ArtSlant - Current exhibits http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/show en-us 40 Caroline Carlsmith, Alex Chitty, Michael Hunter, Kristina Paabus, and Carson Fisk-Vittori - Alderman Exhibitions - August 10th, 2012 - September 2nd, 2012 <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;">Alderman Exhibitions is pleased to present <a href="http://www.aldermanexhibitions.com/Alderman_Exhibitions/ALDERMAN_EXHIBITIONS.html" rel="nofollow"><em>Dolphin Days</em></a>, an exhibition of new work by Caroline Carlsmith, Alex Chitty, New Hands, Michael Hunter, Kristina Paabus, and Carson Fisk-Vittori. While ranging in media from graphite on paper and panel, to photography, sculpture, collage, and painting, the pieces included in <em>Dolphin Days</em> are united in a delicate sense of quiet airiness. However, a little time spent floating among them reaveals a hint of antagonism beneath the delicate twisting and undulations of paper, plants and trompe l'oeil effects. All extremely focused, (or mired?), in process, the artists of <em>Dolphin Days</em> underscore the beginning of summer's slow death with a glim nod to the bitter sweet rigour of the dark days ahead.</span></span></p> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 17:58:56 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Brandon Anschultz, Daniel Baird, Benjamin Funke, Sarah Mosk, Eileen Mueller, Aay Preston-Myint, Min Song - Andrew Rafacz Gallery - June 30th, 2012 - August 11th, 2012 <p style="text-align: justify;">ANDREW RAFACZ is pleased to announce Bowling Alone, a group exhibition of new sculpture, painting, collage, photography, and video.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Andrew Rafacz continues the 2012 season with Bowling Alone, featuring the work of BRANDON ANSCHULTZ, DANIEL BAIRD, BENJAMIN FUNKE, SARAH MOSK, EILEEN MUELLER, AAY PRESTON-MYINT, and
MIN SONG in Gallery One. The exhibition continues through August 11, 2012.<br /> <br /> The exhibition unabashedly draws inspiration from Robert Putnam’s book Bowling Alone, in which the author, after twenty-five years of data and research, warns that our culture’s decline in social capital is negatively affecting nearly all aspects of our lives and communities. More Americans are bowling than ever before, but despite the obvious potential in this activity for social interaction, there has been a dramatic increase in it as a solitary activity. Americans are literally, more than ever, bowling alone.<br /> <br /> In a country and historical moment where individualism is an ideological constant, the artists in this exhibition, in their own ways, create work that either directly or indirectly addresses this decline in social capital. By refusing the notion of the singular creator obsessed with personal moments or idiosyncrasies, the works speak to actual physical space, cooperative practices, and take inspiration from a collective history.<br /> <br /> Working with the ideas and histories inherent in specific objects, Daniel Baird presents a sculpture that simultaneously engages and repels the viewer. Aay Preston-Myint, influenced by both personal identity and community, exhibits a participatory sculpture that addresses the ideal of utopia. Min Song rearranges easily-sourced, low-grade domestic building materials, synthesizing them in something unfamiliar. Engaging issues of culture and art history, Brandon Anschultz creates work that blurs the line between painting and sculpture, while Sarah Mosk creates collaged spaces, taken from a collected history of images, that are at once both familiar and completely unique. Eileen Mueller’s photographs speak to and poeticize the history of communal educational spaces and the mythology surrounding the artist. Benjamin Funke utilizes the music of the heavy metal band Metallica and the platform of YouTube to illustrate our desire to share individual experiences with an electronic community.<br /> <br /> <br /> BRANDON ANSCHULTZ (American, b. 1972) lives and works in St. Louis. He received is B.F.A. from Louisiana Tech University in 1997 and his M.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2002. Past solo exhibitions include Pacer at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, curated by Dominic Molon; Stick Around for Joy at Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis and Longue Vue House and Garden, New Orleans; and Round at White Flag Projects, St. Louis. Additional group exhibitions include Die Erklärte Ausstellung, Künstlerhaus Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, Austria; Jasmine, Plus B, Front Desk Apparatus, New York City; Amass at Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles and Boots Contemporary Art Space, St. Louis. He will be included in the upcoming exhibition All Good Things Become Wild and Free, curated by Daniel Orendorff at Carthage College.