Powerful Window Exhibitions in Downtown Kenosha

by Patricia Briggs, – reblogged from Scene Unseen: Viewing notes

When I’m  in Kenosha I take time to spin around downtown to see the storefront window art exhibitions. Working with a crew of artists and volunteers Francisco Loyola organizes and helps install revolving exhibitions in the window storefronts of six empty properties. This month’s highlights are  large abstractions painted by Kim Rahal and the poetry of William Lowe.

Kim Rahal’s paintings entitled “Spirit” and “Fire” in the windows at 58th and 6th in downtown Kenosha.

Kim Rahal’s luminous abstractions shine in the windows of the building on the corner of 58th Street and 6th Avenue, a block-long shallow stage for art that has enough presence to hold its own in this context.

Rahal, Untitled, acrylic paint, 2010.

Smaller scale works do not show particularly well in this rather dilapidated environment, but Rahal’s abstractions make strong statements that punctuate the off-white backdrop and the darkened  building interior.

Rahal calls this piece “Fractured Time”.

Rahal’s work will remain on view here for a several months. Be sure to visit during the day, because this exhibition is not lit at night.

Just east of Rahal’s exhibition, at 58th and 7th, the window display is a tribute to the poetry of William Lowe.  Lowe is a veteran of the Vietnam War. He lives  in a care facility specifically for veterans just around the corner from this window display recognizing his poetry. His work touches just about everyone that passes by, but it must be specially meaningful to his fellow residents, many of whom also served in Vietnam.

William Lowe with the display of his poetry in the windows of the building at 58th Street and 7th Ave in Kenosha.

Lowe’s poetry is taped to the windows making it easy to read a few poems as you pass by.

William Lowe, “Words of War.”

I’m looking forward to next month’s windows and dream of the day when we can get artists working with community youths or students to thoughtfully curate these unconventional exhibition spaces.

Please use a comment to share your thoughts about the Windows of Downtown. Have I missed something you liked? What do you think about using empty storefront windows as art galleries?

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