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  • “FRAME Gallery: WISCONSIN TRIENNIAL at FRAME”FRAME Gallery: WISCONSIN TRIENNIAL at FRAME

    Exhibiting WTatF at the opening of the 2013 Wisconsin Triennial

  • “Mighline: Phase 1”Mighline: Phase 1

    Painting with model railroads

  • “Decision 12 12 12”Decision 12 12 12

    Making the most trivial matters complicated and political

  • “Hedstrom Sculpture Park: Blue Dress Park Visitor Center”Hedstrom Sculpture Park: Blue Dress Park Visitor Center

    Transporting the philosophy of Blue Dress Park to the world

  • “Hedstrom Sculpture Park: Amalgamated K”Hedstrom Sculpture Park: Amalgamated K

    Showcasing the talents of AK and his chalk drawing awesomeness

  • “Neu Museum of Contemporary Art: Opening Night”Neu Museum of Contemporary Art: Opening Night

    Opened on July 20th 2012 the Neu Museum of Contemporary Art becomes the permanent home of the Walter Neustifter Collection. The museum exhibits pieces that are based on inherited and inspired items from the collection

  • “The Black Frame Gallery: A Candid Portrait The Collection of Walter Neustifter”The Black Frame Gallery: A Candid Portrait The Collection of Walter Neustifter

    TBFG takes the collection on tour

  • “mam.org/store Gallery: Visiting the MAM store”mam.org/store Gallery: Visiting the MAM store

    Housed in a MAM store bag, the gallery fits right in at the MAM store

  • “The Black Frame Gallery: Sonja Thomsen's Early Works”The Black Frame Gallery: Sonja Thomsen's Early Works

    TBFG in the dark

  • “The Black Frame Gallery: McCaw & Budsberg's False Burden”The Black Frame Gallery: McCaw & Budsberg's False Burden

    TBFG admires Miller & Shellabarger: Hiding in the Light

  • “The Black Frame Gallery: McCaw & Budsberg's False Burden”The Black Frame Gallery: McCaw & Budsberg's False Burden

    TBFG exhibits McCaw & Budsberg's False Burden on opening night

Michael Kautzer

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artist bio

Since receiving his Master of Architecture degree in 2007 from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Michael Kautzer has lived and worked in the Milwaukee area. It has become the test bed and backdrop to many of his sculptures and performances/interactions/operations. His first series Nature Frame explored the natural context and includes such projects as Sesquicentennial stump Cathedral (2008) and P. peltatum Boardwalk (2008). This series set the groundwork for exploring the urban context with such projects as Milwaukee Pocket Park System: Parks That Fit Into Your Pocket (2009) and Back of Official Marker Facade (2009). Eventually, a transitory element was added with projects like Epitectural Blocks (2011 to present) and The Black Frame Gallery/FRAME Gallery (2010 to present). Extremely small and portable Epitectural Blocks have been as far afield as Iceland and South Africa. A versatile mobile gallery The Black Frame Gallery/FRAME Gallery has exhibited artists such as Sonja Thomsen and Shana McCaw/Brent Budsberg as well as being shown at the 2013 Wisconsin Triennial. His most recent series is called Mighline, which aims to utilize model railroading as an artistic medium.

artist statement

Michael Kautzer’s work is about finding a way to exist in the world: physically, socially, and emotionally. Each project is about addressing multiple issues and finding solutions to their problems: death is tackled by remembrance, isolation is tackled by conversation, failure is tackled by adventure, etc. These solutions manifest themselves via sculptural props to be operated, used in performances, or given away. Called “epitecture” or “architecture that relies upon,” these props can be anything from small wood blocks to personal museums depending on circumstances. Two things they all have in common is a reliance on simple architectural forms and a manifestation that doesn’t disrupt existing conditions. The forms derive from Michael’s interest in architecture as a discipline and its means to define/transform history. But more importantly their geometries can contrast dramatically with their surroundings. In effect Michael utilizes personal buildings to assert his presence, interact with others, and define himself.

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“The world is my gallery”
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