<br /> <br /> DANIEL G. BAIRD (American, b. 1984) lives and works in Chicago. He received his B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007 and his M.F.A. from U.I.C. in 2011. Recent exhibitions include Merge Visible at Prairie Productions, Chicago; Downcast Eyes at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Speak Forward at Harold Washington College. In November of 2011 he collaborated on the exhibition Has the World already been made? with Haseeb Ahmed at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, Netherlands. He will have a solo exhibition in September at Appendix Project Space in Portland. Newcity recently listed him as one of Chicago’s leading artists in the annual publication 'Breakout Artists: Chicago's next generation of image makers.'<br /> <br /> BENJAMIN FUNKE (British, b. 1980) is an image and audio producer living in Indiana. He received his B.F.A. from Columbia College, Chicago in 2005 and his M.F.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 2012. Past exhibitions include ISLANDS IN THE STREAM at Johalla Projects in Chicago; Transient at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Ethnographic Terminalia at the Eastern Bloc for New Media, Montreal, Quebec; Imaginary at the Simutan Association, Timisoara, Romania; New Prints at the International Print Center, New York City, New York.<br /> <br /> SARAH MOSK (American, b. 1978) lives and works in Chicago. She received her B.F.A. from Northern Illinois University in 2000. Recent group exhibitions include The Power of Selection 3 at Western Exhibitions, Chicago; Rebus at Ben Russell Gallery, Chicago, Paper Chasers at Nuda Shank, Baltimore; Midway Art Fair at Iron St. Studios, Chicago. She will be included in forthcoming edition of IDN magazine (Hong Kong) as part of their DVD collage animation compilation. <br /> <br /> EILEEN MUELLER (American, b. 1985) lives and works in Chicago. She studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art and later received her B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. Exhibitions include Soft Ground at Roots &amp; Culture, Chicago; Ceaseless Blooms in Jobless Colors at Johalla Projects, Chicago; and the upcoming Queering Spaces at Sullivan Galleries, Chicago. She is the recipient of the Fred Endsley Memorial Fellowship and the World Less Travelled Grant as well as a finalist for the Gelman Travel Fellowship.<br /> <br /> AAY PRESTON-MYINT (American, b. 1981) is an artist, educator, printmaker and DJ based in Chicago. He received a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006 and an M.F.A. from U.I.C. in 2011, when he was also awarded the 2011 Joan Mitchell M.F.A. Grant. Solo exhibitions include I'm Here To Make Friends, Happy Collaborationists, Chicago. Recent group exhibitions include Group Hug at Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago; Suggestions of a Life Being Lived at SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA; Lifestyle Plus Form Bundle at Madame, Minneapolis, MN; and Multiplemix at Devening Projects, Chicago. Upcoming group exhibitions include All Good Things Become Wild and Free at the HF Johnson Gallery at Carthage College and Epic Something at Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago. Aay also works with other artists as a collaborator under the names No Coast, Chances Dances, and Monsters and Dust. <br /> <br /> MIN SONG (American, b. 1982) lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. She received her M.F.A. from U.I.C. in 2011. Recent group and solo exhibitions include Chris Naka and Min Song at Julius Caesar, Chicago; Small Scale Lifestyles at Seerveld Gallery, Palos Heights; Small Scale Lifestyles II at Happy Collaborationist, Chicago; Min Song at Michael Jon, Miami.</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:47:21 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Peter Skavra - Andrew Rafacz Gallery - June 30th, 2012 - August 11th, 2012 <p style="text-align: justify;">ANDREW RAFACZ is pleased to announce 100 Years of Adventure and Discovery, an exhibition of new painting, sculpture and a light box by Peter Skvara.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Andrew Rafacz continues the 2012 season with 100 Years of Adventure and Discovery, new work by Peter Skvara in Gallery Two. The exhibition continues through August 11, 2012.