Tracy Kostenbader - December 2016

In ABDICATE I was first thinking about Mayor Rahm Emmanuel's emails about the Laquan Mcdonald police shooting and feeling that he should resign. Now, this thought also includes Trump’s racist fascism and that he should not be president. I received assistance from 2 children, Ezel & Etzi Valdovinos, who painted the cat and tic-tac-toes during AnySquared’s Studio Day. I also used stencils to build up a texture and then drew in the the fork while thinking of the phrase “put a fork in it.” Those are my word associations and I hope people interpret it for themselves. In ADVOCATE, the word came last, and I was thinking that It is time to fight for each other and for all of us. The SCREWED stencils came post election as I see we have a long fight ahead of us, and also thought about screws as hardware that hold things together. Finally, the circles on the glass are meant to focus on different parts of the installation as you walk by.

To contact this artist: tracykostenbader.com

Gary Lehman - November 2016

"Music Constellation."

A constellation is a series of stars that define a celestial image. Constellations have been used throughout history to honor and commemorate a variety of images, people and stories.

Applying similar principles, Music Constellation arranges a series of sculptural pieces and a series of drawings. The sculptural pieces are composed of sheet music folded into star forms and arranged into an abstract form. The arrangement is connected with a series of drawings of influential musicians. Each of the drawings are abstract representations of the musicians and their music.


Yoonshin Park - October 2016

Finding Space

Finding Space is an installation about a close investigation of the relationship between an anonymous individual and her surrounding space. Cheesecloth panels fill the installation space from floor to ceiling.  Instead of making paper with the fiber, I used strips of cooked Kozo (outer bark of Mulberry tree) to draw the figures on the fabric. This installation is about experiencing the invisibility within space and the vulnerability of being anonymous.



Kim Dotty Hachmann - Sept 16 - 30

Küchen Power

Kim's photo based artworks deal with family relationships within the current sociopolitical climate, as well has her own emotions toward family life.  She presents her family in short videos, video installations and photos.  Fantastic stories depict the opposites of individuality and community, intimacy and borders, power and weakness in a humorous, poetic and sometimes grotesque way.

to contact this artist:  www.kimdottyhachmann.de/

Julie Bernier - Sept 2 - 15, 2016

Sitting behind the window of Chicago’s gallery ART ON ARMITAGE, the performance artist Julie Bernier will reach passersby on Armitage Avenue through a helpline service, which will be available over the two weeks of her residency. Telephones will be linked together through a direct line, and will enable a communication between people, and the artist without any time or subject restrictions.
 The most notable stories gathered by the artist during her stays in windows (Chicoutimi, Montreal, Québec, îles-de-la-Madeleine, Chicago) for the “SHOWCASE—HOTLINE” project, will eventually be released as a literary publication. This participatory proposal springs from relational and social art, poetic writing, and the unpredictability of performance art.

Julie Bernier is from Saint-Bruno-de-Kamouraska. In 2013, she received a Bachelor of Arts from Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. Through performance art and installation, she tries to raise social questions by taking possession of circulation places, and by stimulating interactions, and human contacts. With her work, she gets inspiration for documentary and poetic writing.

Galleria Jänis from Turku, Finland - August 2016


Thematics of the exhibition circle around the nature experience. Some humans are walking on a trail where they encounter different anomalies which question the borders between natural and unnatural. Are these anomalies man-made offspring or are they nature's reaction to change? Either way they write a new chapter into the big book of evolution.

 Exhibition is also about turning trash into pieces of art. A choice of material which mirrors consumer culture and it´s effects on nature as well as the role of the human drain in earth´s biosphere.

 ”Nature Trail” is a counterpart of ”Endless Columns” by Mary Ellen Croteau (Chicago, U.S.A.) which was exhibited in February 2016 in Galleria Jänis, Turku, Finland.

Maja Breife
”Once upon a butterfly”
The beauty of a butterfly is in itself perfect and impossible to copy. Imagine a world where the sight of a wild butterfly wouldn´t exist. How to create a memory of a butterfly?
I have reused empty liquid cartons. Out of them I have cut 410 silhouettes of endangered butterflies. I have sorted them by colour and put them together with strings. They hang in a frame of a lamp. The pillar that they create as insects that pollinate our crops symbolically keeps the sky from falling.
Simo Ruotsalainen
 Man, born like a king into the world. In control of it all, every little whim fulfilled. Only struggle that is left is against infinity. Death which separates him from the gods makes him uneasy and angry. Hungry for more and more he doesn´t consider others but only himself. Nothing is enough and in the end stands disappointment of not having it all.

