ArtSlant - Closing soon en-us 40 Group Show - Evanston Art Center - January 20th, 2013 - February 10th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">The Evanston Art Center’s faculty of teaching artists is comprised of a dedicated, talented group of artists working in a wide array of mediums. This opportunity to showcase their artworks is always a special occasion at EAC. We invite all of you to join us at the opening reception to celebrate and support our resident artists.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">EAC Faculty In-Gallery/Studio Demonstrations:  Several faculty members will be on site on Sunday, February 10 between 1pm and 4pm to offer free demonstrations of technique, process and participatory opportunities. All are welcome.</p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 23:58:27 +0000 Minouk Lim - Hyde Park Art Center - January 12th, 2013 - February 12th, 2013 <p><b>Hyde Park Art Center resident artist Minouk Lim creates new performance for IN&gt;TIME ’13</b></p> <p><b>Chicago (January 2013)</b> – This winter, Hyde Park Art Center welcomes Korean artist <b>Minouk Lim</b> to The Residency. The Art Center’s unique model invites artists from across the country and around the world to live and work side by side in the Art Center’s studios, engaging in an immersive experience that encourages culture and idea exchange, and showcases Chicago as a city at the forefront of artistic innovation and cultural leadership.</p> <p>Lim, who works with performance, video, and installation, will be the second artist in The Residency at Hyde Park Art Center’s inaugural Jackman Class, and will be in Chicago from January 12 until February 12 to create a new performance that will be presented as part of city-wide festival <i>IN&gt;TIME ’13</i> —the artist’s first in the U.S. since her 2012 solo show at the Walker Art Center.</p> <p>Gaining international recognition for an oeuvre consisting primarily of video works based on performative events, Lim has emerged as one of the keenest observers of the often turbulent social, economic, and political dynamics of the contemporary Korean experience. Born in Daejeon, South Korea, Lim lives and works in Seoul. The city provides both backdrop and context for public events the artist stages, which she documents in her signature video-based work.</p> <p>“We’re thrilled to welcome Minouk Lim to Chicago and support the creation of a new work as well as IN&gt;TIME, a wonderful city-wide initiative centered around performance and time-based art. Minouk has a distinctive voice and approach to her practice that we are very excited to present to Chicago audiences,” says Kate Lorenz, Executive Director at Hyde Park Art Center.</p> <p>One of the most exciting artists working in Asia today, Lim was shortlisted for the <i>2012 Korea Artist Prize</i> presented by National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea. Her work was recently the subject of a solo exhibition at the Walker Art Center, <i>Minouk Lim: Heat of Shadows, </i>and she has participated in solo and group exhibitions internationally, including at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Witte de With, Rotterdam; and ArtSonje Center, Seoul. Her work has also been included in several international biennials, including the 2010 Liverpool Biennial; the 7<sup>th</sup> Gwangju Biennale curated by Okwui Enwezor; and the 10<sup>th</sup> International Istanbul Biennale curated by Hou Hanru.</p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:06:14 +0000 Bette Cerf Hill - Hyde Park Art Center - November 11th, 2012 - February 13th, 2013 <p>The exhibition <i>string theory</i>, on view at the Hyde Park Art Center from November 28, 2012 until February 13, 2013, presents artist <b>Bette Cerf Hill</b>’s abstract paintings representing concepts of energy and entropy. Also included in the exhibition will be a site-specific installation by the long-time Art Center community member, featuring the use of physical string—in the form of drawings made with thread and cotton cord—to represent the invisible “strings” of the scientific theory of the same name. Originally inspired by the notion of super string theory—or “the theory of everything,” as it has been called—Hill operates from a position based on the scientific notion that all particles are connected over space and time, and creates a multi-dimensional artwork addressing the interconnectivity of all life.</p> <p><b>Bette Cerf Hill</b> is a Chicago-based artist mostly known for making figurative work in acrylic on canvas and charcoal on paper. Her past projects include a series of paintings and drawings about subjects ranging from what she calls “Renaissance faces” to making portraits of stones. Her paintings have been exhibited locally at the Chicago Cultural Center, The Three Arts Club of Chicago, and Archeworks, as well as in galleries in New York and Massachusetts. Hill attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied both ceramics and painting, and The Grande Chaumier, Paris, France, to focus on painting.</p> <p><i>Bette Cerf Hill: string theory </i>will be on view from November 18, 2012 to February 13, 2013 at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60615; 773.324.5520 and Exhibitions are always free and open to the public.