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big, big bangs / small, small bucks

Upcoming Exhibition: Big, Big Bangs / Small, Small Bucks

December 5, 2008 - January 24, 2009
Opening Reception Friday, December 5 from 6pm - ?

About the Show:

For a lot of us, these are times when the experience of dinner out has been changed from a banquette at a Michelin-starred restaurant to a plastic booth at McDonald's.

But what about those of us who still need art fixes at least periodically?

Even with the world economy continuing in its unraveling, we still read of such art world causes celebres as a Damien Hirst calf in a tank of formaldahyde selling for $18.3 million or a Jeff Koons sculpture, "Hanging Heart," being hammered down for $23.6 million. Is it possible in such a period to acquire art of enduring interest at what might be considered, at least in comparison to the Hirst and Koons pieces, give-away prices?

"Big, Big Bangs/Small, Small Bucks" is one attempt at answering the question.

The show, by far the biggest ever organized by the Dean Jensen Gallery, presents one-hundred works (more or less) by 40 artists (more or less). None of the works is higher in price than $750; many are priced even significantly less.

A great surprise in putting the show together was the emthusiasm with which the enterprise was received by the invited artists. Many of them were so eager to join that they pared down their customary prices to meet the rather Draconian dollar limit we imposed on works selected for the exhibition.

There was another surprise: None of the artists in "Big, Big'Small / Small, Small Bucks" has the superstar status of Hirst or Koons -- at least not yet. But a great majority are well-established as professional artists, and rather many of them might be placed in the "almost famous" category. Several of the participants already have works in important museum collections and regularly show in tony galleries in New York and elsewhere.

Our great thanks to all the painters, photographers and sculptors who agreed to participate. We would also like to acknowlege gratefulness to John Riepenhoff, an artist himself and operator of Milwaukee's Green Gallery. Generously, he cleared the way for several of the artists he represents so their work could appear in a competing gallery.

So how well does "Big, Big / Small, Small Bucks" answer the question of whether it's possible today to acquire art that is intellectually challenging and/or visually resonant, but still most modest in price? Probably the most trustworthy answer to the question will have to come from the exhibition's audience rather than its organizers. As the hoary saying goes, though, the proof is always in in the pudding. It's recommended that when you visit the gallery, you bring your own spoon.

--Dean Jensen

Please contact us with any questions or comments about the show:

Email: deanjensenart@sbcglobal.net
Phone: 414-278-7100



Liz Bachhuber: Weimar, Germany


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Object 1 from Kuechenutensilien (Kitchen Utensil) Series (ca. 2000)
Kitchen Strainer, Handmade Bird's Nest
16" x 4 1/2" x 3" x 18"
$375
Object 2 from Kuechenutensilien (Kitchen Utensil) Series (ca. 2000)
Wood-Handled Utensil, Handmade Bird's Nest
11 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 2 3/4"
$375
Object 3 from Kuechenutensilien (Kitchen Utensil) Series (ca. 2000)
Egg Slicer, Handmade Bird's Nest
5" x 2 3/4" x 5"
$375


Joan Backes: New York / Massechusetts


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Grid 72 (2008)
Four Digital Prints, each mounted on Gatorboard
24" x 18" (composite image)
$650
Detail: Grid 72 (2008)
Four Digital Prints, each mounted on Gatorboard
24" x 18" (composite image)
$650
Detail: Grid 72 (2008)
Four Digital Prints, each mounted on Gatorboard
24" x 18" (composite image)
$650


Peter Barrickman: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


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Landlady Workshop (2008)
Acrylic on Paper with Collaged Fabric
16" x 20"
$500
Dr. Eats, Rest. Work's View (2008)
Pencil on Paper
16" x 20"
$500
Champagne Era (2008)
Acrylic on Paper with Collaged Paper
16" x 20"
$500


Joseph Bolstad: Tokyo, Japan


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Wrapped Tomatoes II (2006)
Plaster, Painted MDF Base
8" x 6" x 6"
$300
Detail: Vanitas II (2006)
Artificial Fruit with Artificial Mold
Acrylic, Papier Mache, and Cotton on Wax Fruit
24" x 24" on 52" table
$700


