Virtual Exhibit 
2021-2022 ARTservancy Artist In Residence
Jayce Kolinski

Not all artists create for the sake

of the end product. 

 

For some artists

the experience is the art.

 

This is true for Jayce Kolinski

who creates non-fiction

films and photographs.

 

His yearlong virtual exhibit features

the showing of his films in nature and

an album of his photos. 

inspired by experiencing nature. 

Milwaukee River Greenway -

River Revitalization Foundation

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Image borrowed with permission from A Wealth of Nature blog by Eddee Daniels about Jayce Kolinski. Click here to visit the blog.

JayCE's Story

Jayce Kolinski is a Milwaukee-raised and based nonfiction filmmaker and photographer. His work explores our connection to the spaces around our everyday life through diaristic documentaries. The films take on a hybrid form that wanders between personal, cultural, and environmental investigations and stories of landscapes and places. Rooted in personal experience, their films reflect on the hand of the maker and authority of documentary as it relates to truth.  Most of his work explores topics relating to the natural world and our knowledge of it. These works are intertwined by a collage of analog and digital video formats that explore alternative processes to image-making.  The final form for these images comes in short and feature-length films that are distributed primarily through live outdoor screenings that showcase the film in the setting it was created.

 

Jayce received a BFA in Film from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts in 2020 during which he founded Milwaukee Nonfiction. Since its founding, Milwaukee Nonfiction has hosted numerous screenings and workshops facilitated to empower local documentary makers.  After college, he created an outdoor screening series about the history of conservation along the Milwaukee River.  This outdoor screening series has collaborated with numerous nonprofit organizations to host events that highlight their first feature films that explore the rich history and biological diversity of the Milwaukee Greenway.  

 

The films have been exhibited at venues and festivals such as the Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, the Milwaukee Film Festival, and the Chicago Underground Film Festival.

Artist StatEment

I am a Milwaukee-raised and based nonfiction filmmaker and photographer. My work explores our connection to the spaces around our everyday life through diaristic documentaries. The films take on a hybrid form that wanders between personal, cultural, and environmental investigations and stories of landscapes and places. Rooted in personal experience, my films reflect on the hand of the maker and authority of documentary as it relates to truth. Most of my work explores topics relating to the natural world and our knowledge of it. These works are intertwined by a collage of analog and digital video formats that explore alternative processes to image-making. The final form for these images comes in short and feature-length films that are distributed primarily through live outdoor screenings that showcase the film in the setting it was created.

Collection OF FILMS

Click here to see Jaye'e's videos on his website

The Milwaukee Greenway has been the focus of my filmmaking for the last year or so.  When the pandemic hit, I thought it was the perfect time to create an urban nature documentary exploring the history of the greenway and the voices that shaped it. Throughout the production, I met so many whose passion for conservation inspired me to make a nature documentary that places history, conservation, and personal stories next to the plants and animals that have lived here since time immemorial.

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Sample Film

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Photos from the showing of Dreams From Yesterday