</p> <p>The Hyde Park Art Center is at once a contemporary art exhibition space, learning annex, community resource, and social hub for the art curious and professional artists alike — carrying out its mission to stimulate and sustain the visual arts in Chicago. The Art Center is funded in part by the: Alphawood Foundation; Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts; Chicago Community Trust; a City Arts III grant from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation; Field Foundation of Illinois; Harper Court Arts Council; Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; The Irving Harris Foundation; Joyce Foundation; Leo S. Guthman Fund; Lloyd A. Fry Foundation; MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince; National Endowment for the Arts; Polk Bros. Foundation; Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust; and the generosity of its members and people like you. The Hyde Park Art Center does not discriminate against any person for reason of race, gender, age, place of national origin, handicap, religious conviction, marital status, veteran status or sexual preference.</p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 20:45:57 +0000 - School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) - Sullivan Galleries - December 7th, 2012 - February 14th, 2013 Tue, 18 Mar 2014 23:24:14 +0000 John Lyon - 65GRAND - January 18th, 2013 - February 16th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">65GRAND is pleased to present Imitate Fiction, an exhibition by John Lyon, the artist's first with the gallery.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The paintings that make up Imitate Fiction are composed of motifs pulled from the artist's earlier work. These "mash-ups" are derived from various periods and stylistic approaches in Lyon's painting history. Evident also are the influences he's worked through, such as Gerhard Richter and Gary Hume; as well as his fascination with patterned fabrics that hold significant connotations such as Scottish tartans. Unifying the disparate painterly techniques is an achromatic gray scale palette. Just as foreground and background are confused, compressed, and flattened, so is the timeline the fragments are culled from. Rather than a systematic index of the artist's history, these paintings are a new whole constructed from parts that have been chopped, screwed, and reused.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">John Lyon lives and works in Indiana. Solo exhibitions include The End, Contemporary Arts Workshop, Chicago in 2008 and John Lyon at McClane Gallery, Houston, TX in 2005. Recent group exhibitions include Salon Show, South Shore Arts Center, Munster, IN in 2011; Project 1, Alexys Schwartz Projects, Culver City, CA in 2010; and This is Not a Test, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA in 2006. Lyon's work has been written about in the Chicago Tribune, the L.A. Weekly, and the Los Angeles Times. He received his MFA from Claremont Graduate University and his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.</p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 12:17:17 +0000 Lauren Levato - Packer Schopf Gallery - January 11th, 2013 - February 16th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><i>Wunderkammer</i>, literally "wonder room" but what now is commonly called a cabinet of curiosities, arose in mid-sixteenth-century Europe as a way for naturalists, scientists, the rising merchant class, and aristocrats to show off their ever expanding collections. These collections contained drawings of foreign creatures, diagrams of impossible machines, and objects of the exotic, both real and artificial. The collections spanned and often defied categorization though were typically displayed together by likeness: art, zoology, spiritualism, medical anomalies, fable, myth, and monsters all made up a typical Wunderkammer. These rooms were repositories not only of objects, but also of memories.  </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Artist and writer Lauren Levato is a collector of exotic and unusual specimens with a focus on the entomological and anatomical. Levato's newest work comes from the intersection of wonder and memory and how the body itself becomes a Wunderkammer, amassing all manner of mysterious and confounding issues, dramas, revelations, and dilemmas that either touch us as a fleeting corporeal moment or take up permanent residence in the body's collection.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Wunderkammer at Packer Schopf Gallery is the first exhibition of several around the idea of body as wonder, memory, and curiosity wherein Levato uses various levels of realism to create an expanding series of "Self Portraits as..." wherein the natural, spiritual, and anatomical world reside in and collide with a female protagonist based on the artist's own body and experiences.