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Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Fragile Relations: Art, Nature and Environment
201 W. 10th Street
Lockport, IL 60441

May 28th, 2013 - October 25th, 2013
A Measure of Consumption...168 feet and Bag Coral, Mary Ellen CroteauMary Ellen Croteau,
A Measure of Consumption...168 feet and Bag Coral,
2010 and 2011, braided plastic bags, variable
© Courtesy of the Artist
link, Barbara CooperBarbara Cooper, link, 2011, wood and glue
© Barbara Cooper and Perimeter Gallery
MAZ Calle Liberty, Denise BellezzoDenise Bellezzo, MAZ Calle Liberty,
2011, drawing and monoprint
© Courtesy of the Artist
Hadrian\'s Library, Greece, Jeff CrismanJeff Crisman, Hadrian's Library, Greece,
2008, pinhole photography
© Courtesy of the Artist
Rocky Road, Marjorie DavidMarjorie David, Rocky Road,
2012, digital collage
© Courtesy of the Artist
Nora\'s Roses, Jean SousaJean Sousa, Nora's Roses,
2012, archival pigment print
© Courtesy of the Artist
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Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm; Sunday, 12noon to 5pm.
photography, contemporary, mixed-media, installation, video-art, conceptual, sculpture

Fragile Relations highlights the work of fourteen Illinois artists who are inspired by nature and the environment and show diverse ways of perceiving and experiencing the world.  Further, through their work these artists delve into both the internal—or personal—and the external—or shared—environments.  Through a process of reclaiming, Mary Ellen Croteau, Carole Komarek, Michele Stutts, and Toby Zallman transform discarded materials into beautiful works of art.  Denise Bellezzo, Barbara Cooper, and Donna Hapac incorporate natural materials into work that reflect the balances, transformations, and humor in nature. Photographers Xavier Nuez, Jeff Crisman, Jean Sousa, Nora Lloyd, Marjorie David, and Mayra Pimentel explore the world around us—large and small, real and imaginary—revealing the junctures between humans and nature.  Alex Lopez’s mixed media video installations invite the audience to experience an environment that is both beautiful and slightly disturbing.

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