<br /> <br /> 100 years of Adventure and Discovery is titled and inspired by the National Geographic’s one hundred year anniversary volume, chronicling the first century of the National Geographic Society and it’s publication’s coverage of natural, scientific and cultural-historical events. Concurrently, the centennial collection of the publications achievements reads as an archive of human discovery and triumphs through out the last hundred years, from the surveys of global cultures in all parts of the globe to the beginnings of space exploration. <br /> <br /> Peter Skvara’s work surveys a relationship between art, science, and instinctive human curiosity. Drawing inspiration from the mission of National Geographic, to promote culture via adventure and thus discovery, Skvara approaches his practice by learning in the process of doing. In 100 Years…, Skvara presents a series of works that serve as both art objects and documentations of curiosity driven research. In his series of Camouflage Paintings, he creates compositions using found foliage, collected from his travels through out the northwest of the United States, as stencils with camouflage colors and techniques creating paintings that reference both hunting culture and botany classification. <br /> <br /> Using materials such as concrete and wire, Skvara presents Trap II (Hanging Snare), a sculpture and functioning snare trap that pays homage to the minimalist traditions of modernist sculpture as well as the ingenuity of basic human invention and construction. The bookend to Skvara’s exhibition is a striking sizeable light box entitled 100 Years. The work appears to depict an image of the moon’s cratered surface divided by a series of lines creating a grid, mimicking that of an archeological site. The title 100 years references the bookend chapter of the National Geographic’s centennial volume, the beginnings of space exploration. The work pays tribute to the pride of having reached the moon as a milestone in human discovery. It is upon realizing that the image in 100 years is a result of a clever series of experimentations using water and ink to create a convincing yet false representation of the moons surface, that reminds us of the inherent human nature to continue to explore and that there is plenty more to learn and discover.<br /> ----Emanuel Aguilar<br /> <br /> PETER SKVARA (American, b. 1985) lives and works in Chicago, IL. He received a BFA from Columbia College Chicago in 2009. Recent solo and group exhibitions include Resource at Jean Albano Gallery; Get It Together at the Chicago Cultural Center; Wow-Hause at Johalla Projects; BUNK at The Happy Collaborationists Exhibition Space; New Wave at Jean Albano Gallery. He will be part of the upcoming exhibition Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, at the Chicago Cultural Center, later this year.</p> <p></p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 00:09:31 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Cirkit of Mythos, Steve Cruz, Omar Hernandez, Eddy Rawlinson, Ryder Richards - Antena - July 27th, 2012 - August 25th, 2012 <p><strong>“Texploitation: Art, Guns, Girls, and BBQ”</strong></p> <p><strong>Artists:  Cirkit of Mythos: Steve Cruz, Omar Hernandez, Eddy Rawlinson,  <br /> Ryder Richards</strong></p> <p><strong>Opening Friday July 27 from 6pm-10pm</strong><br /> July 27- August 25, 2012</p> <p>Dallas artist group examines Texas clichés and big egos at Antena, Chicago.  </p> <p>“We can’t help it. Living in Texas makes us better than you. Just look at the art. We deal with real issues, like chicks, engines, guns, and sex. None of this political pantywaist, hand wringing, and whining about ourselves or crying about the earth or any of that hippy shit. We make work about real stuff. Like how men jump in head-first, breaking shit and fucking anything, and how lame it is that people get all caught up in power when all you need is a warm hole to holster your gun in and some wind in your hair.”</p> <p>Or not… </p> <p>Exposing the dialectic of hypocrisy entrenched in stereotype, the Dallas based art group Cirkit of Mythos presents “Texploitation: Art, Guns, Girls and BBQ,” an examination of cliché as the ambiguous prophet of truth. Focused on personal mythology as environmentally determined, the Texas artists take on the icons of the West and modern masculinity as politically charged and contentious while heralding a warning of extremity and romanticized notions of power. Held at Antena in Chicago on July 27- Aug 24 , 2012 the exhibit will feature a series of small paintings and drawings proving that not everything is bigger in Texas, ya’ll. Please join us for the reception on Friday, July 27 from 6-9 PM.</p> <p>Cirkit of Mythos (est. 2008) formed as a collaborative exercise to increase dialogue between Dallas based artists. “Texploitation” developed from conversations about importing culture as an exotic penchant for the locals. Embracing our inescapable origins, Cirkit of Mythos revels in the Texas commonplace as highly undervalued and over scrutinized. Shrinking our work size to accommodate tourism style gifts, we display our works as the quaint other embalmed in political incorrectness and rebellious turmoil.