BODY POLITICS

BODY POLITICS  Opening Reception Fri.  Jan 7, 5-8pm

JUROR: Ginny Sykes

In January 1973, Roe v Wade dramatically extended women’s options for bodily autonomy. Notwithstanding, women’s bodies remain a battleground – not just around reproductive health, but in myriad other areas, including (but not limited to) decisions around consent, safety, employment and beauty. Roe v Wade faces new threats to its existence – leaving reproductive rights in ever greater peril. Beginning with the policing of women’s bodies, and expanding to examine all forms of body policing and discrimination. ARC will host a juried exhibition in January 2022 to address these themes. Body politics shape the socio-political climate and affect basic human rights, from the #metoo movement and rape culture, to domestic violence, to gender politics, and right down to the politics of hair in the classroom and workplace.

EXHIBITING ARTISTS: 

Nelson Armour, Elizabeth Ashe, Jenny Balisle, K. Johnson Bowles, Danqi Cai, Jeanne Ciravolo, Lauren DeRosa, Sally Machlis, Abigail Engstrand, Sarah Fitzgerald, Kate Forer, Ghislaine Fremaux, Elizabeth Hall, Sharon Harper, Lydia Kegler, Delphin Keim, Gina Lee-Robbins, Beth LeFauve, Theresa Lucey, Sally Machlis, Bette McAvoy, Fiona McCargo, Socorro Mucino, Heather Saunders, Suzanna Scott, Randi Shepard, Dafna Steinberg, Li Turner, Darlene Tyree, Rebecca Van Sessen, Kathy Weaver, Gary L. Wolfe, Christine Wuenschel, Tina Ybarra, Alex Younger

ABOUT THE JUROR:

Ginny Sykes is an interdisciplinary artist utilizing performance, video, sculpture, painting, installation, ceramics and more. Her personal and political approach to art incorporates a Jungian and feminist perspective, working with symbol and myth to critique patriarchal codes that have occupied and over-determined artistic content through much of history. Resisting prescriptive and institutional classifications of a universalized female experience, Sykes instead asserts and affirms the complexity of identities women negotiate. She employs a poetic, layered, and visceral aesthetic across the genres of her practice to suggest the transforming and healing potential of art, and to invite new cultural, emotional, and psychological understandings. An example of this is Sykes’s recent project 100 Women: Collaborations Beyond the Veil, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote. Through a photographic and performative lens, 100 diverse women posed for Sykes to create a contemporary visual archive of women on the subject of liberty.

Recent selected exhibitions include Art Performing Festival, Naples, Italy and Forte Marghera, Venice, Italy; Dryphoto Arte Contemporanea, Prato, Italy; Water Tower Art Festival, Soifa, Bulgaria; LACE, Los Angeles, CA; Legler and Woodson Regional Libraries, Chicago; Loyola University Art Museum, Chicago, IL; top Schillerpalais, Berlin, Germany; Saltillo Contemporary, Saltillo, Mexico; Pinacoteca Communale de Arte Contemporanea, Gaeta, Italy; and Can Gelabert Casal de Cultura, Mallorca, Spain.

Sykes has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Lill Street Art Center and the Evanston Art Center, and was a teaching artist for twenty five years, including After School Matters and the Illinois Arts Council. She has presented her work at the Jungian Institute International Conference and at the College Art Association Conference. She is a former board and advisory board member with Woman Made Gallery, has been a board member and core artist with the Chicago Public Art Group, and currently serves on the advisory council for the Sam Fox School of Art at Washington University. Sykes has co-created over 40 public artworks, including On the Wings of Water at O’Hare International Airport, and Rora at Erie Terrace on the Chicago River, which received an Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects. She is recipient of several DCASE grants, a Chicago Percent for Art commission, Ragdale residencies, and Artegiro residency in Conzano, Italy.

Sykes holds an MA in Women Studies and Gender Studies from Loyola University, Chicago, IL, where she received a Community and Global Stewards Fellowship, and has a BFA from Washington University, St Louis, Missouri. She studied painting and art history for three years at Studio Cecil Graves in Florence, Italy. She divides her working life between Chicago, Illinois and Naples, Italy.

 

Opening Reception, Friday, Jan 7, 5:00-8:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: JAN 6 – 29, 2022
  • Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri – 2-6 pm,  Sat & Sun – 12-4 pm  

 

WHAT IS LOVE? (Call for Entries)

WHAT IS LOVE?

