February - April, 2021
On January 1, 2020, artist Howard Leu followed through, like many of us do at the beginning of a new year, on a resolution he’d set for himself: take one photograph a day, every day, for the coming year. Perhaps for fun, perhaps to hold himself accountable, he posted to Instagram his first image: an enigmatic self-portrait—his eyes steady with brows quizzically raised; the instrument of composition, his camera, offered up to the viewer as an equally worthy subject of consideration; while in the background a sliver of a mirror provides a faint glimpse of a perspective we’re ultimately not permitted. Thematically diverse yet all of a piece, the images that follow in Leu’s photo-a-day project remain true to the dawning vision of this first essential photograph, his invitation to the viewer a balancing act between intimacy and elusivity, and a window into what is clearly a solemn practice. Informed by but never hyperbolized by the dramatic events of 2020, Leu’s project—based in Milwaukee and primarily in the Riverwest neighborhood—lures us into a perpetual loop of looking, as he chronicles and captures with candor and wonder the ordinary moments of an extraordinary year.
Online gallery: https://woodlandpattern.org/howard-leu-a-photo-a-day-2020
ReBegin: New works from new beginnings
Jazz Gallery Center of Art
April 24 - May 29, 2021
It’s been a year, and then some. Our lives and worlds became unfamiliar. Now, as we slowly reemerge, we look forward.This exhibitions shares local artists’ expressions of this creative rebirth.
Online gallery: https://jazzgallerycenterforarts.org/events/2021/4/24/rebegin
‘New Beginnings’ Group Show at Riverwest’s Jazz GalleryBY Kevin Lynch, May 17, 2021.https://shepherdexpress.com/arts-and-entertainment/visual-art/new-beginnings-group-show-at-riverwests-jazz-gallery/
Jazz Gallery show finds creative ways to begin again, emerging from pandemic by Kevin Lynch, May 17, 2021. https://kevernacular.com