Art on the Rooftop is a free sculpture exhibition in the William T. Evjue Rooftop Garden at Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center. The exhibit began as an outdoor pilot project in 2014 to help showcase the rooftop as another “must-see” Madison destination. Art on the Rooftop 2017 includes seven works by five different artists from five states. The Rooftop exhibit will be on display through October 2017, and Nexus, on Olin Terrace, will be on display until May 2018.
Both Nexus, on Olin Terrace, and Threshold, on the rooftop, foreshadow the feeling of delving deeper into a place, and therefore into oneself. Spiczka emphasizes vulnerability in his forms, an emotive knowing that there is a black void beneath us which can either swallow us whole or bring us into bloom. The sculptures show that we can either ignore this reality or open ourselves up to it.
The fluidity of a hard surface is emphasized in Transition and Glorious Ascent. Niemi intends for each viewer to experience each sculpture in a different way based on their individual backgrounds. These two sculptures are meant to display the sense of beauty and wonder of the heavens and earth.
Thammavong uses his Asian-American heritage to create a visual poetry that emphasizes the aesthetic significance rather than a specific meaning in his work. Sproutling is an abstract representation of a maple seed. Seed of vibrant earth-red rusted steel, and leaves of shimmering brushed stainless. The metals speak to the decay of a withering plant; giving way to the promised hope of renewed life; peaking from an enigmatic seed.
JC#2 draws from the past, present, and future to establish a personal dialogue. This work is the second in a series of sculptures made in homage to others who have come before. A reinvention of John Chamberlain’s colorful metal sculptures made from crushed cars, Siciliano updates Chamberlain’s ideas by recycling discarded plastic bumper covers that contrast hard and soft imagery.