural are: Albert Zahn - "Birds Park" in Bailey's Harbor (not there anymore), Nick Engelbert - "Grandview" in Holland, Mary Nohl - cottage yard in Fox Point, Herman Rusch - "Prarie Moon Sculpture Park" in Cochrane, Tom Every - "The Forevertron" in Sauk City, Fred Smith - "Fred Smith Concrete Park" in Phillips, James Tellen, "Woodland Sculpture Park" in Sheboygan, Father Mathias Wernerus - "Holy Ghost Park" in Dickeyville, and Paul and Matilda Wegner - "Wegner Grotto" in Cataract. I chose works by these artist that are iconic and reduced the images to simple shapes. I also included other Wisconsin symbols like the state flower and state tree."

Temporary Mural Project- Edition #6: Amanda Tollefson,
Mural detail

Temporary Mural Project- Edition #6: Amanda Tollefson,
Goodbye beautiful Vanessa Andrew mural

Temporary Mural Project- Edition #6: Amanda Tollefson,

Temporary Mural Project- Edition #6: Amanda Tollefson,

Temporary Mural Project- Edition #6: Amanda Tollefson,

Temporary Mural Project- Edition #6: Amanda Tollefson,

Special thanks to John for taking a break from Bona Drag construction and coming by to help install today.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Book #2 is a GO!

Faythe Levine & Sam Macon

It's official. We've been sitting on this news for a bit- but you always have to wait until the paper work is signed to announce exciting news so you don't jinx yourself. Princeton Architectural Press who published my last book Handmade Nation, will be releasing a book I am co-authoring with Sam Macon, my collaborator for the Sign Painter movie.

You can follow our progress on the film on our site and I'm sure I'll have more updates soon. For now I have my nose to the grindstone and am just staying focused.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Leif Goldberg: 2012 Terminal Fuze

For the past 5 years, maybe 6 even, I have been lucky enough to get my hands on the very limited Leif Goldberg calendars and bring them to Milwaukee.

If your not already familiar with Leif's silk screen work, it is a psychedelic mash-up of his dark humor, social awareness and ability to layer colors like no other. If you'd like to see more of his stuff, we had a show with him and his partner Erin Rosenthal at Paper Boat (my old gallery down the way) in 2008.

For now I'd get in gear and grab a copy of this year's Calendar TERMINAL FUZE. Silk screened edition of only 240 that just arrived today to the gallery. I only ordered 10, which means 9 because I obviously swiped one for our house. Calendars are $22 [tax included] and in my option worth much more. Like anything in the shop, I'll ship for an additional charge, holler.

Leif Goldberd: 2012 Terminal Fuze

Leif Goldberd: 2012 Terminal Fuze

Leif Goldberd: 2012 Terminal Fuze

Leif Goldberd: 2012 Terminal Fuze

Leif Goldberd: 2012 Terminal Fuze

Leif Goldberg: 2012 Terminal Fuze
Available now at Sky High Gallery
silkscreen edition of 240
16 pages // screened on both sides
Hangs flat: 16" x 5.5"
Ships flat: 8 x 5.5
A $22 color joy ride

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sky High: the pop-up shop is open!

Friday night was the kick-off party for December's pop-up shop in the gallery space. I'll be spending the entire month as shopkeeper if you want to swing by.

Sky High Gallery: December pop-up shop

Santa Fe Stonework 3" pocket knives

Check out the full post over on the gallery page & thanks if you already have come in to check out what we have in stock. I'm really excited about the way it turned out this year.