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

Cheri Reif Naselli

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

As a consequence of burgeoning wealth disparity and a misguided belief that money somehow constitutes “free speech” we are now engaged in a great “Deconstruction” of established public institutions, societal norms and, even, accepted science and history.

This installation exhibits the intentional misrepresentation of facts and the efforts to misinform and misdirect a trusting public by a consortium of powerful wealth interests and their willing cohorts in politics, academia and the media.

 

Opening:     Friday June 23 from 6-9pm

Exhibition dates:     June 23 – July 15, 2017

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

After Supper Visions

“After Supper Visions ”  Opening  Fri.  May 26,  6-9pm

After Supper Visions is a self-supporting photography enterprise for the poor, homeless and near homeless of Chicago. Five nights a week the needy are supper guests at Catholic Charities at 721 North LaSalle Street. On Tuesdays, those who wish to participate in the program are given cameras, disposable or inexpensive digital, and instruction by professional photographers. When the cameras are returned, guest-photographers choose 3 or 4 images to be printed and included in an exhibition for the public.

The motto for the program is that it “Develops Film, Talent, and Hope.” Observations and conversations with supper-guest photographers provide a picture of people who are able, through the program, to engage with volunteers and one another in a meaningful way and to find a sense of self through their photographic endeavors. It provides an objective intellectual opportunity beyond their efforts just to survive. One guest states that photography makes them feel as though that they are worth something. Another tells that he has two precious possessions-his blood-sugar monitoring kit and his camera. While yet another talks about trying to capture something of experiential homelessness and being able to see the glory and grace of everyday existence.

Proceeds from the sale of the work supports both the program and the guest photographers personally. Please note: This is a non-religious endeavor.  Catholic Charities and After Supper Visions supports all races and religions.

 

 

 

 

Opening:     Friday May 26 from 6-9pm

Exhibition dates:     May 24 – June 17, 2017

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

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