I'll Make You Sorry
to benefit The Butterfly Collective
December 1 - 31, 2020
Also part of NADA Miami December 1 - 5, 2020
Phoenix S Brown 🦋 Oscar Chavez 🦋 Michael Collazo 🦋 Cielo Felix-Hernandez 🦋 Zoe Hawk 🦋 Lynnea Holland-Weiss 🦋 Rebecca Morgan 🦋 Zachary Ochoa 🦋 Liora Ostroff 🦋 Nicolette Sloan
Curated by Milwaukee artist, educator and activist LaNia Sproles, the exhibition I'll Make You Sorry is a group show featuring the work of contemporary artists who demand to take part in the luxuries of pleasure. As part of her art practice, Sproles has been using her platform as an artist to raise money and awareness for social justice causes, such as backing Chrystul Kizer, BLM, and other organizations to support LGBTQIA+ people of color. With I’ll Make You Sorry, Sproles creates an opportunity for artists to promote social justice beyond the picture plane.
“All the works in I’ll Make You Sorry share the collective grief in revealing unrequited desires and that in itself is a form of protest,” Sproles said. “I also want this exhibition to be about building connections and community between the artists and organizations like The Butterfly Collective.”
This exhibition will function as a fundraiser in collaboration with Fellowship.art. The exhibition will be held virtually on Green Gallery's website from Dec. 1-31, 2020 and selections of the show will be part of NADA Miami online fair Dec. 1-5, 2020. All funds raised from this exhibition will aid The Butterfly Collective, an organization serving BIPOC Transgender youth experiencing hardships within the greater Milwaukee area by providing safe social spaces, gender affirming care, financial means for living, self-defense classes and most importantly, a sense of community.
Panel Discussion: The Importance of Protest
Saturday, December 5, 11am CST
This panel discussion looks into our capacity to experience pleasure and how it can shape what we know to be true. How we cast our bids for desires of power, connection and space reveal our present-day limitations and turbulent political climate. Please join the artist and curator of the Green Gallery benefit exhibition for Milwaukee’s Butterfly Collective, LaNia Sproles, in conversation with several artists in the show Phoenix S Brown, Oscar Chavez & Nicolette Sloan.
NADA Maimi online
December 1 - 5, 2020
CONNECT WITH AND SUPPORT THE BUTTERFLY COLLECTIVE HERE.
LaNia Sproles is a Milwaukee-based artist, educator and activist. With a BFA from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Sproles conducts research on the philosophies of self-perception, queer and feminist theories, and inherent racial dogmas. Through the combination of printmaking and drawing, Sproles creates imagery that is free from the barriers of social constructs and honest in its vulnerability.
Fellowship.art is a 12-week accelerator program for visual artists. Fellowship.art helps artists achieve greater success by providing the support and mentorship needed to maintain a sustainable practice and navigate the industry.
Phoenix S Brown (b. Cincinnati, Ohio) is an interdisciplinary painter who highlights dialogues around Black feminism, personal narrative, and current events while critiquing western ideals of still life, landscape, and portraiture. In 2019, she graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design with a BFA and art history minor. She was a resident artist at Yale Norfolk School of Art in 2018 and a participant in Plum Blossom Initiative’s 2019 Bridgework artist development program. She was a finalist for Fellowship.Art's artist accelerator grant, alongside receiving the Abert Family curatorial fellowship at the Milwaukee Art Museum, 2020. Her work is featured in Artdose Magazine and is selected to appear in New American Paintings. She will be a summer Artist-in-Residence at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati in 2021. She is currently living and working in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Oscar Chavez is an artist & designer from Chicago currently living in Brooklyn, NY.
Michael Collazo is a Gay Multiracial Artist and Military Child: Jewish, African American, and Hispanic.
Cielo Felix-Hernandez (b.1998, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico) is an interdisciplinary artist currently living and working in Richmond, Virginia. Working primarily in painting, the figures in Cielo’s oil paintings are entities that carry their own narratives constructed out of familiar Boricua-aesthetics, a place that is built around them. Caribbean and Queer iconographies create a parallel between US and Puerto-Rican lands that carry a sense of ambiguity. These bring back the internal through scents, color, and aesthetics connecting back to diasporic-roots. Cielo is responding to past and ongoing colonization–the effects of displacement on the psyche–that have disrupted practices of self-care and have enabled a subconscious form of performativity. The entities in the work are oftentimes in submissive positions questioning what it means to be submissive and to still be in control. To be submissive is to be open, or to be aligned with your own divine-feminine thussy, and we can think about how submissiveness can be powerful, like the plantain heels, the power to feel tall like most flags are, finding agency in that. Cielo’s work doesn’t aim for definitive depictions of reality, but to attempt to visualize and practice decolonial ways of performing identity and reclaiming our own narratives.
