Force of Nature
Printmaker Nick Wroblewski finds inspiration all around
Artists throughout history have claimed nature as their muse. Printmaker Nick Wroblewski is no different in this regard. What sets him apart, however, are the aspects of the natural world that inspire him.
"I like landscapes that are really simple, not majestic," says the artist, who moved from Minneapolis to Madison two years ago. "I really like flat landscapes."
Wroblewski regularly seeks out such environments, exploring the area's prairies, farmland, lakes and rivers and incorporating components of them into his woodblock prints.
But nature also serves as a springboard for delving into the abstract. Wroblewski is fascinated by the forces and systems within nature. Thinking about heat, for instance, lead him to a print series of abstract red shapes. "I like dealing with elemental forces," he says.
Wroblewski created the poster for this month's Art Fair on the Square, an event he's participated in the past four years. His design features red birds and two areas of blue representing Madison's lakes.
And he's sure to find more in the local landscape to keep him going.
"Inspiration's no problem. I'm luck in that sense," he says. "I can never catch up with all my ideas."
Art Fair on the Square takes place July 11-12 on the Capitol Square. For more information, call the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art at 257-0158 or visit mmoca.org.
Katie Vaughn is associate editor of Madison Magazine. Read her A&E blog Liberal Arts.