William Counter: Chapman, Kansas


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Pink Fog (2004-2005)
Acrylic on Panel
13" x 8.5"
$750
Candlestick (2005)
Acrylic and Enamel on Panel
15" x 15.5"
$750
Shift (2005)
Acrylic and Enamel on Panel
12" x 12.25"
$750


Santiago Cucullu: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


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Rock It (1998)
Ink on Paper
18 1/2" x 11 1/2"
$550 unframed
Street Cellphone Charm (2005)
Watercolor and Colored Pencil on Paper
9 1/2" x 12 3/8"
$750 unframed
Untitled (2000/08)
Colored Pencil and Collaged Paper on Paper
9 1/2" x 12 3/8"
$750 unframed


Paul Druecke: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


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Chris and Ariana's (2006-08)
From Cool White Cube series
Archival Ink Jet Print with Magnetic Backing
18" x 12.25"
$400
Nichole and Antonio's (2006-08)
From Cool White Cube series
Archival Ink Jet Print with Magnetic Backing
18" x 12.25"
$400


Peter Dykhuis: New Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada


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October Mail 2008 (2008)
Watercolor on Used Envelopes
10.25" x 19.25" installed
$500
Detail: October Mail 2008 (2008)
Watercolor on Used Envelopes
10.25" x 19.25" installed
$500
Detail: October Mail 2008 (2008)
Watercolor on Used Envelopes
10.25" x 19.25" installed
$500


Jeff Eisenberg: San Francisco, California


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Rebuilding the Sea Version 1 (2008)
Graphite and Colored Pencil on Mylar
10" x 10"
$750
Rebuilding the Sea Version 2 (2008)
Graphite and Colored Pencil on Mylar
10" x 10"
$750
Rebuilding the Sea Version 3 (2008)
Graphite and Colored Pencil on Mylar
10" x 10"
$750


Scott Espeseth: Madison, Wisconsin


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Backyard (2006)
Silverpoint Drawing on Paper
5" x 6"
$700
Flower Basket (2007)
Silverpoint Drawing on Paper
5" x 6"
$700
With Sympathy (2007)
Silverpoint Drawing on Paper
5" x 6"
$700


Kyle Fitzpatrick: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


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The Bather (2007)
Mixed Media including potting soil and binders on mat board
10" x 12"
$650
The Practice of Medicine (after Rembrandt) (2007)
Mixed Media including potting soil and binders on mat board
12" x 10"
$650
The Pope (2007)
Mixed Media including potting soil and binders on mat board
12" x 10"
$650


Nicholas Frank: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


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Still Life (After Morandi), Tondo (2008)
Oil on canvas on frame
$500
Day-Night, Tondo (2008)
Oil on canvas on frame
$500
Night, Tondo (2008)
Oil on canvas on frame
$500


Aristotle Georgiades: Madison, Wisconsin


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Detail: Castle (ca. 2006)
Cast Iron and OSB Board
36" high and 15" at base
$650
Detail: Castle (ca. 2006)
Cast Iron and OSB Board
36" high and 15" at base
$650


Mayuko Kono: Tokyo, Japan


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Ghost Dog IV (2008)
Sanded Plastic Figurine
5 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 4"
$400
Ghost Dog VII (2008)
Sanded Plastic Figurine
5 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 4"
$400


Karen Laudon: Madison, Wisconsin


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Apparition #46 (2008)
Ink and Graphite on Handmade Paper
12.5" x 10" framed to 18.25" x 15.25"
$750
Apparition #36 (2007)
Ink, Guoache and Pastel on Handmade Paper
12.5" x 10" framed to 18.25" x 15.25"
$750
Apparition #31 (2007)
Ink, Guoache and Pastel on Handmade Paper
12.5" x 10" framed to 18.25" x 15.25"
$750


Drew Malcolm: Brooklyn, New York


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Whole Foods (2008)
Acrylic on Panel
12" x 12"
$750
Toughs (2008)
Acrylic on Panel
12" x 12"
$750
Plain Bagel Toasted with Cream Cheese (2008)
Acrylic and Gouache on Paper
14" x 17"
$500 unframed


katie martin: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


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Knot (For Frank) (2007)
40,000 Styrofoam Cup Bottoms Strung on Single Line
Approx. 3' in Diameter
$750
detail: Knot (For Frank) (2007)
40,000 Styrofoam Cup Bottoms Strung on Single Line
Approx. 3' in Diameter
$750


