BODY POLITICS (Call for Entries)

BODY POLITICS

JUROR: Ginny Sykes

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES – NOV 21, 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: Sunday, Nov 21, 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!

JUROR: Jessica Gondek

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 Northrup, Eia Radosavljevic, Judith Shepelak, Robin Strand, Michele Stutts

 

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, 5-8pm

  • 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  

 

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