Zoran Shekerov: Artist Lecture

Sat.  Jan 27,  3-4pm

To conclude the exhibition Titoism: Amid Nostalgia and Desireby Zoran Shekerov, you are warmly invited on January 27th from 3-4 PM at ARC Gallery for a lecture given by the artist. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Departing from the work presented at the gallery, during the afternoon, Shekerov through his lecture will aim to open up the space proposed in the title of his exhibition. Bringing us closer to his process of working, his relation to the people he photographs and decisions made when photographing, the artist will concentrate on unveiling the feeling that we encounter which is located amid nostalgia and desire. Where this notion can be located within the narratives that we witness in the photographs and how important is the presence of their lived environment for one to experience the movement between nostalgia and desire.

Zoran Shekerov ( Skopje, 1992) practice focuses on long-term documentary research that explores the human situation in certain socio-political contexts, as well as issues of identity, in particular, re-examining terms such as patriotism and nostalgia by considering the connection between lived history and sentimentality. Mainly articulating his works through a documentary approach, experimenting with the opportunity of converting them to site-specific installations, Shekerovs interest also lies in the research of the value of the photographic medium.

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About the exhibition

Unfolding ten narratives that occur at different geographical locations throughout Macedonia, Titoism: Amid Nostalgia and Desire, attests for a generation of people whose inclination towards Yugoslavia, can still be felt after twenty-six years of independence.

Capturing their habitual surroundings where enveloped by objects with which decorating their homes the people articulate the lingering feelings they still have towards Yugoslavia, Shekerov gradually opens up dialogue and invites us to think along with him, wondering if a keepsake can be more than just a reminder of a past. More precisely, if such objects can hold both sentimental longings and prospects.

Born in 1992, for Shekerov, Yugoslavia and the image of Josip Broz Tito is something he got acquainted with through his grandfathers stories and photographs found in an old family album. Family albums allow one to become familiar with ones past, and sometimes that of our own. In the exhibition, Shekerov uses his old family album conceived throughout the years by his grandfather, in a subtle manner as a way to connect with the people he photographs. The accumulated knowledge in Shekerovs case is the support for an immediate connection between them.

Attesting for a lived past time, the photographs carry in them traces of nostalgia, while simultaneously reminding us that this gestures of giving space to objects and collecting portraits and symbols of Yugoslavia are also a way to hold onto and continue the values that they associate with their past. Capturing the particular way in which the objects are kept in their environment and how they are taken care for, Shekerov foregrounds that their meaning is more than just a sentimental value. Holding onto a map of a country that does not exist anymore, or declaring as Yugoslavian, is perhaps a way for them to say that a belief in shared values is still possible and conceivable necessary. Thus, in those moments, the documentary photographs, intimately showing peoples belongings gains a socio-political significance.

The willingness of the people we encounter in the photographs to open the doors of their homes is a sign that they do not want their story to end with them, but to continue through the visitors, evoking curiosity for a specific time. Not as a history but as a way of living.

This can also be read through the gesture of presenting a forget me not token. A small present, given to Shekerov during their conversation. A sign of a recognition between two people who regardless the age difference have interest towards the same subject

Anastasija Pandilovska

 

Zoran Shekerov: Titoism: Amid Nostalgia and Desire

Opening  Fri.  Jan 5,  6-9pm

“Titoism: Amid Nostalgia and Desire”

 

This is a series of 27 photos – nine stories, short biographies and items from the subject’s craft illustrated through photography.

Unfolding ten narratives that occur at different geographical locations throughout Macedonia, “Titoism: Amid Nostalgia and Desire”, attests for a generation of people whose inclination towards Yugoslavia, can still be felt after twenty-six years of independence.

Capturing their habitual surroundings where enveloped by objects with which decorating their homes the people articulate the lingering feelings they still have towards Yugoslavia, Shekerov gradually opens up dialogue and invites us to think along with him, wondering if a keepsake can be more than just a reminder of a past. More precisely, if such objects can hold both sentimental longings and prospects.

Born in 1992, for Shekerov, Yugoslavia and the image of Josip Broz Tito is something he got acquainted with through his grandfather’s stories and photographs found in an old family album. Family albums allow one to become familiar with one’s past, and sometimes that of our own. In the exhibition, Shekerov uses his old family album conceived throughout the years by his grandfather, in a subtle manner as a way to connect with the people he photographs. The accumulated knowledge in Shekerov’s case is the support for an immediate connection between them.

Attesting for a lived past time, the photographs carry in them traces of nostalgia, while simultaneously reminding us that this gestures of giving space to objects and collecting portraits and symbols of Yugoslavia are also a way to hold onto and continue the values that they associate with their past. Capturing the particular way in which the objects are kept in their environment and how they are taken care for, Shekerov foregrounds that their meaning is more than just a sentimental value. Holding onto a map of a country that does not exist anymore, or declaring as Yugoslavian, is perhaps a way for them to say that a belief in shared values is still possible and conceivable necessary. Thus, in those moments, the documentary photographs, intimately showing people’s belongings gains a socio-political significance.

