Renee McGinnis

“Political Landscapes,” paintings

Renee McGinnis’ allegorical paintings hope to serve as beautiful though difficult warnings to us all. Each work communicates humanities? concerns on a metaphysical level. They speak visually about our people, times, triumphs and tragedies and how these conditions consistently coexist. Through these works McGinnis hopes to activate the intellectual overdrive we all possess. This project is partially supported by a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City Of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Euyoung Hong

“Progress and Degeneration: A Package Deal,” sculpture

Language is defined as a system of symbols or gestures used by people to “communicate” their thoughts and emotions “intelligibly” with one another. More often then not, however, the language also functions as a hindrance to communication, and becomes a primary source of misunderstanding. By using language without proper thinking, the language is often degraded into a transient noise, more often harmful than harmless at that, and becomes an object of distrust better to be avoided. Sometimes silence is golden, because in the basic function of language both the positive and negative functions coexist side-by-side as if a package deal. They are non-separable. They say that homo sapiens are blessed with language. If so, one may say that homo sapiens are also cursed with language. The blessing and cursing come together as a non-separable package deal. In the beginning, however, the negative function of language was tolerable.

Gift Box Show

Mixed media by all members of the ARC Gallery Cooperative

We will display and sell hand-made gift boxes, full of surprises inside and out. Each gift box will be a one-of-a-kind original suitable for gifting to a loved one or even to yourself. Each gift box is guaranteed to be so stunning, so original, so awesome that you might not ever want to gift it away.

Artists Invite Artists

ARC artists invite artists,  various media


Image by Kris Dodd

John Pitman Weber

“Fences,” installation

John Pitman Weber is a Chicago-based public artist. He is a member of Piece Process, the Palestinian, Israeli and Jewish-American artists group which first showed at ARC in 2002. “Fences” is a meditation on Weber’s recent visit to Israel/Palestine. Its structure provides a small experience of the maze of checkpoints, fences, and walls that govern daily life in the West Bank. Weber teaches at Elmhurst College.

Heather Layton

“When the Gods Prayed Back,” oil, acrylic, rusted steel

“Ex-votos” are small, Mexican votive paintings that give thanks to specific saints after a miracle has been granted. The paintings for this exhibition use the form of traditional “ex-votos,” but the roles have been reversed: Instead of the people praying to the saints, the saints are praying back to the people with commentary on contemporary issues such as our addiction to the Internet and the war in Iraq. The installation is intended to pay homage to a centuries-old, Mexican tradition that is simultaneously being extinguished by and saved by a global community.

Valerie Tagalier