WAUKESHA, WIS.—New artwork by Jessica Meuninck-Ganger, and collaborations with Nirmal Raja and Nathaniel Stern, will be displayed at Carroll University from Oct. 28-Nov. 24, 2013. “Frame Story” features print assemblages, projection and video. The exhibit is in the Paddock Bliss Gallery of Main Hall, 120 N. East Ave., Waukesha, with a reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30. All gallery visits are free and open to the public.
Meuninck-Ganger was trained within the printmaking discipline, and her work is characterized by mark making and transference, series and structure. She said, “My work exists in places where tradition and experimentation meet, and is I am interested in combining old and new technologies as well as the sequential and time-based qualities of narrative forms.”
Her collaborations with Nirmal Raja were inspired by travel. “Walking the streets of Mumbai, Berlin, Hong Kong, Seoul or Buenos Aires, we often find ourselves in unfamiliar environments that provoke us to question our understanding of the world,” Meuninck-Ganger said. Their artwork is a recreation of memories of places and moments juxtaposed with the “truth” captured in photographs and videos from their travels. The viewers of this installation can interpret their own story within the story.
With Nathaniel Stern, Meuninck-Ganger approaches old and new media as form. She said, “We incorporate technologies and aesthetics from traditional printmaking with the technologies and aesthetics of contemporary digital, video and networked art to explore images and narrative forms as multidimensional.” For example, translucent prints and drawings are mounted to video screens, which create moving images on paper.
Meuninck-Ganger’s prints, artist’s books and large-scale mixed media works have been exhibited in museums and both experimental and commercial galleries regionally, nationally and internationally. Her works on paper and artist’s books are included in several private and public collections, and contemporary publications. She has received residencies and fellowships all over the world, and has instructed printmaking courses and book arts workshops and in North America, South Korea and South Africa. Meuninck-Ganger earned a bachelor’s degree in art education from Ball State University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in studio arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She is currently the Print and Narrative Forms area head and an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. For more information, visit jessicameuninck.com.