DTour Artists 2018


Six artists from near and far were invited to respond to Sauk County’s unique agricultural landscape with temporary art installations along the DTour.

In ecology there is a concept called “edge environments” – areas between one sort of landscape and another, where ecosystems overlap. These edges tend to have more diversity (and therefore more hardiness) than either of the adjoining environments alone. These mixed-use zones, both literal and conceptual, characterize the DTour experience and may allow us to see new possibilities for our land, our work, and our communities. Find out about how you can support the Farm/Art DTour here.


Sarah FitzSimons

Field Sketches

A series of permeable structures over wide terrain. Using aluminum tent poles and custom-welded joints, Sarah FitzSimons “draws” the outlines of domestic structures outdoors, inviting you to experience dissolution between inside and outside, self and surroundings. True-to-scale, this house and accompanying farm buildings are open to whoever comes in as well as the natural elements, referencing the idea of “edge environments,” where one lives between two or more habitats.

Map Stop No. 10

Landowner: McCluskey Brothers-Shillelagh Glen Farm


Les Eoliens, a two-person collective from Bordeux France
Franck Feurte and Remi Duthoit


A kinetic artwork activated by wind. See the wind made visible through this site-specific sculpture made of bamboo, wicker, and feathers of local birds. Inspired by observations of the natural world, the artist invites contemplation and rediscovery of the landscape as a stopover for migrating birds. Birdland is an invitation to roam, be surprised, and to consider the vast spaces of Sauk County, charged simultaneously with quiet and energy.

Map Stop No. 18

Landowner: Eileen Schutz


Martha Glowacki

Seeing Double: New Stereographs of Sauk County History – a Four Part Series

Through 21st century digital technology, Glowacki has transformed historical Sauk County photographs into “stereographs”, pairs of slightly offset views of the same scene presented side-by-side. Using stereoscopes, viewers will fuse these images to experience the Victorian version of virtual reality. Four stereoscope stands along the DTour correspond to pieces of the region’s history: hops farming, iron mines, quarrying, and Indian effigy mounds. Glowacki’s work is informed by histories of natural science and technology, raising questions about environmental and cultural change.

Stand #1: The Hops Boom

Map Stop No. 19, Landowner: Yanke

Stand #2: Iron Mining

Map Stop No. 24, Landowner: LaDell Shimniok

Stand #3: Quartzite Quarries in the Narrows

Map Stop No. 32, Landowner: Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Stand #4: Indian Effigy Mounds

Map Stop No. 36, Landowner: Dennis Conner


Peter Krsko


Wander in and play a musical instrument like you’ve never seen before. Bridging the word xylem—the wood tissue that transports nutrients throughout a tree—and the percussive instrument xylophone, playing the XYLEMXYL highlights the energy that flows through trees, vibrating in the form of music. Peter Krsko’s work is mutually influenced by scientific and artistic practices, and is inspired by biological concepts of diversity, differentiation, participation, and symbiosis.

Map Stop No. 31

Landowner: Department of Natural Resources (DNR)


David Sanchez Burr


A participatory solar powered soundscape, nowhereradio invites visitors to broadcast their thoughts and ideas to the air from a central sound booth. Weather balloons tethered to radio receiver modules transmit audience interventions, sound art, and narratives from local residents. Performances by the artist are scheduled throughout the course of the exhibition. Sanchez Burr’s work frames maintenance, generation, and decay as necessary for sociopolitical change. nowhereradio speaks to democratic concepts and aims to foster the exchange of ideas.

Map Stop No. 25

Landowner: Mark and Elaine Shimniok


Madeline Straka

Sentinels of the Hills

The farmland of Sauk County is watched over by a herd of monolithic beasts—elusive creatures born from the hills are finally revealing themselves. Fascinated by creatures of myth, emerging artist Madeline Straka seeks to bring impossible beasts to life on a large scale. Straka’s practice employs animalistic forms inspired by folklore while exploring mythologies of monsters in contemporary contexts.

Map Stop No. 3

Landowner: Clack Farms LLC


Guest Artists

Beth Persche (Baraboo, WI) has been creating mosaics for the past 15 years and has training in traditional mosaic techniques focusing on mortar, ceramics and tile. Over the years, she has created many wall installations, as well as free-form mosaics, in which she builds the base for the mosaic out of wire and concrete.   Inspired by the natural world, these creations often reflect the flora and fauna of the area.  

Lucas Spivey – Culture Hustlers BFA/MBA hybrid, serial entrepreneur, son-of-a-drifter, Lucas Spivey has travelled 25,000 miles in the Mobile Incubator – a rolling broadcast studio in a vintage camper trailer towed by a vintage ambulance. Lucas is the founder of the podcast, exhibition and docu-series Culture Hustlers; He’s on a campaign to all 50 states to talk about different cultural values in different places and comes to us directly from ArtPrize in Grand Rapids MI. Born in MN, Lucas was raised in rural WI, AK, SC and GA, and now lives between WA and MA.


Lucas worked on a dairy farm as a teenager and his family of farmers will be coming to the DTour to help with the Mobile Incubator!

Brian Sobaski (Minneapolis, MN) works primarily with temporary, large-scale sculpture. He has diverse experience using simple available materials including straw, hay, orchard grass, twine, welded steel, and wood. Brian showcases his playful works at art events, galleries, and festivals nationally.