Zoran Shekerov: Titoism: Amid Nostalgia and Desire

Opening  Fri.  Jan 5,  6-9pm

“Titoism: Amid Nostalgia and Desire”

 

This is a series of 27 photos – nine stories, short biographies and items from the subject’s craft illustrated through photography.

Unfolding ten narratives that occur at different geographical locations throughout Macedonia, “Titoism: Amid Nostalgia and Desire”, attests for a generation of people whose inclination towards Yugoslavia, can still be felt after twenty-six years of independence.

Capturing their habitual surroundings where enveloped by objects with which decorating their homes the people articulate the lingering feelings they still have towards Yugoslavia, Shekerov gradually opens up dialogue and invites us to think along with him, wondering if a keepsake can be more than just a reminder of a past. More precisely, if such objects can hold both sentimental longings and prospects.

Born in 1992, for Shekerov, Yugoslavia and the image of Josip Broz Tito is something he got acquainted with through his grandfather’s stories and photographs found in an old family album. Family albums allow one to become familiar with one’s past, and sometimes that of our own. In the exhibition, Shekerov uses his old family album conceived throughout the years by his grandfather, in a subtle manner as a way to connect with the people he photographs. The accumulated knowledge in Shekerov’s case is the support for an immediate connection between them.

Attesting for a lived past time, the photographs carry in them traces of nostalgia, while simultaneously reminding us that this gestures of giving space to objects and collecting portraits and symbols of Yugoslavia are also a way to hold onto and continue the values that they associate with their past. Capturing the particular way in which the objects are kept in their environment and how they are taken care for, Shekerov foregrounds that their meaning is more than just a sentimental value. Holding onto a map of a country that does not exist anymore, or declaring as Yugoslavian, is perhaps a way for them to say that a belief in shared values is still possible and conceivable necessary. Thus, in those moments, the documentary photographs, intimately showing people’s belongings gains a socio-political significance.

The willingness of the people we encounter in the photographs to open the doors of their homes is a sign that they do not want their story to end with them, but to continue through the visitors, evoking curiosity for a specific time. Not as a history but as a way of living.

This can also be read through the gesture of presenting a forget me not token. A small present, given to Shekerov during their conversation. A sign of a recognition between two people who regardless the age difference have interest towards the same subject…

Anastasija Pandilovska

Exhibition dates:     Jan 3 – 27, 2017

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

It Figures, 2017 REDUX

Opening  Fri.  Jan 5,  6-9pm

ARC GALLERY members have chosen 11 artists who were in the open-walls exhibition in December to show their work in one of our 3 exhibition spaces in the gallery in January. Come to see the work rehung and in a new context.

The artists are ELISA ADAMS, GENEVIEVE COHN, EOIN CULLEN, MANAL DEEB, SARAH EMCH, MIRENTXU GANZARAIN, KATHRYN ISBISTER, JACQUELINE LEAVITT, VALERIE MCCUNE, MARIA REICHSTADT, RANDI SHEPARD

Exhibition dates:     Jan 3 – 27, 2017

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

 

IT FIGURES, 2017

“It Figures ”  Opening  Fri.  Dec 1,  6-9pm

An Open-Walls Exhibition at ARC Gallery, Chicago.
For video of the exhibit Click Here

Artists exhibiting:

ELISA ADAMS, JULIA BANDERAS, VERSANNETTE BLACKMAN-BOSIA,   LAURA CERF-DAHL, RENA CHURCH, GENEVIEVE COHN, CARLY COLVIN, EOIN CULLEN, MANAL DEEB, SARAH EMCH, PATRICIA ERBELDING, JUNE FINNEGAN, ALLIE FISH, JAYMA FORMAN, TONY GANGITANO, MIRENTUXU GANZARAIN, RON ANON GRENKA, HERMANN HARMANN, CARRIE HECHEL, AIMEE HOWARD, DOINA IACOB, KATHRYN ISBISTER, AMAD JAHDIDEH POSHTIRI,  RACHEL JOYCE, PHYLLIS KAPLAN, ESTHER KIM, KAREN LANGE, JACQUELINE LEAVITT, SARAH LOVITT, CONSTANCE MCBRIDE, VALERIE MCCUNE, LISA MIRANDA, RUTI MODLIN, KATHARINE MORRILL, TABITHA NICOLAS, MAD PAIX, THEODORA PAVLOU, MARIA REICHSTADT, CHERI REIF NASELLI, SAREY RUDEN, KAREN SAKO, ROBIN SAMIJAN, MADELAINE SCHOONOVER, AMY SHAW, RANDI SHEPARD, LEE STANTON, NANCY STRAHNIC, JONATHAN SYLTIE, ROI TAMKIN, RHONDA URDANG, ANNE VONDENMEER, GAIL WILLERT,

Expanding on the extraordinary response to our first “It Figures” juried show in 2016, ARC Gallery will re-visit this subject for an open-walls show this December. The exciting breadth and quality of work submitted for the first figurative review suggests that representational art is indeed thriving in the contemporary art world. This new (part 2) show seeks 1) to expand the call to include more broadly defined figuration–not necessarily confined just to the human body, and 2) to open the gallery to all artists/submissions. We expect this exhibition will be an exciting and eclectic collection of works reflecting the myriad ways in which artists conceive contemporary figurative imagery.

Exhibition dates:     Nov 22 – Dec 16, 2017

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

 

Hunter Cole: LIVING LIGHT: Photographs by the Light of Bioluminescent Bacteria

Opening  Fri.  Jan. 5,  6-9pm

Hunter Cole features photographs of human figures (portraits; nudes; installations) illuminated by a glowing blue light created by bioluminescent bacteria depicting her keen interest in surreal imagery and symbolism. This exhibition will feature a survey of Cole’s bioluminescent art during the period 2005 to 2017.

In addition to the photos, visitors can also see a time-lapse video piece featuring the bacteria growing and dying, accompanied by a musical score based on the protein sequences in the bacteria — all of which is meant to invoke reflections on the issue of mortality.

On the final day of the exhibit (January 27, 4-6pm), attendees will have the opportunity to see the bacteria glowing in person, when an installation of live bioluminescent bacterial drawings will be on view.

Hunter Cole is an artist and scientist that produces work that is inspired by science, but lives as art. Cole, who holds a PhD in genetics, reinterprets science through art. She is a lecturer in the Biology Department at Loyola University Chicago where she teaches Biology through Art, a course that provides opportunities for students to create art while working in a biology laboratory.

Exhibition dates:     Jan 3 – 27, 2017

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

CALL FOR ENTRIES: “Not Just Drawing: A Line With Intent”

In March 2018, ARC will present “Not Just Drawing: A Line With Intent”
Prospectus and application form

We are looking for a creative consideration of the use of a line.
What is intent? What is the underlying driving purpose or “thought-framework” for making a mark or image on a surface or in a space? Can “intent” include the intention of having no intent? How much does habit, convention or chance dictate our action and how much comes from an original and personal sense of expressed understanding? How much comes from the unconscious or irrational fabric of our experience? Are there other ways to make a line than with a #2 pencil?
This exhibition will be juried by F.David Reif, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Univ. Wyoming. BFA, Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, The Art Institute of Chicago, MFA, Sculpture, Yale University. All media considered.
The juror will choose 3 honorary awards including “Best of Show” that will be posted in the exhibit and listed on the ARC website.
Check out the prospectus and application form here.