revealed: Three new projects by Jordan Hart, Lois Bielefeld and Lauren
Fox mine the intimate details of everyday lives, each from a fresh
By Lois Bielefeld
of Shorewood found the inspiration for her series of photographs,
"The Bedroom," when she was sharing a bedroom with her
daughter in 2008.
of the room was full of stuffed animals and toys, and my half had my
office and my art and my bed," Bielefeld says. "I just
started thinking about how we start filling our spaces and make them
reflect who we are."
friends, Bielefeld began shooting photos of people in their most
intimate space, the bedroom. The project eventually included strangers
and new acquaintances, ranging from a 2-year-old child to a Holocaust
survivor in her 90s, from the New York to the Midwest to the South.
Each photograph tells a personal story.
people whom she approached about participating in the project turned
her down, others welcomed her warmly. Some wore their street clothes,
others donned pajamas, and a couple of subjects posed without clothing
assembled 38 of her photos into a prototype book for an exhibition at
Milwaukeeís Portrait Society Gallery (which runs through June 9),
and is now looking for a publisher for the entire collection of 100
Rainbow, the Legendary UndergroundGuide
to Becoming an í80s Rock Star"
By Jordan Hart
Jordan Hart, a
Milwaukee-based graphic designer, lets the White Snake out of the bag
with his just-released book, "Steel Rainbow, the Legendary
Underground Guide to Becoming an í80s Rock Star" (Lyons Press).
Simply by following Hartís illustrated instructions, aspiring hair
bands can make their most awesome fantasies come true.
As a defenseless
child, Hart was overexposed to heavy metal from his dadís Van Halen
and Motley CrŁe album collection, perhaps resulting in permanent,
hidden trauma. "I couldnít tell my mom I was listening to ĎHot
for Teacherí at 4 years old," he says.
is a tongue-hanging-way-out-of-cheek road map to arena rock stardom,
from choosing a mesh tank shirt to proper use of glitter, to a
foolproof method for telling your roadie which "chick" to
pluck from Row D and escort backstage. Itís 208 pages of epic
By Lauren Fox
like Lauren Fox of Shorewood, your life may be turned into fiction,
but you wonít necessarily know it. Fox recently followed up her
first novel, "Still Life with Husband," with her latest
effort, "Friends Like Us," both published by Knopf.
Milwaukee, "Friends Like Us" is about a love triangle
amongst three friends in their mid-20s, Fox says. "And itís
about the intense bonds of friendship and the unintentional ways we
betray each other."
characters in her novels and short stories are based on people she
knows, Fox says they "become their own people" once she
begins to write. At that point, she has thought about her characters
for years. "Thatís the fun of fiction ó you take little bits
of truth and turn them into something unrecognizable," she says.
a novelist, you sort of take everything that youíve observed
throughout life, and I take tons of notes, so I have a vast wellspring
to draw from."
Fox also draws
on that material when she writes short stories. She recently had one
of those stories, "Ongry," published on the Five Chapters
website. It, too, is about a relationship between friends.
As a wife and
mother of two young daughters, Fox says she finds time to write when
the children are in school and preschool. She is now working on a
third novel. But her friends need not worry. "Iím not telling a
true story," she says. "But sometimes I think itís easier
to be honest when youíre writing fiction."