Abstraction & Freedom, an exhibition by Nicole Reinbold and Allison Yasukawa

Beloit—The Beloit Fine Arts Incubator, 520 E. Grand Ave., will be continuing its new gallery show schedule this month, with the new exhibit Abstraction & Freedom. The community can now expect to see a new show on the first Friday of each month. This should make it easier for guests to the gallery to remember when to stop in. Opening reception dates and times for new shows will be announced as they get near.

Abstraction & Freedom, an exhibition by Nicole Reinbold and Allison Yasukawa, will open Friday Aug. 6. The artists will have their opening reception on Aug. 14 starting at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend the reception and see a variety of different works by Reinbold and Yasukawa.

Nicole Reinbold is a recent transplant to Beloit after living in Madison for 11 years. She began painting in 1998 as a hobby. Her first showing was at Mother Fools in Madison, and she was also involved in the first annual Beloit Art Walk. Reinbold’s art is therapeutic expression–she paints through life’s unusual sense of humor. She hopes to continue showing her art in the future, possibly in Chicago at some point.

Allison Yasukawa’s work exposes absurdities to social structures and practices through bodily, tactile forms. Her pieces overwhelm the viewer and the work. Her use of everyday objects (empty toilet paper rolls, dental floss, human hair) creates a sense of familiarity that becomes undone or distorted through exaggeration, repetition and combination with unlikely materials.

Through this process, objects are removed from their expected roles and reconfigured to create an original dialogue with their surrounding environment. This process transforms the known and the familiar into the unknown and the absurd. Freedom addresses the short-lived Freedom Fry phenomenon of 2003. With shellacked French fries and French ketchup labels covering the wall, this is a testament to the unruly state of order that has dominated the United States for the last several years. It also explores the peculiar love/hate relationship that dictates U.S./France relations. Born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Allison spent her childhood in Beloit, Wis. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and Integrated International Studies from Knox College in Galesburg, Il. While in school, the plains inspired her to go abroad, instilling in her a strong and enduring wanderlust. Her travels have informed her work, inspiring her to explore the world from multiple viewpoints. She lives and works in Chicago.

The exhibit will be on display from Friday, Aug. 6 – Sunday, Aug. 22 with gallery hours Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The Beloit Fine Arts Incubator is currently conducting a Charter Patron fund-raising campaign to help fund programs like this. Interested supporters are encouraged to contact the BFAI at (608) 313-9083. Gifts are fully tax-deductible.

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