Rochelle Weiner | Strata+Sphere

Opening reception
Friday July 22 from 6-9pm

Exhibition dates: July 20 – August 13, 2016
The ARC Gallery, 2156 North Damen, Chicago
Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Strata+Sphere, Abstract works by Rochelle WeinerRochelle Weiner is a contemporary multi-media artist, recently returned to her home town of Milwaukee after working and residing 20 years in Chicago. This series of abstract works, entitled “Strata+Sphere”, uses layered painting techniques to depict abstract memories of growing up on Milwaukee’s East Side neighborhood. Rochelle’s main interest in painting lies in storytelling. The layered painting techniques that she has developed – using opaque and transparent mediums to build up layers of color and texture, scraping back to reveal earlier layers and then building up and covering up again, shows a history of what went before, even if in a very subtle way. This tells a story both of her painting process and of her subject matter. She works in varied mediums to achieve her goals, including watercolor on board,

It Figures: The Body in Art

Join ARC for a juried group show and drawing exhibit

  • Opening Reception, Friday June 24 from 6-9pm  

This month ARC Gallery is featuring a group exhibit selected by Dan Addington of Chicago’s Addington Gallery with a theme based on a contemporary look at the human figure. In addition, last year’s drawing show first-place winner, Jack Nixon, will display the wide variety of his intricate drawings.

  • Exhibition dates: June 22 – July 16, 2016 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

The exhibition It Figures: The Body in Art is a contemporary examination of the human figure- historically a major focus of artists.  All societies have created their own concepts for how to portray the human body.  These concepts are reflected and challenged in artists’  representation of the human figure. This exhibit will examine contemporary society’s and artists’ views of the human body in all of its manifestations.

At 7:30 on the evening of the opening reception, Friday, June 24, please join us for a performance work presented by David Perales Albert. 

Selected exhibiting artists: Andrew Ackerman, Dohgyoung Ahn, Kiley Ames, Linda Andrei, Susan Case, Ashley Cassens, Yong Chen, Brian Christensen, Joe Ciaccio, Mark Dierker, Silvana D’Mikos, Mark Franz, Ghislaine Fermaux, Charity Henderson, Annick Ibsen, Susan Kachor Conlon, Martin Keey, Axelle Kieffer, Pamela Lee, Anna Liljas, DeCarlo Logan, Sarah Lovitt, Casey Lowry, Dan McCormack, Jennifer McNulty, Bobbi Meier, Erik Ohrn, Caroline Owen, David Perales Albert, Aldo Romeo, Ann Rosen, Judith Roth, Jessica Sebok, Amanda Shaw, Hyeyoung Shin, Alecia Teague, Jeremy Thurlby,  Jac Tilton, Krista Varsbergs, Xiao Wang and Sun Yun. 

Jack Nixon

Join ARC for a juried group show and drawing exhibit

  • Opening Reception, Friday June 24 from 6-9pm  

This month ARC Gallery is featuring a group exhibit selected by Dan Addington of Chicago’s Addington Gallery with a theme based on a contemporary look at the human figure. In addition, last year’s drawing show first-place winner, Jack Nixon, will display the wide variety of his intricate drawings.

  • Exhibition dates: June 22 – July 16, 2016 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Classic Chicago: The Art Of Architecture is a hyperrealist graphite portfolio of master drawings of Chicago’s classic architecture, sculpture, and ornamental detail which was inspired by history’s great representationalists – Leonardo da Vinci; Albrecht Dürer; Johannes Vermeer; the 18th century Italian illustrator and printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi; the French engravers of the beautiful multi-volume antiquities Description de l’Egypte; the imaginative mid 19th century École des Beaux-Arts watercolor and gouache reconstruction artists of ancient Roman and Greek temples; and John James Audubon.

As a life’s raison d’être, Jack Nixon has produced an uncompromising oeuvre of Chicago’s Neoclassic, Gothic Revival, and Art Deco architecture that will rival the golden era of etchings and engravings of ancient Rome, Athens, and Saqqara. With a unique vision and the expressive and technical power to convey that illustrative vision to the general public, seducing viewers in a panoply of splendid, rich detail, Nixon has given his native city a special portrait of its downtown environment that will never be surpassed.

Amy Zucker

As political discussions deliberate health care and the reality of our aging population, Miracle Medicine encourages the viewer to consider the possibility of aspiring to the existence of miracles.  Combining the collection of pill bottles from patient visits  from her practice as a nurse with paintings that replicate dementia, Amy Zucker offers what may be a difficult truth.  The solution is complicated and we must be ambitious to solve this issue so that we can hope for miracles.

Opening Reception, Friday, May 27 from 6-9pm  

Exhibition dates: May 25 – June 18, 2016 
Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm

Diana Simon

In her comprehensive exhibit, Diana More Simon, Diana Simon demonstrates that she is an admirer of the ordinary, of the common. She feels a sense of community with her subject matter, making her work very personal.

The human form can be glorious and ugly, graceful and vulgar. The figures in Simon’s works are not idealized and therefore too unattractive for some viewers to admire. None the less, their vulnerability and humanity often makes them larger than life and heroic. Whatever the subject matter, she approaches with respect and candor.

In addition, her landscapes are not just settings waiting to be inhabited, rather they are the result of human presence.

Every act of viewing brings a new edition of a piece. The visual baggage we all carry with us brings an involuntary concept to each spectator. She welcomes the diverse response her work elicits.    

