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Latest Pitch Project Installation Combines Mural, Sculpture & Music

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The collaborative art space and brewery known as The Pitch Project has been open for nearly a year in Walker's Point. In that time, it has presented a dynamic, ever-evolving series of installations.

The newest is no exception - a combination of mural, sculpture and music by the New York-based husband-and-wife team of Carl Ostendarp and Gail Fitzgerald.

Relativity Suite opens at The Pitch Project tomorrow night. Ostendarp, along with Pitch Project co-founder Milwaukee artist Sonja Thomsen, joined Lake Effect's Bonnie North in the studio to discuss the project and the importance of offering a collaborative art space.

"It's kind of an interesting way to think about how we can help grow community instead of it being like a one person show or really about ego. It's about how ideas kind of grow together," Thomsen said.

While Thomsen can help supply a physical space to display art, it is up to the artist to utilize the space in such a way that gives the viewer a complete visual and aural experience.

"I have this sense in my work that maybe because we have such access to images of artwork now, it's easy to forget the difference between actually being there and seeing in its scale and its size, as opposed to seeing an image of it," Ostendarp said.

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Audrey is a producer, host and reporter for Lake Effect. She is involved with every aspect of the show — from conducting interviews, editing audio, posting web stories and mixing the show together.
Bonnie North
Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.