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

The Annual Member Exhibition

“The Kaleidoscope of ARC Gallery”  Opening  Fri.  Oct 6,  6-9pm

 

Please join the collective membership of ARC for its annual Member’s Exhibition!  View current artwork from its talented and diverse membership.

As one of the oldest and largest non-profit galleries in Chicago, ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation (ARC) has a long and distinguished history as a cultural institution in the city. Founded in 1973 as an all-female, all-volunteer organization, ARC not only provided exhibition space to 2-D and 3-D artists, but installation and video arts.

ARC’s mission is to bring innovative, emerging and experimental visual art, to a wide range of viewers, and to provide a nurturing atmosphere for the continued development of artistic potential and dialogue. Celebrating 44 years in existence, ARC provides exhibition opportunities and support to artists, across all artistic disciplines including performance, sound, and video. The support ARC offers includes: professional presentation of work, significant financial subsidy of gallery space, group and themed show opportunities, and feedback and encouragement to young and emerging artists.  

 

Opening:     Friday Oct 6 from 6-9pm

Exhibition dates:     Sept 27 – Oct 21, 2017

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

Anne Farley Gaines and Geoffrey Novelli

“Magia Mani”  Opening  Fri.  Sept 1,  6-9pm

“Magia Mani” means “Magic Hands” in Italian.  Chicago artists, Anne Farley Gaines and Geoffrey Novelli, arrived at this title for their joint exhibit at A.R.C. Gallery.  “When our collaborative clay forms are removed after the kiln has cooled, the results are usually a pleasant surprise – magical, in fact.  A “third artist” seems to emerge whose work is a combination of both of our sensibilities.”

Gaines is a painter who has worked primarily in mixed-media and watercolor and has recently become immersed in ceramics. Her subject matter in “Magia Mani” is mostly nature-based, some combining architectural elements. One work is a double-sided folding screen, depicting the urban landscape surrounding Buckingham Fountain on one side with a montage of her neighborhood, Pilsen, on the verso. Among the media used are acrylic paint and oriental papers. By contrast, “Black River Movement,” a large clay assemblage, reflects her feeling for the natural environment around South Haven, Michigan, which is her home town.

Gaines and her sculptor husband, Novelli, first collaborated on a clay platter he formed at Lillstreet studios in Chicago.  After Gaines painted Phalaenopsis orchids on the platter in high-fire glazes a mutual enthusiasm for working together in clay began. Gaines’ clay plaques in this exhibit are based on floral scenes and some of them on Texas landscape elements like cacti and tumbleweeds, as in the Wichita Falls area where she just spearheaded a community mural project.  She will also show clay plaques interpreting Shakespeare sonnets, thus incorporating her literary interests.  Her watercolors shown are nature scenes that have informed her ceramic works.  Some are reflected in the circular collaborations with Novelli in casted iron from sand molds she carved. Novelli is currently immersed in forming clay ‘baskets’ onto which he incorporates copper handles that he anneals and twists through a complicated process.  Gaines’ input is the abstract glazing in the inner bases.  Neutral tones of fired clay are most predominant on the exteriors of his forms.  As New York native who grew up in El Paso, Texas, Novelli viewed numerous clay pots that his mother collected from archeological excavations in New Mexico.  He also remembers clay works created by his great aunt Hazel, a sculptor in Connecticut.

Gaines and Novelli have both been influenced in some of the works in ‘Magia Mani” by the multifarious architectural designs of Antonio Gaudi, the Spanish architect noted for his otherworldly organic forms.  The couple studied his buildings in Barcelona in October 2016 on a trip that they took to France and Spain, absorbing the ‘magia’ he had to ‘teach’ them.  A portion of his influence is reflected in the works both artists have produced in 2017 but not derivatively. Ever curious, both Gaines and Novelli remain interested in keeping their work ‘fresh,’ and are always looking for the next challenge.


Opening:     Friday Sept 1 from 6-9pm

Exhibition dates:     August 30 – Sept 23, 2017

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

Julie Rotblatt Amrany

“Continuum”  Opening  Fri.  Sept 1,  6-9pm

” We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust.”  – Rumi
For the past several years, my passion as an artist has been to render the 3-D figure moving through space. Today I am incorporating infinite space around us; it is packed with energy, in the tiniest of forms, they call it quantum mechanics. Energy and life emerge from this enigmatic place. I wonder whether there is really a beginning and an end or is it only a continuum of time and space, an infinite cycle of creation, explosion, implosion and death? Whether it’s the birth of stars, the human race, or just life itself, there is an endless expanse that is interconnected and entangled.

