Must be Milwaukee to have an art show at the site of an old beer factory. Last Friday night (4/16/10), numerous Milwaukee-based artists did projects and exhibited work at the Pabst Factory, which closed down a decade ago and is now a series of abandoned factory buildings that are slowly being renovated for better and worse.
The Parachute Project "Sweeping The Pool of Light" event was organized by Makeal Flammini, Ella Dwyer, and Jes Myszka, and fans of Justseeds might recognize mud stencils by Jesse Graves, a shopping cart lounge chair by Colin Matthes, and Laura Klein projecting 16 mm films inside a beer hall. The show made for a great evening and reconfirmed the notion that rust belt cities are loaded with creative potential and locations to do art shows outside the confines of the traditional gallery setting.
Below are some photos I took of the factory and some of the projects created for the the one-day show.