Carolyne King

“THE SPACE BETWEEN”  First Fridays Reception  Oct 7, 5-8pm

“The dark night of the soul comes just before revelation. When everything is lost, and all seems darkness, then comes the new life and all that is needed.” – Joseph Campbell

A few months after my last show at ARC, Fractured States, my mother was diagnosed with a terminal cancer. She passed away 17 months later and it seemed as if the concepts that exhibition had discussed were a reality for me. The fight for connection had, at least artistically, given way to loss and inertia. But something else happened too during this time. I fell in love. Simultaneously, I was experiencing the worst of pain and best of happiness.

Grief – Solace – Sadness – Joy

These four words became a mantra that kept ringing around my head. And slowly the focus of the work began to build on the peace and silence created by negative space, harmony between color and each piece’s collage element.

Yet, The Space Between, like Fractured States, A Delicate Balance and Fragile States before it, is also a reflection of my belief that we are on a continuous and circuitous path of creation, illumination, and spiritual progression towards one’s place within the universe. I fully believe in the Buddhist practice of re-learning what one has learned for while the lesson has remained the same, the person has changed. And the loss of my mother has changed me on a deep level.

As the work for this exhibition began to take shape so did the realization that in creating this current body of work I was putting into practice my own artistic concepts, as both an action of living and an action of creativity. The Space Between is a, “fight for connection in the face of dissolution…Even if it seems components are being forced together, in the end, each piece that goes into the artwork has a purpose. It is not always an easy progression and there is strife and loss on the way. And sometimes the simple belief that things will be better is enough to hold even the smallest connection together.”

 

First Fridays Reception, October 7, 5:00-8:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Sept 29 –  Oct 22, 2022
  • Gallery hours: Thurs – Fri 2-6pm, Sat – Sun 12-4 pmThis program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
     

Michele Stutts

“HOUSEBIRD”  First Fridays Reception  Oct 7, 5-8pm

Michele Stutts is a British born, Chicago-based, contemporary artist whose journey has led her to a diversity of visual art: video, painting, collage, and now, assemblage.

Composed of found objects rich with history and seasoned by time, her work has integrated all of her artistic experiences. Her assemblage artworks often contain forgotten memories that have lost their original appearance and purpose, but have been born with a new aesthetic and meaning.

The current exhibit, Housebird, is not synonymous with ”birdhouse”, but has the opposite meaning. Although both are human-crafted structures, birds find protection from harsh weather and predators in birdhouses, a place to nest and raise their young. In contrast, Housebird represents a constant state of isolation, anxiety, and financial insecurity.

Yet, there is a clear transition in the exhibition of the artist trapped and resentful expressed in Housebird into her free flowing, visually energetic assemblages. This change has an edge of stubbornness to it, much like a sturdy brick and mortar home whose good old bones still have plenty of life left in them.

See more about Michele Stutts here: http://michelestutts.com/gallery.html

First Fridays Reception, October 7, 5:00-8:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Sept 29 –  Oct 22, 2022
  • Gallery hours: Thurs – Fri 2-6pm, Sat – Sun 12-4 pmThis program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
     

THE INVISIBLE COSTS OF WAR

JUROR: Adrienne Kochman, PhD, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago

EXHIBITION DATES: JULY 21 – AUGUST 13, 2022

Without any provocation, Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February, 2022. The attack is considered an act of aggression internationally. It has triggered Europe’s largest refugee crisis since World War II with more than 5 million Ukrainians leaving the country. As UN Women states, “wars affect women and children differently and disproportionately.” Women and children in Ukraine are being targeted by Russian forces as reports from Bucha and Irpin indicate, and women and children refugees who have left Ukraine are being targeted by human traffickers.

In support of the Ukrainian people, and to protest the Russian invasion, ARC Gallery invited artists to respond to the war in Ukraine using their creativity. We envision this as an inclusive exhibition that protests this, and other, acts of aggression through thought-provoking and thoughtful artwork that specifically addresses the current war in Ukraine and the refugee crisis created by this war, as well as previous and current wars that create a refugee crisis for women and children.

