Alicia Forestall-Boehm - December 2014

Transformed Spaces

The encaustic and fiber sculptures of Alicia Forestall-Boehm reduce larger images and concepts into elegant simplified forms.   She pares down basic elements of color, shape and movement to acknowledge another kind of space.  Transformed Spaces considers the symmetry of the urban landscape and explores the physical and mental boundaries of the public and private spaces we inhabit.

Infinite Possibilities is a wall installation consisting of 30 unique wall cubes, each utilizing similar and familiar materials yet each recognizing its own distinctive space.  Spaces We Inhabit is an installation of a dozen, twelve foot high columns of encaustic and fiber sculptures created by altering 2-dimensional paintings.  This transformation acknowledges another kind of space; one of visual repetitiveness and change.

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Fern Shaffer - November 2014

Gingko Leaves

Gingko is a genus of highly unusual non-flowering plants.  The scientific name is also used as the English name.  The genus first appeared in the Permian, 250 million years ago, possibly derived from “seed ferns” of the order “Peltaspermales.”  The Gingko is a living fossil. A single tree can live as long as 1,000 years and grow to 120 feet.  The Gingkos are tough and hardy trees – they can live in most climates, therefore, they have been cultivated all over the world.  For thousands of years, leaves from the Gingko Biloba have been used in Chinese medicine.  In the U.S., many people take Gingko supplements in the belief that it will improve memory and sharpen thinking because Gingko improves blood flow to the brain.

This tree represents the plant kingdom to me, and I paint the leaves as a way to show respect and tribute to its strength and endurance.  Plants can survive without humans, but humans cannot survive without plants.  Our existence depends on these species.

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Lelde Kalmite - October 2014

Burning Earth

If creating art is a personal search for meaning, art cannot escape reflecting the spirit of the times. Our own historical period is characterized by increasing pollution and destruction of the air, water and soil – resulting in a rate of extinction of plants and animals that threatens the very future of the world as we know it.  War and exploitation of the land and oceans for human needs and desires have wounded the earth and all life that depends upon it.  My imaginary landscapes express anxiety about this destruction of the natural world.

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Lars Jonnson & Giovanna Aguirre - September 2014

Finding Order in Chaos

In chaotic and irregular play, by bits and pieces a giant grasshopper evolves. Small men running by with briefcases symbolize our minds searching for a perfect idea, or the “missing link” in the big puzzle. A new statement is on its way.

When chaos appears, order appears also. We see something and call it harmonious and orderly, but someone else can see the same thing and call it chaotic and discordant.

Chaos and order are related in our perception. When we see chaos, we also see order.

Lars Jonnson and Giovanna Aguirre reside in Orebro, Sweden

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DOEprojekts - August 2014

Landmark Series “home”

DOEprojekts is a collaborative project of Deborah Adams Doering & Glenn N. Doering

This “home” is for the birds!

DOEprojekts presents an installation which explores the cultural keyword “home,” one of over 100 cultural keywords cited by social scientists as having qualities of “significance but difficulty” in both public discourse and a broad spectrum of academic disciplines.

Here, the keyword “home” is presented as a playful “visual cue” for avian friends, such as homing pigeons, who find their way back to their origin through the use of visual landmarks, smell/odors, the earth’s magnetic field, and the sun’s azimuth.

These four homing methodologies are represented by four repeated signifiers/symbols stenciled directly on the window, accompanied by silhouettes of birds who may (or may not) be looking for their way “home”.

This installation is presented simultaneously with DOEprojekts’ participation in the group exhibition “Avian Spirits” organized by the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods, IL.

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Jack O'Hearn- IV - July 2014

Believing in Monsters

In this installation,  Jack O’Hearn IV explores the lasting affects of one’s cultural upbringing, while appealing to the nostalgia of anyone who grew up in the 70’s or 80’s. The gallery’s storefront window space is converted to another era with a decor of wood paneling, old TV’s, radios & toys. Hung on the paneled wall are masks, sculptures and jewelry that reference collectible objects, yet seem overtly inauthentic. All the while, the TV stations continue to alternate between static and incredibly tense scenes of fear from children’s movies. For the viewer, what begins as remembrance and nostalgia, ends as a creepy and elusive dream. For O’Hearn, this represents the state of mind when something studied and learned becomes entangled with subjects from our cultural past, where the real and the imagined become increasingly difficult to distinguish.