Tara Mathison: Brooklyn, New York


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Ms. Bourgeois Will See You Now (2008)
Mixed Media and Collage on Mylar
11 3/4" x 12"
$450 unframed
Cameo Comrade (2008)
Mixed Media and Collage on Mylar
13 1/2" x 14"
$450 unframed
Cape: El Sourdog Strikes Again (2008)
Mixed Media and Collage on Mylar
10 1/2" x 10 3/4"
$450 unframed


Anthony Mikkelson: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


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Sin Nombre (2008)
Watercolor and Pencil on Paper
Still from animated film
8 1/2" x 11"
$300
Sin Nombre (Hand Off Wheel) #11 (2008)
Pencil and Colored Pencil on Paper
Still from animated film
8 1/2" x 11"
$300
Sin Nombre (Hand Off Wheel) #15 (2008)
Watercolor and Graphite on Paper
Still from animated film
8 1/2" x 11"
$300


Kevin Miyazaki: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


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Route 66, Location #1 - From Fast Food Documenting Shuttered Restaurants Series (2008)
Digital C-Print
8" x 10" Framed and Matted to 15.5" x 17.5"
$750
S. Grand Boulevard, Location #1 - From Fast Food Documenting Shuttered Restaurants Series (2008)
Digital C-Print
8" x 10" Framed and Matted to 15.5" x 17.5"
$750
S. Jefferson, Location #2 - From Fast Food Documenting Shuttered Restaurants Series (2008)
Digital C-Print
8" x 10" Framed and Matted to 15.5" x 17.5"
$750


Nancy Mladenoff: Madison, Wisconsin


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Wildflowers, Blue, Odd Shaped (2007)
Watercolor and Sharpie Marker on Paper
19" x 25"
$750 unframed
Wildflowers, Purple, Radially Symetrical (2007)
Watercolor and Sharpie Marker on Paper
19" x 25"
$750 unframed
Wildflowers, Blue, Elongated Clusters (2007)
Watercolor and Sharpie Marker on Paper
19" x 25"
$750 unframed


Sandra Newbury: Madison, Wisconsin


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Knees (2008)
Giclee Print on Paper
14" x 5.5"
$200 unframed
Above and Below I (2008)
Giclee Print on Paper
23" x 11"
$400 unframed
Above and Below II (2008)
Giclee Print on Paper
23" x 11"
$400 unframed


David Niec: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


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Stream, Winter (2007)
Oil on Panel
8" x 10"
$750
Forrest, Winter (2007)
Oil on Panel
9" x 9"
$750
Moonset Over Ice (2007)
Oil on Panel
9" x 9"
$750


Lydia Panas: Kurtztown, Pennsylvania


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Tatiana (2005)
Inkjet Print (ed. 2/5)
13" x 19"
$750 unframed
In Her Voice (2007)
Inkjet Print (ed. 1/5)
13" x 19"
$750 unframed
Vink Sisters (2007)
Inkjet Print (ed. 1/5)
13" x 19"
$750 unframed


Francesca Pastine: San Francisco, California


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Invisible Woman No. 2 (2007)
Graphite on New York Times Page
22" x 13"
$750, framing extra
Invisible Woman No. 6 (2007)
Graphite on New York Times Page
22" x 13"
$750, framing extra
Unsolicited Collaboration with Tom Friedman (2007)
Scissored Magazine
10" x 10"
$750, framing extra


Leticia Quesenberry: Louisville, Kentucky


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Civil Twilight No. 3 (2006)
Graphite on Plaster
16" x 16"
$500
Civil Twilight No. 22 (2006)
Oil on Canvas
16" x 16"
$500
Goer (2003)
Graphite and Oil on Panel
11.75" x 13.5"
$400


Susana Raab: Washington, D.C.