For a link to a video interview and images from the exhibition featured on the WTTW show “Chicago Tonight” broadcast on July 27, 2022, click here: https://bit.ly/3zW44Iq

In-Gallery Artists: Tim Atseff, Iryna Chaboryk, Linda Cohn, Elean Diadenko, SP Scotti Estes, David Feingold, Michael Fischerkeller, Donna Fleetwood, Judith Roston Freilich, Nancy Fritz, Deborah Hirshfield, Pearl Hirshfield, Judith Joseph, Louie Laskowski, Alexander Martemianov, William Marx, Ken Reker, Maggie Rose, Irina Visnevscaia

*Please note this correction for Rostyslav Luzhetskyy’s image: “Long Journey of a Black Swan”, acrylic on canvas, author’s technique, 15.8 x 23.7 inches, 2022

Virtual Artists: Petro Antyp, Gayane Arushanian, Vasya Dmytryk, Oksana Fedko, Svetlana Gavrilenko, Marianna Goncharenko, Anastasiia Grygorieva, Tetiana Kopytova, Olga Kuts, Mariia Lashkevych, Victoria Likholyot, Olga Lisowska, Ivan Lisyuk, Daria Lutsyshyna, Rostyslav Luzhetskyy, Natan Markman, Alexander Martemianov, Sveltlana Mikhalevich, Liudmyla Molodan, Nancy Natow-Cassidy, Serhiy Savchenko, Antonina Semenova, Alina Shevchenko, Nikolay Sokolov, Oksana Svizhak, Andriy Sydorenko, Maryna Talutto, Maryna Vashchenko, Ilya Yarovoy, Mihail Zablodski, Yulia Zakharova, Oleksii Zheltonogov

“Under the Wall” by Tereza Barabash

 

See “St. Sebastian” by Mykhaylo Barabash here: https://bit.ly/3zS0qQ2

See “Ukranian Golgotha” by Oksana Chepelyk here: https://bit.ly/3QK6p0d

See “Ukraine. Identification Code” by Irina Visnevscaia here: https://bit.ly/3CaeM0G

See “Limbus” by Nikita Vlasov here: https://bit.ly/3pdiRK0

Video Artists: Mykhaylo Barabash, Tereza Barabash, Oksana Chepelyk, Irina Visnevscaia, Nikita Vlasov

Juror: Adrienne Kochman, Curator of contemporary art at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago. Dr. Kochman has a PhD in Art History from the University of Chicago. Dr. Kochman, PhD has been working as an art historian, curator and educator in Chicago and its art community since the 1980s. Formerly Associate Professor of Art History and Adjunct Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Indiana University Northwest, she currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and since 2017, is curator at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art. Recent curatorial projects include The Ukrainian Diaspora: Women Artists, 1908-2015 (2015) and Reality Check: Directions in Contemporary Art Since Ukrainian Independence (2016); Increment: Barbara Cooper, Shona MacDonald, Yoonshin Park (2018); Raw Reckoning: Michael Paxton (2019). Her exhibit on Paris-based Ukrainian refugee artist Michel Andreenko opened in June.

Closing Reception, Saturday, AUG 13, 1-3pm

Exhibition dates: July 21 – August 13, 2022
Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri – 2-6 pm,  Sat & Sun – 12-4 pm

49th Annual ARC Members’ Show

49th Annual ARC Members’ Show:  Opening Reception: Fri. September 9, 5-8pm  Closing Reception Fri. September 23, 5-8pm

Please join the collective membership of ARC for its annual Members’ Exhibition!

ARC, founded in 1973 as a women-run cooperative organization, has a long and distinguished history as a cultural institution in the city. ARC’s mission is to bring innovative, emerging and experimental visual art, to a wide range of viewers, and to provide a nurturing atmosphere for the continued development of artistic potential and dialogue. Celebrating 49 years in existence, ARC provides exhibition opportunities and support to artists, across all artistic disciplines including performance, sound, and video. The support ARC offers includes: professional presentation of work, significant financial subsidy of gallery space, group and themed show opportunities, and feedback and encouragement to young and emerging artists.

