A Celebration of All Things Cultural, Artistic, and Entertaining in Madison
May 25, 2011
One of my favorite things is unexpectedly coming across art. Taking a few unplanned minutes to view a sculpture or painting or photography exhibit before going back about my day is a joy.
You might have this experience if you find yourself at the corner of University Bay Drive and Marshall Court. Gallery 800 UBD is a new art space at 800 University Bay Drive, a LEED Platinum administrative office building for UW Hospital and Clinics that opened last year. Designed into the wide hallways of the building’s first two floors, the gallery opened on May 6 to coincide with the city’s latest Gallery Night.
Curator Joyce Bromley says the gallery will offer two shows annually, each kicking off on Gallery Night (this year’s fall event is October 14). She’ll give preference to local artists, especially those who haven’t had opportunities to exhibit on their own yet.
The first artist represented is Jan Tymorek, with an exhibition of photography called Drawing with Light: 25 Years of Photography. Roughly ninety works, in both color and black and white, hang on wood panels created specifically for the gallery.
The photographs are divided into themes: nature, family, architecture, animals, travel and more. A walk through the long halls offers the chance to appreciate the impressive breadth of subject matter.
Colorful flower works greets visitors near the building's front door. A pale yellow peony with paper-thin petals hangs near a blazing orange tulip and a purple iris whose bending petals put on a show. Farther down the hall await pleasant surprises: a cow standing atop a sloped hill, a car dashboard covered with miniature saints, sun-bleached adobe buildings.
On the second floor, a highlight is a photograph of seven fuzzy goslings. Six look straight ahead as they walk along the street—but one turns to stare directly at the viewer. Tymorek’s black and white photographs of family members are especially moving. An image of pair of older hands sewing is quietly beautiful, a child in a kitchen licking batter off a beater heartwarming.
Take a stroll through this new gallery. You’ll certainly find something to make the encounter—chance or otherwise—with art worthwhile.
For more information on Jan Tymorek's work, visit jantymorek.com.
Photo courtesy of Jan Tymorek.