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Meghan Q. McCook Capturing an Essence p.9

Tricia Rumbolz

the Perfection of Process p.4

and fresh off the presses:

Scott Wesley Band Dena Nord


CONTENTS Volume 13 • August edition

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Tricia Rumbolz t h e Pro ces s of Pe r fe c tio n

What can good design do for you?


Scott Wesley Band B l u e g ra s s Roots

Meghan McCook Ca pt u r i n g a n Es se n ce

Dena Nord M a k i n g It i n M i l wa u ke e



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Imagine spending an entire day, an unbroken 24 hours, creat-

Viewers can find themselves lost in trying to imagine what happened in between the hourly photos.

ing a work of art with a technique reminiscent of pointillism, and counting each dot as you went. If you can envision this, then you can begin to understand the commitment and borderline obsession it takes to create the work of Tricia Rumbolz. Her work is married with the process of its own creation; every piece reveals a unique mind-state and experience that the artist ventured into, and recorded for the viewer to contemplate.

Her processes are usually associated with

time in varying degrees; some incorporate the specific duration of time it took to create the piece in the title, and some only suggest the notion of time. For example, Rumbolz's

piece “1/4 Teaspoon White Powder, One

daily experiences over the course of 45 days,

Breath,” implies the single instant in time

with a picture taken at every hour between

in which the piece was created, and captured

6am and 9pm. During this time she was em-

forever. The white powder is spread across a

ployed refurbishing sailboats at a shipyard.

black, felt canvas in a scattering motion that

from afar, could easily be construed as

into wherever the artist was, and what she

a shooting star.

happened to be doing at the time. The result-

ing pictures are mounted on a wood panel

A Chicago native, Rumbolz is actively

Rombolz's photos give us a snapshot

producing art while working at a myriad

and are individually attached to a separate

of other positions, some which she draws

piece of wood protruding from the panel

inspiration from. A piece entitled “45

approximately 1/4". Each photo is 1" x 3/4",

Consecutive Days, 6am to 9pm” details her

and they are arranged in a grid over the 81"

ricia the perfection of process umbolz


173 Horizontal Lines


75,643 Dots, 12 Hours

150,012 Dots, 24 Hours

296,372 Dots, 48 Hours

67,685 Dots, 24 Consecutive Hours

x 23.5" panel. Each day is a column on the

large photo-documentary, “45 Consecutive

in this series she used a white paint pen on

grid and the rows represent each hour.

Days, 6am to 9pm” to a two-piece pair, each

a flat black background, and tallied as she

18" x 18" entitled “100 - 1/8 Inch Pieces of

made each dot that creates the final image.

with sailboats, personal moments in her

Scenes from Rumbolz’s job of working

Thread Dropped from 12 inch Height” and

The artist reports that although she has

home, snapshots from her car, and other

“100 - 1/8 Inch Pieces of Thread Dropped

attempted to work for 48 consecutive hours

scenes litter the landscape of photos.

from 48 inch Height.” These sister pieces

in the creation of a piece in the past, for this

Viewers can find themselves lost in trying

mirror her “1/4 Teaspoon White Powder,

series she worked non-consecutively, on the

to imagine what happened in between the

One Breath” in capturing a brief moment

account that 48 consecutive hours is trying

hourly photos. Her hourly breaks almost

in time.

on a person no matter what the activity.

even got her fired!

Rumbolz was recently exhibited at the

displayed in the show was a series of three

linois at Chicago with a BFA, Rumbolz has

David Weinberg Gallery in “Overlap,” which

works, created on 43" x 42" wood panels,

made a smooth transition into

featured two other Chicago artists: Beverly

and respectively titled “75,643 Dots, 12

the fine art culture of Chicago. Through

Kedzior and Stephanie Serpick. “Overlap”

Hours,” “150,012 Dots, 24 Hours” and

the David Weinberg Gallery, her work was

featured 10 of Rumbolz's pieces. These works

“296,372 Dots, 48 Hours.” These three

displayed at the 2009 Art Chicago fair.

range in medium, size, and scope from the

pieces employ her pointillism technique;