</p> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 08:57:46 +0000 Andréa Stanislav - Packer Schopf Gallery - January 11th, 2013 - February 16th, 2013 <p>Packer Schopf Gallery is pleased to present the second exhibition by Andréa Stanislav -- <i>Wilderness of Mirrors</i>. Taking its title from a line in the T.S. Elliot poem, <i>Gerontion</i>, (1920), Andréaʼs work for this exhibition confronts the idea of non-places -- interchangeable nodes of hyper capitalism dedicated to consumption and transit. Each non-place is disturbingly similar, whether in London, Dubai or Tokyo -- airports -- duty free shops -- chain restaurants and similar interchangeable spaces devoid of ties to community or locale.</p> <p>This concept was developed by the French anthropologist, Marc Agué in his seminal text, <i>Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity </i>(1995). This exhibition continues the artistʼs endeavor of interrogating global political and cultural tensions through a lens of the abstract and the sublime.</p> <p> </p> <p>Andréa Stanislav has exhibited nationally and internationally including major museums, galleries and public commissions. This solo exhibition for the Packer Schopf Gallery includes new glitter constructions and new sculpture.</p> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:05:03 +0000 Bruce Riley - Packer Schopf Gallery - January 11th, 2013 - February 16th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Bruce Riley is an alchemist.  It’s an overused term in abstract painting but in this case it’s true.  Using experimental techniques for creating the paintings for his current show, Riley plans his paintings, but along the way he wrangles the accidents and mistakes that are inevitable. In the studio he focuses on flow allowing immediate observation to guide a painting's progress. He keeps everything fresh within his daily routine by working on multiple works, which inform and feed on each other. He cannot say what it is that tips a painting in one direction or the other. It's just apparent to him when something is done. The process is a living thing that's of the moment.  The recent paintings have a psychedelic, organic sculptural feel about them. They are process-driven, relying on chance as much as intent and chemical interactions within the paint are always welcome. Riley paints for himself, but if the viewers were to forget themselves while looking at these pieces, they would be as close as one can get to an understandable meaning.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b> </b></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Educated at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, he spent most of his time studying the works in the adjoining Cincinnati Art Museum. The artist also studied fine arts at the University of Cincinnati where he discovered The Princeton University Press’ Bollingen Series. These published works of philosophers and progressive thinkers like Eric Neumann, Carl Jung, David Bohm and J. Krishnamurti, were of great importance to the artist’s development.</p> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:08:26 +0000 Deborah Baker - Packer Schopf Gallery - January 11th, 2013 - February 16th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Influenced by her grandfather, who was a tailor, and by her maternal grandmother, from whom she learned traditional needle arts, Chicago artist Deborah Baker remembers learning to sew before she could write her name. Originally from Detroit, Deborah earned a BFA at Detroit’s Center for Creative Studies, and an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, specializing in ceramics. Following graduate school, Baker married, and soon found that the demands of family and motherhood left little time for making art. A lifelong ballet dancer, she instead focused her creative energies on teaching ballet. A couple of decades later, her children grown, she again found the time to explore visual art, and in 2006, she began making embroidered pictures. Her stitched pieces are drawings in cotton embroidery floss on natural linen, with no sketching done beforehand. All are stitched by hand, and are narrative and semi-autobiographical in content. She cites women’s traditional needle arts, Mexican art, and folk art among her major influences. </p> <p></p> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:11:58 +0000 Robert Chase Heishman, Jessica Labatte, Alistair Matthews, Liz Nielsen - Roots & Culture - January 18th, 2013 - February 16th, 2013 <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify;">In this moment of early 21st century American conceptual photography, illusionistic space is being redefined. By employing sculptural and optical illusionary techniques, a two-dimensional plane is achieved from the arrangement of three-dimensional objects. This contemporary photographic trend is explored through the reformulation of tropes and regressive framing devices oft times discussed through the vocabulary of painting. Returning to formal means to combat the figure-ground such as pattern, color fields, and frames within a frame, these photographers ruminate on the still-life tradition.  </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">By abstracting the image and eschewing depth of field, the compositions deny a feeling of three-dimensionality. This fractal, surrealist and syntactical combination of images within images is representative of past motifs, yet abstract and contemporary. The effect, a mise-en-abime, as if one was peering into an infinite hall of mirrors.