</p> <p>With a cast of rotating members this exhibition features works from four artists: Steve Cruz (Director of MFA Gallery, Dallas), Omar Hernandez (Professor at El Centro College), Eddy Rawlinson (Dean of Arts and Sciences at El Centro College) and Ryder Richards (Gallery Director at Richland College). Cruz’s paintings present a series of characters humorously struggling with sin and the consequences of spiritual and sexual stagnation. As a moral corollary, Hernandez offers a series of constructed pieces featuring retro-pop imagery reanalyzed in light of current global and community values. Rawlinson’s vivid paintings of cultural icons re-examines the plight of outlaw and outcast as the sacrificial hero necessary for the continuation of spirit amidst a civilized bureaucracy. Concerned with the subliminal influences embedded within Western culture, Richards gunpowder drawings examine the romance of violence.</p> <p><br /> <strong>Antena</strong><br /> 1755 S. Laflin, St.<br /> Chicago, IL 60608<br /> <a href="http://www.antenapilsen.com" rel="nofollow">www.antenapilsen.com</a><br /> Hours: by appointment<br /> (773) 340-3516</p> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 20:30:10 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Rosemary Meza-DesPlas - ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation - July 25th, 2012 - August 18th, 2012 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">"Once upon a time there were three little girls who went to the police academy....but I took them away from all that...my name is Charlie."</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">1970s television shows like Charlie's Angels, Policewoman and Get Christie Love presented a stereotypical sexy female crime fighter. Thirty years later "jiggle TV" still lives but there is a wide gap between the sexy myth of female crime fighters and criminals and the more complex reality. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">In her new exhibit of watercolors and hand-sewn hair drawings, Cap the Violence; Pile on the Sexy, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas reflects with humor and sensitivity on violence, the sexy and femininity. "The sight of women with ostensibly deadly weapons challenges our preconceptions about the female or maternal role. Is violence the province of the masculine, not the feminine?"</span></p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 01:52:17 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Claire Putney, Michelle Fox, Jackie Hoysted, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas - ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation - July 27th, 2012 - August 18th, 2012 <div align="left" style="text-align: left; color: #990000; font-family: Verdana,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14pt;"><span style="color: #000000; font-size: small;"><span style="color: #000000; font-size: small;"></span></span> <table cellspacing="0" border="0" width="600" cellpadding="2" style="width: 600px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="100%"> <table cellspacing="0" border="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK1" width="100%" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" style="text-align: center;"><img name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.1" src="http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs020/1101415602297/img/1.jpg" border="0" vspace="5" alt="ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation" /> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><strong>2156 N. Damen Avenue    ·    Chicago, Illinois 60647    ·    773-252-2232</strong></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#ffffff" style="padding: 2px; background-color: #ffffff;"> <table cellspacing="0" border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="2" bgcolor="#ffffff" style="background-color: #ffffff;"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="100%"> <table cellspacing="0" border="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK2" width="100%" cellpadding="5" style="margin-bottom: 10px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" style="text-align: center; color: #003366; font-family: Verdana,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"> <div align="left" style="text-align: left; color: #990000; font-family: Verdana,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14pt;">Join us for our Opening Reception <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Friday, July 27 from 6-9 pm </p> <p style="color: #666666; font-size: 9pt; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"></p> <p style="color: #666666; font-size: 9pt; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">ARC would like to invite you to a remarkable new display of works of artists Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, Claire Putney, Michelle Cox and Jackie Hoysted. Please join us for these four provocative exhibits referencing the every-day influences which have come to affect all of us.