Michael Goro

“Urban Landscape,” etchings

“Urban Landscape” presents an account of the artist’s creative search for authenticity in constantly changing urban environments. What does a street in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), a canal in Venice, and a bathroom in a run-down, New York City apartment have in common? According to Goro, each place has had a history and an experience. They have been weathered by time and through use, and thereby have taken on a personality of their own from the people and the elements that have interacted with them. It is in a combination of these factors that authenticity is created. Looking for subject matter, Goro finds simple things that we see everyday, things that become symbolic once they are taken out of context. He experiments with the juxtaposition of places, faces, and architectural designs that reflect his diverse personal experiences. His story as an immigrant (two times in a row) is a vivid illustration of the end of the last century — a time of deconstruction, discontinuity, and dislocation. “Urban Landscape” displays a number of Goro’s recent prints, mainly black-and-white etchings. Etchings, more than any other medium, convey contradictory images by reducing them to the most basic color contrast. Goro’s work provides the full spectrum of techniques ranging from renaissance engraving to contemporary photogravure.

Residents of a Shelter from Domestic Violence

Love Has A Metallic Taste,” video installation

This is an anthology of animated poems, composed by mothers and their children in a domestic violence shelter. Capturing their transition point in life, of family constellation, and life values, the poems communicate with lucidity and emotional sobriety, a transcendent sense of love. “Love has a metallic taste” is one of the poems written by a mother and her eleven-year-old daughter. It is a verbal play of fusing abstract concepts with the tangibility of the senses. Love is conveyed as a trained, mastered force, rather then a distractive one that generates vulnerability. This installation concludes five years of a therapy and arts program, experienced as mutual learning experience among the residents and the facilitator, Granite Amit.

Shiro Akiyoshi

“Digital Scrolls,” inkjet print on canvas

“Digital Scrolls,” an exhibition of computer-generated and drawn collages, visually explores the intersection between cultural and religious identities, globalization, and religious conflicts. This series of large hanging scrolls is based on Japanese religious imagery, especially the mandala (a map of the spiritual cosmos).

Shelia Finnigan



ARC Members’ Exhibition 2005

In conjunction with Chicago Artists’ Month, an artists’  talk and tour of the ARC Member’s exhibition will be on Saturday, October 8th from 2:00-3:15 p.m.


Image by Charlotte Segal

Mirjana Ugrinov

“NEW WORK,” paintings

Ugrinov’s vehicle of expression is color. States of mind, memories of moments, and sensations are captured in simple compositions. In a continuous search for authenticity the artist is reducing her language to simple forms and their interaction. Her language is the language of immediacy and expansion. Shapes floating and suspended in gentle tension are personal notes that speak of things visible to the mind. The artist will speak about her work on Saturday, October 22nd from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

 Mirjana Ugrinov

David and Nancy Bechtol

“Yellowstone Landscapes,” digital imagining

This photographic installation by Nancy & David Bechtol is a new dialogue of visual interest in the landscape motif. The natural beauty of Yellowstone National Park is the inspiration. David Bechtol presents his high resolution realistic imaging of the landscape; Nancy Bechtol takes that image and explores it, re-thinks it, and remixes it. Embedded in the images are many hours of mind-bending discussions to come to this place. It is said that opposites attract. The visual dialogue works from this premise, exchanging information, awareness of the influences, but each one containing their own perspective.