Believing in Monsters explores our inability to distinguish the real from the imagined and how this affects our fear of others.

“Believing in Monsters is a composite of images that have run through my mind when learning about subjects outside my personal experience. It represents the state of mind when learned knowledge becomes entangled with my own cultural history, where the real and imagined become difficult to distinguish.”

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Helena Johard & Jakob Ankarsvärd - June 2014

Carboniferous memories

Carboniferous memories

In the exhibition “Carboniferous memories,” Swedish artists Helena Johard and Jakob Anckarsvärd examine crude oil through their individual artistic processes. The exhibition aims to shift oil from its industrial meaning to represent both nature’s uncontrolled forces and our minds’ intrinsic, subconscious activity. As our everyday experience is influenced by our irrational nightly dreams, the fossil memory of crude oil echoes in our rational world by smelly, smeary, extinct life forms. For Art on Armitage, Anckarsvärd and Johard use paintings, installations and video to create a window shopping experience that offers alternative readings of oil, but could also represent our uncontrolled inner life.

Johard and Anckarsvärd have had a close artistic exchange since studying at Glasgow School of Art and they have had several exhibitions together.  Anckarsvärd and Johard share an interest in human symbolic reality and it’s power to create new meaning. They often work site specific, where ideas often emerge by the interaction with the environment.

On May 31, Helena Johard performed “Invertebrate,” on the sidewalk in front of the gallery, lying immobilized for one hour under a pile of soil in reference to lifeforms that were compressed to create today’s oil, 358 million years ago. Her Rorschach images were created using crude oil spill debris picked up on the shore of Sweden. Ankarsvärd’sdrawings were created from crude oil.


Gabi Kopp - April 2014

Cartography of social networks

Invisible relationships determine power and powerlessness in our lives and society. Gabi Kopp is a Swiss illustrator. She has been working for international media and publishers for more than 25 years.

She works from her studio in Lucerne, Switzerland.

In addition to illustration, comics and cartoons, she is author of two illustrated cookbooks: "Das Istanbul Kochbuch" and "Das Persische Kochbuch." To write and illustrate these two books, she went to Turkey and Iran and visited ordinary people in their homes and small restaurants to talk to them and draw them, building bridges of cultural and social understanding.

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Ayala Leyser - March 2014

A psychotherapist by trade, Ayala Leyser puts her observations into a solid form of mixed media sculpture, using clay and discarded household items. With biting humor, she builds hyperboles and familiar scenarios involving the relationships to oneself as well as to one another, focusing on the absurd ad irrational.

She operates a gallery in Chicago called Out of Line Art Gallery.

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Falon Mihalic - February 2014

Living Great Lakes Map

Twenty percent of the world's fresh surface water is contained in the Great Lakes, which define our bioregion in Chicago. We are part of a natural system that provides water, sustenance and life to millions and millions of people in the US and Canada.

City living can easily erase this awareness and consciousness of the natural environment. The city blinds us to the natural environment. The Living Great Lakes Map is meant to bring back an appreciation of nature for all of us. Simply viewing this space constructed out of natural symbols and living things can recharge and refresh you, and cure your nature deficit disorder or warm you up in Chicago's winter.

Falon is a landscape architect. In this installation, she has planted vinca in the felt lake cut-outs.

Jonee Cocchia - January 2014

Opposite Sun

Opposite sun is a window installation representing what is seen after the sun drops. The night can play tricks with our eyes, casting shadows of illusions that can make you stop in your tracks or stop and capture this moment. This is exactly what photographer Jonee Cocchia is doing in this set of photos: letting the night create a story for your mind. Seen through a light different from what the sun illuminates, Jonee leads you to se your own picture within his.

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