by Thomas Fleming
Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts
February 2 - March 18, 2005
Thomas Fleming is professor of art at the University of Wisconsin - Marathon County (Wausau). He received his B.F.A. from Pennsylvania State University (1975) and his M.F.A. from the University of Minnesota (1978). His primary areas of interest are sculpture, ceramics, glass and design. He has received grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board and the University of Wisconsin - Madison for pursuit of his studio work, and in 1990 was selected as one of the top 1000 artists in the United States by U.S. News & World Report to judge the "Best of America." His art has been widely exhibited, both in the United States and abroad, including a European tour of seven different countries. It has also been shown at the Milwaukee Art Museum; the B.A.D. Museum in New York; Artist's Space in New York; and the J.M Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan (WI), to name just a few of the several exhibition locations. Examples of his work can be found in such diverse collections as Tajimi City Hall, Gifu Prefecture, Japan; Corning Museum, Corning, NY; Internationale Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark; and the Musée Des Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland. Thomas was married to Kristin Wigley, for whom this gallery is named, at the time of her death in an automobile accident in 1980.
"Throughout the year 2001, I followed a ritual of creating an artwork a day on glass plates over photographic aerial landscapes [aerographic glass]. The aerial images on these plates were once used for geospatial mapping and the process, now outdated, has been replaced by digital satellite imaging. In their former function, the plates were used to document a particular place at a particular point in time. I used the plates to chronicle a personal landscape of emotional and informational states also at a particular point in time. The final piece, comprised of a glass plate for every day of 2001, was significant in its totality. Inherent in the completed year-long piece was the tyranny of doing a plate everyday and the discipline of only doing one. In the measurement of time, the momentous and the mundane became equal players."