“173 Vertical Lines” was purchased there by

Her most impressive production

Graduating from the University of Il-

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2,987 Colored Rectangles (Detail)

45 Consecutive Days, 6am to 9pm (Detail)

Scottesley WBand

Artist’s Statement

continued from page 9

Exploring the interaction between time,

a well-known art collector, Cleve Carney.

the panel. With this piece, she achieves the

energy, and material form as it relates to

Carney is the Executive Vice President of

portrayal of imperfections in the motion of

my particular physiology is a primary

the Elmhurst Art Museum, and has made

her hand as she creates the lines. With each

artistic focus of mine. Simplistic

several generous donations to the commu-

undulation her hand involuntarily creates,

gestures, minimal shapes and clearly

nity, including the DuPage Community

she attempts to follow that imperfection in

defined working parameters are used

Foundation and the Dartmouth arts

the consequent lines. From a distance, this

in an attempt to remove subjective impli-


piece gives the impression that the lines are

cations. I employ repetition because

string, or something of a three-dimensional

it effectively reveals subtle shifts and

black panel, and it was created by beginning


Bluegrass undertones

undulations that are directly propor-

with a single, perfectly straight line run-

mix with rock and reggae to give the Scott

He produced his first album, “Open Eyes,”

tional to the amount of time and energy

ning the length of the 71.5" x 30.5" panel.

artwork, but she can be found online. Also,

Wesley Band a refreshingly unique sound.

receiving national critical acclaim. He is now

A: It started my freshman year of high

spent. It is also a way to illustrate these

Rumbolz completed the other 172 lines by

her work, although not on display in the

They can be heard playing originals and

represented by Jeff McClusky & Associates,

school when I started my own solo project

ideas from a simultaneously microcos-

hand-drawing consecutive lines in close

current show, can still be found at the David

covers featuring the music of bands like the

who also have worked with artists including

in my studio in my basement. I called my

mic/macrocosmic perspective, and gives

proximity to each other across the width of

Weinberg Gallery.

Beatles to the Grateful Dead. The practiced

Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and U2.

self Scott Wesley because there is actually

harmonies work beautifully together to emit

a Scott Holt out there already. I wrote a

a sense of happiness and positive energy.

on Facebook, and more information about

bunch of songs, made a full album and then

me an opportunity to examine the relationship between an individual unit and the sum of it’s parts. These subjects are suggestive of the work’s intrinsic connection to nature, which I continually strive to maintain and understand.

“173 Vertical Lines” is also drawn on

Rumbolz does not have a web site for her

“I employ repetition because it effectively reveals subtle shifts and undulations that are directly proportional to the amount of time and energy spent.”

The name-sake of the band, Scott

The Scott Wesley Band can be found



Q: Why did you decide to form a band? A: I started a band because I really just love to write music and perform it. It’s my whole life. It’s not just a hobby for me. I really want to pursue it as my career and the best way to do that is to go out and play as often as possible.

Q: How did you become the Scott Wesley Band?

Holt can be found at

eventually wanted to start doing some gigs.

Wesley Holt, began following his passion for

Members of the band will be performing

So I then asked some friends/musicians if

music seriously in high school, when he was

every Sunday night at the Oasis Cafe hookah

they would want to back me up to do some

signed to a local indie label, Four Winds.

bar in West Chicago.

live shows.

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See the Scott Wesley Band on September 5 at 7pm at the Taste of Melrose Park Festival! continued from page 7

Q: Who are the other members of the band

eventually and just make enough money to

A: We have played at tons of different

and some background information on them?

be able to support myself one day down the

venues. I would say we have played over 100

road. I’m not exactly looking for stardom

different venues and hundreds of shows. We

and fame and be at the top of the charts, but

have done things like graduation parties, ca-

I would love to just spread my music to as

fes, and county fairs to actual music venues

many people as possible.

in Chicagoland. Recently, I played the most

A: Honestly, right now I don’t really have any permanent members in the band. I basically have been playing with anyone who is willing to play with me. At the very moment I am playing with a long time friend Nick Visi (bass player) who I have been jamming with ever since my early high school days. My last drummer just went off to school in Montana, so I’m searching for a drummer.

Q: Some background information about yourself?