</p> Sun, 06 Jan 2013 13:52:45 +0000 Edie Fake - Thomas Robertello Gallery - January 4th, 2013 - February 16th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Thomas Robertello Gallery is pleased to present Memory Palaces; an exhibition of new drawings by Chicago-based artist Edie Fake. Comprised of fifteen drawings, Fake's first solo show in Chicago is a city built from two places or directions: a series of gateways for departed friends and vividly patterned architectural spaces re-imagining Chicago's queer history.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In his ecstatic gateways, Fake pays tribute, mourns the loss of, and meditates on the lives of departed friends. The ballpoint pen and gouache drawings take the form of thresholds, passageways, and transitional spaces using visually striking patterns and fantasy architecture. Fake's pictorial spaces expand and collapse, memorializing lives and building a community of celebratory facades in honor of his friends.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Taken from fragments of Chicago's buildings and history, Fake recreates and reincarnates the spaces once associated with LGBTI newspapers, feminist clinics, dance clubs, social spaces, punk venues, theaters, and other imagined spaces. Among the historic spaces from Chicago's past depicted here are the Newberry Theatre - a gay xxx movie theater in the 1970s, Nightgowns - a queer artist space on the south side in the early 2000s, JANE - a radical undercover abortion service established in Chicago from 1969-1973, Killer Dyke - 1971 newspaper from Northeastern IL University, Blazing Star - newspaper and group based in the Chicago Women's Liberation Union (CWLU) mid-1970s, La Mere Vipere - a gay bar on Halsted that became a pivotal venue in Chicago's early punk scene (burned down in 1978), The Snake Pit - former Chicago gay bar (1970s), and Club LaRay - gay dance club and hub for dance music and voguing in the 80s.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Since moving back to Chicago in 2009, Fake's artistic practice has centered around synthesizing the city's gay history with a visionary landscape for the queer present. The buildings in his drawings are not about nostalgia for a lost time, instead, they are about re-awakening the impulse to create physical space for queer voices, lives and politics. They are decidedly shaped by real buildings in Chicago. Like the city itself, the buildings drawn are visually striking: ornate and formal details merged with the eclectic aesthetics of hand-painted signs, weathered awnings and makeshift repairs. The drawings engage the viewer with the history of a community in a way that inspires both investigation and response. These pieces act as visual bridges between former incarnations of local queer initiatives and blueprints for new and necessary resources.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 07:36:23 +0000 Tim Wirth - Thomas Robertello Gallery - January 4th, 2013 - February 16th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Exhibiting in the Gallery's project space concurrently with Edie Fake's exhibition is Lonesome Whistle; new paintings by Tim Wirth. Wirth lives in a rural community in northern Iowa where he works on a farm and makes square paintings. Combining a post-ironic Midwestern Christian aesthetic with text and abstraction, the artist wades into the territory of diminutive billboards that deliver powerfully simple messages of humanity and compositional sophistication. The show's title is descriptive of Wirth's geographic isolation and mental space; an environment with no art community and where no return vibration can be detected in response to his work. After attending Savannah College of Art and Design's MFA program, he moved back to Iowa.</p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 23:54:53 +0000 Adam Brooks, Mathew Wilson - Chicago Cultural Center - August 17th, 2012 - February 17th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">The newest exhibit to open at the Chicago Cultural Center this month is <b><i>Industry of the Ordinary: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi</i></b>, but it will be anything but.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Opening on August 17, the exhibit will focus on the work of artists Adam Brooks and Mathew Wilson who celebrate the every day. This is a retrospective of 10 years by these two artists and throughout the installation, which runs February 17, the artists will engage and involve several local artists as well as the general public.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">While their work takes many forms, it is largely performative and seeking to engage the viewer as an inclusive display. The show includes a sampling from over 80 of the Industry of the Ordinary (IOTO) projects displayed with objects, photos and video documentation that includes “Line in the Sand” which engaged the public directly as the artists drew a line on State Street with a flesh-colored crayon to encourage on-lookers response.<br /> <br /> Brooks and Wilson were raised in England but have been living and working in Chicago for many years and they will be sharing some of the exhibit with local artists including the platform stage which will change throughout the show.