ArtSlant - Openings & events http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/show en-us 40 Brian Kapernekas - 65GRAND - May 18th, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <ul class="next"> <li> <p style="text-align: justify;">65GRAND is pleased to present Brian Kapernakas in his third solo exhibition with the gallery, 40,000 Fathoms Before the Eye. This new body of work sees the artist reducing his palette and refining his gestures.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Red, green, black and white. Kapernekas has not only settled on just two colors and two tones, the works in the exhibition are also monochromatic. His interest in red and green comes from the uncommon natural phenomenon called the "Green Flash" which occurs as the sun sets below the horizon. Kapernekas' work has always playfully drawn from the observed world while bordering on total abstraction. In this group of work he has tightened his focus further.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The artist's interest in medium and experimentation with material continues, but in a more refined, almost scientific way. Monocle is made from wood scraps and bamboo covered in packing tape that has been melted. Covered uniformly in black acrylic paint texture and surface are emphasized, much as they are the similarly all black painting Sand Castle. In Tile Kapernekas works in white on white as he embeds a very low relief paper board cast of a vinyl floor tile into the gallery wall.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Overall, the work in this show is concerned with the space between fact and fiction and observation versus imagination. Kapernekas looks to the late French author and filmmaker Alain Robbe-Grillet, who in an interview once stated, "It is in my brain and not in front of my eyes. [P]eople always wrote, 'Robbe-Grillet means objectivity, the scientific eye.' Perhaps, but the scientific eye is looking at what is in the imagination."</p> <p> </p> </li> <li></li> <li>ARTIST STATEMENT<br /> <ul class="press"> <ul class="press"> <li style="text-align: justify;">I find myself at times in a transitory state, situated between the scope of objective material that informs process and subject within the work, and the roaming eye of recollected memories, direct observations and the imagined. What manifests for me is a critical dialogue between fact and fiction where the object and the self both become participants in the process, demarcating events and situations that the work has helped to reveal in both abstract and representational forms.</li> </ul> </ul> BRIAN KAPERNEKAS</li> <li></li> </ul> Sun, 20 May 2012 07:55:34 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Richard Galling, Daniel Shea - LVL3 Gallery - May 19th, 2012 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p><em>Suspended</em> is a state, a moment, some kind of disbelief, a stalemated gesture frozen in its own established conditions. Richard Galling’s paintings deconstruct and utilize marks and gestures within a framework of abstraction, proposing a new system of painted signs. Daniel Shea’s objects and installations examine the mythologies and histories of the post-industrial ruin and a perceived material authenticity. Together their work offers an interplay between an aesthetic and conceptual modernism and industrial modernity. As one history implicates another, their work shown together suspends multiple moments in aesthetic and political lineages.</p> <p></p> <p>http://lvl3gallery.com/suspended/</p> Thu, 17 May 2012 17:50:33 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Robert Davis, Dan Gunn, Michael Langlois, Jason Middlebrook, Joel Ross - moniquemeloche gallery - May 19th, 2012 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Each of the moniquemeloche gallery artists in this exhibition incorporates wood into their respective practices, manipulating the same raw material in various ways with different end goals. We ask ourselves why, at this time, are all these artists considering this once-living material?</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Working both with and against the natural grain and knots in internal slices of Cury Maple, Redwood, English Elm, and Cairo Walnut trees, <strong>Jason Middlebrook</strong> (American, born 1966, lives Hudson, NY)laboriously paints abstract patterns and designs on his leaning plank paintings.  This material, along with Middlebrook’s continued investigation of man’s intersection with nature, reference the passage of time and growing cycles as much as McCracken and minimalist art practice.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The work of <strong>Robert Davis/Michael Langlois</strong> (American, born 1970/1974, live New York/Chicago) is often inspired by the visual language of the music world. In their newest body of work (the most sculptural to date), their richly stained wood constructions pay homage to the abstract linear designs on Eddy Van Halen’s guitars.  These perforated screens, which hang on the wall or stand dividing a room, often incorporate the artists’ photo-realistic paintings of spray painted symbols.