A: I started playing piano and writing songs when I was 6 or 7. I started playing drums for a few years and eventually moved on to guitar. Music has been my serious passion ever since I can remember.

Q: When did the band start playing together? A: My most recent drummer, Gavin Ninow, and I have been playing together since I was a sophomore in high school and we played together until a few months ago, so about 5 years. Besides that I have gone through 4 different bass players and a couple different guitar players. All together I have been doing the whole Scott Wesley thing for 5 or 6 years.

Q: What is your mission, or goal? A: I really would like to start touring


Q: What kind of music do you play? A: I would categorize my music under the rock/pop genre. It often goes through a lot of different phases depending on the other

outrageous show I to date, we were behind the check out counter in a record store. It was hilarious.

Q: What are the future plans for the band?

musicians I’m playing with and

A: Set up a tour, keep on writing music and

the direction they hear my music going in.

keep on performing. Basically just keep on

Q: What kind of venues have you played?

capturing an essence

pushing the envelope until we are all content with where we stand as a band.

Passionate is the work of Meghan Q. McCook. She

teaching to complete her Craft Degree as well. McCook says she feels

is an artist and an educator who has found her perfect niche in the

lucky to have this formal, educational training in glass because she

Chicago culture. As an artist, she creates functional and sculptural

got to learn from other professional artists.

glass art at the Chicago Sculpture Works studio in the West Loop,

and blown glass at various glass blowing studios, most recently in

and explore her vision of glass art. She has exhibited her work in

Racine, Wisconsin. As an educator, she is the Educational Coordina-

several cafes and art and craft fairs in Champaign-Urbana as well

tor for the David Weinberg Gallery in River North. She works with

as small galleries and cafes around Chicago.

children to young adults in helping them to understand the purpose

Since graduating, she has been working constantly to improve

In the summer of 2006, McCook ventured to start-up a business

and the goals of fine art, as well as the role it plays in society.

for her artwork: Glashjärta Glass, which translates to “glass heart” in

Swedish. Glashjärta has been successful for McCook, and has

McCook graduated from the University of Illinois at

Champaign-Urbana’s School of Art and Design in 2001 with a dual BFA in Art Education and Crafts with a specialization in

allowed her to begin to make a name for herself. McCook works out of a studio owned by Jim Brenher who rents

glass. She was on schedule to graduate in 2000 with her Art

5 smaller spaces within the studio to other artists, and has one space

Education degree, but in the first semester of her last year she

for visiting artists who can use the space for short amounts of time.

finally got into a glass blowing class, which had filled up too fast

McCook’s functional art takes the form of jewelry, blown vases,

in the past for her to get in. It was this class that changed her life’s

and ornaments. Her sculptural work includes wall hangings and her

path; she fell in love with glass and decided to put off her student

Terrahives, hanging glass containers for plants called tillandsias. The

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It was this class that changed her life’s path; she fell in love with glass and decided to put off her student teaching to complete her Craft Degree.



Q: What influences your art? A: My art is influenced by my life — I am constantly seeking out new information; I

Terra Hive 4 (Detail)

Terra Hive 5

Terra Hive 1

around; I have been since I got into glass 10 years ago. I’m very intrigued by the simple yet sophisticated form and colors that you find in Swedish glass.

Q: What are your future goals?

am constantly stimulating myself with read-

A: My future goal is to eventually be full

ing; I love music; I love to cook and garden;

time; I was full time for 3 months before I

I’m also love teaching. It might seem frag-

started working at the gallery. Then I got

mented but all those things coexist. What

pulled into the gallery, which has been

I’m interested in exploring and expressing

a fabulous, great experience so I’m not

tends to be inspired from the world around.

