Jessica Gondek

Ironmades:  Opening Reception Fri.  Oct 29, 5-8pm

My work endeavors to blur the distinction between hand and machine. The title of the exhibition, Ironmades, is a nod to the early 20th Century Dada movement engaged with machinery and readymades.  As an artist, I continue building on this tradition to bring it into the digital era of the 21st Century as our relationship with technology continues.

The forms I explore are inspired by vintage domestic utilitarian machines and gadgets I have collected as well as related trade catalogues, advertisements, blueprints, and patent drawings.  Digital manipulations derived from these source materials lay a foundation that launches their evolution. The drawing medium allows for both transparency and mutability between layers of information.  The mechanical forms within these compositions are simultaneously transformed casting off their intended function and asserting an animated physical presence and internal narrative that allows me to explore a multitude of dualities: male vs female, hand vs machine, organic vs mechanical, playful vs menacing, analog vs digital, and functional vs dysfunctional.

 

 

 

Opening Reception, Friday, Oct 29, 5:00-8:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Oct 28 – Nov 20, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Thurs – Fri 2-6pm, Sat – Sun 12-4 pm  

ARC Members’ Silent Auction

ARC Members’ Silent Auction:  thru Saturday, September 25 ,7pm

Work donated by gallery members is included in a Silent Auction that ends on September 25, 7pm, during the West Town Art Walk. Visit the gallery and place your bid for an opportunity to collect artwork from its talented and diverse membership!

Participating Members: Laura Cloud – Abigail Engstrand – Nancy Fritz – Iris Goldstein – Cait Hardie – Beth LeFauve – Elyse Martin – Ruti Modlin – Randi Shepard – Lee Stanton – Michele Stutts – Michelle Williams

Affiliate Members: Kina Bagovska – Nancy Bechtol – Monica J. Brown – Esther Charbit – Kristina Gosh – Pauline Kochanski – Cynthia Vaicunas

 

Closing Reception, Saturday, Sept 25, 5:00 – 8:00pm

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

Lee Stanton

Shadow Walks:  Opening  Fri.  Oct 1,  5-8pm 

Shadow Walks – New work by Lee Stanton.

Opening Reception, Friday, October 1, 5:00-8:00

  • Exhibition dates: Sept 30 – Oct 23 , 2021
  • Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri 2-6pm, Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

Kina Bagovska

Song After Song:  Opening Reception  Fri. October 1, 5-8pm

Kina Bagovska follows her path of existence as an immigrant in a multicultural society. As an artist living between different cultures, she believes keeping the tradition alive is key to preserving ones unique identity.

Kina studies and explores the symbols of handmade embroidery from Bulgaria and how they are transmitted across generations. In her most current series of paintings, she attempts to reevaluate the aesthetics of the traditional craft and how its assigned value changes nowadays. To emphasize the semantics she combines symbols from Bulgarian embroidery and texts from modern poetry.

One of the most ancient symbols – the Octagonal Star (an eight-pointed star) associated with the circle of life has been a reoccurring motif used not only in Bulgaria, but also in Central, Northern and Southeastern Europe. This alludes to a possible unified creative spirit of the prototype of the world and explains the symbolic similarities between geographically distant and unrelated cultures. A range of similar geometric and floral motifs are used in the embroidery of traditional clothing symbolizing fertility and the tree of life.

The sentences in the paintings are from the contemporary poem “Thracian Sun” by Zdravka Vladova-Momcheva. The poem is part of the poetry collection “Thracian Treasure”, Palabrass Press Publishing House, Canada, 2012.  The words in Zdravka’s unique poetry are subordinated to uneven rhythm which is innate to Bulgarian traditional music. Thus the text reverberates the encoded language of the embroidery.

Transparent silk is used as a collage and together with the hand stitching reflect the cultural layers passing through the memory of the artist and her main idea of keeping the spirituality of the generations alive.

Kina Bagovska was born in Bulgaria and graduated from the Academy of Arts in Poland with a Master of Fine Arts degree. Throughout the years Kina had many solo and group exhibitions, and won numerous awards in Europe and United States. In 2007 her painting was a part of Mark di Suvero’s Piece Tower at the Chicago Culture Center. In 2003 and 2008 the artist was awarded with grants by the Illinois Arts Council for her collaborative arts. In 2003 she became a member of ARC Gallery. Since 2000, she has been living in Chicago, teaching art at Triton College, and her Private Art Studio.

