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Chicago

Jackson Junge Gallery

Exhibition Detail
ICONS, MYTHS & POEMS
1389 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622


January 18th, 2013 - March 10th, 2013
Opening: 
January 18th, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
IRIS TOTEM (DIPTYCH), James MespleJames Mesple, IRIS TOTEM (DIPTYCH),
2012, OIL/ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 108" X 36"
TULIPOMANIA, James MespleJames Mesple, TULIPOMANIA,
2012, OIL ON CANVAS, 36" X 48"
FLORA\'S PALETTE, James MespleJames Mesple, FLORA'S PALETTE,
2012, OIL ON CANVAS, 30" X 12"
ICONIC NATURE, James MespleJames Mesple, ICONIC NATURE,
2012, OIL ON CANVAS, 36" X 60"
DOUBLE VENUS, James MespleJames Mesple, DOUBLE VENUS,
40" X 30", OIL/EGG TEMPERA ON CANVAS, 2012
GEMINI, James MespleJames Mesple, GEMINI,
2012, OIL/EGG TEMPERA ON CANVAS, 40" X 30"
EARTH AND SKY, James MespleJames Mesple, EARTH AND SKY,
2012, OIL ON CANVAS, 48" X 36"
APOLLO\'S TOUCH, James MespleJames Mesple, APOLLO'S TOUCH,
2012, OIL ON CANVAS, 48" X 36"
BEETHOVEN\'S APOTHEOSIS, James MespleJames Mesple, BEETHOVEN'S APOTHEOSIS,
2012, OIL ON LINEN, 60" X 36"
PERSEPHONE AND PLUTO IN THE UNDERWORLD, James MespleJames Mesple,
PERSEPHONE AND PLUTO IN THE UNDERWORLD,
2012, OIL ON LINEN, 38" X 30"
IRIS\' BRIDGE TO THE GOLDEN AGE, James MespleJames Mesple, IRIS' BRIDGE TO THE GOLDEN AGE,
2012, OIL ON CANVAS, 24" X 48"
AURORA LEADS APOLLO, James MespleJames Mesple, AURORA LEADS APOLLO,
2012, OIL ON CANVAS, 48" X 36"
ACTAEON AND DIANA, James MespleJames Mesple, ACTAEON AND DIANA,
2011, OIL/EGG TEMPERA ON PANEL, 24" X 24"
JOURNEY, James MespleJames Mesple, JOURNEY,
2009, OIL ON CANVAS, 48" X 48"
HERE AND PARADISE, James MespleJames Mesple, HERE AND PARADISE,
2010, OIL ON CANVAS, 30" X 40"
RED MOON RISING, James MespleJames Mesple, RED MOON RISING,
2009, OIL ON CANVAS, 48" X 36"
CHICAGO DREAMS, James MespleJames Mesple, CHICAGO DREAMS,
2008, OIL ON CANVAS, 59" X 47"
GALATEA AWAKENS, James MespleJames Mesple, GALATEA AWAKENS,
2000, OIL ON LINEN, 76" X 36"
BUFFALO DREAMS, James MespleJames Mesple, BUFFALO DREAMS,
2006, OIL ON CANVAS, 36" X 48"
ADAM AND EVE (DIPTYCH), James MespleJames Mesple, ADAM AND EVE (DIPTYCH),
1986-2006, OIL ON CANVAS, 72" X 84"
JACOB\'S LADDER, James MespleJames Mesple, JACOB'S LADDER,
1998, OIL/EGG TEMPERA ON PANEL, 44" X 31"
PRAIRIE VENUS, James MespleJames Mesple, PRAIRIE VENUS,
2005, OIL ON CANVAS, 49" X 37"
SIREN\'S SONG, James MespleJames Mesple, SIREN'S SONG,
2008, INK/WATERCOLOR/GOUACHE ON PAPER, 11" X 14"
GANYMEDE\'S GIFT, James MespleJames Mesple, GANYMEDE'S GIFT,
2008-2009, INK/SANGUINE/WATERCOLOR ON PAPER, 24" X 18"
DRAWN BY VENUS, James MespleJames Mesple, DRAWN BY VENUS,
2011, OIL/EGG TEMPERA/SANGUINE ON PAPER, 10" X 8"
PAN\'S DANCE, James MespleJames Mesple, PAN'S DANCE,
2011, OIL/EGG TEMPERA ON PAPER, 10" X 8"
CADUCEUS, James MespleJames Mesple, CADUCEUS,
2011, INK/SANGUINE/GOUACHE ON PAPER, 20" X 16"
JANUS REFLECTION, James MespleJames Mesple, JANUS REFLECTION,
2004, INK/GOUACHE/WATERCOLOR/CHALK/SILVER LEAF ON PAPER, 21 1/2" X 28 3/4"
ART MONEY, James MespleJames Mesple, ART MONEY,
2011, WATERCOLOR/GOUACHE/CARBON ON PAPER, 11 3/4" X 16 1/2"
CHICAGO CLASSICS, James MespleJames Mesple, CHICAGO CLASSICS,
2011, WATERCOLOR/GOUACHE ON PAPER, 11 3/4" X 16 1/2"
DRAWN BY MERCURY, James MespleJames Mesple, DRAWN BY MERCURY,
2011, INK/GOUACHE/SILVERPOINT ON PAPER, 10" X 8"
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> DESCRIPTION

“Icons, Myths and Poems” is a solo exhibit of works by famed Chicago artist, James McNeill Mesplé .  This exhibition of thirty-three paintings showcases work in a variety of forms, including oils, aqueous, and mixed media.  Although the materials are diverse, the themes running through this body of work are ones that Mesplé has been incorporating into his figurative paintings for thirty years.  Mesplé continues to find inspiration in mythological and religious icons, which he then recreates with clever ties to the modern day.  Included in the exhibition are poems by Elise Paschen and Effie Mihopoulos.

Mesplé’s introduction to mythical beings and nature tales began with stories told to him by his Osage grandfather.  The spark of this culture’s oral tradition and the context of the battle between good and evil discover mythology and classic tales of the “battle of the cosmos”.    Of particular interest to him is how an iconic figure is instantly recognized and correlated to ideas, stories or imagery.  He uses this to visually rewrite mythology, and bring modernity to stories of old.  Lincoln exists in the same realm as Apollo; the Chicago skyline stands tall with Greek columns and is defined by Chicago’s own myth, the Spire. 

Each of the paintings in “Icons, Myths and Poems” offers classical histories with a modern interpretation.  There are elements that help guide the story, but enough subtleties that the viewer can imagine his or her own story within the stage that Mesplé sets.  The interrelationship between diverse art forms is illustrated by the two poems highlighted in the exhibit.  Effie Mihoupoulos penned “Harmony” after viewing Mesplé’s painting “Hera Changing Channels”, and the poetry of Elise Paschen inspired “Dune Music”, a painting that designed to embody her collection of works in the book “Bestiary”.  Both Paschen and Mesplé will be present in the gallery for an artist talk given the 9th of February, 2013 from 2 – 4pm. 

The exhibit runs from January 18 thru March 10, 2013.  An opening reception with the artist is scheduled for the evening of Friday, January 18th from 6-9pm.  Reception and exhibit are free to the public.


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