“This Captivating Culture” / "Hold Fast"

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Hold Fast, 2012 © Photo by Juan Suarez (Courtesy of Marty Burns)
A Question Has Struck, 2012 Collaged Materials And Acrylic On Canvas 48” X 48”
Bare Necessity, 2011 Plastic Bags And Wire
“This Captivating Culture” / "Hold Fast"
Curated by: Angela Bryant

217 N. Carpenter
Chicago, IL 60607
July 6th, 2012 - July 26th, 2012
Opening: July 6th, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

West Loop/West Town
Mon - Fri, 9am-5pm
Angela Bryant mixed-media painting, Sandra Perlow, Cydney Lewis, This Captivating Culture figurative, sculpture


Chicago Artists' Coalition is pleased to present THIS CAPTIVATING CULTURE, a two person exhibition featuring the work of HATCH Projects' artists Cydney Lewis and Sandra Perlow, curated by Angela Bryant. Citing inspiration from the rhythms and relationships associated with social interaction, This Captivating Culture showcases the artists’ parallel uses of contemporary cultural impulses and materials. Through the use of everyday contemporary materials, such as plastic bags and fabric, both Lewis and Perlow gather evidence of our current cultural status. Lewis’ work is a response to our culture’s increasing tendency to communicate feelings and emotions through technology. Perlow looks to travel experience, literature, architecture, and the activity of daily life for inspiration. There will be an opening reception on Friday, July 6 from 6-9pm, and the exhibition will run through July 26, 2012.

A solo exhibition by BOLT Resident
Marty Burns: In her upcoming exhibition, “Hold Fast,” Marty Burns investigates the merging of traditional fiber arts techniques and scientific theories.  Using crochet, macramé, and weaving, she creates radiating fiber art fractals, abstracted nebulas, shooting stars, and planetary explosions.  Her multicolored installations appropriate found objects and re-present them as sculptural icons of cultural and personal import. The eclectic juxtaposition of recycled and altered material aims to engage the cultural meaning that is connected to cherished objects, ranging from loved family heirlooms to discarded plastics.

In these trying times, Burns has been living her life superstitiously, embracing intuitive processes and becoming a scavenger and creator of luck items.  By squishing pennies on railroad tracks, collecting discarded lottery tickets, marking auspicious dates, and making dream catchers, she challenges and engages concepts of autobiography, community, probability, and luck.

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