Local Members: Sessah DelaRueNancy Fritz – Iris Goldstein – Cait Hardie – Beth LeFauve – Elyse Martin – Ruti Modlin – Cheri Reif Naselli – Randi Shepard – Lee Stanton – Michele Stutts – Michelle Williams

National Members: Laura Cloud – Abigail Engstrand – Nicolei Buendia Gupit

Affiliate Members: Granite Palombo Amit Kina BagovskaNancy Bechtol – Denise Bellezzo – Monica J. Brown – Virginia Carstarphen – Esther Charbit – Jessica Gondek – Kristina Gosh – Carolyne King – Pauline Kochanski – Jane Stevens – Cynthia Vaicunas – Amy Zucker

Closing Reception, Friday, Sept 23, 5:00 – 8:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Sept 1 – 24, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri 2-6 pm,  Sat & Sun 12-4 pm

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

THE INVISIBLE COSTS OF WAR

Ukrainian-exhibit

THE INVISIBLE COSTS OF WAR

JUROR: Adrienne Kochman, PhD, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago

EXHIBITION DATES: JULY 21 – AUGUST 13, 2022

Without any provocation, Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February, 2022. The attack is considered an act of aggression internationally. It has triggered Europe’s largest refugee crisis since World War II with more than 5 million Ukrainians leaving the country. As UN Women states, “wars affect women and children differently and disproportionately.” Women and children in Ukraine are being targeted by Russian forces as reports from Bucha and Irpin indicate, and women and children refugees who have left Ukraine are being targeted by human traffickers.

In support of the Ukrainian people, and to protest the Russian invasion, ARC Gallery invited artists to respond to the war in Ukraine using their creativity. We envision this as an inclusive exhibition that protests this, and other, acts of aggression through thought-provoking and thoughtful artwork that specifically addresses the current war in Ukraine and the refugee crisis created by this war, as well as previous and current wars that create a refugee crisis for women and children.

In-Gallery Artists: Tim Atseff, Iryna Chaboryk, Linda Cohn, Elean Diadenko, SP Scotti Estes, David Feingold, Michael Fischerkeller, Donna Fleetwood, Judith Roston Freilich, Nancy Fritz, Deborah Hirshfield, Pearl Hirshfield, Judith Joseph, Louie Laskowski, Alexander Martemianov, William Marx, Ken Reker, Maggie Rose, Irina Visnevscaia

*Please note correction for Rostyslav Luzhetskyy’s image: “Long Journey of a Black Swan”, acrylic on canvas, author’s technique, 15.8 x 23.7 inches, 2022

Virtual Artists: Petro Antyp, Gayane Arushanian, Vasya Dmytryk, Oksana Fedko, Svetlana Gavrilenko, Marianna Goncharenko, Anastasiia Grygorieva, Tetiana Kopytova, Olga Kuts, Mariia Lashkevych, Victoria Likholyot, Olga Lisowska, Ivan Lisyuk, Daria Lutsyshyna, Rostyslav Luzhetskyy, Natan Markman, Alexander Martemianov, Sveltlana Mikhalevich, Liudmyla Molodan, Nancy Natow-Cassidy, Serhiy Savchenko, Antonina Semenova, Alina Shevchenko, Nikolay Sokolov, Oksana Svizhak, Andriy Sydorenko, Maryna Talutto, Maryna Vashchenko, Ilya Yarovoy, Mihail Zablodski, Yulia Zakharova

Video Artists: Mykhaylo Barabash, Tereza Barabash, Oksana Chepelyk, Irina Visnevscaia, Nikita Vlasov

Juror: Adrienne Kochman, Curator of contemporary art at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago. Dr. Kochman has a PhD in Art History from the University of Chicago. Dr. Kochman, PhD has been working as an art historian, curator and educator in Chicago and its art community since the 1980s. Formerly Associate Professor of Art History and Adjunct Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Indiana University Northwest, she currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and since 2017, is curator at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art. Recent curatorial projects include The Ukrainian Diaspora: Women Artists, 1908-2015 (2015) and Reality Check: Directions in Contemporary Art Since Ukrainian Independence (2016); Increment: Barbara Cooper, Shona MacDonald, Yoonshin Park (2018); Raw Reckoning: Michael Paxton (2019). Her exhibit on Paris-based Ukrainian refugee artist Michel Andreenko opens in June.

Opening Reception, Friday, JULY 22, 5-8pm
Exhibition dates: July 21 – August 13, 2022
Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri – 2-6 pm,  Sat & Sun – 12-4 pm

The video below is from the WTTW show “Chicago Tonight” broadcast on July 27, 2022.  They interviewed the juror and showed images from the exhibit.  They recommended that their viewers come to see the exhibit.

