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ICONS, MYTHS & POEMS

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IRIS TOTEM (DIPTYCH), 2012 OIL/ACRYLIC on CANVAS 108" X 36"
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TULIPOMANIA, 2012 OIL on CANVAS 36" X 48"
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FLORA'S PALETTE, 2012 OIL on CANVAS 30" X 12"
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ICONIC NATURE, 2012 OIL on CANVAS 36" X 60"
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DOUBLE VENUS, 40" X 30" OIL/EGG TEMPERA on CANVAS 2012
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GEMINI, 2012 OIL/EGG TEMPERA on CANVAS 40" X 30"
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EARTH AND SKY, 2012 OIL on CANVAS 48" X 36"
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APOLLO'S TOUCH, 2012 OIL on CANVAS 48" X 36"
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BEETHOVEN'S APOTHEOSIS, 2012 OIL on LINEN 60" X 36"
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PERSEPHONE AND PLUTO IN THE UNDERWORLD, 2012 OIL on LINEN 38" X 30"
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IRIS' BRIDGE TO THE GOLDEN AGE, 2012 OIL on CANVAS 24" X 48"
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AURORA LEADS APOLLO, 2012 OIL on CANVAS 48" X 36"
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ACTAEON AND DIANA, 2011 OIL/EGG TEMPERA on PANEL 24" X 24"
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JOURNEY, 2009 OIL on CANVAS 48" X 48"
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HERE AND PARADISE, 2010 OIL on CANVAS 30" X 40"
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RED MOON RISING, 2009 OIL on CANVAS 48" X 36"
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CHICAGO DREAMS, 2008 OIL on CANVAS 59" X 47"
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GALATEA AWAKENS, 2000 OIL on LINEN 76" X 36"
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BUFFALO DREAMS, 2006 OIL on CANVAS 36" X 48"
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ADAM AND EVE (DIPTYCH), 1986-2006 OIL on CANVAS 72" X 84"
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JACOB'S LADDER, 1998 OIL/EGG TEMPERA on PANEL 44" X 31"
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

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.J2gallery.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
North Side
EMAIL:  
support@J2gallery.com
PHONE:  
(773) 227-7900
OPEN HOURS:  
Mon - Sat: 11-8 Sun: 11-7
TAGS:  
mixed-media, figurative
COST:  
Free

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.