 

Exhibition dates:     August 30 – Sept 23, 2017

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

Rosemary Meza-DesPlas

“Heaviness, Hardship, Heft”  Opening  Fri.  Sept 1,  6-9pm

Gender-based burdens resonate in images populating mass media, social media and art history. In early world history lack of transportation led to women literally being the conveyors of goods; conversely, the 21st century finds women stagnant within burdensome roles despite feminist advancements. Within the societal stratification, images portray hardships – inclusive of poverty, violence and politics – carried by women. Weight hauled by women can have a palpable physical existence or take on a psychological shape of enormous proportions. Fluctuating states of poverty, violence and politics encumber women on a daily basis. Feminine onus is heightened by entrenched patriarchal institutions and reaches a crest during political unrest and instability.


Exhibition dates:     August 30 – Sept 23, 2017

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

SHOUT!

“SHOUT”  Opening  Fri.  July 21,  6-9pm

This exhibition brings together a host of voices, culminating in a collaborative SHOUT! for justice, democracy, and equality.

As political passions sweep the country, public expression has taken the form of marching, petitioning, donating, writing to congress…. While ARC Gallery encourages all these voices of outrage and resistance, the gallery is particularly committed to supporting creative expression as a vital and essential avenue of engagement as well.

EXHIBITING ARTISTS:

Sobia Ahmad
Jenny Balisle
Heather Beardsley
Lisa Bjornstad
Laurie Borggreve
Jordan Ferranto
Nancy Fritz
Francesca Gagliano
Stano Grezdo
Karen Hanken
Michael Hubbard
Lyle Kleinhans
Ryan Lewis
Song Park
Monica Quist
Caison Wang
Margi Weir
Yiqing Zhang

JUROR:

PATRICIA NGUYEN was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She is a performance artist, educator, and scholar. She has performed at the NHA SAN collective in Vietnam, the Mission Cultural Center in San Francisco, Links Hall, Oberlin College, Northwestern University, University of Massachusetts Boston, Prague Quadrennial, and Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Chile.

Patricia has worked in the United States, Vietnam, Brazil, and the Philippines with over 15 years experience working in arts education, community development, and human rights. She has facilitated training and workshops with The Fulbright Program, American Center at the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam, Jane Addams Hull House, Christina Noble Foundation, Social Workers Association in Vietnam, Vietnamese American Young Leadership Association in New Orleans, Asian Human Services, and 96 Acres on issues ranging from forced migration, mental health, youth empowerment, and language access. Patricia has published work in the Harvard Kennedy School’s Asian American Policy Review and The Methuen Drama Anthology of Modern Asian Plays edited by Siyuan Liu and Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. She is the co-founder and executive director of Axis Lab, a community-centered art, food, and design studio in Chicago.

 


Exhibition dates:     July 16 – August 12, 2017

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

Sela Koren

“Drawings”  Opening  Fri.  June 23,  6-9pm

Israeli artist Sela Koren presents a series of drawings representing a woman, a man, and a child (from infancy to six years old) as well as self-portraits.  Among some drawings are Hebrew letters, made with the artist’s left hand, very early in the morning while working with his father on the family farm.  These were drawn this way to represent an ancient anger since drawing with the left hand develops the right hemisphere, where mercy and forgiveness are found.  Several drawings include text of the insights the artist had while in the process of creating the work.  The last group of drawings are of crows and cows, meant to represent the outside world.

 


Exhibition dates:     June 23 – July 15, 2017

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

Cynthia Vaicunas

“Clusters and Interruptions”  Opening  Fri.  June 23,  6-9pm

Inspired by encounters of all sorts, everywhere – visual, musical, gatherings and disassembling of people, nature and art – these new paintings by Cynthia Vaicunas use positioning of shapes and marks to investigate what happens at their convergence.

By intersecting and overlapping, new shapes begin to form. As the background becomes interrupted additional shapes appear out of negative space. This is sometimes carefully planned and at other times the element of chance comes into play.

Engaging the eye and playing with the space on the canvas invites the viewer to participate in exploration within the rectangle. Her muted palette allows still clusters to join and hover. Once again chance comes into play with her use of premixed random colors.  Her bright palette encourages movement and flow.

Opening:     Friday June 23 from 6-9pm

Exhibition dates:     June 23 – July 15, 2017

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