</p> <p style="color: #666666; font-size: 9pt; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"></p> <p style="color: #666666; font-size: 9pt; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Exhibition dates: July 25 through August 18, 2012 </p> Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm</div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="100%"> <table cellspacing="0" border="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK3" width="100%" cellpadding="0" bgcolor="#666666" style="margin-bottom: 10px; background-color: #666666;"> <tbody> <tr> <td height="2" style="color: #003366; font-family: Verdana,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table class="RightColBorder" cellspacing="1" border="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK4" width="100%" cellpadding="5" style="margin-bottom: 10px; display: table;"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="left" valign="top" style="text-align: left; color: #003366; font-family: Verdana,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;"><img name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.287" src="http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs020/1101415602297/img/287.jpg" border="0" vspace="15" height="239" align="left" hspace="5" alt="MezaDesPlas Angles Aug2012" width="304" style="text-align: right;" />Rosemary Meza-DesPlas <div>"Once upon a time there were three little girls who went to the police academy....but I took them away from all that...my name is Charlie."<br />1970s television shows like <em>Charlie's Angels, Policewoman</em> and <em>Get Christie Love</em> presented a stereotypical sexy female crime fighter. Thirty years later "jiggle TV" still lives but there is a wide gap between the sexy myth of female crime fighters and criminals and the more complex reality. <br />In her new exhibit of watercolors and hand-sewn hair drawings, <em>Cap the Violence; Pile on the Sexy, </em>Rosemary Meza-DesPlas reflects with humor and sensitivity on violence, the sexy and femininity. "The sight of women with ostensibly deadly weapons challenges our preconceptions about the female or maternal role. Is violence the province of the masculine, not the feminine?"</div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table cellspacing="0" border="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK5" width="100%" cellpadding="0" bgcolor="#666666" style="margin-bottom: 10px; background-color: #666666;"> <tbody> <tr> <td height="2" style="color: #666666; font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table class="RightColBorder" cellspacing="1" border="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK6" width="100%" cellpadding="5" bgcolor="#ffffff" style="margin-bottom: 10px; display: table; background-color: #ffffff;"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="left" valign="top" style="text-align: left; color: #003366; font-family: Verdana,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;"><img name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.288" src="http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs020/1101415602297/img/288.jpg" border="0" vspace="15" height="216" align="right" hspace="5" alt="Putney Aug2012" width="284" style="text-align: left;" /> <div>Claire Putney </div> <div>Experiences of travel were once shared through the artifact of the postcard. They described the smells, colors and shapes of a landscape that were left to the imagination of the receiver. The magic of hand written letters has been lost to travel blogs, skyping, emails and text messages. <br /><em>Wish You Were Here</em> pays homage to the hand written postcard. Claire Putney's large-scale drawings are based upon the written correspondence of loved ones through postcards and personal letters.<br />Putney's work explores the relationship between human experience and topographical landscapes. Together, they form an intriguing geography that gives evidence to one's physical and emotional relationship with a place and the histories that are created there.