JUROR: Chantala Komannivanh

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES – JAN 2, 2022, 11:59pm CST

CLICK THIS LINK (OR CUT AND PASTE LINK TO YOUR BROWSER) TO APPLY: https://arcgallery.wufoo.com/forms/what-is-love/

This February, ARC seeks to examine the construct of  LOVE. What is Love? In what way is it a construct? How is it challenging? Love isn’t just a feeling, it’s a force to be reckoned with. It is used to move the world – forward or backward depending on your point of view. How does one’s understanding and concept of love influence our feelings, our decisions, our actions?

How do we mend and heal our relationships – and our relationship to the world – during this time of distrust, contempt, group think, political differences, racial strife, and the overall sense of “Us vs Them”? How do we:  get back to friends and family during COVID; save our planet from human destruction; respond to the general humanity of our world, and celebrate the human capacity for tenderness?

For this exhibition we are looking for an artist-response to this idea of “Love” – in the broadest sense. These ideas might include the love of: family and friends, nature, the body, and love for one’s heritage. Love can be vulnerability, a motivator, an obsession, crippling, and healing. Please submit work and an artist statement that illustrates whatever passion you are embracing.

As always, work from all genders, ages, races and ethnicities is welcome. With all juried exhibitions at ARC, the identity of each artist is withheld from the juror, and the selected work will be a collection of pieces that work together as a whole.

ALL media are welcome, including video, performance, sound, 2D and 3D work; and all artists’ work will be considered. Due to space limitations no large projections or media-based installations will be accepted. Three “juror awards” will be selected for a small monetary award ($100 each); and awarded work will be featured on the ARC website. The exhibition will run from February 2-26, 2021.

Entry fee: $30 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.)

ABOUT THE JUROR:

Chantala Kommanivanh is an award-winning Lao American artist, educator and musician.

​The rap music he’s produced with Maintenance Crew and the visual components of Kommanivanh’s artwork have areas of overlap in their meaning and content. He is interested in creating new memories by “sampling” from past events. Through painting, his works are a reinterpretation of memories documenting his personal history. Raised with traditional Lao customs at home and active in hip-hop culture outside of home, Kommanivanh’s work investigates cultural hybridity and tensions of identity, as he and his family were refugees from the unfortunate outcomes of the 1964-1975 Secret War in Laos. His collection of paintings derive from personal and found photographs representing pivotal times in his life. His visual works have been displayed in five major solo exhibitions in Chicago-area and Midwestern art galleries, and have been included in numerous group and invitational exhibitions across the U.S.

​Kommanivanh is a recipient of several prestigious awards including the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation award in 2009 and was a two-time awardee of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Advance Opportunity Program Fellowship. In 2013, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth recognized him for his service of excellence to Illinois’s 8th District arts community.

​Kommanivanh earned his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University in 2008, and a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts in 2012. He has since found his way back to his hometown of Chicago and is an arts professor at his alma mater, NEIU.

CALENDAR:

Deadline for Submission of Applications: Sunday, Jan 2, 2021 at 11:59pm CST
Notification of Acceptance: Will go out by email on Thursday, Jan 13, 2021.
Work Delivered to ARC: Thurs & Fri, Jan 27 – 28, 2-6pm; Sat, Jan 29, 12-4pm
Pick-Up Work at Gallery: Sat, Feb 26, 12-4pm
Shipped Work Return Date: Thurs, Mar 3, 2022 *Pre-Paid FedEx or UPS label is required.*
Do not use the U.S. Postal Service.

FEES:
$30 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, FEB 4, 5-8pm

  • Exhibition dates: Feb 3 – 26, 2022
  • Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri – 2-6 pm,  Sat & Sun – 12-4 pm  

 

Manal Deeb

Laminated Heart:  Opening Reception Fri.  Dec 3, 5-8pm

my heart broke in silent sound
my tears did not touch the ground

“Laminated Heart” is an internal landscape, directed at no particular audience.  A powerful drive to reproduce oneself. A journey that takes you into replications of self that kept me alive.  A glance into a biding time revealing memories stolen by the time.  A quest for a golden note.  A dare to dissect the inner of the unknown without fear.