complaining about that; but eventually I’d

For me it’s geared a lot towards nature, sci-

like to be doing [my art] full time. I’d like

ence, form, function and process. I’m really

to continue doing my functional work, [but]

interested in taking the world around me,

it’s really important for me to start focusing

jumbling it up in my mind and spitting it

more on my sculpture because right now,

back out. I’m also fascinated by Swedish

especially with working at the gallery, I feel

glass, art and design, and the culture all

like I spend a lot of time and energy on that. Cicatrix

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Terrahives, shaped like bulbs, are suspended

in Chicago including Marwen, 826 CHI,

gallery. There are three different programs

from wire that wraps itself around the form

and Noble Street Charter School. Marwen

offered with varying focuses. One is called

before coming together at the top to act as

and 826 CHI are not-for-profit organiza-

Focus and is open to elementary through

the suspending support. McCook achieved

tions whose goal is to supply opportunities

high school aged groups. Focus includes a

this affect by creating the wire mold first,

to students who want to pursue artistic

tour of the gallery, a discussion of the cur-

Glass can be loose, fluid, and organic and in the same breath, heavy, harsh, or stagnant.

then blowing glass into the mold.

expression. As is the case with a majority of

rent artwork, and an art making workshop

Using these known qualities of glass, my work is inspired by observations made of forms,

inner-city schools, there is a lack of funding

inspired by the displayed artwork. The next,

textures and patterns found in the natural world, from a micro to macro level.

on her jewelry. She uses the techniques of

to provide an adequate art program, and

Gallery Exploration, is open to any school,

fusing, casting, forming and slumping to

these organizations work to supply students

college or educational group and includes a

spaces. The use of other media such as photography, metal, wire and wood, compliment

create her work at the studio. Whenever

with the opportunity they deserve. McCook

tour of the gallery, discussion of the artwork,

and contrast the smooth and often shiny tendencies of the glass.

possible, she travels to “hot shops” or glass

works with the gallery’s owner, David Wein-

the goals and roles of artists in the art world,

blowing studios to rent time to create blown

berg, to supply a student with a scholarship

and the role of a gallery. The third program,

ty of the material and it’s possibilities. I am very interested in the similarities between the

glass pieces.

every year. The past two years, the gallery

Get Critical, is also open to any school or

nature of glass and the nature of the human condition. I am fascinated by the memory

has awarded another promising young artist,

educational group and includes a tour and

left behind in touched glass.

ing with her art as she does with students.

named Marta, with a scholarship to pursue

an in-depth group analysis of the artists and

Not only is she the Educational Coordina-

her photography. Marta will be attending

their work. Meghan can be contacted at the

manipulation and scarring of the glass. I approach much of my work by exploring the

tor for the David Weinberg Gallery, but

Columbia beginning in the fall of this year.

David Weinberg Gallery Tuesday – Friday at

relationships between memory, reality, personal histories, and physical tangibility. The

through this position she has also become

312.529.5090. Her glass work can be viewed

awareness of the intimate relationship between my art and the viewer never escape the

involved with several educational programs

Programs for students of all ages at the

Currently, McCook focuses mostly

McCook spends just as much time work-

Meghan also hosts free Educational

on her website:

Artist’s Statement

Cicatrix (Detail)

There are numerous conflicting and contrasting qualities held in the medium of glass.

I focus not only on surface textures and colors, but also interior textures, colors, and

The fluid, sensual, and calming qualities of my work come from an intuitive sensibili-

Treatment of the glass as a skin is evident of my process, and created through surface

ultimate solution and realization of any problem I approach.


With outstanding

and unlimited creativity and the personality

to match, Dena Nord is a promising graphic

Her use of color exemplifies the goal of

Dena’s design work is clean and elegant.

designer with big plans to unveil to the art

the work, and is powerful without be-

world. Dena resides in Milwaukee, where she

ing overwhelming. Her logo designs use a

graduated with a BFA from the University

unique personal touch rooted in her painting

of Wisconsin, Milwaukee through the Peck

techniques that brings a refreshing sense of

School of Arts. It was here where she refined

individuality to the design. Below are two

her skills in the fine arts, concentrating on

pages from a layout Dena created discuss-

traditional and mixed medias, acrylic and

ing a local design firm to Milwaukee called

oil painting, as well as photography. When

Planet Propaganda, as well as a poster adver-

she began taking courses in graphic design

tising an AIGA event.

her true calling came to bloom. With an

extensive portfolio and experience in such

she worked at the Peck School of Arts intern-

programs as Illustrator, Indesign, Flash,

ing for the newspaper, and working with the

Dreamweaver and After Effects, this woman

advertising department. By senior year she

can do it all!