Simo's leaves are made from foil lids of yogurt containers, painted and cut and scored.

Hans-Peter Schütt
 Multicolor curves and shapes in a water puddle by the supermarket. Black with something shiny that is almost like neon makes a metallic sensation in your mouth. Greetings from raindrops that etch their way through the surfaces that man makes to cover himself.
Nobody thinks in terms of getting wet or staying dry. In fear we wait what will come down from the sky this time.

Hans-Peter's "Pours" are made from old vinyl records.

Connie Wolfe - July 2016


I am inspired by subtle colors and textures in natural environments that typically go unnoticed in the everyday rituals of our society. The resulting art becomes a response to getting lost in the intricacies and layers that nature presents to me. Organic shapes and tonal structures transform these realities into obscured identities through abstraction and enlargement in my work. This installation will engage with the light, reflections and shadows of our natural environment to create a visually changing interaction between these elements.

To contact this artist: www.conniewolfe.com

Kirsti Anderssen - May 2016


Through myths, legends and magical storytelling I am exploring my Norwegian heritage. These sculptures are talismans that protect women, children, travelers, fishermen and warriors. They grant victory, prosperity, fertility, rain, sun and a plentiful harvest. Thus they merge the world of reality with the world of magic.
Kirsti Anderssen is a printmaker who lives and works in Lexington, Kentucky. Some of her prints are incorporated in these figures.




Anna Eyjolfsdottir - April 2016

Are we passive onlookers, or can we have some effect on world events?

We are constantly bombarded with news from distant parts of the globe, with little opportunity to react. Most of us want to help those in need and to assist victims of war or disaster, but we are confused. The news media brings us conflicting information, and most people fear big changes of the world as we know it – or as we think we know it.

“Tread Softly” is an installation whose centerpiece is a large photograph of a group of people against a concrete wall. Each individual is wrapped in bandages, and the bandages link the individuals to one another.

There is more than one side to events. Walls can serve for protection, but also for exclusion. Walls can be built, or they can be torn down. There can be wars, and there can be peace. It may not be possible to predict future events, or to prevent them. But, in the aftermath, one can bandage the wounds and hope for healing to take place. But wounds leave scars. And so do vicious words.

Anna lives and works in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Beth Racette - March 2016

Gaia Series

Gaia is the name the Ancient Greeks gave to the Earth Goddess, the Creator of Earth and the Universe. In the 1970s, systems theorists borrowed the name Gaia when they developed the theory that the Earth is a complex, living, self-regulating system with the capacity to maintain the conditions for life.  

My aim in creating these paintings has been to learn about and portray the many systems and aspects of the Earth. I have tried to cast a wide net, explore as much as I can, and synthesize my findings visually. The paintings are partly inspired by my scientific learning and represent an intuitive and impressionistic integration of my exploration. 

For many years I have contemplated the interconnectedness of life and the processes of flow (e.g., flow of history, transmission of ideas, and creative improvisation). Many of the paintings are simultaneously micro- and macroscopic, meaning that they could represent, for instance, a cell or a galaxy. Furthermore, cells within my paintings metaphorically represent entities ranging from organisms to institutions. 

Several years ago, when I first learned about living systems theory, I was excited to find a scientific framework for the concepts that I’d been intuitively exploring in my paintings.  Living systems theory focuses on relationships, and attempts to understand the underlying principles by which life organizes itself. In the mid-20th century, living systems theorists began to see life as made up of “wholes” rather than “parts.” These wholes (cells, organisms, ecosystems, the planet Earth) are internally organized and are constantly exchanging energy and information to maintain an intricate and evolving balance.  

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Deborah McCoy - February 2016

Dryads of the City in a Garden

An installation of three photographs celebrating trees in urban areas.

In Greek mythology, the gods punish those who harm a tree without making an offering to the tree nymphs.

Contemporary city dwellers value trees because they provide relief from concrete canyons and a physical and spiritual refuge from the relentless sensory bombardment of traffic and congestion.

Trees refresh our souls.

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Barry Lorberbaum - January 2016

Picture This

When I start to create something from wood, paper or paint there is very little in the way of planning other than materials. I think of everything during the creative process other than what I’m doing. And the result is the finished piece.

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