</div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table cellspacing="0" border="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK7" width="100%" cellpadding="0" bgcolor="#666666" style="margin-bottom: 10px; background-color: #666666;"> <tbody> <tr> <td height="2" style="color: #666666; font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table class="RightColBorder" cellspacing="1" border="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK16" width="100%" cellpadding="5" style="margin-bottom: 10px; display: table;"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="left" valign="top" style="text-align: left; color: #003366; font-family: Verdana,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 9pt;"><img name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.290" src="http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs020/1101415602297/img/290.jpg" border="0" vspace="10" height="209" align="left" hspace="10" alt="Cox Aug12 green window" width="316" style="text-align: left;" /> <div>Michelle Cox </div> <div>Michelle Cox sees the the Midwest changing before her eyes. The shift from abandoned industry to technology suggests hidden beauty. Cox sees these areas for their details and seeks to draw attention to the seemingly insignificant items. This photographic array, <em>The Nurse's House,</em> presents their stories through her photography once more before the locations and objects are gone.</div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table cellspacing="0" border="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK9" width="100%" cellpadding="0" bgcolor="#666666" style="margin-bottom: 10px; background-color: #666666;"> <tbody> <tr> <td height="2" style="color: #666666; font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table class="RightColBorder" cellspacing="1" border="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK18" width="100%" cellpadding="5" style="margin-bottom: 10px; display: table;"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="left" valign="top" style="text-align: left; color: #003366; font-family: Verdana,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"><img name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.289" src="http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs020/1101415602297/img/289.jpg" border="0" vspace="10" height="255" align="right" hspace="5" alt="Aug2012Hoysted" width="258" style="text-align: left;" /> <div><strong>Jackie Hoysted</strong></div> <div>Jackie Hoysted is an Irish native and Maryland resident who is exploring the psychology of smoking and quitting through her art project <em>Send Me Your Last Cigarette</em>. Hoysted's mixed media work revolves around the opposing notions of destruction/healing and death/resurrection. After destroying paper with a lighter (a metaphor for herself as smoker), she encases the paper in wax, as if to mummify it. She also creates funerary temples for others embarking on the same journey - creating art out of their last cigarettes and honoring their new path to freedom from nicotine addiction. </div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <table cellspacing="0" border="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK5" width="100%" cellpadding="0" bgcolor="#666666" style="margin-bottom: 10px; background-color: #666666;"> <tbody> <tr> <td height="2" style="color: #666666; font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table cellspacing="0" border="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK5" width="100%" cellpadding="0" bgcolor="#666666" style="margin-bottom: 10px; background-color: #666666;"> <tbody> <tr> <td height="2" style="color: #666666; font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 01:52:25 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Alfred Browning Parker - ArchiTech Gallery - May 11th, 2012 - August 25th, 2012 <p>Few architects achieved the profession's highest calling, being lauded by Frank Lloyd Wright.  Alfred Parker did.  Wright even offered to write the captions for a magazine article showcasing Parker.</p> <p>Looking at his drawings, it becomes obvious that Alfred Browning Parker also admired Wright but he never slavishly modeled his buildings on Wright's designs.  "Channelling" Wright may have been the closest he came to following in the great master's footsteps and that's just as well.  Though Parker is considered to be a Miami Modernist, his works aren't so easily categorized into such a narrow slot.</p> <p>Most of his own drawings and those of his staff as well as his office papers were placed in the University of Florida Libraries.  But they show Parker was not only a gifted architect but also a brilliant renderer in his own drawings and a rich source for guidance in the drawings of his staff.  Not all architects could draw well but Parker's drawings, whether for selling the idea to the client or for the technical documents aimed at only the contractor's eyes, are among the best works on paper.  </p> <p>ArchiTech Gallery has acquired a few of his and his staff's best drawings from pen &amp; ink on vellum, pencil on paper or pencil on tissue and will be devoting a wall to this great modernist for a show and sale this summer.