We Go From Where We Know

“J. Shimon & J. Lindemann: We Go From Where We Know” "Nash Corn Crib" and “Concrete Tear Drops” surrounded by portraits and postcards at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. October 13, 2013 – February 23, 2014. Photo courtesy of John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

“J. Shimon & J. Lindemann: We Go From Where We Know” “Nash Corn Crib” and “Concrete Tear Drops” surrounded by portraits and postcards at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. October 13, 2013 – March 2, 2014. Photo courtesy of John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

J. Shimon & J. Lindemann: We Go From Where We Know  "Nash Corn Crib" and "Concrete Tear Drops" surrounded by portraits and postcards at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin October 13, 2013 - February 23, 2014. Photo courtesy of John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

J. Shimon & J. Lindemann: We Go From Where We Know” “Nash Corn Crib” and “Concrete Tear Drops” surrounded by portraits and postcards at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. October 13, 2013 – March 2, 2014. Photo courtesy of John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

A collaboration with the John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s Connecting Communities program, We Go From Where We Know was the culmination of our research-driven The Wisconsin Project. The installation centered around a Wisconsin-built 1949 Nash Ambassador sedan automobile filled with individually hand-cast concrete corncobs and life-size full-length studio portrait photographs of Wisconsin Natives & Tourists. “Nash Corn Crib” is based on Shimon’s childhood memory of a derelict Nash repurposed as a corn crib by a neighboring farmer. Glass and rusty nail encrusted concrete tear drops, a participatory installation of “found” vintage postcards, trophy cases of “made” cyanotype and palladium real photo postcards, a reliquary of Wisconsin tourist souvenirs, and 101 framed watercolor paintings depicting a Rural Utopia combined to express the Wisconsin we have come to know through the works of self-taught artists whose primary medium was concrete and agrarian wisdom(s). Seeing our home state characterized as a Gothic netherworld in Michael Lesy’s seminal book Wisconsin Death Trip, as a picturesque vactionland on picture postcards, and populated by hard-working gemutlichkeit cheeseheads galvanized our meditation on Wisconsin as place as we museum-ized the mood and objects we found here.

View Natives & Tourists portrait photographs on Flickr

View Rural Utopia watercolors on Blogspot

View Made and Found postcards on Blogspot

View the We Go From Where We Know improvisational performance on YouTube

View photographs from the opening by Art Elkon and James Rhem

Listen to Caitlin Oleson’s interview with Shimon & Lindemann about art and life

Read more about the 1949 Nash Ambassador on Blogspot

Read Shepherd Express 11.27.2013 review by Erin Hefferman

Read The Nash Times January/February 2014 reportage by Tom Creecy

Read Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 2.16.2014 review by Mary Louise Schumacher

Read Third Coast Daily 2.28.2013 review by Kat Murrell

Read Photograph Magazine March/April 2014 review by Lyle Rexer

Read mnartists.org 5.7.2014 review by Jay Orff

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