THE INVISIBLE COSTS OF WAR

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

“When you’re standing under winter skies,
and the heavens turn and sail away,
you know you’ve got to live somewhere you aren’t afraid to die.”
Serhiy Zhadan, Ukrainian Poet

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.

Curator, Adrienne Kochman, will lead an informal Gallery Walk and discussion on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 1 PM. She will discuss the complexities of the jurying process and the curatorial issues coming into play. These include the procedure for reviewing the 89 artists submitting over 325 artworks; practical considerations specific to exhibiting in a small gallery space, virtual vs. physical on-sight artwork presentation, while maintaining balance with the nuances inherent in visualizing unspeakable trauma.
*All donations to the Bar at the Opening and Gallery Walk will be donated to an organization recommended by the UIMA and go towards helping the Ukrainian people where it is needed the most.

“Ukraine hath not yet perished, nor her glory, nor her freedom,
Upon us, fellow Ukrainians, fate shall smile once more.
Our enemies shall vanish, like the dew in the sun,
And we too shall rule, brothers, in a free land of our own.”
Beginning Stanza of Ukrainian National Anthem

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
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: Tereza Barabash, Mykhalo Barahash, 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

ARC GALLERY Summer Evening Gala Celebrate45 Years at ARC Gallery! Moving Fund Raiser at New Space in Progress Saturday, July 21, 2018 7-10 pm 1463 W. Chicago Avenue

ARC GALLERY      Saturday, July 21, 2018, 7-10pm

1463 W. Chicago Avenue
Drinks, Hors D’oeuvres & Sweets, Art Raffle
Silent Art Auction, Music and More
TICKET INCLUDES 2 FREE DRINKS!  $35.00 a ticket

Click here to buy tickets: Summer Evening Gala

Zoran Shekerov: Artist Lecture

Sat.  Jan 27,  3-4pm

To conclude the exhibition Titoism: Amid Nostalgia and Desireby Zoran Shekerov, you are warmly invited on January 27th from 3-4 PM at ARC Gallery for a lecture given by the artist. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Departing from the work presented at the gallery, during the afternoon, Shekerov through his lecture will aim to open up the space proposed in the title of his exhibition. Bringing us closer to his process of working, his relation to the people he photographs and decisions made when photographing, the artist will concentrate on unveiling the feeling that we encounter which is located amid nostalgia and desire. Where this notion can be located within the narratives that we witness in the photographs and how important is the presence of their lived environment for one to experience the movement between nostalgia and desire.

Zoran Shekerov ( Skopje, 1992) practice focuses on long-term documentary research that explores the human situation in certain socio-political contexts, as well as issues of identity, in particular, re-examining terms such as patriotism and nostalgia by considering the connection between lived history and sentimentality. Mainly articulating his works through a documentary approach, experimenting with the opportunity of converting them to site-specific installations, Shekerovs interest also lies in the research of the value of the photographic medium.

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About the exhibition

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 grandfathers stories and photographs found in an old family album. Family albums allow one to become familiar with ones 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 Shekerovs 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 peoples 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

 

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.

ARC Gallery Fundraiser @ Jazz Showcase featuring Marlene Rosenberg & Friends

“ARC Gallery Fundraiser at Jazz Showcase featuring Marlene Rosenberg & Friends” Wed.  Nov. 1,  7-9pm

 

This ONE NIGHT ONLY Jazz Showcase event features renowned bassist, Marlene Rosenberg & Friends.

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THANK YOU to Wayne & Joel Segal and the Jazz Showcase for their generous support of this event!

 

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CALL FOR ENTRIES – “Seeing RED” an open-walls show at ARC Gallery

February 2016, ARC will present an exhibition entitled, “Seeing RED”

INFORMATIONAL PROSPECTUS AND CALL FOR ENTRIES
****  submit online ***

Deadline for Submissions: Jan. 25, 2017 @ 11:59pm CST

“Seeing RED” will be an Open Walls Exhibition, giving artists the opportunity to exhibit their work at ARC without a juror.

ARC is asking artists to reflect on what “Seeing RED” might look like, what it might reference metaphorically, emotionally, politically, or literally. We’re seeking work that challenges the status quo or obvious, while asking the artists to have fun playing with this very broad title.

All mediums and materials are eligible if they conform to the size limitations. The art-work must be no more than 18 inches wide, (including a possible frame). Media-based installations will be accepted as long as the artist provides the viewing equipment, and the horizontal size of this equipment is no more than 18 inches.seeing-red1

click here to submit now online.

CALL FOR ENTRIES – “We the People…” an open-walls show at ARC Gallery

In mid-July 2016, ARC will present an exhibition entitled, “We the People….”

INFORMATIONAL PROSPECTUS AND CALL FOR ENTRIES
***Download the prospectus or  submit online ***

Deadline for Submissions: July 2, 2016 @ 11:59pm CST

As part of the important conversations swirling around this election year, ARC invites artists to join an exciting new open walls show in August 2016 entitled “We The People…”

With this exhibition we are looking for work that critically explores and dissects the current election season and the wider impact government has on our lives. We, in this country (U.S.), are all affected by those whom we elect, regardless of racial, sexual, gender, class, citizenship status. To grapple with issues and ultimately to vote is a responsibility and an honor; and it calls for discussion in which both visual and non-visual artists, can have much to offer.

“We The People…” is an open walls show. In a democracy, everyone’s voice matters.  So in this show, if you apply, you are automatically included in this exhibition.  There are just a few rules – to find out more, click here to download the prospectus, or click here to submit now, online.