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The Ronald They Don't Want You to Know, Athens, Ohio (2007)
Digital C-Print (from ed. of 15)
20" x 24"
$750 Unframed
All American, Kissimee, Florida (2005)
Digital C-Print (from ed. of 15)
20" x 24"
$750 Unframed


Scott Reeder: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


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Study for Painting from "American Dick" Series (ca. 2005)
Acylic on Canvas
32" x 24"
$750
Snake on Phone (2004)
Acrylic on Canvas
24" x 12"
$


Tyson Reeder: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


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Mud Gallery (2005)
Acylic on Canvas with Collaged Drawing on Paper
14" x 11"
$
Mud Gallery (2005)
Acylic on Canvas with Collaged Drawing on Paper
14" x 11"
$


John Riepenhoff: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


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Tyme Machine (2007)
Assmebled and Painted Wood and other materials
44" x 32"
$750
Detail: Tyme Machine (2007)
Assmebled and Painted Wood and other materials
44" x 32"
$750


Ragna Robertsdottir: Reykjavik, Iceland


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Mudscape (date)
Hot spring clay and binders on panel
11" x 8 1/4"
$450 without frame
Detail: Mudscape (date)
Hot spring clay and binders on panel
11" x 8 1/4"
$450 without frame


Rafael Salas: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


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Dusk I (1999)
Oil on Canvas
22"x21"
$600
Episode With the Knife (2002)
Oil on Canvas
31" x 23"
$700
The Woman Who Drank the Ocean (2002)
Oil on Canvas
34" x 26"
$700


Gerard Sendrey: Begles, France


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Visage (1995)
Tempera on Paper
11 1/2" x 8"
$750
Personage (1996)
Tempera on Paper
11 1/2" x 8 1/4"
$750
Personages (1995)
Tempera on Paper
11 3/4" x 8 1/4"
$750


Tema Stauffer: New York, New York


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Front Yard (2003)
Archival Pigment Print (ed. 1/15)
20" x 24"
$750 Unframed
Tree (2003)
Archival Pigment Print (ed. 2/15)
20" x 24"
$750 Unframed


Charles Steffen: (1927 - 1995) Chicago, Illinois


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Front/Back of Sunflower, Nude (1994)
Colored Pencil, Cigarette Packaging
6 3/4" x 4 1/2"
$750 without frame
Blue and White Squares, the Red Chair (1994)
Colored Pencil, Cigarette Packaging
6 3/4" x 8 1/4"
$750 without frame
The Green Chair (1994)
Colored Pencil on Taped Cardboard and color note paper
10" x 5 3/4"
$750 without frame


Daniel Caleb Thompson: Weimar, Germany


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Diana From Memory (2008)
Spray Paint, Chalk, Acetone on Found Linoleum
24"x7"
$650
Povera (2008)
Archival Inkjet Print
15"x22"
$280 unframed
TFT Cowboy (2008)
Archival Inkjet Print
15"x22"
$280 unframed


Sonja Thomsen: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


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Swept I - From Swept Series I-V (2008)
Light Jet Print on Hehnemuhle Pearl
15" x 15"
$650 unframed
Swept II - From Swept Series I-V (2008)
Light Jet Print on Hehnemuhle Pearl
15" x 15"
$650 unframed
Swept II - From Swept Series I-V (2008)
Light Jet Print on Hehnemuhle Pearl
15" x 15"
$650 unframed


Amanda Tollefson: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


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Third Eye (2008)
Acrylic on Wood
13 3/4" x 14"
$160
Water Slide (2008)
Acrylic on Wood
11 3/8" x 11 3/4"
$140
Surfing Brain (2008)
Acrylic on Wood
5" x 12"
$70


Lynn Tomaszewski: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


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Untitled, Trace I (2008)
Ink on Paper
14" x 18"
$450
Untitled, Trace II (2008)
Ink on Paper
14" x 18"
$450
Untitled, Trace Leapfrog (2008)
Ink on Paper
14" x 18"
$450


Bradley Warsh: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


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Next Time (2008)
Ink on Paper
18" x 13.5"
$650
List To Date...Updated (2008)
Pastel on Paper
13.25" x 17"
$650
List To Date...Don't Get Comfy (2008)
Ink and Pastel on Paper
13.25" x 17"
$650


Jason S. Yi: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


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Fuji - from Greatest Mountains Series (2005-06)
Water Soluble Starch Packing Foam, Wood
20" x 20" x 11"
$700
Solak - from Greatest Mountains Series (2005-06)
Water Soluble Starch Packing Foam, Wood
20" x 20" x 11"
$700
- from Greatest Mountains Series (2005-06)
Water Soluble Starch Packing Foam, Wood
20" x 20" x 11"
$700
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