On Location

Artists Explore a Sense of Place

August 21—October 2, 2021



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What is it about a place that captures our imagination, clings to our memories, and infuses our daily lives? Can its presence be conveyed by careful documentation of dimensions, stories told, the light of a window on a wall, or the ephemera inhabiting it? Though the artists included in On Location take many different approaches, place is central to their art.


Participating Artists

Friday, August 20

Opening Reception
4 - 6pm in Guenzel Gallery


Saturday, September 16

Family Art Day: Wear Door County
9am - noon in the youth studios



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Necklace, with symmetrical images of burning oil rigs in black with gold leaf on white enamelKat Cole

Kat Cole looks to the built environment, the city in which she lives, for the formal qualities of her work: materials, forms, color and surface quality. Her work is internationally recognized; has been published in multiple books and magazines; and is in the collections of the Museum of Arts and Design, Racine Art Museum, MFA Boston, the Enamel Foundation, and MFA Houston, among others.

Abstract compilation of highway roadside images in black and white over white, tan, and pink areas with a large 30 in a circle over top of it all

Marina Gonella

Marina Gonella was born in Chicago, raised in Buenos Aires, and currently lives in South Florida. She makes work about the psychological influence of the surroundings and the relationship between place and identity. Marina has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions in the United States, Argentina and Uruguay, and has work in national and international collections.


Black rubbings of various objects and textures found in a hospital

Brianna Harlan

Brianna Harlan is a multiform artist and organizer. She works in community intervention and re-contextualized objects to inquire on how sociopolitical identity affects health, intimacy, selfhood, and community. Brianna has been featured in ArtNews; had residencies at Oxbow, Materia Abierta, and DreamYard; and spoken at events under For Freedoms, the Wide Awakes, and the Kentucky ACLU.



Sky Hopinka

Sky Hopinka‘s work centers around personal positions of Indigenous homeland and landscape, designs of language as containers of culture expressed through personal, documentary, and non fiction forms of media. Sky has been a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, a guest curator for the Whitney Biennial, a Sundance Art of Nonfiction Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a teacher at Bard College in Film and Electronic Arts.


Black and white photo of a woman walking along a beach with tree stumps

Tomiko Jones

Tomiko Jones’s photography and multidisciplinary installations explore social, cultural and geopolitical transitions, considering the twin crises of too much and too little in the age of climate change. She has been awarded grants, residencies, or fellowships from En Foco (NY), 4Culture, CityArtists (Seattle), Museé Niépce, and The Camargo Foundation (France).



Richard McGuire

Richard McGuire is a regular contributor to The New Yorker. His comics have appeared in The New York Times, McSweeney’s, Le Monde, and Libération.  He designed and manufactured his own line of toys, and is the founder and bass player of the band Liquid Liquid. Here was based on his six-page comic that appeared in RAW magazine in 1989 and was quickly acknowledged as a transformative work that expanded the possibilities of the comics medium.



Elysia Holland Michaelsen

Elysia Holland Michaelsen explores the quiet moments of recreational areas often packed with people and buzzing with activity. Her painting and installation work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in innovative commercial galleries, artist-run spaces, and museums across the country. Her numerous awards include fully-funded residencies at Anderson Ranch and Ox-Bow.


Three-lobed concrete vase with ornamemtal brass bands and topper

Michael Nashef

Michael Nashef saw a lot of destruction and damaged imposed on beautiful architecture while living in war-torn Lebanon. He has developed innovative processes and methods of working with cement to make vessels that are distilled representations of war-torn buildings, whose functional resilience comes from that stable and strong material. Michael is an adjunct instructor at Western University.


painting of potted house plants and an orange on a window sill

Erik Parra

Erik Parra makes paintings and drawings that engage the visual tropes of contemporary spaces to reveal and revise the stories embedded in the environments we build. He has had solo exhibitions in Austin, San Francisco, Portland, and Reno; group exhibitions in Berlin, Brazil, Los Angeles, London, and New York; and work published in New American Paintings, the SF Bay Guardian, and the LA Times.

Courtesy of Eleanor Harwood Gallery


Black and white image of a roadside stand with a sign saying "BIRRIA MENUDO CARNITAS." The image is screenprinted over OSB board that was painted white and, in the left, spraypainted fluorescent yellow.

Raymundo T. Reynoso

Raymundo T. Reynoso—also known as Eyeone—is an artist whose art practice is rooted in printmaking, graffiti, and photography. His work reflects on the experience of navigating urban environments and captures glimpses of resistance and existence in contemporary society. Raymundo’s work is included in the permanent collections of The Getty Research Institute and LACMA.


A collar type necklace of blackened silver mesh and wire made to look like sweeping highway roads and guardrails

Caitie Sellers

Caitie Sellers is a metalsmith whose work is meant to give the wearer a connection to their specific place in the world by dressing in a representation of its landscape. Caitie’s recent exhibitions include Placeholder, a solo show at the Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, and Shared Concerns, a traveling exhibition shown across the US and Australia.


A collection of scattered square and rectangular paintings, each with part of a close-up image of dense folliage radiating from the center. Interspersed among these panels are three flat screen panels showing videos of similar folliage

John Smither

John Smither, originally from the Midwest, now creates integrated installations of paintings, woodcuts, and video based on the local environment of his adopted home in the Pacific Northwest. His work is included in numerous private and has been shown at various venues including a live theatrical version at On The Boards in Seattle. John frequently exhibits his work in Seattle’s CORE Gallery, which he co-founded in 2010.


Two absrtacted halves of barns with blocks of grey, yellow, magenta, and teal painted on industrial felt

Krista Svalbonas

Krista Svalbonas’s In the Presence of Memory series explores the disappearing vernacular architecture of barns in rural Pennsylvania. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and her recent awards include a Baumanis Creative Projects Grant, Rhonda Wilson Award, Puffin Foundation Grant, and Bemis Fellowship. She is an assistant professor of photography at St. Joseph’s University.

Courtesy of Klompching Gallery