Pleasure Comes In Halves by Thad Kellstadt


Pleasure Comes in Halves, a full-color zine that accompanied a solo show of the same name by Thad Kellstadt at the University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery (January 24- February 14, 2019). The show was a result of an artist residency at the University and included Kellstadt’s work with sculptural paintings. Of his work, Kellstadt says, “The structures I paint on are made primarily out of discarded wood. I pick through this discarded wood, to pull out the interesting shapes and forms. There is a lot of collecting in my process. I visit thrift stores looking for wooden animals, bowls and bric-a-brac to cut and fit into my structures. Collecting and reformation are vital parts of my work, and allow me create wonderful problems for myself with what I find. Constructing the forms is a cross between playing with building blocks and fitting together a puzzle. The process is a negotiation between my aspirations and the stubborn nature of the forms. Each step of the construction informs the next, with color being my ultimate instrument and negotiator.”

Kellstadt is currently based in Milwaukee, is a member of Team Lump & has shown his work internationally at a variety of venues including Space 1026, Secret Project Robot, High Desert Sites, Cell Project Space, Lump Gallery, The Andy Warhol Museum & more.

We also carry his zine of drawings ‘Milwaukee Drawings’.

Published by UIS Visual Arts Gallery, 2019

8.5” x 11.25”

14 pages

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