</p> <p> </p> <p>In addition, several original photographic prints by the internationally known Ezra Stoller, chronicling some of those buildings in signed prints, will be on view and for sale as well.</p> <p>Shortly after his death in 2011, Parker's biography, The Architecture of Alfred Browning Parker: Miami's Maverick Modernist was written by architect Randolph C. Henning as a catalogue of Parker's best buildings.  Henning will be here at the opening of this small exhibition to sign copies of his new Parker biography.</p> <p> </p> <p>Alfred Browning Parker: Miami's Maverick Modernist will open at ArchiTech on Friday, May 11th and continue through Saturday, August 25th.</p> <p> </p> Tue, 01 May 2012 12:56:02 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Carl Ramsey, Jeff Gillette - Bert Green Fine Art - July 12th, 2012 - August 18th, 2012 <p>Jeff Gillette, originally from Detroit, MI and now living and working in Orange County, CA, has for about a decade, been painting works which examine the aesthetic structures and visual patterns of human settlement, specifically that of shantytown style slums in India and South America. To the artist, there is something ineffable behind the obviously chaotic and desperate appearance of these places — a universality of human spirit and a strange beauty which comes out of the necessity and raw honesty of the will to survive.</p> <p>Carl Ramsey, a San Diego native and current resident of Los Angeles, is interested in his surroundings as an artistic “flaneur,” capturing the look, feel and rhythms of the vibrant cityscape. His works are carefully constructed compositions based on source photographic material, transformed into paintings which communicate a formal narrative of place. The areas which he depicts tend to be poor and neglected, often in transition, and can appear to be lost in time — contemporary and yet wistfully lost or easily confused with decades past.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 17:16:22 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Group Show - Carl Hammer Gallery - June 1st, 2012 - August 25th, 2012 <p align="center"><span style="font-size: x-small;">Works by David Sharpe, Henry Darger, Karl Wirsum, Cameron Gray, CJ Pyle, Bill Traylor, Mary Lou Zelazny, Ed Paschke, Marc Dennis, Joseph Yoakum</span></p> <p align="center"><span style="font-size: x-small;">and</span></p> <p align="center"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">a tribute to the recently deceased Mr. Imagination </span><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000" size="4"><span style="font-size: x-small;">all round out this summer season’s offerings.</span> <br /></span></span></p> <p align="center"></p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 04:26:27 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Keliy Anderson-Staley, John Cyr, Elizabeth Ernst, Myra Greene, Gregory Scott - Catherine Edelman Gallery - July 13th, 2012 - September 1st, 2012 <p align="justify">An artist’s body of work is usually viewed on a computer screen, smart phone or in a book, focusing on one piece at a time. While artists rely on these methods to disseminate images, certain work benefits greatly from a carefully planned installation, for greater impact.</p> <p align="justify"><strong>Keliy Anderson-Staley</strong> has spent the past few years working on a project called <em>[Hyphen]-Americans: Tintype Portraits.</em> The titlealludes to the hyphenated origin of American identities (Irish-American, African-American, etc.). Anderson-Staley will present an installation of 43 small tintype portraits (from an ongoing series of 400+) along a 21 foot wall, creating a dialogue among the featured faces, showcasing a portrait of Americans.</p> <p align="justify"><strong>John Cyr</strong> will present a grid of nine photographs (from a series of 65) of developer trays by well-known photographers, creating an elegy about a bygone era in the age of digital photography. Through these photographs, Cyr reminds us of the lost art of black and white printing, and the chemicals, staining and smells that no longer exist.</p> <p align="justify"><strong>Elizabeth Ernst</strong> will present three new mixed media photo pieces, alongside sculpted figures included in the work.  Working with clay, paper mache and metal objects, Ernst photographs her created characters (now totaling more than 60) for her ongoing project, <em>The G.E. Circus</em>, which examines the public and private personas of people in her fictitious circus.  </p> <p align="justify"><strong>Myra Greene</strong> will show 21 small format Ambrotypes (from a series of 60) of her lips, eyes, nose and ears, from her series <em>Character Recognition. </em>Tainted with the visual history of American slavery, these images point directly to the features of race and modes of classification.</p> <p align="justify"><strong>Gregory Scott</strong> will debut his newest video piece installation, inspired by Donald Judd. Six shelves hang on a wall, incorporating videos of the sky and water. As is typical in Scott’s work, the artist can be seen floating and flying through the elements, interacting with the shelves in an unexpected way, while honoring the exploration of space and minimalism associated with Donald Judd.</p> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 20:30:29 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Lynn Basa, Susan Davidoff, Rick Donagrandi, Connie Noyes, Mark Phillips, Karl Pilato, Lisa Ridgers & Laurie Rubin - Chicago Art Source Gallery - June 28th, 2012 - August 31st, 2012 Sun, 22 Jul 2012 16:52:47 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Stephen Beal, Richard Nickel, Barbara Crane, Bob Thall - Chicago Cultural Center - March 12th, 1994 - December 31st, 2020 <p><em>Presented by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, this exhibition of 72 black and white photographs from 1956 to 1987 offers a detailed view of 24 designated Chicago Landmarks.  The exhibit features the work of renowned architectural photographers Richard Nickel, Barbara Crane, Bob Thall and Stephen Beal.</em></p> <p> </p> Sat, 04 Feb 2012 02:51:44 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Denise Milan - Chicago Cultural Center - June 8th, 2012 - January 6th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">One of Brazil’s visionary artists, <strong>Denise Milan</strong> invites viewers on an exhilarating journey to her country through an exhibition of sculpture and photo-collage that celebrates the natural wonder of Brazil’s jungles, ocean and desert regions, and the vibrancy of its multifaceted culture. <br /> <br /> Working from a deeply humanistic tradition for more than 20 years—as an ecological and arts education activist, as well as an artist—Denise Milan has been making sculptures, photographic installations and performances that draw actively from her experiences living with and interviewing people in the Brazilian coastal villages of Paraty and the dry desolate lands of Bahia in Brazil’s northeast. <br /> <br /> <em><strong>Denise Milan: Mist of the Earth</strong></em> is the culmination of past experience and the embodiment of the artist’s ongoing concerns, as much a testament to a troubling legacy of colonization, the enslavement of African peoples, and the despoilment of whole regions, as to the more life-asserting side of Brazil, its breathless beauty, sensuous earthiness, and ravishing mysticism.</p> <p> </p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 00:32:53 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Zachary Cahill - Chicago Cultural Center - June 23rd, 2012 - September 9th, 2012 <p style="text-align: justify;">This Chicago artist has created a site-specific installation that combines actual tourist memorabilia with the artist’s simulated gift objects, all thematically related to the bear, as in Soviet symbols (Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s name, translating to “bear”); sports (Chicago Bears and other team mascots); and other iterations. This project conflates high and low culture and satirizes commodification of art objects, the culture of political spectacle and the excesses of political discourse. Sample ceramic objects include a small sculpture of Obama and Medvedev at Hell Burgers and a modified version of some Chicago Bears gift items.</p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 22:15:41 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Dan Mills - Chicago Cultural Center - July 14th, 2012 - September 23rd, 2012 <p style="text-align: justify;">This artist has envisioned a world atlas composed of supposed U.S. annexations of various countries in this parody of U.S. imperialism. These collages subvert the beauty of atlases, their symbols and language to make a serious statement about world politics.</p> Sun, 05 Aug 2012 10:28:18 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Patty Carroll - Chicago Cultural Center - July 21st, 2012 - September 30th, 2012 <p style="text-align: justify;">These lush color photographs of women draped in patterned and textured fabrics in lavishly appointed studio settings comment on many provocative issues relating to women such as domesticity, concealment and identity. There also several allusions to culturally loaded draping -- such as the Virgin Mary, judicial robes and Muslim women in burkas.</p> Sun, 05 Aug 2012 10:30:57 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list