Pauline Kochanski

“The Past Is Still With Us”  Opening  Fri.  May 26,  6-9pm

The exhibition “The Past is Still With Us” is a new installation by Chicago-based artist Pauline Kochanski.  The installation is based on Ms. Kochanski’s interest in exploring ways to aesthetically express her  response to her family’s history of the European Holocaust of World War II.  “The experience of my parents has haunted me and I have been exploring ways to express my emotional response.”

This installation breaks new ground for the artist, by inviting viewers to connect to the exhibition as participants.  Viewers are encouraged to interact and touch materials in the exhibition.  Viewers become participants.

 

 

 

Opening:     Friday May 26 from 6-9pm

Exhibition dates:     May 24 – June 17, 2017

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

Chiyeko Yuki

“Chiyeko Yuki: New Work”  Opening  Fri.  May 26,  6-9pm

Tokyo-based artist Chiyeko Yuki returns to ARC Gallery with her newest creations. Yuki’s work is subtle, fragile, thoughtful and graceful. These small pieces of art work are Chiyeko Yuki’s everyday “journals”. They are Yuki’s way-of-life shown in light and shadow.

The repeated layering of shapes is the passing of every regular day.
The lights and shadows in each shape help tell stories about the inner life of the artist and bring to mind memories.

Light and shadow refer to the thoughts Yuki creates while she puts herself in each composition. The compositions have no direct association with any particular visible experience, but in them one recognizes the principle and passion of Yuki’s way of life.

The routines of every day are there in cruel ways and at times in gentle ways. Yuki creates art with internal freedom and without need to confirm or violate what is possible in her familiar precious life.

Art can scoop up not only light but also shadow. Art can shed light on the shadows in life which we, human beings, often try to bury beyond memory.

Opening:     Friday May 26 from 6-9pm

Exhibition dates:     May 24 – June 17, 2017

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

Charlotte Segal

“Charlotte Segal: New Work”  Opening  Fri.  May 26,  6-9pm

In my early years as an artist, I concentrated on painting floral forms, of which many people compared me to another artist, ‘Georgia.’  Now, at 85, I reside in a senior community where the residents are primarily women.

Just like the women at ARC Gallery, they discuss many topics including the arts, politics and feminism.  The women here are very diverse both culturally and physically.  They are all beautiful whether they are slim, portly, petite or tall and they’ve become my wonderful neighbors.  Because of this, I’ve decided to focus on women as the subject of my paintings now. I’ve depicted them “au natural” and in many bright hues.  I suspect my neighbors might blush from head to toe when they learn they were the inspiration for this show.

 

 

 

Opening:     Friday May 26 from 6-9pm

Exhibition dates:     May 24 – June 17, 2017

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

Carolyne King

“Fractured States”  Opening  Fri.  April 28,  6-9pm

King’s newest work in Fractured States discusses what happens when connections cannot be maintained. Dissonance. Loss. Inertia. Conceptually the work is trying to become whole again yet the separations are more glaring and tenuous. And the fight for connection in the face of dissolution has directly influenced this new body of work, all of which has a collage element. Even if it seems components are being forced together, in the end, each piece that goes into the artwork has a purpose.

Fractured States, like A Delicate Balance and Fragile States before it, is a reflection of the belief that we are on a circuitous path of creation, illumination, and spiritual progression towards one’s place with the universe. It is not always an easy progression and there is strife and loss on the way. And sometimes the simple belief that things will be better is enough to hold even the thinnest thread together.

 

 

Opening:     Friday April 28 from 6-9pm

Exhibition dates:     April 26 – May 20, 2017

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

Angela A. McElwain

“Loss, Change, Stasis”   Opening  Fri.  April 28,  6-9pm

Loss, Change, Stasis, an exhibition of constructs by Angela A. McElwain, reflect the strength of women when confronted with loss, especially of the self, innocence, death, separation, abuse, etc. Included in the exhibition is Jochebed’s Dream, part of an installation which will simulate a museum exhibit including a display case with artifacts related to the subject, Jochebed, and her loss of her child, Moses. Currently a work in progress but projected to be completed later this year.

Referencing her constructs Ms. McElwain states, “When I work with secondary material, I am reminded the cast-aside can be transformed into a thing of impactful eloquence. The objects I use must be visually interesting and tactile, since I began by noticing their physical structures, then, by handling the things I sense their vibration. One of my favorite materials is lead because of its contrary qualities: it is plastic metal, the surface is beautiful yet marred, the greyness is industrial yet strangely comfortable.”

Ms. McElwain’s work, stimulating and intuitive, speaks for itself.

 

Opening:     Friday April 28  from 6-9pm

Exhibition dates:     April 26 – May 20, 2017

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

Ruti Modlin

“‘Round the Block: Prints & Paintings”                  Opening  Fri.  April 28,  6-9pm

Modlin’s latest work is a dialogue between her large woodcut prints and her paintings. An eventful family wedding inspired the subject for this body of work. The palette is muted, emulating the hand-colored prints. his exhibit features Canopy, a series of 3 large woodcut prints: Canopy I, II, and III and the paintings: A Bunch, Tango a Deux, Bride, Just Married, Let Them Eat, and Her Shoes.

 

Opening:     Friday April 28  from 6-9pm

Exhibition dates:     April 26 – May 20, 2017

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

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NIU MFA Exhibition

“Cream of the Crop”                  Opening  Fri.  Mar. 31,  6-9pm

Cream of the Crop is an accumulation of three years of focus within the masters of fine art program at Northern Illinois University, featuring seven MFA candidates. While all artists within this exhibition have spent an amount of time living in and around the rural cornfields that define a Midwestern landscape, each approaches art-making in varying media, materials, and conceptual themes, as they relate to our most immediate cultural hub—Chicago, and the larger art world as a whole. The work in this exhibition ranges from an investigation of the land from a feminine perspective to what it means to be a painter in the 21st century to questioning the cost of modernity, and various themes in between. All of these various themes and works are the byproducts of three years of research, questioning, soul-searching, and intuition that the MFA program provides and encourages.

 

Opening:     Friday March 31 from 6-9pm

Exhibition dates:     March 29 – April 22, 2017

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

Nancy & David Bechtol

“Scene and unseen: Persistence of Vision”       Opening  Fri. March 3,  6-9pm

Nancy and David Bechtol present photographic works that are charged with contrast of visions. They are an intense couple whose art and lives exude the study of contrasting real and surreal and engage a visual match of the natural and unnatural. David is presenting images of photographic panoramas and intimate views of nature while Nancy’s photographs depict the wild side of her mind’s eye.
      
       Opening:     Friday March 3 from 6-9pm

Exhibition dates:     March 1- 25, 2017

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

Alisa Singer

“Environmental Graphiti: The Art of Climate Change”       Opening  Fri. March 3,  6-9pm

Alisa Singer believes the general public needs to become more aware of the compelling facts regarding climate change and the many ways it is impacting our planet. She was attracted by the aesthetic design elements of scientific charts and graphs, and intrigued by the idea of using art to help draw attention to their urgent message. She sets out to develop an approach to marry her art to this cause by using as the “blueprint” for each of the digital paintings in the series, The Art of Climate Change, a chart, graph, word, number or symbol representative of a key fact about climate change. Her discoveries have shown that the art makes the science more accessible, and the science makes the art more meaningful. 
 
        Opening:     Friday March 3 from 6-9pm

Exhibition dates:     March 1- 25, 2017

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