Exhibits Fancy and Staple Gallery

The Geometry of Yearning

Josef Zimmerman
Josef Zimmerman painting designs in his workshop.

The devil is in the details and in Josef Zimmerman’s case, it’s a Flame Elemental.Forgotten Transmissions” at Fancy and Staple Gallery. In each of Zimmerman’s exhibits, there is a hearkening back to childhood. Sometimes it is a collection of his father’s beer cans, a series of converse Hi-Tops stretching back to his baby carriage or a recreation of his desk at parochial school. The Flame Elemental is a toy from that time, it is a wad of poorly painted, injection-molded vinyl. No moving parts, unblinking eyes, crummy paint job, made in Hong Kong. Zimmerman has selected this artifact to represent his latest body of work for the “Forgotten Transmissions” show at Fancy and Staple Gallery in downtown Fort Wayne. Other pieces include meticulous geometric patterns, hand painted onto raw wood, machine-like and perfect. They offer a calm counterpoint to the messiness of the shadowboxed objects in museum quality cases.

The dialog between the disparate pieces goes beyond simple coincidence. There is a subtext that speaks to the desire for agency in a messy life and the need to create totems against a complicated early life that can’t or won’t be rewritten to provide meaning.

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3 toys from the past.

The geometry of yearning for control. What part of this conversation does the single, enshrined bone represent? Is it the finality of death? Do the painted wood pieces operate in the now, suspended, like ourselves, between unwitting birth and inevitable death? Are they an effort to erect some order in the chaos?

Like all satisfying stories, there is a beginning, middle and end to the works displayed, a timeline that presents itself upon further scrutiny. The painted geometrics offer a cool shadow to rest in, away from the relentless glare of windows to the past and future. Linger and enjoy the peace for a moment.

Opening Saturday, May 11, 6-9 PM. 1111 Broadway, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802

(260) 422-2710

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Brett Amory At FWMoA


In his new body of work Brett Amory illustrates his ideas and musings about Fort Wayne. Indiana has been dubbed “the crossroads of America,” and Fort Wayne is one of the main reasons for this namesake.

The city was founded for its close proximity to three major rivers: the Saint Joseph, the Saint Mary’s, and the Maumee. These rivers served as the catalyst for trade, and Fort Wayne became known as a major city. Further development resulted from the Erie Canal, train infrastructure, and the Lincoln highway. This traffic through Fort Wayne brought commerce and culture, helping it develop into the modern city it is today.

Amory’s new work is based on the people and places of Fort Wayne, and is accompanied by a large installation that challenges what it means to be an

“All-American City” and the concept of the American Dream. The installation will be constructed here during the month of November, allowing the public to watch Amory work.

Additionally, Amory will be placing pieces of work throughout the city, expanding his interaction with the Fort Wayne public.

Amory challenges the notion of the American Dream, the idea of resiliency, and the concepts of civic failure and success. A train station serves as a reminder of the robust Industrial Revolution, but the fact that it is abandoned reminds us of the de-industrialization of the 1980s. Abandoned buildings and foreclosures illustrate the housing bubble of the mid- to late 2000s that forced people to let go of their homes. However, the number of churches in Fort Wayne shows a town steeped in faith. Through all of the booms and busts, Fort Wayne serves as an illustration of a city, like many in the United States, determined to overcome and thrive.

Amory also continues to explore his ideas of past, present, and future, and how we relate to our surroundings; our internal dialogue and how it is presented to the world – a monologue. How is a monologue interpreted by those around us, in our house, library, theater, museum, or church? How do we relate to our own community, and how do others relate to us? Amory’s frequent use of flattened perspective serve in part to raise questions about societal perspective and perception. He challenges audiences to reevaluate change, redemption, opportunities, growth, the representation of people and places, the “good” and the “bad,” from churches to outlaws.

Further, Amory’s monologue about Fort Wayne serves as a contemplation about ‘All-American’ cities that have undergone similar struggles and victories. His sculptural use of colorful flowers growing beside a “For Sale By Owner” sign shines light on the determination to rise above negative circumstances and surmount improbable circumstances (be they natural disasters or man-made catastrophes).

Amory’s illustration American Dream, his largest to date, utilizes black, white, and gray to cast a shadow on the very notion of the American Dream. Many of us will remember how the American Dream and 1950s post-war optimism were characterized by television shows such as as Father Knows Best and Leave it to Beaver, both epitomizing the superficial nature of what we tell ourselves embodies the American Dream. The juxtaposition of Amory’s installation and paintings, combined with his use of symbolism, serves to ignite conversation about memories, community, and separation. Amory’s monologue exposes how past cultural decisions have shaped the present, and how present decisions will influence the future of our communities.