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Whether working with a table saw, teaching himself to chair-chain, or sourcing wooden panels from the local hardware store, the self-described painter <strong>Dan Gunn</strong> (American, born 1980, lives Chicago) builds malleable surfaces that use transparency and opacity to create balance and tension. His wall-based and free-standing works, comprised of materials like Plexiglas, glitter, paint and fabric in addition to wood, suggest different functional, aesthetic and cultural relationships between constituent parts that often evoke set-design or commercial display.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The majority of <strong>Joel Ross’</strong>(American, born 1966, lives Urbana, IL) recent sculptural work has taken the form of roadside signage that the artist constructs in most part of wood, secretly installs, and abandons at locations ranging from single-lane gravel farm roads to major highways on the outskirts of suburban Illinois. His luscious, but documentary-style photographs of these installations become the only record of his signs which tend to mysteriously disappear quickly from these desolate locales.  Here we get a special exhibition of his sign constructions, sculptures onto themselves, slated to be installed.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Currently operating out of studios in Chicago and New York, <strong>Robert Davis and Michael Langlois</strong> (American, born 1970/1974, live New York/Chicago) have been working collaboratively sincemeeting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1997. They have exhibited internationally with solo exhibitions in Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, Seattle, Berlin, and Naples Italy. Recently their work has been included in exhibitions at Untitled NY, the Warhol Museum Pittsburgh, APEX Art NY, and DePaul Art Museum Chicago. Davis and Langlois are two-time recipients of Artadia grants.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Prior to earning his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007, <strong>Dan Gunn</strong> (American, born 1980, lives Chicago) received a Bachelor’s degree in Physics.  His work has been reviewed in publications such as <em>Frieze</em>, <em>Art in America</em>, <em>Artforum.com</em>, <em>Artslant.com</em>, <em>NewCity Chicago</em>, <em>TimeOut Chicago</em>, and the <em>Chicago Tribune</em>.  Last year Gunn’s first solo exhibition at moniquemeloche was concurrent with his solo show – the 12×12 UBS: New Artists/New Work series – at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Jason Middlebrook </strong>(American, born 1966, lives Hudson, NY), has exhibited extensively in the US and in Europe since receiving his MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 1994. His work has been exhibited at the Arthouse, Austin, TX; Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; The Aspen Art Museum, CO; Palazzo delle Papesse Centro Arte Contemporanea Siena, Italy; The New Museum NY; The Whitney Museum NY; The Welcome Trust, London; and the Public Art Fund NY, among other institutions.  His work is in the permanent collections of the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA;Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; Microsoft Corporate Art Collection, Redmond, WA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; New Museum, New York, NY; Progressive Art Collection, Mayfield, OH; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. Currently, Middlebrook has work in the exhibition <em>Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy,</em> curated by Lynne Warren, which has been traveling to various museum venues since its origination at the MCA Chicago in 2010. Upcoming in 2013, Middlebrook will have a solo exhibition of his wood plank sculptures at MASS MoCA.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Joel Ross</strong> (American, born 1966, lives Urbana, IL) holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy for Art and a BFA from Tufts University. Born in Port Arthur,Texas, he is the son of a police sergeant and the grandson of a Baptist preacher. He received a discharge from the United States Marine Corps in 1984. Currently he is Associate Professor in the School of Art and Design at University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Recent exhibitions include <em>It’s Not My First Time</em>, Beta Pictoris Maus Contemporary Art, Birmingham AL; <em>(No Vacancy</em>, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago IL; and <em>Write Now!</em> curated by Nathan Mason, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago IL.</p> <div id="section2"> <div id="gallery"> <div class="ngg-imagebrowserLG" id="ngg-imagebrowser-31-1789"> <div class="pic"><a href="http://moniquemeloche.com/wp-content/gallery/wood/jm-12-black-and-white-plank-number-5.jpg" title="" rel="lightbox[wood]">  </a></div> <p></p> <div class="ngg-imagebrowserLG-nav"></div> </div> </div> </div> Sun, 13 May 2012 05:43:18 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Roy Lichtenstein - The Art Institute of Chicago - May 22nd, 2012 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM <p><em>Whaam! Bratatat! Varoom!