Opening Reception, Friday, Oct 1, 5:00 – 8:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Sept 30 – Oct 23, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri 2-6 pm,  Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

 

Nancy Fritz

“Mira!” Experiments in Figuration:  Opening Reception  Fri. September 10, 5-8pm

I love the formal challenges of composition, color, and craftsmanship involved with painting in oil on a canvas in 2 dimensions.  But what I love most of all is figurative imagery – trying to express something interesting about a (usually human) form in space and time.  For my last show, I concentrated on using mostly classical painting techniques to create intimate realistic little portraits of the women in my family. As a newly retired person with (finally) more time to paint, I am now trying to figure out what kind of painter I’ve become in the interim.

So, this show re-plays some ideas from the past (mirrors, patterns, spatial ambiguity), re-purposing some old canvases in new ways, and experimenting with more spontaneous, stylized types of representation.  What holds it all together is a desire to find new and interesting ways to think about figuration and see where that leads next.

The first painting, “Self-Portrait in My Studio” is an old painting done soon after I graduated from the post-bac program at SAIC, about 25 years ago.  All the other paintings are recent, but have to do with “looking,” in the same vein as that painting – examining what it means to make and see art in new ways. The mirror that appears in many of the paintings is meant to portray that act of self-examination. All these paintings are simply documentation of that experimentation in self-examination.

The painters who have most influenced me are also diverse—Charlotte Saloman, Alice Valenstein, Eduard Vuillard, Jorge Castillo, and the Bay-Area Figurative painters from the 60’s—just to mention a few.  I am grateful for all those artists and their visions, who have in turn inspired mine.

 

Opening Reception, Friday, Sept 10, 5:00 – 8:00pm

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

 

IMAGINING FUTURES: ARC Members’ Show

IMAGINING FUTURES:  Closing Reception Fri. September 24, 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 48 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.

Celebrate another great year of existence during the Closing Reception on Friday, September 24, from 5-8pm!

Participating Members: Granite Palombo Amit – Laura Cloud – Abigail Engstrand – Nancy Fritz – Iris Goldstein – Cait Hardie – Beth LeFauve – Elyse Martin – Ruti Modlin – Cheri Reif Naselli – Randi Shepard – Lee Stanton – Michele Stutts – Michelle Williams

Affiliate Members: Kina BagovskaNancy Bechtol – Denise Bellezzo – Monica J. Brown – Virginia Carstarphen – Esther Charbit – Jessica Gondek – Kristina Gosh – Pauline Kochanski – Cynthia Vaicunas – Chiyeko Yuki – Amy Zucker

Interns: Olivia Sciford – Devon Weist

 

Closing Reception, Friday, Sept 24, 5:00 – 8:00pm

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

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  

 

GO MAKE A THING! (Call for Entries)

GO MAKE A THING!

JUROR: Jessica Gondek

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES – SEPT 19, 2021, 11:59pm CST

CLICK THIS LINK (OR CUT AND PASTE LINK TO YOUR BROWSER) TO APPLY: https://arcgallery.wufoo.com/forms/go-make-a-thing/

Let’s have fun!
Frustrated? “GO MAKE A THING!”
Tired of stores not having what you need? “GO MAKE A THING!”
Tired of being alone? “GO MAKE A THING!”
Too many shipping boxes? “GO MAKE A THING!”
Tired of the news? “GO MAKE A THING!”
Sick of Zoom? “GO MAKE A THING!”
Bored? “GO MAKE A THING!”
Tired of being dressed only from the waist up? “GO MAKE A THING!”
Drinking too much wine? “GO MAKE A THING!”
Want a break from your spouse? “GO MAKE A THING!”
Kids driving you crazy? Tell them to “GO MAKE A THING!”
You, “GO MAKE A THING!”

Free exploration often opens doors to imagination. With tongue in cheek, we’re interested in play to overcome stress and frustration! So, have fun and…“GO MAKE A THING!”