Exhibits Idiosyncratic

“With Love From The No Coast” exhibit coming this June, 2015

“With Love From The No Coast” is a reality. This exhibit will feature contemporary up and coming artists from the land locked section of America. The exhibit will then be displayed on a coast (East, West, Gulf).
The first installment of this series will take place at the amazing 1975 Gallery in Rochester, NY. Opening will be June 6th with art by:
Amanda Elizabeth Joseph-
Daniel Dienelt-
Eric Tarr
Justin Henry Miller-
Kay Gregg-
Yis Goodwin-
As well as more to come.
Exhibits FWMoA

Kay Gregg’s “Beautiful and Obsolete” was a success to say the least

We are happy to announce that the Fort Wayne Museum of Art has purchased the “Beautiful and Obsolete” exhibit with a promise to travel the exhibit around the United States.

Thank you for everyones support in making this exhibit happen.

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Exhibits Idiosyncratic

Color In Silence Documentary

For those who missed the opening of the documentary here it is. Enjoy


<p><a href=”″>Color in Silence</a> from <a href=”″>Adelyn Tomlinson</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Exhibits Idiosyncratic

“Color in Silence” Recap

On Black Friday 2014, Cinema Center in Fort Wayne let Addi Tomlinson and I put on a one night art house event. The documentary “Color is Silence” was premiered to an eager crowd and the adjoining exhibit feature art from the interviewees and star of the movie was a hit. Thank you for everyone who came out and here are some install shots before it got crazy:

Tanner Wilson
Tanner Wilson
Josef Zimmerman
Josef Zimmerman
Dusty Niel
Dusty Neil
Daniel Dienelt
Daniel Dienelt


Exhibits FWMoA

“Crossing Lines: Austin, TX” is up and looks great

“Crossing Lines: Austin, TX” is up at the FWMoA and the public is loving it. Thank you to the great artists that participated in this exhibit. Next up is Rochester, NY or St. Louis, MO.

Here are some install shot from the exhibit for your view pleasure:

Install Shot 1Install Shot 2

Nimer Alleck 's art
Nimer Alleck ‘s art
Jason Eatherly
Jason Eatherly
Erin Cunningham
Erin Cunningham
Graham Franciose
Graham Franciose


Exhibits Idiosyncratic

Color in Silence on Black Friday

Since I get bored so much here is something else. Please come down and support with high fives and such.



Fort Wayne, Indiana- November 17, 2014

To celebrate the world premiere of Color in Silence, a program of art, music and food has been planned for the night of November 28th in Cinema Center’s Spectator’s Lounge. The documentary will screen at 7, 8 & 9pm in the theater, with food by Affine Food Truck on Berry Street and special musical guest Heaven’s Gateway Drugs in the Spectator Lounge. A pop-up gallery of works by Daniel Dienelt, Tanner Wilson, Dusty Neal, Jason Swisher, Josef Zimmerman will be on display. This event is all ages with a cash bar, event ends at 10pm.
Daniel Dienelt works in a variety of formats and visual mediums and has been actively involved in the Fort Wayne art scene for more than a decade. His recent works explore how the atmospheric sounds of the world around us can be visually translated using photography and color. Themes include the relationship he has built with his deafness over the last eleven years, and the challenges of living in a hearing world.


Color in Silence is a personal look into the life of an artist through the eyes of his colleagues and friends.


Exhibits FWMoA

“Crossing Lines: Austin, TX”

My next curatorial effort is coming to fruition. “Crossing Lines: Austin, TX” is be opening to the public on November 8th at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

This exhibit is the first in a series that will explore contemporary art in cities. The documentation of the art and city will hopefully produce emerging movements and trends as they are happing.  This exhibit will include art by:

Adrian Landon Brooks

Brandon Snow

Brian Imler

Dave Lozano

Erin Cunningham

Graham Fanciose

Jamie Spinello

Jason Eatherly

Jason Webb

Mike Johnston

Nimer Aleck

Erin Cunningham "Lace Knuckles"
Erin Cunningham “Lace Knuckles”
Graham Franciose "A Journey of Hope and Uncertainty"
Graham Franciose “A Journey of Hope and Uncertainty”









Jason Webb "Discarder Pile 20"
Jason Webb “Discarder Pile 20”

Austin, TX will be tentatively followed by Oakland, CA, Rochester, NY, Savannah, GA, and St. Louis, MO.

Exhibits FWMoA

“Beautiful and Obsolete” coming to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Many things are going down folks. Many projects have been in the works and they are now all coming to light. First off is Kay Gregg’s “Beautiful and Obsolete” at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.  The exhibit will open to the public on October 18th and runs through January 4th. Here is a small taste of the art that will be on display.

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