Works by Jason Yi and local surrealists top Gallery Night picks

Gallery Night and Day comes around four times a year and it’s often like a changing of the Milwaukee artscape. New exhibitions often hold their openings, and there are many that sound particularly intriguing.

Jason S. Yi, "Terraform 01," 2013, from an installation at the Haggerty Museum of Art. Courtesy jasonyi.com.
Jason S. Yi, “Terraform 01,” 2013, from an installation at the Haggerty Museum of Art. Courtesy jasonyi.com.

For a full list of galleries exhibiting work during this season’s Gallery Night and Day, April 15 and 16, visit the Historic Third Ward’s website.

‘Jason S. Yi: Terraform’

Dean Jensen Gallery, 759 N. Water St., Milwaukee

Friday 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Through June 18

Jason Yi is a Milwaukee-based artist with an international scope to his career, and a talent for inventive uses of materials. In this installation, the main gallery will be completely transformed by his work. His stated goal is to present visitors with “conflicting contexts of place, setting, and their own sense of orientation.”

‘Agency, Industry, Infinity’ 

Robin Jebavy, Joy of Life, oil on canvas, 72×84″, 2013. Courtesy Portrait Society Gallery.
Robin Jebavy, Joy of Life, oil on canvas, 72×84″, 2013. Courtesy Portrait Society Gallery.

Portrait Society Gallery, 207 E. Buffalo St., 5th Floor, Milwaukee.

Friday, 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Through May 28.

Viewing the work of artists Robin Jebavy and Rosemary Ollison may give one the feeling of peering into a kaleidoscope. Jebavy’s work is in paintings while Ollison’s is in textiles, but both artists’ compositions feature complex designs. They play off recognizable references of everyday things, spinning them into colorful multiplicities of image.

‘Surreal…So Real’

Tory Folliard Gallery, 233 N. Milwaukee St., Milwaukee

Friday, 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

T. L. Solien, Black Bouquet. Courtesy toryfolliard.com
T. L. Solien, Black Bouquet. Courtesy toryfolliard.com

Through May 28

An artists’ reception on Friday will kick off this exhibition of fantastic images by a variety of artists working in a surrealist vein. Though the movement originated in the 1920s, there are many still practicing the art of drawing creativity from the unconscious mind. This exhibit will include works by Bill Reid, T. L. Solien, Fred Stonehouse and Betsy Youngquist.