REALITY AND ART

REALITY  AND ART:  Virtual Opening Reception Sat. Sept 12, 4-5pm
JURIED BY ARTIST AND PROFESSOR DANIELLE ANDRESS

Reality, Realism, Representation. Art is often about searching for and expressing reality, whether literally or conceptually. In our last juried show, “Consciousness of Abstraction”, we were interested in the movement away from imagery. This exhibition is a continuation of the conversation— from the considering of abstraction to the considering of its sibling genre, realism, reality and representation — or Reality and Art.

This environment of shifting and contradicting truths, denial of science, proliferation of  ‘alternative facts,’ and manipulations of imagery makes understanding reality and truth an illusive undertaking. The artist’s striving to express and understand reality becomes more complicated with this shifting appropriation of what is mere perception and what is reality. This show includes work that is representational in both the traditional sense of being compelled to express what you see and reality as a conceptual sense of using the contemporary current environment as a reference.

Exhibiting Artists:
Kristin Anderson, Allison Baker, Selene Bataille, Michael Borowski, Abbi Chase, Alexander Clark, Michele Corazzo, Robert Esau, SP Estes, Jack Flynn, Barbara Hansen, Michael Koerner, Jamie Kost, John Manno, Christopher Miller, Mary Murphy, Erin O’Neill, Daniel Walworth, Kelly Xintaris

(Image: Give Me Your Tired Your Poor by Barbara Hansen)

Exhibition Dates: Sept 2-26, 2020

  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7pm – Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

 

RESPIRATION(S) NOW!

RESPIRATION(S) NOW!:  Online Exhibition Fri.  Aug 28, 6pm 

Juried by Artist, Angela Davis Fegan
APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 4, 2020 at 11:59pm
Apply here: https://arcgallery.wufoo.com/forms/respirations-now/

What does a future look like that allows us all to BREATHE freely?! Each citizen of this world has a RIGHT to BREATHE.

At the crux of some of the current crises that the world is enduring right now, is breath: African-Americans are being denied the right to breathe; COVID 19 is attacking lungs; and the lungs of the planet are in need of restoration. Life on our planet is inter-connected. Divisions and exclusions will insure the continued separation of humanity. Together we live, or together we perish. Humans are the problem and the solution. Compassionate, righteous indignation, coupled with action for legislative justice is needed to shape a future that includes racial equality, universal healthcare, and planetary stewardship.

ARC Gallery is looking for work that addresses the need to elevate humanity. RESPIRATION(S) NOW! will be an online exhibition in which work not only addresses the problems, but envisions solutions and blueprints for action to create a world which honors BREATH as a RIGHT.

All mediums and materials are eligible for submission including video and performance. Images must be jpg. Videos of time-based work or performance must be 3 minutes or less and include a password-free link to YouTube or Vimeo. Public art and site-specific installation (oustide of the gallery space) will also be considered, and must be in place by July 24. The images selected by the juror will be compiled into a slideshow video. This video will be shown on ARC Gallery’s website and Facebook page. Time-based work will be given a space on Facebook to be viewed. Individual images will be also be highlighted on Instagram and Facebook.

This is a donation-based call for entries. A suggested $5-$50 donation will allow ARC Gallery to continue its mission to provide a nurturing atmosphere for the continued development of artistic potential and dialogue. And to raise public awareness on community-based issues by presenting exhibits, workshops, discussion groups and programs by, and for, underserved populations.

Apply here: https://arcgallery.wufoo.com/forms/respirations-now/

 

Virtual Reception, Friday, August 28, 6:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Aug 28 – Sept 25, 2020
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

Art, and a Time of Solidarity (Images)

Art, and a Time of Solidarity: A Unique Art Collecting Opportunity  Fri.  July 24, 6pm

Announcing: “Art, and a Time of Solidarity” A Virtual Fundraising Event: This is YOUR chance to OWN a Judith Roth or Virginia Mallon artwork and help ARC Gallery continue its mission of supporting artists!! You can purchase tickets for this (online only) virtual fundraising event here: https://artsolidarity.bpt.me

Following are the available images. Prices listed are the value of the work.