 

Opening Reception, Friday, Dec 3, 5:00-8:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Nov 27 – Dec 18, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Thurs – Fri 2-6pm, Sat – Sun 12-4 pm  

BODY POLITICS (Call for Entries)

BODY POLITICS

JUROR: Ginny Sykes

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES – NOV 23, 2021, 11:59pm CST

CLICK THIS LINK (OR CUT AND PASTE LINK TO YOUR BROWSER) TO APPLY: https://arcgallery.wufoo.com/forms/body-politics/

In January 1973, Roe v Wade dramatically extended women’s options for bodily autonomy. Notwithstanding, women’s bodies remain a battleground – not just around reproductive health, but in myriad other areas, including (but not limited to) decisions around consent, safety, employment and beauty. Roe v Wade faces new threats to its existence – leaving reproductive rights in ever greater peril. Beginning with the policing of women’s bodies, and expanding to examine all forms of body policing and discrimination. ARC will host a juried exhibition in January 2022 to address these themes. Body politics shape the socio-political climate and affect basic human rights. From the #metoo movement and rape culture, to domestic violence, to gender politics, and right down to the politics of hair in the classroom and workplace, we want to hear from you with work that addresses ideas around bodily autonomy. Entry is open to all genders.

ALL media are welcome, including video, performance, sound, 2D and 3D work; and all artists’ work will be considered. Due to space limitations no large projections or media-based installations will be accepted. Three “juror awards” will be selected for a small monetary award ($100 each); and awarded work will be featured on the ARC website. The exhibition will run from January 6 – 29, 2021.

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.)

ABOUT THE JUROR:

Ginny Sykes is an interdisciplinary artist utilizing performance, video, sculpture, painting, installation, ceramics and more. Her personal and political approach to art incorporates a Jungian and feminist perspective, working with symbol and myth to critique patriarchal codes that have occupied and over-determined artistic content through much of history. Resisting prescriptive and institutional classifications of a universalized female experience, Sykes instead asserts and affirms the complexity of identities women negotiate. She employs a poetic, layered, and visceral aesthetic across the genres of her practice to suggest the transforming and healing potential of art, and to invite new cultural, emotional, and psychological understandings. An example of this is Sykes’s recent project 100 Women: Collaborations Beyond the Veil, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote. Through a photographic and performative lens, 100 diverse women posed for Sykes to create a contemporary visual archive of women on the subject of liberty.

Recent selected exhibitions include Art Performing Festival, Naples, Italy and Forte Marghera, Venice, Italy; Dryphoto Arte Contemporanea, Prato, Italy; Water Tower Art Festival, Soifa, Bulgaria; LACE, Los Angeles, CA; Legler and Woodson Regional Libraries, Chicago; Loyola University Art Museum, Chicago, IL; top Schillerpalais, Berlin, Germany; Saltillo Contemporary, Saltillo, Mexico; Pinacoteca Communale de Arte Contemporanea, Gaeta, Italy; and Can Gelabert Casal de Cultura, Mallorca, Spain.

Sykes has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Lill Street Art Center and the Evanston Art Center, and was a teaching artist for twenty five years, including After School Matters and the Illinois Arts Council. She has presented her work at the Jungian Institute International Conference and at the College Art Association Conference. She is a former board and advisory board member with Woman Made Gallery, has been a board member and core artist with the Chicago Public Art Group, and currently serves on the advisory council for the Sam Fox School of Art at Washington University. Sykes has co-created over 40 public artworks, including On the Wings of Water at O’Hare International Airport, and Rora at Erie Terrace on the Chicago River, which received an Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects. She is recipient of several DCASE grants, a Chicago Percent for Art commission, Ragdale residencies, and Artegiro residency in Conzano, Italy.

Sykes holds an MA in Women Studies and Gender Studies from Loyola University, Chicago, IL, where she received a Community and Global Stewards Fellowship, and has a BFA from Washington University, St Louis, Missouri. She studied painting and art history for three years at Studio Cecil Graves in Florence, Italy. She divides her working life between Chicago, Illinois and Naples, Italy.

