2156 N. Damen Avenue · Chicago, Illinois 60647 · 773-252-2232
Join us for our Opening Reception
Friday, July 27 from 6-9 pm
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.
Exhibition dates: July 25 through August 18, 2012
Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm
"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." 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. 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?"
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. Wish You Were Here 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. 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.
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, The Nurse's House, presents their stories through her photography once more before the locations and objects are gone.
Jackie Hoysted is an Irish native and Maryland resident who is exploring the psychology of smoking and quitting through her art project Send Me Your Last Cigarette. 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.