And send the images to us and apply to this show!!*

* ‘Things’ in ALL media are welcome, including video, performance, sound, 2D and 3D work; and all artists’ work will be considered.

The exhibition will run from October 29 – December 18, 2021. This time frame is equal to two ARC Gallery exhibition months – so more opportunity for your work to be viewed! We encourage everyone to enter.

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)).

Gallery hours are: Fridays, 3-7; Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4. Masks for all visitors are required. (Hours subject to change)

ABOUT THE JUROR:

Jessica Gondek is an artist/teacher living in the Chicago area. She received her M.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, and her B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Loyola University Chicago and teaches drawing and painting in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

Ms. Gondek has received a number of prestigious awards recognizing her creative work over the years. Notable are the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Artist Grant, a Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Grant, and a Mid-America Arts Alliance National Endowment for the Arts Grant.

Ms. Gondek has been recognized with a number of international artist residency awards. She has been an artist in residence at the Can Serrat International Art Center in Spain, and at the Frans Masereel Center in Belgium.

Jessica Gondek has exhibited her work nationally and internationally and is represented in many public collections. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Northern Illinois University Art Museum, the Loyola University Museum of Art, the Butler Institute of American Art Beecher Center.

Ms. Gondek is a member of ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation and Woman Made Gallery in Chicago.

CALENDAR:

Deadline for Submission of Applications: Sunday, Sept 19, 2021 at 11:59pm CST
Notification of Acceptance: Will go out by email on Thursday, Sept 30, 2021.
Work Delivered to ARC: Thurs, Fri, Sat, Oct 21-23, 2021 (Thurs, Fri, Sat  12-4pm)
Pick-Up Work at Gallery: Sat, Dec 18, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Shipped Work Return Date: Wed, Dec 22, 2021 *Pre-Paid FedEx or UPS label is required.*
Do not use the U.S. Postal Service.

FEES:
$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.

Click HERE to apply.

Opening Reception, Friday, Oct 29, 5-8pm

  • Exhibition dates: OCT 29 – DEC 18, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Fri – 3-7 pm,  Sat & Sun – 12-4 pm  

 

OUR PLANET: OURSELVES

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

JUROR: Jane Stevens

The beauty of our natural world is apparent. The earth is warming in the sun. However “the warming earth” carries a more somber message as well – a reminder of the fruits of our greed, the fragility of our planet, the reality of our losses. And, as we face the urgency to respond, we raise our artistic voices – to celebrate, to mourn, to activate, and to contemplate how we live together in relationship to this one planet we must all share and nurture. “Our Planet: Ourselves” addresses nature in all of its complexity — its beauty, its fragility, its ubiquity to everything else that we are.

Exhibiting Artists: Alice Becker, Denise Bellezzo, Rose Bonacorsi, Laura Cerf-Dahl, Joelle Dietrick, Jeffrey Doyle, Leslie Ann Eliet, Donna Fleetwood, Jane Flynn, Donna Hapac, Bob Hilger, Margaret LeJeune, Nora Moore Lloyd, Julie Mars, Jeane Kat McGrail, Jane Michalski, Jacqueline Moses, Lucy Mueller, Louise Pappageorge, Adriana Poterash, Linda Robinson Gordon, Cherie Sampson, Autumn Schaefer, Beth Shadur, Michelle Shipka, Juliane von Kunhardt, Brooke White, Marjorie Woodruff, , Ryan Zoghlin

ABOUT THE JUROR:

Jane Stevens is Curator of Art, Emeritus at the Illinois State Museum. as well as an art educator.  She curated over twenty-five exhibitions of Illinois artists at the Illinois State Museum. She is interested in documenting the art of Illinois artists and has published five books on Chicago artists including: Don Seiden: An Artist’s Life; From Light to Dark: The Life and Work of Ellen Roth Deutsch; The Legacy Continues: The Chicago Society of Artists; Barbara Aubin: A Life of Art 1928 – 2014; and Dusty’s House: A Victorian Treasure. She is currently working on a new book that is scheduled to be released in early 2022.

She received an MFA from the State University of New York, Buffalo and studied at the School of the Art institute of Chicago.

 

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

  • Exhibition dates: JUNE 25 – 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