Zoe Hawk was born in St. Louis in 1982. She received a BFA in studio art from Missouri State University, and MFA in painting from the University of Iowa. Hawk’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and included in publications such as New American Paintings, Plastik Magazine, ArtMaze Mag (UK), and JOIA Magazine (Chile). She has attended artist residencies in Ireland, Norway, Belgium, and Qatar, and the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY. Notable exhibitions include From Pangs to Pangolins, curated by Trenton Doyle Hancock (Shulamazit Nazarian, Los Angeles), SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2019 (Desert Center, Los Angeles), Contemporary Art Qatar (Kraftwerk, Berlin), and solo exhibition Dreaming As The Summers Die (Glass Rice, San Francisco). In 2019, Hawk collaborated with apparel company ZARA for their Women in Art Collection, released worldwide. She is currently based in Columbia, Missouri.
Lynnea Holland-Weiss (b. 1990) was raised in Berkeley and Oakland, California. She received her BFA from California College of the Arts in 2013. She currently lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio and is represented by Galerie Sébastien Bertrand in Geneva, Switzerland.
Born in central Pennsylvania, Rebecca Morgan works in painting, drawing, and ceramics that subvert stereotypes of Appalachia. Imbued with folk tradition and a sly sense of humor, her work peels apart the simultaneous reverence and disgust for rural people. Stylistically, Morgan embraces the hyper-detailed naturalism of Dutch masters, as well as absurd, repulsive caricature suggestive of underground cartoonists like R. Crumb. Although they often contain modern clues, her characters and scenes evoke a romanticized, nostalgic America, nonexistent but wistfully recalled, much like Norman Rockwell’s illustrations. Morgan’s works question what such images were selling in their conception, and she gives her archetypal maids, hillbillies, and dandies the space to explore contemporary issues of women reclaiming their subjectivity, a pop-cultural false sense of romance, and ideas about masculinity, power, escapism, and hedonistic backwoods pleasure. Rebecca Morgan received a BA from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and her MFA from Pratt Institute, NY. Press for her work includes The New York Times, Time Out New York, Hyperallergic, ARTnews, Whitehot Magazine, Beautiful Decay, Artslant, Juxtapoz Magazine, The Huffington Post, Paper Magazine, and Berlin's Lodown Magazine. She is the recipient of residencies at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, The Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts Residency, a Vermont Studio Center full fellowship, and the George Rickey Residency at Yaddo, among others. Morgan has exhibited widely in the United States and abroad, with recent exhibitions at BravinLee Projects New York, NY; Mother Gallery, Beacon, NY; Oakland University Art Gallery, Beacon, NY; Western Exhibitions, IL; Mana Contemporary, NJ; Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, NY; The Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada; The Hole, NY; MRS Gallery, NY; Marinaro Gallery, NY; Hashimoto Contemporary, CA; Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, NY; Fisher Parrish Gallery, NY; Woskob Family Gallery at Penn State, PA; Knoll Galerie, Austria; Richard Heller Gallery, CA; Children’s Museum of Art, NY; and SPRING/BREAK art fair, NY.
Zachary Ochoa is based in Milwaukee, WI and is a recent graduate of Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, earning a BFA in New Studio Practice. He has performed alongside Jessica James Hutchinson at the Kholer Art Center in Wisconsin, Exhibited in the 2019 Temporary resurfacing show, and a selected artist for the This is Milwaukee Newspaper Box project.
Liora Ostroff graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2016. She lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland.
Nicolette Sloan is a Brooklyn based artist from northern Virginia. Sloan studied painting at Pratt Institute, graduating Magna Cum Laude earlier this year. Sloan works in a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, digital painting, papier-mâché, book-making, and anything else she can get her grubby hands on. She values mischief and magical realism, creating narratives that invite the viewer into intimate moments with herself and her world.