Ukrainian-exhibit

Spencer Hutchinson

“TRACTATUS 2: Paintings, Combines, and Sculptures at the Intersection of Sound by Spencer Hutchinson, 2012-2022”  Opening Reception Fri.  Sept 9, 5-8pm 

“Tractatus 2” is a decade’s long survey of found object oriented visual works by multimedia artist Spencer Hutchinson that refer to or utilize sound in their conception and execution.

 

Opening Reception, Friday, September 9, 5:00-8:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Sept 1 – 24, 2022
  • Gallery hours: Thurs – Fri 2-6pm, Sat – Sun 12-4 pm

    This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
     

Maryam Safajoo

“REPETITIOUS INSECURITY “  Opening Reception Fri.  July 22, 5-8pm  Closing Reception Sat.  Aug 13, 1-3pm

My paintings narrate the stories of the contemporary situation of the systematically persecuted Iranian Baha’i community – Iran’s largest religious minority – after the 1979 Iranian revolution.

I experienced this oppression myself in Iran. I remember the day in the early morning when government security forces burst into my home, ransacked it and took my father to prison; my younger sister was crying on her way to school. Later my sister was denied access to university and because of her quest to understand why, was placed in solitary confinement. These are only a few examples of what Baha’is around Iran have and are currently experiencing. My paintings narrate these stories which are a result of my conversations with the people who were near these actual events. Many of the incidents I depict only exist in the memory of those who experienced them and have no pictorial existence. In many cases if visual records did exist, they have been confiscated by the Iranian authorities in raids of homes. My depictions are often the first time these events have taken visual form. I record the details of this history. For example, the shoes, clothes, artifacts, and environments seen in my paintings are very close to those that were there in the event.

I take inspiration from interviewing, hearing, feeling, reading, and researching the stories of the Bahai’s of Iran.

My paintings tell the stories of this systematic persecution— including execution or murder, arrest, detainment, and interrogation. Tens of thousands more have been deprived of jobs, pensions and educational opportunities – including a systematic denial of access to higher education. Bahá’í cemeteries, and properties have been confiscated, vandalized, or destroyed, and many Bahá’ís have had their homes and other property seized or damaged etc. Throughout my work, I am constantly reflecting on the concept of a humanity free from religious prejudice including how we can eliminate all prejudice such as racism, sexism, nationalism, and how our prejudices can complicate or obfuscate the development of our community and prevent each other from growing. I often use my own body and those of my friends and family in my paintings. I’m working on this subject since 2013.

 

Opening Reception, Friday, July 22, 5:00-8:00pm; Closing Reception, Saturday, August 13, 1-3pm

  • Exhibition dates: July 21 – Aug 13, 2022
  • Gallery hours: Thurs – Fri 2-6pm, Sat – Sun 12-4 pm  

Some Essential Paradigms and Critical Observations in Contemporary Art

“Some Essential Paradigms and Critical Observations in Contemporary Art”  Sat, June 25, 1:00pm

David Reif, the Juror for “Consciousness of Abstraction II”, will offer a presentation on “Some Essential Paradigms and Critical Observations in Contemporary Art”, followed by an open Q&A discussion. This will take place on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at 1:00pm at ARC Gallery, 1463 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago. Professor of Art for 35 years and Emeritus Professor since his retirement from full-time teaching in 2001, David Reif has given extensive workshops on Contemporary Art and its theoretical principles. He has exhibited as a visiting artist and lectured as an invited scholar at numerous universities around the country including the University of Wisconsin, Yale, Michigan, Houston, Colorado State and Northern Arizona, among others. Reif has also held chairmanships and memberships on many arts organizations and boards including the Chair of The Wyoming Arts Council and the Denver Art Museum, College Advisory Board and has juried numerous exhibitions nationally and regionally.

If you are interested in understanding the intellectual framework that has shaped the ongoing evolution of Contemporary Art, this event is not to be missed.

Saturday, June 25, 1:00pm

  • Gallery hours: Thurs – Fri 2-6pm, Sat – Sun 12-4 pm  

Consciousness of Abstraction II

Consciousness of Abstraction: Beyond Literal Appearance II

JUROR:  DAVID REIF

EXHIBITION DATES: JUNE 23 – JULY 16, 2022

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.

We opened our original “Consciousness of Abstraction” exhibition, in March 2020, and it was cut short because of COVID. We had a wonderful response to this call for work, and we are now presenting “Consciousness of Abstraction II” with the same outstanding juror. Please join us in celebrating this very important genre.

