Influenced by the assemblages of Surrealist artists Joseph Cornell and Marcel Duchamp, Peter Dahlke works within the confines of constructed boxes made from pieces of old pipe organ wood. He carefully fills each box with an assortment of antiques, toys, tools, and visually engaging objects that spark the imagination. Dream Spaces
is the artist’s first major retrospective comprised of two dozen works. Dahlke—an 80-year-old retired Milwaukee Public School teacher—has long been involved in the arts scene of Milwaukee and this exhibition is the culmination of a sophisticated, life-long fascination with dream spaces and the visual power of ordinary objects.
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