When All That's Left of Me is You
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Lindsey Meyers
July 8, 2014 773.772.9808 (day); 773.772.9808 (eve)
CHICAGO – When All That's Left of Me is You is an exhibition of paintings and poetry by Artist/Writer/Professor Rachel Slotnick on display at Logan Square’s Beauty and Brawn Art Gallery and Think Space with an opening reception on Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 6:00 pm -10:00 pm; with a closing reception on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 6:00 – 10:00 pm. The family friendly Opening Reception will include food, drinks and music by Ruth Margraff and the Cafe Antarsia Ensemble http://www.cafeantarsiaensemble.com . Also, Jo Snow’s yummy snow cones will be available at the Opening Reception: http://josnowsyrups.com/
Loss is a powerful theme prevalent in much of Slotnick’s work, which is derived from her Ebook of poetry available through Tortoise Books. Her works are divided into three sections - the fisherman, mathematician, and musician; telling the story of her family dealing with the final chapter of the lives of her grandparents and their debilitating memory loss. Slotnick’s images and poetry are projected on an 8 foot canvas, surrounded by her mixed media paintings. “This ‘form meets content’ project’s goal is to examine conscious and unconscious memories. As the projector blinks in and out of poetic narratives and portraits, it is the moments in between, when the canvas is blank, we see only what we can recall,” reveals Slotnick.
An adjunct teacher of Studio Art and English at Malcolm X College and the Illinois Art Institute in Chicago, Slotnick explains further, “Additional paintings in the exhibit document my experience as an inner city school teacher, conflating the narratives of my students with my own pursuit of clarity, in a world ridden with violence, illness and tragedy.”
The music of Ruth Margraff, an Associate Professor and the chair of the writing program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, influences Slotnick’s work as well. “I was overwhelmed by her lyrics. My peacock and horse paintings are inspired by Margraff’s song lyrics, Peacock and Land of the Great Horses,” Slotnick explains, “She was my grad advisor when I was pursuing my MFA. She is one of my main inspirations in cross genre experimentation in my professional career as she is a playwright, librettist, lyricist and performer.” (Margraff is scheduled to perform during the gallery’s opening reception.)
Beauty and Brawn is also collaborating with Slotnick to create a 200 foot mural on the CTA’s Blue Line at the Logan Square stop, located at 2620 N. Milwaukee Ave.
“It is a location that I have wanted to tackle for almost 8 years. I was getting discouraged by the lack of creative collaborations in the neighborhood which promoted cohesiveness, while also including and honoring every cultural group. I had basically given up on adopting the wall until recently... when Rachel and I discussed doing a mural that would truly embrace the color and flavor of my neighborhood, and that would properly welcome the world to Logan Square. Rachel's design gracefully pays homage to the beauty of diversity, the power of both images and words and the indelible impact that brilliant public art can have on communities and neighborhoods regardless of their location. Beauty and Brawn is proud to be sponsoring the mural, as well as fostering Rachel's talent through her gorgeous mural design. Neighborhood residents of all ages will have various opportunities to work on the mural as well, as part of our 'Paint & Participate' series,” explains Lindsey Meyers, owner of Beauty & Brawn.
“The large scale mural will feature a tiger and a peacock incorporating elements of collage, gemstones and mirrors; so that it glimmers and changes with the altering light,” describes Slotnick. “I am interested in walls as living space. I want the wall to keep growing and changing as the world does. Last summer, I created a mural under Lake Shore Drive. The mural addressed mourning, death and loss and my own experiences of teaching in inner city Chicago schools. I had students sign messages to lost loved ones and light candles at the wall. A memorial was also held for my friend who passed away. To this day, students of mine are still adding notes to lost loved ones on the wall,” adds Slotnick.
Work on the new Logan Square wall mural is set to begin mid-July.
Rachel Slotnick Biography:
Originally from Los Altos, California, Rachel Slotnick received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in May 2010. Her work is on permanent display at the Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a muralist for the 35th, 46th and 47th wards. Her poetry was recently published in the Elimae Literary Journal, High Chair Poetry, and she was a finalist in the Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards. Look for her upcoming publications in Mad Hatters’ Review and Thrice Fiction. Currently, Rachel resides in Chicago where she is as an Adjunct Professor in Art Studio and English at Malcolm X College and also teaches at the Illinois Art Institute. See the full scope of her work at: www.rachelslotnick.com
In addition to its art exhibitions, Beauty & Brawn offers Summer Camp for children ages 4-12; ongoing multi-disciplinary art classes for children and adults; family-friendly art exhibitions/receptions; affordable studio gatherings; and art birthday parties for children and adults. The venue is also available for rent for special occasions, wedding receptions and community events.
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