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Brooks and Wilson have solicited a number of Chicago-based artists to be part of <em>Industry of the Ordinary: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi</em> creating their portrait in a wide variety of media. IOTO will also produce <em>Everyone 2012</em>, an animated scroll listing of all of the artists in Chicago.</p> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 10:45:05 +0000 Industry of the Ordinary (Adam Brooks and Mathew Wilson), Alicia Chester - Chicago Cultural Center - August 17th, 2012 - February 17th, 2013 <table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr valign="top"> <td class="bodyFont"> <p class="bodyFont"><br class="Apple-interchange-newline" />As part of their mid-career survey&nbsp;<a class="rolloverNav" href="" rel="nofollow"><em>Sic Transit Gloria Mundi: Industry of the Ordinary 2003-2013</em></a>, at the Chicago Cultural Center, Industry of the Ordinary solicited a number of Chicago-based artists to make their portrait, in a wide variety of media. IOTO&rsquo;s interest was in creating a collective work that reveals the artists behind the portraits, reflects on the place of the portrait in contemporary art practice and considers the motivations behind the enduring urge to fashion a likeness.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><a title="Portrait Project" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 18:51:08 +0000 R. H. Quaytman - Renaissance Society - January 6th, 2013 - February 17th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Quaytman’s practice is to create installations of painted panels termed ‘chapters.’ The ongoing chapters, begun in 2001, explore formalist and conceptual variations of ideas about painting, as well as the poetic and grammatical possibilities of photography-based imagery. The installations combine abstraction, often with optical effects, and images related to the sites in which the paintings are first exhibited. For her Renaissance Society exhibition, the artist has been researching the history of the museum from the 1970s and 80s, a time when the museum’s director, Susanne Ghez, was presenting important early exhibitions of conceptual art, at the beginning of what would come to be her internationally influential career. Ghez is celebrating her 40th anniversary as Director of The Renaissance Society this year. <br /><br />Quaytman is interested in the friendship between Ghez and Anne Rorimer, one of Conceptual Art’s first historians and curators. Many of the artists shown by Ghez and Rorimer, including Buren, Graham, Toroni, Asher, and Coleman, influenced Quaytman’s approach to painting. Chicago architect John Vinci, another long-time collaborator with Ghez and Rorimer, has allowed Quaytman to use several of his teaching slides depicting Mies Van Der Rohe's Chapel of Saint Savior on the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology.</p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 21:19:52 +0000 Giacomo Puccini - Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts - University of Chicago - January 15th, 2013 - February 17th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">The University of Chicago will host an exhibit and symposium exploring the life work of Giacomo Puccini, acclaimed opera composer of La bohème, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly, and many others.<br /><br />The exhibit, Puccini e Lucca a Chicago (Jan 15—Feb 17, 2013), tells the little-known story of Puccini’s strong attachment to his hometown of Lucca, located in Tuscany, Central Italy. Presented in printed panels and rotating digital slides, the exhibit presents never-before-seen photographs of Puccini and the places where he grew up and was formed into one of the best-loved names in opera. The narrative, presented in both English and Italian, deepens the opera-going public's understanding of what motivated one of the world’s most celebrated opera composers. The exhibit was first presented as part of the 2008 celebrations of Puccini's 150th birthday. It then traveled to several cities in China and South America. In the last year and a half, it has been exhibited in Boston, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Pittsburgh. <br /><br />A celebratory symposium and reception are planned for Saturday, January 19, 2013, at 2-5 pm at the Logan Center. Following welcoming remarks by the mayor of Lucca, Professor Gabriella Biagi Ravenni of the University of Pisa and Director of the Fondazione Giacomo Puccini in Lucca will present an unknown film of Puccini at home. Two opera scholars will then discuss Puccini and La bohème: UChicago’s Professor Philip Gossett, one of the world's foremost experts on 19th century Italian opera, and Puccini scholar Suzanne Scherr. Scherr’s presentation on tempo will include Puccini selections performed by professional singers (in anticipation of the opening of La bohème at Lyric Opera of Chicago). The symposium will be followed by a reception.<br /><br />Puccini e Lucca a Chicago is co-sponsored by the Logan Center for the Arts, the Department of Music at UChicago, Fondazione Giacomo Puccini Lucca and the Lucchesi Nel Mondo Association: Chicago.</p> Sat, 02 Feb 2013 02:59:51 +0000