</em> The Art Institute of Chicago explodes this summer with the energy of Roy Lichtenstein in the largest exhibition of the influential Pop artist to date. More than 160 works—from the familiar to the completely unexpected, including never-before-seen drawings, paintings, and sculpture—present a profound exploration of Lichtenstein’s signature style and its myriad applications. The result—a dazzling array of color and dynamism, traversing art historical movements, magazine advertisements and comics, nudes and heroes, sea and sky—captures the power of Pop with works of art as fresh and revolutionary as they were 50 years ago.</p> <p>Lichtenstein first made a splash with his groundbreaking brand of Pop Art in 1961 with <em>Look Mickey</em> and similar works that channeled the seemingly “artless” medium of cartoons. While playfully challenging the world of fine art, Lichtenstein’s use of comics and other mass media imagery also served as a vehicle for his lifelong exploration of the processes of painting and the question of “style.” His immediately recognizable signature—the hand-painted re-creations of benday “dots” derived from commercial printing—was critical to his act of blurring the boundaries between “low art” and traditional artistic genres. This technique also masked the effort and meticulous preparation—drawing, transposition, enlargement, and editing—he put into what can appear to be mechanically produced paintings.<br /><br />Through his surprisingly fluid approach, Lichtenstein explored a broad variety of subjects, from the eminently art historical to the commercial, and this exhibition chronicles them all, bringing together most of his major series. From cartoon panels and treatments of brushstrokes through representations of mirrors and “Artist’s Studio” paintings and finally to the luminous Chinese landscapes that Lichtenstein was working on before his death in 1997, this retrospective showcases one of the most prolific and brilliant careers in 20th-century art.</p> <p><strong>Catalogue:</strong> A major catalogue accompanies the exhibition and features new scholarship by an international team of distinguished curators, critics, and art historians including James Rondeau, Frances and Thomas Dittmer Chair and Curator, Department of Contemporary Art, and Sheena Wagstaff, curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.</p> <p><strong>Organizer:</strong> The exhibition is organized by the Art Institute of Chicago and Tate Modern, London.</p> <p></p> Mon, 14 May 2012 15:43:32 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list - Gallery 400 - May 23rd, 2012 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM <p>The film and video works gathered in <em>Color Films</em> aren’t just <em>in</em> color; they’re <em>about</em> color. Like the exhibition <em>Spectral Landscape (with Viewing Stations)</em>, the works are organized along a spectrum that registers changes in color, but also in expressive modality: from red to abstraction to orange to ritual to yellow to landscape and so forth. The films and videos all share an investment in locating these diverse incidents of color within lived experience.</p> <p>Featuring:</p> <ul> <li>-Stan Brakhage, <em>The Dante Quartet</em>, 1987, 16mm film, 8:00 min.</li> <li>-James Bidgood, <em>Pink Narcissus</em>, 1971, video, 10:00 min. excerpt.</li> <li>-Peggy Ahwesh, <em>The Color of Love</em>, 1994, 16mm film transferred to video, 10:00 min.</li> <li>-John Kramer, <em>Yellow Carrie</em>, 1998, video, 3:46 min.</li> <li>-Paul Dickinson, <em>Infrared Nail Pull</em>, 1998, DVD, 4:00 min.</li> <li>-Nova Paul, <em>Pink and White Terraces</em>, 2006, 16mm film transferred to DVD, 8:00 min.</li> <li>-Cheryl Donegan, <em>Flushing</em>, 2004, video, 4:00 min.</li> <li></li> </ul> Fri, 11 May 2012 18:11:38 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Eric Holubow - Chicago Cultural Center - May 24th, 2012 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM <p align="center"><span style="font-size: small;"><b>Chicago Cultural Center Exhibition Opening</b></span></p> <p align="center"><span style="font-size: x-large; color: #00008b;"><b>“In Decay – Stitching America’s Ruins”</b></span></p> <p align="center"><span style="font-size: medium;"><b>Artist's Reception Friday, April 13, 2012</b></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Chicago Cultural Center proudly presents the large-scale photographs of <strong>Eric Holubow</strong>.  His subjects are architectural interiors of places man has forgotten, but time has not.  His work tells stories of times past that play out in the viewer's mind.  Whether in the engine room at the former industrial behemoth Bethlehem Steel or the impressive view from the stage of the Uptown Theater, all of these cultural cornerstones now stand silent.  Whether grand or commonplace, Holubow's images share an inherent beauty that few recognize in a building's final days. Holubow has chosen to capture these fleeting moments and reveal them to us, perhaps to act as a reminder of our own mortality.  His highly detailed, ultra-wide angle photographs are startling in their magnitude and explicitness<b>.