The willingness of the people we encounter in the photographs to open the doors of their homes is a sign that they do not want their story to end with them, but to continue through the visitors, evoking curiosity for a specific time. Not as a history but as a way of living.

This can also be read through the gesture of presenting a forget me not token. A small present, given to Shekerov during their conversation. A sign of a recognition between two people who regardless the age difference have interest towards the same subject…

Anastasija Pandilovska

Exhibition dates:     Jan 3 – 27, 2017

Gallery hours:     Wed-Sat 12-6pm    Sunday 12-4pm

It Figures, 2017 REDUX

Opening  Fri.  Jan 5,  6-9pm

ARC GALLERY members have chosen 11 artists who were in the open-walls exhibition in December to show their work in one of our 3 exhibition spaces in the gallery in January. Come to see the work rehung and in a new context.

The artists are ELISA ADAMS, GENEVIEVE COHN, EOIN CULLEN, MANAL DEEB, SARAH EMCH, MIRENTXU GANZARAIN, KATHRYN ISBISTER, JACQUELINE LEAVITT, VALERIE MCCUNE, MARIA REICHSTADT, RANDI SHEPARD

Exhibition dates:     Jan 3 – 27, 2017

Gallery hours:     Wed-Sat 12-6pm    Sunday 12-4pm

 

IT FIGURES, 2017

“It Figures ”  Opening  Fri.  Dec 1,  6-9pm

An Open-Walls Exhibition at ARC Gallery, Chicago.
For video of the exhibit Click Here

Artists exhibiting:

ELISA ADAMS, JULIA BANDERAS, VERSANNETTE BLACKMAN-BOSIA,   LAURA CERF-DAHL, RENA CHURCH, GENEVIEVE COHN, CARLY COLVIN, EOIN CULLEN, MANAL DEEB, SARAH EMCH, PATRICIA ERBELDING, JUNE FINNEGAN, ALLIE FISH, JAYMA FORMAN, TONY GANGITANO, MIRENTUXU GANZARAIN, RON ANON GRENKA, HERMANN HARMANN, CARRIE HECHEL, AIMEE HOWARD, DOINA IACOB, KATHRYN ISBISTER, AMAD JAHDIDEH POSHTIRI,  RACHEL JOYCE, PHYLLIS KAPLAN, ESTHER KIM, KAREN LANGE, JACQUELINE LEAVITT, SARAH LOVITT, CONSTANCE MCBRIDE, VALERIE MCCUNE, LISA MIRANDA, RUTI MODLIN, KATHARINE MORRILL, TABITHA NICOLAS, MAD PAIX, THEODORA PAVLOU, MARIA REICHSTADT, CHERI REIF NASELLI, SAREY RUDEN, KAREN SAKO, ROBIN SAMIJAN, MADELAINE SCHOONOVER, AMY SHAW, RANDI SHEPARD, LEE STANTON, NANCY STRAHNIC, JONATHAN SYLTIE, ROI TAMKIN, RHONDA URDANG, ANNE VONDENMEER, GAIL WILLERT,

Expanding on the extraordinary response to our first “It Figures” juried show in 2016, ARC Gallery will re-visit this subject for an open-walls show this December. The exciting breadth and quality of work submitted for the first figurative review suggests that representational art is indeed thriving in the contemporary art world. This new (part 2) show seeks 1) to expand the call to include more broadly defined figuration–not necessarily confined just to the human body, and 2) to open the gallery to all artists/submissions. We expect this exhibition will be an exciting and eclectic collection of works reflecting the myriad ways in which artists conceive contemporary figurative imagery.

Exhibition dates:     Nov 22 – Dec 16, 2017

Gallery hours:     Wed-Sat 12-6pm    Sunday 12-4pm

 

Hunter Cole: LIVING LIGHT: Photographs by the Light of Bioluminescent Bacteria

Opening  Fri.  Jan. 5,  6-9pm

Hunter Cole features photographs of human figures (portraits; nudes; installations) illuminated by a glowing blue light created by bioluminescent bacteria depicting her keen interest in surreal imagery and symbolism. This exhibition will feature a survey of Cole’s bioluminescent art during the period 2005 to 2017.

In addition to the photos, visitors can also see a time-lapse video piece featuring the bacteria growing and dying, accompanied by a musical score based on the protein sequences in the bacteria — all of which is meant to invoke reflections on the issue of mortality.

On the final day of the exhibit (January 27, 4-6pm), attendees will have the opportunity to see the bacteria glowing in person, when an installation of live bioluminescent bacterial drawings will be on view.