CALENDAR:

Deadline for Submission of Applications: Tuesday, Nov 23, 2021 at 11:59pm CST
Notification of Acceptance: Will go out by email on Thursday, Dec 2, 2021.
Work Delivered to ARC: Thurs & Fri, Dec 16 -17, 2-6pm; Sat, Dec 18, 12-4pm
Pick-Up Work at Gallery: Sat, Jan 29, 20 12-4pm
Shipped Work Return Date: Thurs, Feb 3, 2022 *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, JAN 7, 5-8pm

  • Exhibition dates: JAN 6 – 29, 2022
  • Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri – 2-6 pm,  Sat & Sun – 12-4 pm  

 

McHenry County College: Explorations in Photography

McHenry County College: Explorations in Photography:  Opening Reception  Fri. October 1, 5-8pm

This exhibit represents a small sample of the photographic work being produced by first- and second-year students at McHenry County College.

This work was made by students staring to explore the possibilities of the photographic medium. Students employ various strategies to make the work from: exploring the places they live, turning the camera on their friends or themselves, constructing complex tableaux, or using the camera to distort the everyday. The use of photography allows for an unlimited interpretation of subject and form, these are the first attempts by young photographers trying to make their mark.

Exhibiting Artists: Jenna Ahrens, Katy Beam, Matthew Bork, Haley Cleghorn, Janet Devereux, Megan Gurba, Therese Kolodzik, John Rudzena

Instructor: Justin Schmitz

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  

 

GO MAKE A THING!

GO MAKE A THING!  Opening Reception Fri.  Oct 29, 5-8pm

JUROR: Jessica Gondek

Click on the slide show below to see the exhibition.

Free exploration often opens doors to imagination. With tongue in cheek, GO MAKE A THING is interested in play to overcome stress and frustration! This show includes ‘things’ in many different media.

The exhibition will run from October 29 – December 18, 2021.

Gallery hours are: Thursdays & Fridays, 2-6pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4pm. Masks for all visitors are required. (Hours subject to change.)

Exhibiting Artists: Danica Antich, Grant Brownlow, Liz Callahan, Leslie Getz, LucyJulia Hale, Deborah Hirshfield, Cynthia Holzum, Jill Kolker, Doug McAbee, Laura Moore, Bryan Northup, Eia Radosavljevic, Judith Shepelak, Robin Strand, Michele Stutts

Juror Statement:                                                                                                                                                                                                    It was my pleasure to serve as the juror for “Go Make a Thing” which celebrates the nature of artists as makers of objects and things.  I thank everyone who entered their work in the exhibition and gave me the privilege to consider it.  In jurying the exhibition, I began to see relationships emerge, and in the end, I selected 28 pieces from 15 artists.  Below I touch on some relationships particularly enjoyed.

Michelle Stutts’ creative work embodies the essence of “Go Make a Thing” in that she continually transforms and transports objects to recreate them as in her work, Sinner Saint. She turns an animal’s vertebrae into an active figure ready to embrace the world. The Green and Orange Baccarat Bunnies by Liz Callahan sparkle, reflecting the color of their surroundings, elevating this common crystal figurine into a vivid object of wonder.  Anarchy in the Garden by Judith Shepelak presents a luminous color pencil drawing where an abstract botanic scene comes to life.  Shown in proximity to this drawing are Eia Radosavljevic’s sculptures Corner Hive and Copia that seem to have been extracted from the neighboring garden and taking root in our gallery. Ester and Josephine by Doug McAbee are a playful pair of opposites that complement each other not only in color but also in their physical attributes.  Ester is lanky and tall while Josephine is short and grounded.  Hop Scotch and Daydreamer by Jill Kolker are luminous works transporting the viewer to distant yet fleeting childhood memories.

I hope you appreciate the exhibition and explore the dialogue that is created between these artists and their works.

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.

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

  • Exhibition dates: OCT 29 – DEC 18, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri – 2-6 pm,  Sat & Sun – 12-4 pm  

 

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 

Trees reach, extending upward, branches forking. Lines wandering with purpose. Reaching and growing. Similarly, their roots weave themselves as they descend into the earth below. Shadows in between, patterns, lines, and shapes crisscross the path.

The sun casts shadows that change dramatically through the day. Shadows cast, long and short. They vary based on time and season, but also because the sun is not a single point source of light. Light generated by the sun emanates from different points in space along the sun’s surface creating sharp and soft edges, lines, and shapes.

Shadow Walks explores these patterns, and the way trees, shadows, and reaching and forking branches become metaphors.

Lee Stanton is an artist and art history instructor currently living in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago.

https://www.leestanton.org/

 

 

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