“Self Portrait with Mandolin” by Judith Roth, oil, 36″x48″, $1800

 

“Waiting” by Judith Roth, graphite on paper, 29″x37″, $1000

 

“My Sister, My Friend” by Judith Roth, pastel, 31″x44″, $1500

 

“Maxine Waters” by Virginia Mallon, oil on slate, 12″x12″, $500

 

“Yvonne” by Virginia Mallon, oil on slate, 12″x14″, $500

 

ARC is a woman-run Chicago gallery recognized for its long-standing support of talented artists, showing more than 200 individual artist’s work each year for the last 47 years.  But this year, as we shelter in place, we face our biggest challenge yet. You can help! 

In lieu of a spring fundraiser, ARC is hosting an on-line event both to raise much needed funding and to honor two talented women artists who have supported ARC in the past.

Judith Roth (July 18, 1935 – February 9, 2019), a former member of ARC, was a highly regarded figurative artist in Chicago. Virginia Mallon is a New York painter and ARC supporter, who has shown her work at the gallery.  Through a generous donation of work by Virginia and by Judith’s family, ARC is able to mount a fundraising “event” which gives lucky participants the opportunity to become a collector of their work. Simply purchase a ticket to the “Art, and a Time of Solidarity” event and you will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a piece of Judith’s or Virginia’s work for your collection. Following is the link to purchase tickets: https://artsolidarity.bpt.me

Each ticket purchased increases your chances in this unique opportunity to become a collector. Tickets are $10/each. Three tickets are $25. A purchase of five tickets for $50 also makes you an Artist Friend of the gallery. The Artist Friends page gives supporting artists visibility on ARC’s website in appreciation for their support of ARC’s mission. 

On Friday, July 24, ARC Gallery will host this virtual “event” and live drawing announcing the winners of the five paintings and drawings shown here. Your entry(s) will make you eligible to win one artwork. (Please note that this is an online event online. There will be no in-person event at ARC Gallery’s physical location. During the Virtual Event, we will call off names of all donors as we enter their names in a “hat”.  And then pick the winners! )

Thank you for your support in these challenging times!!

 

Virtual Reception, Friday, July 24, 6:00pm

Art, and a Time of Solidarity

Art, and a Time of Solidarity: A Unique Art Collecting Opportunity  Fri.  July 24, 6pm

Announcing: “Art, and a Time of Solidarity” A Virtual Fundraising Event: This is YOUR chance to OWN a Judith Roth or Virginia Mallon artwork and help ARC Gallery continue its mission of supporting artists!! You can purchase tickets for this (online only) virtual fundraising event here: https://artsolidarity.bpt.me

ARC is a woman-run Chicago gallery recognized for its long-standing support of talented artists, showing more than 200 individual artist’s work each year for the last 47 years.  But this year, as we shelter in place, we face our biggest challenge yet. You can help! 

In lieu of a spring fundraiser, ARC is hosting an on-line event both to raise much needed funding and to honor two talented women artists who have supported ARC in the past.

Judith Roth (July 18, 1935 – February 9, 2019), a former member of ARC, was a highly regarded figurative artist in Chicago. Virginia Mallon is a New York painter and ARC supporter, who has shown her work at the gallery.  Through a generous donation of work by Virginia and by Judith’s family, ARC is able to mount a fundraising “event” which gives lucky participants the opportunity to become a collector of their work. Simply purchase a ticket to the “Art, and a Time of Solidarity” event and you will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a piece of Judith’s or Virginia’s work for your collection. Following is the link to see all available work and to purchase tickets: https://artsolidarity.bpt.me

Each ticket purchased increases your chances in this unique opportunity to become a collector. Tickets are $10/each. Three tickets are $25. A purchase of five tickets for $50 also makes you an Artist Friend of the gallery. The Artist Friends page gives supporting artists visibility on ARC’s website in appreciation for their support of ARC’s mission. 

On Friday, July 24, ARC Gallery will host this virtual “event” and live drawing announcing the winners of the five paintings and drawings shown here. Your entry(s) will make you eligible to win one artwork. (Please note that this is an online event online. There will be no in-person event at ARC Gallery’s physical location. During the Virtual Event, we will call off names of all donors as we enter their names in a “hat”.  And then pick the winners! )

Thank you for your support in these challenging times!!

 

Virtual Reception, Friday, July 24, 6:00pm

Jenny Chernansky

In the Shadow of the Feminine:  Virtual Opening Reception – Sat. Dec 5, 4-5pm

SEE THE EXHIBIT ON YOUTUBE BELOW:
Join us here Saturday, December 5, 4pm via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 915 8673 3882
Passcode: 130261

The depth of the shadow is equivalent to the strength of the light. They are relative and dependent on each other without hierarchy   Shadows are often subtle, unseen yet necessary for sight. They play with our imaginations, our fears and dreams. The idea of a shadow has many implications; from the interference of light, the mysterious unknown, the Jungian idea of repressed aspects of the psyche, even the beginnings of painting have been associated with the tracing of a shadow. Throughout history, religion, and culture the feminine is often condemned to darkness, kept in the shadows, divided into categories such as virgin and whore. The show attempts to shine a light on the feminine shadow.

 

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Bryana Bibbs

Power Trip:  Exhibition extended to October 24, 2020

Bryana Bibbs is a textile artist and painter. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA 2014, Fiber and Material Studies) and is currently a teaching artist at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Evanston Art Center.

Power Trip is a body of work about exploitation, relationships, and self-validation. The exhibition features six new textile pieces and paintings.

 

Virtual Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept 12, 4-5pm

  • Exhibition dates: Sept 4 – Oct 24, 2020
  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7 pm,  Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

UNMASKED: Portraiture in a Pandemic Call for Entries FINAL DEADLINE SEPT. 26

FINAL DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES SEPT. 26

Link to application form https://arcgallery.wufoo.com/forms/unmasked-portraiture-in-a-pandemic/

Juror: Dr. Kryssi Staikidis, Professor of Art and Design Education at Northern University

In this time of isolation and confinement – when we can often see only a portion of another’s face – we are creating this juried exhibition to celebrate faces – and the people behind them. We would also like to examine the ways in which people mask themselves or masquerade. We are looking to define this genre as broadly as possible: self, other, representational, abstracted, likeness, current, past, psychological, emotional…

We are interested in all forms of mark making; and all media are welcome. The show will be juried by Dr. Kryssi Staikidis, Professor of Art and Design Education at Northern University. The exhibition will run from Oct 28 thru Dec 19, 2020. We encourage everyone to enter (details below).

Entry fee: $40 for one to three images. $10 for each additional image (lower charge for students — High school or college students can pay a reduced fee of $25 per 3 entries with $10 for each additional entry (Please include copy of Student ID)).
If paying by check, it must be received prior to jurying.

Exhibition contingency plans:
At this time, we plan to have an actual exhibition at the gallery. There will be no in-person opening, though we will have a virtual opening event on Zoom (parameters to be determined). The gallery will be open, but both hours and visitors will be somewhat restricted until it is safe to do otherwise. The show will also be online with all artists identified, along with their work and their statement. If the city closes all businesses again, due to COVID -19, the gallery will be closed, but we will still have the entire show online visible to everyone who visits our website; and we will send out a link to everyone on our mailing list, potentially around 4000+ viewers.

The new Gallery hours (starting Sept 4) will be: Fridays, 3-7; Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4. Masks for all visitors are required and no more than 6 people will be allowed in the gallery at one time.
FEES: $25 for one to three images. $10 for each additional image (lower charge for students — High school or college students can pay a reduced fee of $20 per 3 entries with $10 for each additional entry (Please include copy of Student ID))

If paying by check, it must be received prior to jurying.

CONSCIOUSNESS OF ABSTRACTION: Beyond Literal Appearance

LINK TO VIDEO OF THE EXHIBIT  

Juried by David Reif:  Opening Reception Fri.  Mar 6, 6-9pm 

The terms “Abstraction” or “Abstract Art” are perhaps among the most common references describing particular way(s) of understanding and perceiving the cosmic and daily realities in which we find ourselves. (We might note, too, that the terms are often mis-applied as though they are necessarily in opposition to “Realism” or “Realistic Art”.) The truth is, however, that the abstract art “movements” of late 19th and early 20th century (Impression, Cubism, Expressionism, Surrealism, etc.) were driven by a passion to get closer to the complex realities of nature and human condition, not depart from them. Later, Minimalism, Neo-Dada, Geometric Abstraction, Conceptualism, Art Povera and other developments continue this “Big Bang” inquiry. Put simply, “Realism in Art” could no longer be described as an explicit fidelity to direct, observed, experience. This basic axiom remains, arguably, just as valid today: Reality is often far beyond simple, static appearance and can be highly counter-intuitive. Over the decades, the concepts of Relativity, Quantum Theory and the advent of photography – among many other ideas – have helped clarify, how and why this is so.

Abstraction, of course can be many different things, driven by many different principles and suppositions: some conscious, some intuitive. This exhibition invited artists to submit, through the qualities and implications of their work, some conscious exploration of this question.

EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Martin Altman, Kayla Bailey, Zoe Beaudry, Gretchen Beck, Curtis Anthony Bozif, Nancy Charak, Shuwan Chen, Miles Chumley, Chris Cinque, Lexi Coffee, Simone Collins, Barb Cone, Sally Duback, Gary Duehr, Ashley Edgerton, Jack Flynn, Judith Roston Freiilch, Alice George, Zack G Goulet, Mille Guldbeck, Carol Hamilton, David Hauptschein, Paula Henderson, Kate Hendrickson, Susan Hensel, Megan Hinds, Nancy Hlavacek, Kate Pollard Hoffman, Neil Kalmanson, Jamie Kost, Sarah Kreuter, lialia Kuchma, Carrie L. Larson, Chris Law, Denton-Peter McCabe, Jon Merritt, Nabil Mousa, Socorro Mucino, Jen Pagnini, Denise Presnell, Gina Lee Robbins, Sabrina Sabella, Fran Sampson, Judith Shepelak, Eunhye Shin, Casey Sills, Pamela Simard, Marion Sirefman, Jim Sloman, Jeff Stevenson, Sharon Swidler, Nils Timm

JUROR: David Reif, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Univ. Wyoming. BFA, Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, The Art Institute of Chicago; MFA, Sculpture, Yale Univ.; Assoc. Professor, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.; Chair and Board, Wyoming Council for the Arts; Visiting Artist: Univ. of Northern Arizona, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, Univ. of Michigan, Colorado State Univ. Ft. Collins, Centenary College of Louisiana, Univ. of Houston, TX., Wayne State Univ. Detroit.

VIDEO LINK TO VIEWING EXHIBITION:  https://youtu.be/fTFgw3RG05A

Opening Reception, Friday, March 6, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: March 4 – April 30, 2020
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

What Remains

What Remains: On the Sacred, The Lost, and the Forgotten Relics of Live Art:  Opening Reception Fri.  Feb 7, 6-9pm

CURATED BY IEKE TRINKS [NETHERLANDS]

Massive in scale and retrospective by nature, What Remains is the first exhibition of Defibrillator Gallery’s 10th anniversary year. Curated by Netherlands-based ieke Trinks, this visual art exhibition and performance art series features a cohort of artists from around the world who responded to an open call to reanimate Defibrillator’s collection of objects from performances that took place over the past nine years.

What Remains will take place from February 7th to the 28th, 2020 at Defibrillator’s former home (now ARC Gallery) in Noble Square – framing the site itself as a relic or record of ephemeral practices. Gallery hours for the visual art exhibition are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 12 to 6pm and Sundays 12 to 4pm. Events at ARC Gallery are free and open to the public. Satellite events may request a small donation at the door.

What Remains features 40 local, national, and international artists:

A_Marcel [Boston b. Latvia] | Alice Vogler [Atlanta] | Angeliki Chaido Tsoli [Greece] | Ashley Hollingshead [Minneapolis] | Bernard Roddy [Chicago] | Christian Bujold [Canada] | Christine Ferrera + Dan Hanrahan [Chicago] | Doro Seror [Germany] | Emilia White [Ann Arbor] | Erin Evans Delaney + Maria Luisa [Chicago] | Erin Peisert [Minneapolis] + Amy Whitaker [Cincinnati] | Esther Neff + Kaia Gilje [St. Louis] | Eunjin Choi [Los Angeles b. South Korea] | Frans van Lent [Netherlands] | Heinrich Obst [Belgium, b. Washington D.C.] | Jacqueline van de Geer [Canada, b. The Netherlands] | Janneke Schoene [Sweden b. Germany] | Jeremy Saya [Canada] | Jessica van Deursen [Netherlands] | John Thomure [Chicago] | Jolanda Jansen [Netherlands] | Katya Oicherman [Minneapolis, b. Russia] | Kirsten Heshusius [Netherlands] | Kristin McWharter [Chicago] | Lola Blake + Ezra Hawkins [Chicago] | Madison Juliana Alexander [Chicago] | Marina Resende Santos [Chicago b. Brazil] | Marval A Rex [Los Angeles] | Maya Nguen [Chicago b. Russia] + Noa/h Fields [Chicago] | Nick Tobier [Ann Arbor + Detroit] | Nicole Goodwin [New York] | Nina Boas [Netherlands b.France] | Nora + Mána [Chicago] | Owen Moran [Milwaukee] | Patrícia Janeiro [Netherlands b. Portugal] | Peter Baren [Netherlands] | Renan Marcondes [Germany b. Brazil] | SUNGJAE LEE [Chicago b. South Korea] | will sōderberg… [desplaines] | Zander Porter [Germany b. Los Angeles]

 

Schedule ::

What Remains is divided into FOUR CHAPTERS with a specific themes that include a performance art series, visual art installations, discussions, and satellite events on the following days:

*click the CHAPTER links for detailed information about each week.

CHAPTER 1:  FIXING | FRI 07 > SUN 09 FEB

  • FRI 07 FEB | 6-9PM | Opening + Performance Program.
  • SAT 08 FEB | 3-6PM | Witness work being installed
  • SUN 09 FEB | 2-4PM | Soup Kitchen Conversation: The Impulse to Collect

CHAPTER 2: MERGE | WED 12 > SUN 16 FEB 

  • WED 12 FEB | 12:12PM | Off-site GUERRILLA STREET ACTION | Location TBA
  • THU 13 FEB | 12-6PM | Witness work being installed  
  • SAT 15 FEB | 6-9PM | Performance Program
  • SAT 15 FEB | 10-12PM | Off-site Late Night Performance Program | Bridgeport Location TBA

 CHAPTER 3: REFERENTIAL | WED 19 > SUN 23 FEB 

  • WED 19 FEB | 4-6PM | Witness work being installed  
  • THU 20 FEB | 4-6PM | Witness work being installed  
  • THU 20 FEB | 7-9PM | Off-site Performance Program: No Nation 
  • SAT 22 FEB | 6-9PM | Performance Program
  • SUN 23 FEB | 2-4PM | Soup Kitchen Conversation: Activating an Archive of Ephemeral Practices 

CHAPTER 4: CONSUME | TUE 25 > FRI 28 FEB 

  • TUE 25 FEB | 7-9PM | Off-site Video Program: Nightingale Cinema
  • FRI 28 FEB | 6-10PM | Performance Program + Finissage

About What Remains ::

What Remains explores the connection between performance and relic. Instigator and artist ieke Trinks conceived of a curatorial project that would speak to the challenges of keeping records of live performances beyond the dominant and didactic lens of video and photographic documentation. The project is structured around proposals from artists to re-interpret the relics in the Defibrillator object archive and provide a framework for reconceptualizing their value and meaning through new works.

What Remains tackles several questions, including: What impact does history have on a performance object’s status? What value does an object have when it is not specifically an artwork itself, or not intended to be, but is now being framed as such? How much will the relic tell us about the performance for which it was originally used? What is the purpose and value of the collection? These questions and more are addressed through performances and discussions throughout the month.

The exhibition will focus on a different theme each week: FIXING, MERGE, REFERENTIAL, and CONSUME. The presentation of objects will change from week to week, with new pieces added when relics are reactivated as performances or installations. The relics that aren’t yet activated will be on view downstairs in the basement on shelves waiting to be used and displayed. The overall idea for the exhibition is to keep it vivid and in a constant flux, just like the nature of performance art itself. Transformation of the space and installation of objects will be done during open gallery hours, underlining the performativity of the accumulation and exhibition of relics. There will also be space given to display the 91 submitted letter-size proposals from around the world.

Participating artists ::

What Remains features four Netherlands-based visiting artists Nina Boas, Jolanda Jansen, Frans van Lent, and Kirsten Heshusius; all other artists have been selected from an open call. When putting out the call Trinks wrote, “Proposals can be bold, daring, (un)conventional, conceptual, personal, insightful, (de)constructive, (ir)responsible, monumental, fleeting, portable, technical, emotional, minimal, and all of the above.”

 

About the curator and organization ::

ieke Trinks | Curator (b. 1977) is an artist living and working in the Netherlands where she received a Master of Fine Arts. In 2017 she finalized her second Masters degree in Critical & Pedagogical Studies at the Malmö Art Academy in Sweden. Trinks has performed extensively at international venues, including: Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst [Leipzig, 2019]; 13 Festivalen [Gothenburg 2018]; Performance Site [The Hague 2017], New Performance Turku Festival [Finland 2015]; Amorph!14, performance art festival [Helsinki 2014]; Bienal Internacional de Curitiba [Brazil 2013]; Out of Site Chicago [2013]; FADO Performance Art Centre [Toronto 2013]. And since 2013 Trinks has been a returning performer at DFBRL8R. In the past three years Trinks has done research on performance art documentation, and wrote on performance art initiatives in the Netherlands as a contribution for the publication ‘Art Action 1998 – 2018’ by Le Lieu, centre en art actuel [Quebec City]. Trinks is since 2010 co-organiser of PAE (Performance Art Event) and works since 2008 in collaboration with the all-women performance troupe, TRICKSTER. www.ieketrinks.nl.

Defibrillator Gallery [www.DFBRL8R.org] is an international platform for Performance Art known for bold and courageous programming that aims to provoke thought and stimulate discourse surrounding experimental time-based practices. DFBRL8R actively contributes to a global dialogs about conceptual, ephemeral, or enigmatic modes of expression – aiming to raise awareness, appreciation, and respect for the discipline of Performance Art. DFBRL8R LTD is a 501c3 arts organization made possible with support from The Tanne Foundation Award; Reva and David Logan Foundation; Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust; Martha Strutters Farley and Donald C. Farley, Jr. Family Foundation; Zhou B Art Center; DFBRL8R Board of Directors; and generous contributions from our loving community.

Opening Reception, Friday, Feb 7, 6:00-9:00pm
  • Exhibition dates: Feb 7-28, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

TimeOut Chicago Recommendation of ARC Gallery

ARC was listed by TimeOut Chicago in May 2019 as one of Chicago’s top galleries.