Hunter Cole is an artist and scientist that produces work that is inspired by science, but lives as art. Cole, who holds a PhD in genetics, reinterprets science through art. She is a lecturer in the Biology Department at Loyola University Chicago where she teaches Biology through Art, a course that provides opportunities for students to create art while working in a biology laboratory.

Exhibition dates:     Jan 3 – 27, 2017

Gallery hours:     Wed-Sat 12-6pm    Sunday 12-4pm

CALL FOR ENTRIES: “Not Just Drawing: A Line With Intent”

In March 2018, ARC will present “Not Just Drawing: A Line With Intent”
Prospectus and application form

We are looking for a creative consideration of the use of a line.
What is intent? What is the underlying driving purpose or “thought-framework” for making a mark or image on a surface or in a space? Can “intent” include the intention of having no intent? How much does habit, convention or chance dictate our action and how much comes from an original and personal sense of expressed understanding? How much comes from the unconscious or irrational fabric of our experience? Are there other ways to make a line than with a #2 pencil?
This exhibition will be juried by F.David Reif, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Univ. Wyoming. BFA, Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, The Art Institute of Chicago, MFA, Sculpture, Yale University. All media considered.
The juror will choose 3 honorary awards including “Best of Show” that will be posted in the exhibit and listed on the ARC website.
Check out the prospectus and application form here.

Kina Bagovska

“Rituals”  Opening  Fri.  Oct 27,  6-9pm

In the series of art works entitled ” Rituals” Kina Bagovska uses mixed media and collages to depict memories of her growing up in a small village, surrounded by prehistorical rocks, in the southern part of Europe.
Bagovska’s interest lies in the ancient female figurines made of clay and used for rituals over 5000 years ago. She developes her minimalist art using transparent materials such as plexiglass and silk. To achieve her goals, she combines various techniques including ink, sand and plaster, in collaboration with music and dance.
At the opening reception, there will be a live performance by”Duo Utopia” with the musicians Zhivko Nikolov – guitar and Margarita Nikolov – flute, starting at 7pm. They will present music by Bartok, Ibert and rhythms from the Balkan.


Exhibition dates:     Oct 25 – Nov 18, 2017

Gallery hours:     Wed-Sat 12-6pm    Sunday 12-4pm

Iris Goldstein

Investigations:  Colored Pencil Drawings”  Opening  Fri.  Oct 27,  6-9pm

After working many years creating painted plaster wall-relief sculptures, Iris Goldstein has been experimenting to see whether she can create a sense of three-dimensional space using colored pencils on paper.  This exhibit features a collection of drawings meant to mimic and elaborate on some of her sculptural ideas.  Some of the drawings show a slice of nature abstracted and made mysterious.  Other drawings are studies in spatial relationships and positive and negative space. Goldstein is always interested in the mysterious.  She tries to find visual images that are suggestive and allusive.

 

Exhibition dates:     Oct 25 – Nov 18, 2017

Gallery hours:     Wed-Sat 12-6pm    Sunday 12-4pm

Irmgard Koehler

Retrospective and Introspective”  Opening  Fri.  Oct 27,  6-9pm

Irmgard Koehler speaks about her work: “This body of work comes out of the catastrophes of Central Europe during the 20th century. It comes through my encounter with engaging personalities who illustrated this historical period for me through their lives and their work. The events of the 20th century are illustrated in this body of work by a series of pieces relating to a museum installation entitled  “10,000 Lights Of Extinguished Lives Of Children “, which hit me like a thunderbolt when I saw it. Struggling to show the enormity of the Ten Thousand Lights, I tried to create infinite space by creating an X-Ray and hologram effect, superimposing many layers of material.  This theme occupied me for a long time. I reached a temporary catharsis and put it aside. But today, writing this, I realize anew that the undertones of doom are still there and fresh and continuing in the world today.

As a respite from history, my work then turns inward. The sculpture shows the intimate world of my growing family and expresses feelings about Motherhood.

I want to dedicate this exhibition to my great love, G. E. F. Our lives together were lived out of a deeply felt, mutual and surely historical need.”

 

Exhibition dates:     Oct 25 – Nov 18, 2017

Gallery hours:     Wed-Sat 12-6pm    Sunday 12-4pm

ARC Gallery Fundraiser @ Jazz Showcase featuring Marlene Rosenberg & Friends

“ARC Gallery Fundraiser at Jazz Showcase featuring Marlene Rosenberg & Friends” Wed.  Nov. 1,  7-9pm

 

This ONE NIGHT ONLY Jazz Showcase event features renowned bassist, Marlene Rosenberg & Friends.

Hear some great music and support a great cause!

Your ticket price to this event includes beer, wine, soft drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Space Limited! Buy your ticket today! http://arcjazzshowcasefundraiser.bpt.me

THANK YOU to Wayne & Joel Segal and the Jazz Showcase for their generous support of this event!