Opening Reception, Friday, May 27 from 6-9pm  

Exhibition dates: May 25 – June 18, 2016
Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Iris Goldstein

Join ARC for a new exhibit

Opening Reception, Saturday, April 30 from 5-8pm  

ARC Gallery features new exhibits exploring what we remember, what we keep, and what we’ve lost. Join us for the exhibition of the works of Iris Goldstein, Pamela Hobbs, Ralitza M. Vladimirov and Antonia Duende.

  • Exhibition dates: April 27 – May 21, 2016 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Iris Goldstein is a Chicago-based artist who has worked in various sculpture formats.  Her work with plaster and other hardware-store materials allows her a freedom of expression that belies the humdrum nature of her sculptural tools.

Goldstein’s latest mixed-media constructions, Bits and Pieces 2016,

examine the possibility of using discarded packing materials to create new ways of looking at things that have been thrown away after doing the job for which they were created.  Goldstein uses plaster, aluminum screen and acrylic paint to transform these discards into small wall sculptures that lead viewers into a myriad of suggested meanings.  She points the viewer away from these machine-made objects to fanciful and subjective narratives. 

Pamela Hobbs

Join ARC for a new exhibit – PAMELA HOBBS

Opening Reception, Saturday, April 30 from 5-8pm  

ARC Gallery features new exhibits exploring what we remember, what we keep, and what we’ve lost. Join us for the exhibition of the works of Iris Goldstein, Pamela Hobbs, Ralitza M. Vladimirov and Antonia Duende.

  • Exhibition dates: April 27 – May 21, 2016 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Through the Shadows of Home explores the artist’s powerful feelings of separation and loss after selling the family home. A fine-art photographer whose work explores feminine identity and the passage of time, Hobbs creates a surreal and enigmatic sensibility.

Of her current work, Hobbs writes: “After my father died in 2012, my sisters and I had to sell our family home. This house had been in our family since I was a little girl and it held all of my childhood memories.  It also held memories of my parents who are both gone now. So, I had a strong connection to it. I decided to make a miniature replica of the house and use this in my next photographic series.”

Ralitza M. Vladimirova and Antonia Duende

Join ARC for a new exhibit – Ralitza M. Vladimirova and Antonia Duende

Opening Reception, Saturday, April 30 from 5-8pm  

ARC Gallery features new exhibits exploring what we remember, what we keep, and what we’ve lost. Join us for the exhibition of the works of Iris Goldstein, Pamela Hobbs, Ralitza M. Vladimirov and Antonia Duende.

  • Exhibition dates: April 27 – May 21, 2016 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Ralitza M. Vladimirova and Antonia Duende  

Contradictions and contrasts, degradation and violence, aggression and human suffering is our reality. Crisis of consciousness, not just economic, social, cultural, racial, national, and ecological, is part of that reality. Yet, most of the world lives in poverty. Children die from hunger and treatable diseases. The West experiences materialistic development while missing the spiritual breath and the Sacred. The traditional, spiritual east looks westward for a more practical and simple life, but imbalance and disharmony exists worldwide. This reality enslaves the human spirit. Can art and its endless capacity to mobilize aid in raising the human consciousness? Can we breathe in light and transform? Can we release these energies? Are we ignoring the energies of the heart and spirit?

Bulgarian artists, Ralitza M. Vladimirova and Antonia Duende have lived and worked artistically internationally. Bulgaria, a unique place, is at the crossroads of east and west, north and south. Located here are two of the most powerful energy centers on Earth. Each artist has been investigating and developing art-based research to explore and penetrate the sacred and mysterious symbolism of the of the Glagolitic alphabet and the Bogomilstvo, a spiritual movement born in 927. Could the endless possibilities of the creative process decode the spiritual? Into the Sacred invites us to explore that possibility.   

 

Michael Fischerkeller

Embracing the rebellious undertone of street art, Michael Fischerkeller captures a shared social conscience to offer truths of increasingly complex and significant socio-political issues of our time.  Social justice and minimalism drive his creative process resulting in stark yet elegant artwork encouraging all to critically view their world, focus on what is habitually overlooked, face what may be uncomfortable truths, and act to improve their and others’  lives.  In his exhibit, The Art of Politics, Fischerkeller pairs the decidedly contemporary medium of acrylic spray paint with imagery from centuries-old artwork. His medium is a voice of the “street” – communities most often and most severely deprived of social justice – and his imagery is from artworks generally commissioned or acquired by their era’s social elite, a fitting population from which to appropriate today in the service of socially-conscious artwork.

Opening Reception, Friday, April 1 from 6:00-9:00

Sarah Kaiser, Monica J. Brown and Michael Fischerkeller interpret the ideas of psychological transformation and social consciousness.

  • Exhibition dates: March 30 – April 23, 2016 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Monica J. Brown

It happened when the light moved in employs the naked, winter tree as a symbol of transition, transformation, gestation and eventual rebirth. The winter tree is used to metaphorically represent the pause that leaves room for deeper work at the roots. The patterns created by the branches become maps and diagrams of interior emotional space manifested through tone, light, shape and color. This multi-media installation also explores the fluidity of identity inside human relationships.

Opening Reception, Friday, April 1 from 6:00-9:00

Sarah Kaiser, Monica J. Brown and Michael Fischerkeller interpret the ideas of psychological transformation and social consciousness.

  • Exhibition dates: March 30 – April 23, 2016 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm