Jane Stevens

Fragments from the Past: Photographs by Jane Stevens  Opening Reception  Sat.  July 24, 2-4pm 

Stevens’ photographs combine images from past and present moments to create a transformed reality.

Fragments and portals into the past are powerful reminders of the passage of time and the ever-changing environment. These photographs are a reflection on how the past affects our personal lives and alters the future.

The landscapes in the photographs are visual metaphors for the artist’s transformative process and journey of reclaiming a sense of self and connection to the world/community.

Stevens has exhibited her work nationally and internationally including the Los Angeles Photography Center; Galeria Tonalli, Mexico City; University of Arizona, Tucson; Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, Louisiana; Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky; and Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas.

 

 

Opening Reception  Sat.  July 24, 2-4pm

  • Exhibition dates: JULY 22 – AUG 14, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri – 2-6 pm,  Sat & Sun – 12-4 pm  

 

Monica J. Brown

Roots, Branches: Ancestor(s) Stones: Opening Reception Fri.  June 25, 5-8pm / Virtual Opening Sat.  June 26, 4pm

This journey has its beginnings in a seed that was planted in a seed, that was planted ages ago, across the oceans of time and space, in the land that birthed the first mother. When her firstborn daughter came of age, her mother asked her to remember. “Remember what?” her daughter asked. “Remember this.”

Still not comprehending, though understanding the depth of what she was being asked to do, those words resounded in her spirit, and so, almost without knowing why she did it, she passed this message on to her own daughter: “Remember.” And so, it was passed down through generations, across continents, over oceans, through rivers, atop mountains, written on clouds, intertwined in tree branches, and encoded in dreams when those memories had been forgotten. And so… I heard my grandmothers speak in a whisper, softly, yet firmly: “Remember.”

Ancestor(s) Stones are intuition mining tools. They represent ancient wisdom, antiquity. They are the knowing inherent in having bourn witness to the ages. They align with the string of memory that lives in DNA, passed down through generations. They represent grounding, leverage, or steps to take. The stones have taken many shapes.

Sticks are fuel for flame. They feed the fire. Inspire it to burn. They are motivation for the fire to continue. They are place markers. They are divination tools used in the location of underground water. They are broken branches: once connected to the tree.

I am the branch, extending back, resting on the bough of my mothers. I am the daughter of Elizabeth, Flora, Grace, Ora, Parthena, Zilpha, YOMHN… and her mother, and her mother, and her mother…

Opening Reception Fri.  June 25, 5-8pm / Virtual Opening Sat.  June 26, 4pm

  • Exhibition dates: June 25 – July 17, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri – 2-6 pm,  Sat & Sun – 12-4 pm  

Virginia Carstarphen

  • VIRGINIA CARSTARPHEN
  • WANDERINGS, MAPS AND MEMORIES
  • Exhibition dates: May 28 – June 19, 2021
  • The video below is the online opening reception of the exhibit.  It took place on Zoom on May 29, 2021

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While in college I discovered the writings of American geographer John Wright who coined the term “geopiety:” geo from the Greek for earth and piety from the Latin pietas meaning sense of duty of filial love. This word so perfectly expresses my love and sense of devotion to the places that have filled my life. The landscapes of Georgia, New England, Florida, and the Midwest; the waters of the Great Lakes, Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico all figure prominently in my work.

Although my work edges mostly on abstraction, I have always thought of myself as a landscape artist.  Artists like Eva Hesse, Anselm Keifer, and Cy Twombly inspire me. Cartography and asemic writing are devices I rely on to explore my subject matter. Through line, color, material and gesture I attempt to honor the landscapes that I am deeply attached to. These landscape explorations are filtered through both experience and memory. Imagination plays an important role as well.

At times these abstracted landscapes can be internal mappings of the human body on a cellular level – a way of finding myself in the world.  Other times they verge on more macrocosmic abstractions – a landscape as big as a galaxy.  Often they navigate the space in between. It is within that space that I find balance between destruction and renewal, entanglement and order.

In this body of work, maps themselves become the vehicle to explore these ideas.  Where am I? Where do I come from?  Where am I going?  These questions are at the heart of the manipulations of the maps.  They become transformed by my wanderings, both literally and symbolically.

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ERA OF PREPARATION AND DESIRE (NIU MFA Group Exhibition)

ERA OF PREPARATION AND DESIRE  Virtual Opening Reception – Sat. Apr 3, 4-5pm

Humans searching for meaning in times of crisis often ask, “what matters NOW?” That question is especially significant for emerging artists as they consider their role in society and their contribution to contemporary art. The nine MFA students graduating from Northern Illinois University School of Art and Design have persevered during a global pandemic in pursuit of their creative searches. The work featured in Era of Preparation and Desire answers, in different ways, the question of what matters now. Addressing issues ranging from identity and perception to social engagement, the artists highlighted in this group exhibition vary in discipline. Included are drawings by Andrew Elsten and Christina Kang; fibre works by 5355AH DelaRue; paintings by Larissa Barnat, Angie Redmond, and Aimee Valentine; a photograph by Amy Fleming; and sculptures by Nate Gilchrist and Gretchen Schreiber.

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Jeanette May

Tech Vanitas  Virtual Opening Reception – Sat. May 1, 4-5pm

Click on Play below to see the online Zoom opening reception that took place on Sat. May 1.

Jeanette May’s “Tech Vanitas” photographs embrace anxiety over new technology and love for beautifully designed, obsolete machines. Her still lifes suggest 17th Century Dutch vanitas paintings with their air of craft guilds, international trade, and personal wealth. Her carefully disheveled arrangements of familiar devices also allude to product photography and advertising. “Tech Vanitas” examines the present and the past of technology with a sense of wonder and trepidation.

 

Virtual Opening Reception, Saturday, May 1, 4:00-5:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Apr 30 – May 22, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7pm – Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

PLUCKED & GLEANED

Plucked & Gleaned… an exhibition of fine art prints  Virtual Opening Reception – Sat. Mar 6, 4-5pm 

Exhibition dates: Mar 5 – 27, 2021

For a gallery view of the exhibition, see the video below:

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The virtual opening on YouTube contains a slideshow of the exhibit that includes the name of the artist and info about each piece.

Plucked and Gleaned is a group exhibition of fine art prints. The work on display touches on themes of identity, Midwest culture, place, and personal ecosystems. All of the works in the exhibition are by print artists living and making art in Northern Illinois and the Chicagoland area.

Exhibiting Artists:
Wes Beeler
Rachel Beer
Sasha Bitzer
Alex Bridges
Marco Camacho
Zoë Couvillion
Mikey Crotty
Jayden Dale
Jan Gerenstein
Nathanial Gilchrist
Christina Kang
Greg Padgett
Nick Phan
Sixing Qi
Saffron Williams

Virtual Opening Reception, Saturday, March 6, 4:00-5:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Mar 5 – 27, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7pm – Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

Aviva Kramer

1000 Mirrors  Virtual Opening Reception – Sat. Feb 6, 4-5pm 

The glistening of gold in Japanese landscapes, scrolls and screens. Rich gold, pale gold, antique gold. Summoned up from ancient secret recipes. Sacred light and embodied reality encased in golden light.

Light trails, accidental objects, diaphanous forms which barely cling to existence. But the real world emerges, botany, unexpected.

The persistence of Eastern landscapes, forgotten, veiled in fog. If only to capture its spirit. Gravity and veils of paint that reveal of laws of the universe. Painting the invisible (or maybe it is humming of the breath we breath)…..emerging, receding…..lost in nature’s landscape, creation, destruction…..This is where I begin.

Aviva Kramer at ARC: Feb 2021. Click to download video of exhibition.

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See a slideshow of the exhibition below:

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Find out more about Aviva Kramer here: www.avivakramer.com

 

Virtual Opening Reception, Saturday, Feb 6, 4:00-5:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Feb 5 – 27, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7pm – Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

Ruti Modlin

SITTING IT OUT, variations on a theme:  Virtual Opening Reception – Sat. Jan 9, 4-5pm (via Zoom)

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The work for SITTING IT OUT has been created during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, save and except for 4 paintings that were painted previously yet included to complete the series. My work is derived from live model sessions or composites of different ones. While we all find ourselves restricted and less active, I felt a sense of introspection and new meaning in the stillness and anticipation of the subjects. Some compositions were created in response to a newspaper article, political upheaval or explorations of my own psychic imagination.

 

Virtual Opening Reception, Saturday, Jan 9, 4:00-5:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Jan 8 – 29, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7pm – Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

SOLITUDE

SOLITUDE: Virtual Opening Reception  Sat. Jan 9, 4-5pm
Juror: Danny Floyd

Exhibiting Artists:
Ahmari Benton, Jeffrey Brooks, Paula Bulwinkle, Elena Clark, Eli Craven, Andrea Ferrigno, Bob Fields, Cait Hardie, stephanie mei huang, Doina Iacob, Carol Irving, John Lane, Sangheon Kim, Douglas Malone, Therese Mulgrew, Dan Oliver, Robert Pockmire, Gwen Pryor, Kathryn Rodrigues, Sheri Rush, Mardy Sears, Sage Whitney, Gary Wolfe

Congratulations to Juror Award winners: Elena Clark (collaboration), stephanie mei huang, and Kathryn Rodrigues!

See a gallery view video of the exhibition below:

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See a slideshow presentation of the exhibition below:

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See stephanie mei huang’s “how to paint a rocking horse” Juror Award winning video below:

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THE VIRTUAL OPENING RECEPTION OF SOLITUDE: https://youtu.be/AmXb690h-_c

Solitude can elicit either a sense of euphoria or peace, or a sense of confinement or punishment, while others are isolated in a community unit. As we move forward into the fall and winter months, and COVID continues to impede our movements and interactions, how do we, as individuals, or as members of a larger, even worldwide community, process these survival confinements? Artists use their mediums to express the inner joy, conflict, frustration, sadness or peace we find ourselves confronting. This show represents the creative endeavors of this process under the current circumstances —  keeping artists alone but pulling together into a community.

Gallery hours are: Fridays, 3-7pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4pm. Masks for all visitors are required and no more than 6 people will be allowed in the gallery at one time. (Hours subject to change.)

ABOUT THE JUROR:

Danny Floyd is an artist, researcher, curator, and educator based out of Chicago. At the risk of confusion, his work seeks the narrow threshold between meaning and nonsense in text and images. Often at odds with neuro-normative conventions, he embraces divergent thinking through improvisation and the delightfully weird. He is the Exhibitions Director for ACRE and a Lecturer of Visual & Critical Studies and Sculpture at SAIC. Since 2013, he has been an active part of Chicago’s artist-run space community through two programs, Ballroom Projects and Adler & Floyd. He has held curatorial residencies with ACRE and Chicago Artists Coalition. He was also awarded the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation Curatorial Fellowship in 2017.

Virtual Opening Reception, Saturday, Jan 9, 4:00-5:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Jan 8 – Feb 27, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Fri – 3-7 pm,  Sat & Sun – 12-4 pm  

Abigail Engstrand

Exhibiting Signs of Life:  Virtual Opening Reception  Sat. Nov 7, 4-5pm (via Zoom)

I need to stop trying to transplant my giant old hydrangea, as it’s too deep, wide, and heavy

(I realize now)
             and go back to my computer to reword a proper brief statement about my work.
I need to say something with poetic brevity
                   about what I’ve been observing and contemplating:
the fragility and resilience
                          of human body and spirit.
I feel my delicate decorative clothesline,
with the fleeting sketches on paper, torn, hanging chad’s left in place,
and the temporary nature of fibers (that used to keep living mammals warm and protected),
                                   illustrates my thoughts-
being recycled, in a way elevates to the realm of an art object –
                       a comparison, a dance… sometimes ironic.
I felt

I am a painter

I observe and build relationships. My fiber pictures, I call them “felts”, are often translated from another, more 2 dimensional medium, like a watercolor painting or charcoal drawing, into a multi-dimensional picture, by using fibers that have had another life before being selected for my visual adventure.

This new medium is old; it has either been an integral part of a living, breathing being, like sheep, alpaca, silk worm or dog, or a growing plant like bamboo, milkweed or corn fiber. Sometimes my chosen bits of color or texture have already served even more cycles of purpose, as an article of clothing or a blanket for human life. I feel good about honoring Mother Earth, and all her inhabitants, by reusing resources. I also relish including sentimental fibers and fabric scraps, relevant to the subject, drawing more personal connection into the piece…

Like watercolor puddles, and children, fibers have a life of their own that they lend to a planned picture; a spontaneity which toys with levels of artistic, or parental, control. There’s a constant dance working with them; deciding where boundaries are needed and when and where to let go, look, listen and appreciate the altered perception and new definition they’ve created! No matter which medium I use, in all my pictures there is language-sometimes literally, in words, but always imbued with attempts at communication; a story told in color, shape, and scentual* bridges.

*I love to add various natural essential oils to my hands and rubbed into the fibers as I work for an added dimension.

Virtual Opening, Saturday, Nov 7, 4:00-5:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Oct 30 – Nov 21, 2020
  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7pm – Sat & Sun 12-4 pm