Projects

The Wisconsin Project (2009-2013) The Wisconsin Project contemplates the rooted-ness and identity resulting from inhabiting a single place, our native Wisconsin, over a long period of time through critiquing postcard views both made and found.

Decay Utopia Decay (1996-2012) An exhibition about our personal desperation to create a paradise and record its existence at our isolated rural Wisconsin farm. Such perfection can only exist in the haze of the past or future, making it absurd to approach it with the present-ness of photography, even with camera formats as reflectively cumbersome as 30×36 inches or as spontaneous as small-gauge 8mm movies.

Real Photo Postcard Survey (2008-present) Deliberately posed postcard format studio portraits encapsulate an ephemeral performance of self. More than 200 people have made the journey to our studio in downtown Manitowoc, Wisconsin, to stand on the black tape line.

What We Do Here (2004-2010) From farmers to artists in small towns and cities in our native Wisconsin, we concentrated on individuals inventing their own worlds.

One Million Years is Three Seconds (2000-2008) An experimental documentary about time, place, creation, progress, and the lifelong accumulation of knowledge focusing on four Wisconsin men (Bob Watt, Milwaukee poet; Barry Lynn, Ladysmith, modern dancer; Paul Hefti, La Crosse sculptor; Herman Christel, St. Nazianz farmer) who avoided the homogeneity of American consumer culture.

Non-Famous People (1998-2008) Portraits made in the rural and urban landscape of Wisconsin with story-texts and printed in antiquarian photographic processes.

Town & Country (1992-1997) Portraits of the small town teens in the 1990s who had ample free time to roam the streets of Manitowoc late at night, form bands and make art. At the same time, we photographed people living in rural areas whose highly structured lives required them to be in sync with the patterns of nature and extremes of the four seasons in Wisconsin.

Neo-Post-Now Gallery (1992-1997)Situated in the storefront space of our studio in downtown Manitowoc, Neo-Post-Now Gallery documented and exhibited the work of regional contemporary artists.

Midwestern Rebellion (1987-1994) Portraits of Wisconsin of individualists and subterranean types in their native habitat from the privacy of bedrooms to the public space of the street in coastal towns. Punk rock  and art fashion are reinterpreted and made personal as people stand before our view camera.

Go-Go Girls (1987-1991) The Music Bar was a strip club and our favorite neighborhood hangout located on a dimly lit side street just a couple blocks from our studio in downtown Manitowoc. Ray ran the place since 1954. Our portraits of Ray and his dancers attempt encapsulating a moment in time and space through artifacts and images.

Salon Portraits (1984-1991)  Studio portraits of young Midwestern creative types made a 4×5 and 8×10 view camera and spot-lights in a claustrophobic living room studio in the Riverwest neighborhood of Milwaukee and later in our Manitowoc studio.

Toluca + Animal Husbandry (1988-1989) Photographs in and around Toluca, Illinois before I-39 was completed connecting the town to larger towns with strip malls and chain stores. We found 4-H club members to pose with their animals and small business owners who created their own worlds on Main Street in Toluca.

The Elders (1987-1988) Seeking the wisdom of older people became the focus of this project examining the spaces and moral values of the generations before us.

St. Nazianz (1985-1987) Made with two second hand Rolleiflexes, St. Nazianz was our earliest collaborative photography project and grappling with our own rural Wisconsin roots.

Hollywood Autopsy (1981-1983) Embracing punk rock amateurism and 1960s vintage instruments, Hollywood Autopsy evolved incorporating improvisation, poetry, and objects into performances.

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  1. Looking forward to to upcoming St. nazianz exhibit………………..Are you related to Phil and Betty ( Schnell) Lindemann??? She and I were good friends through high school, ( she went to Valders and I to St. Gregory’s) but lost touch after we married and moved on with our lives……………..So sorry about their passing at way too young an age…………………….

  2. Thanks for writing Bette. Yes, Betty Schnell was my mom…she and dad passed away in 2007 within one month of each other. We have no immediate plans for showing the St. Nazianz work but do have a show about Wisconsin landscapes opening at the Kohler Arts Center October 19. 2013.

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