EXHIBITING ARTISTS:

Jillian Albano, Mariona Barkus, Alice Becker, Darcy Berg, Lisa Bjornstad, James Bowden, Grant M Brownlow, Nancy Cusack, Hyunhee Doh, Anthony Failoa, David Feingold, Micaela Felix, Tori Foster, Shelley Gilchrist, Nicolei Gupit, C. Annie Hart, Kristine Hinrichs, Frederick Hovey, Alessandro Joabar, John Kirkpatrick, Carley Knight, Jamie Kost, Ginny Krueger, Louise Lamphere, Carrie L. Larson, Ryan Lewis, Elyse Martin, Margot McMahon, Jane Michalski, Katherine Nemanich, Bryan Northup, Brian Petrone, Darlene Poloniak, Joy Ray, Sara Risley, Kim Rorhs, Chris Ruys, Sabrina Sabella, Fran Sampson, Preeti Schaden, Howard Schwartz, Paarshav Shah, Philip Shapiro, Casey Sills, Gage Sixkiller, Anne Stagg, Jill Sutton, Diane Thodos, Karen Tichy, JA Vieux, John Zilewicz

ABOUT THE 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.

Opening Reception, Friday, JUNE 24, 5-8pm
Exhibition dates: June 23 – July 16, 2022
Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri – 2-6 pm,  Sat & Sun – 12-4 pm

Consciousness of Abstraction II

See “Everted Sanctuaries V”, by Ryan Lewis, here: https://vimeo.com/248611841
See “Downtown” by Torie Foster, here: https://bit.ly/3achabJ

Granite Palombo Amit

“THE MOVEMENT FOR THE LIBERATION OF THE NARRATIVE – Exodus and the Divine Humor “  Opening Reception Fri.  May 27, 5-8pm

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyAAReglqWeOuYOEtLsRb0A/videos

The Movement for the Liberation of the Narrative-Exodus and the Divine Humor is an installation focused on the hermeneutic and psychological examination of sacred texts free of didactic presentation and respectful of all paths.

Sacred texts are understood as agents or vessels of transformation, whose purpose is to propel us out of our comfort zone and to enable change and growth. The literal layer of the story is treated as a “temporary structure” for understanding the human journey. The same systems of decoding sacred texts that Granite explores may be applied to our personal narrative, starting with the question, What is the purpose of the narrative?

This installation focuses on Exodus as an allegory for collective paradigm shifts and the ever-present yearning for freedom.

The installation is composed of 11 short animations that are the chapters/stages of the story/transformation. The context behind this installation/examination is the concept of the “Breaking of the Vessels,” “Shevirat Ha-Kelim,” meaning the purpose for the creation of the world and for humanity in its ultimate role. The visual space includes the staging of the animations and large-scale prints of broken glass, as a visual metaphor for our fragility and the essentiality of gentleness.

The animations are available on Granite Palombo Amit’s website: granitepalombo.com

Or her YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyAAReglqWeOuYOEtLsRb0A/videos

BIO

Granite Palombo Amit is an interdisciplinary artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally in Chicago, New York, Paris, Edinburgh, Washington, Toronto, and Hamburg.

Integrating her training as a therapist, she initiates outreach projects with people who were previously incarcerated, youth at risk, residents of domestic violence shelters, youth in detention centers, and people seeking asylum. She developed her own therapeutic model, which concludes in a collaborative exhibit or performance with her clients to demonstrate the paradigm shift that they undergo, from survivors of socioeconomic conditions such as trauma, poverty and systemic racism to becoming the ambassadors, teachers and healers of those same phenomena.

These performances and exhibitions were displayed at the Art Institute of Chicago, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, the Hamlin Theater, and ARC gallery.

Granite Palombo was ordained as a Rabbi in 2016, exploring Jewish mystical texts and healing. She focuses on the principles of sacred texts and animates them. By making them more accessible, the contemporary and transformative essence of these texts is revealed.

Granite Palombo Amit integrates interdisciplinary art, therapy, and rabbinical training.

 

Opening Reception, Friday, May 27, 5:00-8:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: May 26 – June 18, 2022
  • Gallery hours: Thurs – Fri 2-6pm, Sat – Sun 12-4 pm