</b>  This show is set in the Michigan Avenue Gallery’s intimate south salon – a choice that serves to further draw the viewer in. </p> <p><b><span style="text-decoration: underline;">WHEN:</span> </b></p> <p><b>Reception (public invited)</b> - <b>Friday, April 13, 2012</b> from 5:30pm to 7:30pm</p> <p><b>Exhibition -</b> Saturday, March 31 though Wednesday, June 20, 2012.</p> <p><b><span style="text-decoration: underline;">WHERE:</span> </b></p> <p><b>Chicago Cultural Center, South Salon of the Michigan Ave Gallery</b></p> <p>78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602</p> <p>Phone 312-744-6630 (main number)</p> <p>One block east of the “Randolph” El stop of the Orange, Pink, Green, Purple and Brown lines.</p> <p><b>ABOUT THE ARTIST:  </b></p> <p>Chicago artist, <a href="http://www.ebow.org/" rel="nofollow">Eric Holubow</a> offers a maturity in his photographs that belie his young age.  With a Masters in Design from IIT’s Institute of Design, it is no surprise that Holubow is fascinated with buildings.  He joined the program in 2002, the same year the former New Bauhaus also discontinued offering a masters degree in photography.  Now Holubow continues what remains of the photography curriculum by teaching its graduate level photography course.  Link to CBS Evening News clip <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7399599n" rel="nofollow">here</a>.</p> <p><b>ABOUT CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER:</b></p> <p class="ecxmsobodytext" style="text-align: justify;">Originally built in 1897 as Chicago’s first central public library, the Chicago Cultural Center was established in 1991 as the nation’s first and most comprehensive free municipal cultural venue. Drawn by its beauty and abundant free public events, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to the Chicago Cultural Center every year, making it one of the most visited attractions in Chicago. This stunning landmark building is home to two magnificent stained glass domes, as well as free music, dance and theater events, films, lectures, art exhibitions and family events.</p> Wed, 16 May 2012 00:14:21 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Christraud Geary - DePaul Art Museum - May 24th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><br /></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Dr. Christraud Geary will explore the changes in fortune of Seydou Keita, a photographer from Bamako, Mali, who was a contemporary of and competitor with Malick Sidibé. Primarily a studio portrait photographer practicing around the time of Malian independence, he became world renowned in the 1990s after several of his photographs were displayed as anonymous works in the exhibition <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Africa Explores: 20th Century African Art</span>, presented in 1991 at the Center for African Art in New York City.  Dr. Geary is Teel Senior Curator of African and Oceanic Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a specialist in African photography.<strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Mon, 07 May 2012 00:48:55 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list JOHN PAROT - Western Exhibitions - May 25th, 2012 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">This is Western Exhibitions our third solo show with<strong> JOHN PAROT,</strong> whose poetic investigations into gay urban living manifest themselves in vibrant paintings, collages and sculptures, where psychedelic visions, personal reflection and Warrior symbols prevail amidst idiosyncratic patterning and geometries. The show opens on Friday, May 25, 2012 with a free public reception from 5 to 8pm and will run through June 30, 2012. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm and by appointment.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In John Parot's new show, "Excavation", he further explores his fascination of ancient Egyptian tomb art as well his love of the psychedelic age. Large-scale works and paintings evoking remnants from a lost burial chamber urge you to focus on their patterns and color, all the while seducing you with their possible histories. His intricate patterns of gouache, often lovingly painted on smiling disembodied heads, clipped from fashion and porno mags, carry both tribal and retro-futuristic connotations. He has now enlarged this signature patterning from his often-intimate scale to greater dimensions, by painting directly on thick roofing paper. The patterns become objects in and of themselves and the results, for the viewers, are akin to walking into one of Parot's drawings. The new works touch upon psychedelic visions and personal discovery. With his references to tomb artifacts Parot conjures a more reflective tone, taking stock of his desires and identity. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">John Parot's work has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Jack Hanley Gallery in San Fransisco, Locust Projects in Miami, and Light &amp; Sie in Dallas and it has been discussed in <em>BUTT Magazine, Artcritical, Beautiful/Decay, the Art: 21 blog, The New Yorker, Time Out Chicago, Artnet Magazine, NYFA Quarterly</em> and <em>Art on Paper</em>. His 2010 show at Western Exhibitions was reviewed in<em> The Chicago Tribune</em> and<em> New City</em> and his 2007 show at Western Exhibitions was named on of the top five shows of the year by <em>New City</em>. Parot is a 2004 recipient of grants from the Illinois Art Council and Artadia. He received his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and he lives and works in Los Angeles.