Plum Blossom Initiative: ‘Bridge Work 02: From Memory to Metaphor’

Plum Blossom Initiative: ‘Bridge Work 02: From Memory to Metaphor’
TPP Art/Beer Lounge Exhibition
Dominic Chambers & Maxwell Cozzi

at The Pitch Project
706 S. 5th Street
Milwaukee WI, 53204
Oct. 28-Nov. 12, 2016

Gallery Hours: Thursday & Friday 5-8pm.–Saturday 3-8pm & Sunday 3–5 p.m.

The Pitch Project is pleased to host Plum Blossom Initiative‘s, ‘Bridge Work 02: From Memory to Metaphor’, an exhibition of new work by Milwaukee-based artists Dominic Chambers and Maxwell Cozzi. Featuring a selection of Chambers’ magic realist-inspired drawings and Cozzi’s hauntingly poetic photographs.

About Plum Blossom Initiative

Plum Blossom Initiative (PBI) is a collaboration between Leah Kolb, Associate Curator at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and Jason S. Yi, a Milwaukee-based artist and Co-director of The Pitch Project. With the goal of providing opportunities for emerging artists to broaden the scope of their professional connections and experiences, PBI created Bridge Work as a forum to select and mentor a small number of artists each year, and work with them to develop and present a new body of work.

‘From Memory to Metaphor’, the second annual Bridge Work exhibition, continues PBI’s mission to generate the public exposure necessary for up-and-coming artists to successfully network and establish meaningful, professional connections within the region. This year, although the two artists employ different mediums, both engage with personal narrative as a means to express larger, more universal concerns – from Chambers’ loosely narrative drawings hinting at the complexities of Blackness in America, to Cozzi’s lyrical photographs that address our relationship to mortality and the trauma of loss.

On view at The Pitch Project through Sunday, November 12, ‘Bridge Work 02: From Memory to Metaphor’ will then travel to Madison, Wisconsin as part of a larger group exhibition that celebrates Bridge Work’s expansion to two additional Midwestern locations. In partnership with Chicken Tractor in Des Moines, Iowa and Darger HQ in Omaha, Nebraska, PBI will open this expanded exhibition, which includes work by Bridge Work artists from all three states, at the Art + Literature Laboratory from January 13 to January 28, 2017.

About the Artists

Dominic Chambers studied selected fine arts classes at the St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley (2011-2014) before he later studied at Milwaukee Institute for Art and Design (2014-2016) where he received his B.F.A. with a painting concentration. Chambers currently resides and works in Milwaukee. In 2015 he completed the New York Studio Residence Program at the School of Visual Arts in Brooklyn, NY. In the same year he was awarded the Yale Norfolk Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship. Chambers holds two permanent collections in his alma maters (STLCC, MIAD) and has shown his work in galleries in either St. Louis or Milwaukee every year since 2013.

Maxwell Cozzi is a Milwaukee-based photographer who specializes in large-format work. He graduated with a BFA in Photography from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2016 and has shown his work in numerous galleries regionally and nationally. Works of his are held in library collections such as the Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection at The Museum of Modern Art and the Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection at The Art Institute of Chicago.