“Me and the Mountain”

Exploring Isolation and Finding Mindfulness by Painting through the Pandemic

April 16 – June 5, 2022

MARN is excited to present “Me and the Mountain” – Exploring Isolation and Finding Mindfulness by Painting through the Pandemic – an exhibition running April 16 to June 5, featuring an immersive installation of local artist Daniel Fleming’s “Pandemic Painting Series”. 

“Me and the Mountain” showcases large-scale, expressive paintings encapsulating an introspective meditation of Fleming’s journey of living within the COVID-19 pandemic. Fleming’s “Pandemic Paintings” document the artist’s free-flowing stream of consciousness. Like diary entries, these serve as responses to the ongoing, unfolding, and uncontrollable situations endured. In Fleming’s words he approached each painting “as one might scribble their thoughts in a private book without notation or concern for a connecting thread. . . a rapid-fire expression of impulse, anxieties, and ongoing attempts at understanding as each day passes.” 

Viewers are invited to walk amongst unstretched paintings strung between columns, mimicking the chaos and confined feelings Fleming experienced over the course of the last two years in his small studio. Traditionally hung stretched paintings surround the installation in the perimeter of the gallery and allude to the calm within the uncontrollable storm. 

The “Me and the Mountain” was selected through MARN’s March 2022 Request for Exhibition Proposals, an exhibition funded in part by the gracious donation of Kathy Mykleby. 

More about the artist: 

Daniel Fleming grew up in Rochester Minnesota and attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design from 2006-2010, graduating with a major in Communication Design and a concentration in painting. Despite his academic design background and career, he has consistently taken part in the art community both local and nationwide, with a few artworks traveling internationally. He has been represented by various galleries throughout the years, taken part in countless shows, and continues to create and develop projects daily. Throughout the last 10 years he has created over 1000 paintings and individual artworks. Fleming currently works with Scout Gallery in Milwaukee.

Join us: 

Saturday, April 16 (5:30-7:30PM) for the Opening Reception

Friday, April 22 (5-9PM) for the Historic Third Ward’s Gallery Night 

Saturday, April 23 (10-4PM) for the Historic Third Ward’s Gallery Day

Friday, May 13 (5-7PM) for a Visual Journal Making Workshop

Saturday, May 24 (1:30-3:30PM) for Live Painting by Daniel Fleming

For more exhibition programming visit our Calendar.

MARN was pleased to invite the public to the “Me and the Mountain” Opening Reception Saturday, April 16th, from 5:30PM to 7:30PM at the MARN ART + CULTURE HUB (191 N Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202). Guests enjoyed offerings from Coffee + Wine by Interval’s recently released seasonal menu, live music by Alternative R&B Singer Felix Ramsey, and remarks from the exhibiting artist, Daniel Fleming.