</p> Mon, 14 May 2012 13:14:37 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Adriane Herman - Western Exhibitions - May 25th, 2012 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">For the past several years, Adriane Herman has taken artistic inspiration from her collection of over 1000 found, gifted, and bartered "to do" lists, re-presenting these scraps of paper on a significantly larger scale in a variety of media, from inlaid burnishing clay panels; screenprints; photo-etchings; embossments; vinyl decals; to virtually any mediated medium. This re-creation of other people's list reveals, to her, certain universal aspects of humanity, such as our common need for food, shelter, water, human companionship, entertainment, and -- in most cultures -- toilet paper. Herman's unique and editioned objects trace the trajectory from intention to action, highlighting and monumentalizing the tasks that vie for our time, energy, and attention.<br /> <br /> Herman states:<br /> <em>Since lists are generally written with the self in mind as intended reader, they embody honest, unfiltered documentation of what humans today are doing (or at least intending to do) with our most precious resources of time, energy, and attention. Forces such as advertising are still in play, as manifest by the prevalence of brand loyalty in many of the thousand plus lists I have collected. However, by and large, sifting through these intimate yet anonymous documents of human aspirations, procrastinations, and accomplishments both large and small reveal us to be -- depending on your perspective -- reassuringly individualized or damnably idiosyncratic, despite shared experience and struggles.</em> <br /> <br /> Anchoring the show, her third with Western Exhibitions, will be "Coping Mechanics," an ink-jet print stitched together from nine photographs that measures 16.25 x 70 inches. It depicts nine of the most personal and revelatory, even voyeuristic, lists in Herman's collection, each of which directly or indirectly reveals its writer trying to deal with something challenging. Some of these are quite literal and self-explanatory, while others operate more abstractly and suggestively when taken out of context. "Dually Noted" is a wallpaper installation created collaboratively with Brian Reeves, which consists of a grid of ink-jet reproductions of lists from Herman's vast archive. Other works in the show re-present individual lists, such as "Home," a lithograph that utilizes the transparency of Japanese paper to "note" the contents of both front and back of a hand-written list of items the writer wished to retrieve from his mother's house after she passed away. The screenprint "Passion Aggression" counters with humor, valorizing a mother's enumerated list of tasks her offspring had better accomplish "or else" - signed "Have a nice day. Love, Mom." <br /> <br /> Adriane Herman's recent solo shows include the Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art; Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan; Weymouth Mercantile in Nova Scotia; Ulrich Museum of Art in Wichita, Kansas; and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport, Maine. Recent group shows include A+D Gallery at Columbia College Chicago; International Print Center in New York City; Adam Baumgold Gallery in NYC; the Portland Museum of Art in Maine; and the The Dalarnas Museum, in Falun, Sweden, among several others. Her print portfolio, "Sticky Situations" was recently written about by Susan Tallman in <em>Art in Print</em>. Herman's work is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of Art, Adobe Systems in San Francisco, Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, the Herbert F Johnson Museum of American Art in Ithaca, New York, the Progressive Corporation in Cleveland, and several other collections. Herman has lectured at over fifty institutions and lives and works in Portland, Maine.</p> Mon, 14 May 2012 13:20:40 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list - Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - May 26th, 2012 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM <p><b>ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble)<br />MCA Composers Stage series</b></p> <p>Join the MCA for the Chicago premiere of <b>George Aperghis’</b> highly anticipated new work <em>A <b>Shot in the Dark. </b></em>One of Europe’s most influential experimental composers,<b> </b>Mr. Aperghis’ aggressive yet playful music pushes the boundaries between classical performance and performance art.</p> <p>The program is led by superstar conductor <b>Ludovic Morlot </b>and features two new chamber works by rising stars and ICElab 2012 composers <b>Patricia Alessandrini</b> and <b>Juan Pablo Carreño</b>.