held the position of advertising manager, and

During Dena’s four years with UWM,

A dozen apples for a ceramic bowl; a brochure for new cabinets; a jump rope for a pack of gum; the possibilities are limitless, and completely left to the barterers to decide and establish.



a e ord

Making it in Milwaukee

was responsible for the layout and placement

produce a new line of painting tools called

setts on the east coast, Barter Market would

of advertisements, and conversely the income

Scumbles. These painting tools are used to

be a gathering place for individuals and busi-

for the newspaper.

create textural patterns commonly used in

nesses alike, where items and services would

Dena also served as the fund-raising

artwork created in Photoshop. They are simi-

be traded and exchanged without the use of

coordinator and later the vice president for

lar to paint brushes, but replacing the bristles

currency. A dozen apples for a ceramic bowl;

the student chapter of AIGA Milwaukee.

is a plastic pad with a texture embedded

a brochure for new cabinets; a jump rope for

Their monthly meetings, arranged and lead

into, or protruding out from it. This pad is

a pack of gum; the possibilities are limitless,

by Dena and the president, were focused on

connected with a flexible spring, so the artist

and completely left to the barterers to decide

bringing art students into the real world, and

can apply it quickly and precisely, or impre-

and establish.

making the connection reciprocal. She held

cisely as desired. These can then be washed

this position her junior year during which

by hand or just tossed in a dishwasher.

a parts supplier out of Milwaukee. She is

she contributed designs and concepts for new

doing web and print work for Neutool and

and inspiring events.

Markets onto the streets on Milwaukee.

preparing her personal work on her own

Also, Dena aspires to unleash Barter

Dena is currently employed by Neutool,

Through conceptual design classes,

Similar to methods that have recently been

time. Neutool provides car parts to such sup-

and inspiration found in her own painting

adopted across the world, and specifically in

pliers as Auto Zone and they just released a

endeavors, Dena conceived and proceeded to

California on the west coast and Massachu-

new website developed by Dena.


Where are they now?

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So I have only had time to focus on my

it’s been, ‘I want to have a studio, so how

jewelry and my functional work. Sculpture

do I pay for it?’ I have been selling my work

has always taken me a lot longer to work on;

so I can survive as an artist, just to purchase

it’s a different thought process. I really have

materials, supplies and the tools you need.

to incubate ideas more with my sculpture; I

Every year I’ve been buying something.

think a lot more. Some day I’ll have a bigger

Last year I bought a kiln and this year I

studio, I’ll have more kilns and I’ll be put-

bought the belt sander. I have a lot of sup-

ting out more. I’d like to have a show every

port from my husband and our ultimate

two to three years; to have a body of work,

dream is to be able to have a great urban

whether it’s some work from the past or not.

atmosphere that constantly stimulates us

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?

and gives us ideas for expression. Also, [I

Jennifer Scott McLaughlin

A: My dream goal is to have a studio in

have a place out in the country and get away

McLaughlin had graduated in 1996 from the

the city and a studio out in the country.

and make art because it is what you want

School of the Art Institute in Chicago, and has since

My dream is to keep on the path I’ve been,

to do and not because somebody wants you

gone on to sell her works to private collectors and

taking baby steps. Each year I do a little bit

to make a certain kind of art, or because it's

museums, such as the Museum of Contemporary

more to add to my goals; the past couple

what’s selling.

Doug Bosch Bosch had earned his BFA in photography from the Columbus College of Art & Design in 1989. Since then he has switched gears, receiving his MFA in sculpture from Yale University in 1992. He is now teaching at the Rhode Island College and has been shown in four fine art exhibitions.

Chandelier Swarm

want] to be able to slow down and focus and

Art in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Specimens at Sunset III

Stephanie Serpick Serpick had achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University and has since then achieved a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Chicago 1996. She is now working as a graphic designer and a fine artist in Chicago.

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David Burdeny In 1993 Burdeny graduated with a Bachelor of Interior Design from the University of Manitoba. Since then he has gone on to achieve a Master of Architecture from the same school, and been named the Nature Photographer of the Year and become faculty at his university.

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