Oh no! I’m being threatened by an art gallery owner!

November 30th, 2007

Arts agitator and Hotcakes Gallery owner Mike Brenner threw a self-described “temper tantrum” this week and vowed he’d shutter his gallery and leave Milwaukee if a proposed bronze sculpture of Fonzie, best viagra check the character from the “Happy Days” TV series, pharmacy is installed here.

Oh no, whatsoever shall we do with one less art gallery in the Third Ward?

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  • 1. still Unreal...  |  November 30th, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    LOL I was undecided about this thing when I first heard about it…
    But now, fter hearing about how the snooty “elite” of the city are outraged (outraged!!) over this, I just want to know where to donate the money to make it happen.

  • 2. henry smith  |  December 1st, 2007 at 3:11 am

    Are you kidding me? These two galleries are so concerned with a bronze sculpture of the Fonze? Why? Isnt’t bronze sculpure art? Wouldn’t it be great to enter the city or even downtown of Miwaukee and be greeted by an icon? Are these two gallery owners from Wisconsin? Where they born here? Where they transplanted here from another part of the world? There is atleast one that attended MIAD, why does he feel the way he feels? What about the other one, who is he? Did he grow up here in good ol’ WI or is he jumping on the band wagon to make a statement? I do not get it. Is a bronze fonze going to affect their business? Or are they doing this to get PR for their galleries? Interesting question, don’t you think?

  • 3. silent e  |  December 1st, 2007 at 8:48 am

    Same here SU… These are the same people who call that thing (rusty shovel??) downtown art.

  • 4. Mike Brenner (owner of Hotcakes)  |  December 1st, 2007 at 9:12 am

    just for the record… Hotcakes is in Riverwest, not the Third Ward, and the gallery’s motto is “art for everyone.” i started Hotcakes almost 4 years ago with the intent of making art accessible and affordable for everyone. the idea is not about being snooty or elite, but creating a comfortable environment for all kinds of people to experience art. it’s always free to come see the art and i never put a hard sell on anyone to buy anything. i have been in plenty of galleries where they looked at my shoes and could see that I would never be able to afford to buy anything and then ignored me the whole time I was there. if anything, Hotcakes was design to be the opposite of all those snooty galleries.

    my frustration with this statue has more to do with the decisions our leaders are making. Millenium Park in Chicago is a good example of what can be done with public art to get EVERYONE excited about it. all kinds of people from all economic backgrounds and all levels of education about art can go there and be passionate about what they see. love it or hate it they can’t help but be awed by the art that was thoughtfully placed there.

    art is supposed to move us, not be PR controversy for a week and then be ignored for the rest of eternity. quality over quantity. forward thinking over whatever the hell Fonzie is.

    when Milwaukee looks good and people travel here and companies relocate here and people spend money here, it create jobs and opportunities for people, which lowers crime and grows a community we can be proud of, not embarrassed about.

    anyway… i just want my hometown to be a cool fun place to live, not a joke anymore.

  • 5. capper  |  December 1st, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    Oddly enough, I was thinking along the same lines as silent e, but from a different view. My thought was that the people who gripe about the orange asterick at the end of Wisconsin Ave. or the ones for a bronze Fonz? Get rid of them both and hand up a giant painting of poker-playing dogs and/or Elvis, on black velvet, of course.

  • 6. Elliot  |  December 1st, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    I actually love meaningful art. My girl is a painter.

    But I don’t think the Fonz on the River Walk is going to destroy Milwaukee.

    In front of the Art Musuem? No!

    But as a fun little discovery as you walk along the river?

    Why not? ;)

  • 7. Elliot  |  December 1st, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    And sorry to get the location wrong, Mike.

    Also, thank you for reminding me that sometimes when you’re being snarky on line, the people you’re being snarky about actually end up reading what you’ve written. ;)

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