</p> Fri, 04 May 2012 21:55:53 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Adam Farcus, Allison Trumbo, Michael A. Morris - ADDS DONNA - May 27th, 2012 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p>Adam Farcus, Allison Trumbo, and Michael A. Morris <br /> May 27 2012 thru July 8 2012 <br /> Opening Reception April 27 from 4 to 7 pm <br /> <br /> </p> <p>ADDS DONNA in conjunction with ACRE is pleased to present Faith Made, an exhibition of new works by Adam Farcus, Allison Trumbo, and Michael A. Morris. Faith Made questions the surface manifestations of those things deep within us, how ritual, tradition, and objects endowed with magical properties have the power to console, motivate and mystify our lives. <br /> <br /> Faith Made examines the balancing act that takes place between the rational and emotive faculties, between the desire for the consolation that belief provides and the need to question accepted narratives. As William James observed in his lecture on “The Reality of the Unseen”, “our impulsive belief is here always what sets up the original body of truth, and our articulately verbalized philosophy is but its showy translation into formulas. The unreasoned and immediate assurance is the deep thing in us; the reasoned argument is but a surface exhibition. Instinct leads, intelligence does but follow." <br /> <br /> Though the three artists in Faith Made begin from a place of personal narrative, the resulting work is evidence of a variety of different approaches that attend to notions of family, faith, sentimentality, and the esoteric. The works presented here originate from a place of hope as much as from one of cynicism. <br /> <br /> Adam Farcus’ Penny Hex creates a spiritual seal on viewers which grants them the luck of hundreds of lucky pennies, while Entry challenges the mystical power that we give to such objects and rituals. It’s Just Meant To Be, a film installation by Michael Morris, presents an incantatory collection of platitudes that fail to provide solace at the loss of a loved one. In other works such as Blue Movie and Wheel and Axle Machine, Morris addresses the technologies that preserve some part of a person: their body, their voice, or their gaze. Allison Trumbo’s video installation, which includes both Visualization Exercises That Work Like Magic and Creating Abundance in 10 Minutes Flat, parallel personal and media induced visions of romance and spirituality with the crudeness of superficiality perpetuated by pop culture. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Allison Trumbo is a violin teacher and co-director of a music school on the north side of Chicago. Her work is often prompted by her experience as a nurturing motivator accompanied by the childlike fantasies that are often required to inspire her classes. <br /> <br /> Michael A. Morris is an artist and educator based in Dallas, Texas. His works in film, video, installation, and performance draw on personal narratives and experience to explore the implications of recording technologies for belief, interpretation, and perception. <br /> <br /> Adam Farcus is a Chicago (soon to be Baltimore) based artist, writer, and teacher. Through subjects such as death, joy, poetry, identity, and belief, his work elevates the banal to unexpected heights while simultaneously placing the magical in an accessible, even common, realm. <br /> <br /> <br /> ADDS DONNA <br /> 4223 W. Lake <br /> Chicago, IL 60624 <br /> Open Sundays from 1 – 4 pm <br /> <a href="http://www.addsdonna.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.addsdonna.com</a> <br /> contact@addsdonna.com</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 19:19:26 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Roy Lichtenstein - The Art Institute of Chicago - May 31st, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Avis Berman, Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, uses audio excerpts of Lichtenstein and his colleagues to provide fresh insights into the artist's life and working methods.</p> <p>Free for students with ID.</p> Tue, 29 May 2012 21:17:13 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list - Gallery 400 - June 2nd, 2012 9:45 AM - 4:00 PM <p>Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago and threewalls announce the third year of Propeller Fund granting opportunities for independent visual artists, curators, and visual art groups in Cook County, IL. <br /> <br /> Application Deadline: August 1, 2012<br /> <br /> Propeller Fund provides money directly to artists, curators, and groups living and working in Cook County, Illinois, and seeks to support projects that are independent, informal, self-organized, and long-term or short-term. <br /> <br /> This workshop is free and open to all. Please RSVP to lauren@three-walls.org with the subject line “propeller workshop” to attend.<br /> <br /> Presenters include Propeller Fund staff, Anne Elizabeth Moore, Chelsea Culp and Ben Foch of New Capital, Chicago Torture Justice Memorial Project, and other previous Propeller Fund awardees.<br /> <br /> 9:45am: Introduction<br /> <br /> 10-11am: Budgets, budget forms, and taxes<br /> <br /> 11am-12pm: Writing a compelling proposal<br /> <br /> 12-2pm: Lunch<br /> • With four breakout sessions on making independent projects<br /> <br /> 2-3pm: The Propeller application process<br /> • The online system<br /> • A juror's viewpoint<br /> • How Propeller helps after the award<br /> <br /> 3-4pm: One-on-one 15-minute sessions with Propeller staff</p> Tue, 29 May 2012 21:17:48 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Isamu Noguchi, Mark Rothko, Richard Stankiewicz, Esteban Vicente - Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - June 2nd, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Part of an ongoing series featuring works that constitute the building blocks of the MCA Collection, <b>MCA DNA: New York School </b>showcases important paintings and sculptures from the heroic American genre of Abstract Expressionism. The group of artists characterized as the “New York School” broke away from traditional painting conventions in both subject matter and technique. The artwork on view by twentieth century masters including <b>Willem de Kooning</b>, <b>Franz Kline</b>, <b>Mark Rothko</b>, and <b>Isamu Noguchi</b> vibrantly captures the rebellious spirit of the post-World War II era in an intimate gallery setting.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A few of these works have been regularly displayed in our galleries, such as Kline’s 1955 painting <em class="first_child">Vawdavitch</em>, which will be shown alongside two of the artist’s rarely seen works on paper. Yet others, such as a moody, untitled 1969 work by Rothko, have not been on view since the opening of the MCA’s current building in 1996. As a new generation of artists resuscitates interest in abstract painting, it seems high time to present this work anew. Another fascinating work that has rarely been shown is a vibrant canvas by the Spanish-born, New York–based artist Esteban Vicente, who was a leading figure of the New York School. Sculptors are often overlooked within this group, but another rarely seen work in the collection by the underrated artist Richard Stankiewicz, <em class="last_child">Middle-Aged Couple</em> (1954), will be featured alongside three-dimensional works by better-known artists such as de Kooning and Isamu Noguchi, reflecting the depths and strengths of our highly diverse holdings.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" class="last_child">This exhibition is organized by Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.</p> Sat, 02 Jun 2012 07:15:37 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list - Hyde Park Art Center - June 3rd, 2012 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Tue, 29 May 2012 21:18:19 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Ani Afshar - Hyde Park Art Center - June 3rd, 2012 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p>Intricate hand-woven wall hangings and new tulle veil constructions by Turkish artist Ani Afshar return to the Art Center this spring.  <em>Woven Gardens, Shredded Shadows</em> will reveal a selection of acclaimed landscape tapestries Afshar produced in the 1990s and debut artworks and installations created by Afshar since her return to weaving in 2007, which are being shown publicly for the first time. Guest curated by Frank Connett (artist and conservationist) in consultation with Richard Born (Smart Museum, Senior Curator), the solo show will span decades of textile work by the artist.</p> <p>Afshar began her relationship with the Hyde Park Art Center as an art teacher in the school over 25 year ago. The Art Center first exhibited her work in 1987 as part of a three-person exhibition also organized by Richard Born who then described her tapestries as “simultaneously utilitarian objects and works of independent beauty intended both for use and appreciation at the same time.” This rich foundation is re-kindled and expanded in the upcoming exhibition. This monographic show will focus on stylistic consistencies and remarkable bead work in Afshar’s textile compositions from the 1990s to the present. Afshar will also debut a large wall relief installation made of found Turkish fabrics, tulle, beads, and wire that explore the disintegration of material over time, adding a temporal dimension to her work not present in her woven pieces.</p> <p>Afshar’s multicultural upbringing inspires her beaded and woven contemporary artworks. Born in Istanbul, educated in Switzerland, and based in Chicago since 1975, Afshar draws on Eastern and Western traditions to craft her one-of-a-kind pieces. Afshar uses a range of color and diverse materials to create her artwork, which ranges from jewelry design to tapestries and installations. The artist became known for making one-of-a-kind wire jewelry in the 1990s, sold through her Lincoln Park boutique AniAfshar. Celebrated both in this country and abroad, Afshar’s textile and jewelry designs reflect artistic traditions from across the globe. In 2009 Afshar closed the boutique to devote her time to her contemporary artwork. She currently teaches Jewelry: Beads and Strings and Wires at the Hyde Park Art Center.</p> <p>The exhibition will be accompanied by a color catalogue including an essay by Art Historian and critic, Dennis Adrian. The catalogue is made possible with the support of the Walter and Karla Goldschmidt Foundation.</p> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 19:52:13 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list