2011

Sue Sommers - November 2011

Pinedale WY

Sister and Brother

These watercolor paintings of my older brother and me were inspired by the family photo album compiled by my mother in the 1960s and 1970s in New Jersey.  In those old photos, we were regarding the adult behind the camera. Now that my brother and I are in our fifties, the photos seem to be looking into the future at us.

But there's also a lot that photos can't show. By re-interpreting the original pictures in watercolor, a child's art material, I can bring out what I know is under the surface: what it felt to be that age in that time and place.

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www.suesommers.com

 

Jessica Vaughn - December 2011

Working

In this installation, artist Jessica Vaughn presents a common, disposable working-class object for closer inspection and care.  500 mop heads create a backdrop for a live performance on Saturday, December 3 from 9am to 5pm, the length of one standard working day.  Contracted laborers comb through the mop strands, collecting fibers and generally cleaning this window space, both inside and out.

With this art installation and performance, Vaughn asks us to think about the value of work, the art of work, and issues of class, labor, and the exchange of goods.

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jessvaughn.com

Walter Fydryck - October 2011

Emotional Venues

Chairs are utilized as a structure for painting. In conjunction I have developed a paint that fuses into plexiglass. This enables me to replace original chair components with painted panels. Narrative situations are achieved by extending panels beyond the chair frame when mounted on the wall. Juxtaposed free standing pieces become sculptures unto themselves. When all elements are combined an installation results, this one entitled "Emotional Venues".

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fydryck@yahoo.com

Ina Zeuch, Germany, - September 2011

Xenophobia

German artist Ina Zeuch shows three larger-than-life-paintings of persons who are hidden behind a primitive ape mask. Imprisoned and not visible in their unique individuality they are frozen in different postures. They react ironically, ignorantly or aggressively.

Growing xenophobia in the Western world – as manifest once more in the terrible Norwegian massacre this past July - inspired the artist. She performs with the ape mask herself and photographed all her friends and coincidental acquaintances with it too.

 Out of more than 100 photos she selected 3 for the exhibited paintings. Her elaborate mosaic technique allows her to transport the paintings easily and provides great mobility for exhibiting them. From Chicago the works will travel to an art show in Dakar, Senegal in November this year.  

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ina.zeuch@gmail.com

 

 

 

DirtyCityPigeon - August 2011

My art is social commentary that touches on issues dealing with the negative effects of corporate America and those who struggle against social injustice created by those in the corporate sector.

I have noticed that nation states as well people are either accepted or rejected depending on what media outlet they have been perceived through. However, only a few media corporations own most of the media outlets we get our news from. So those who fight for social justice can be marginalized and perceived as enemies or villains by those in power. In many cases it’s the corporations who are the true enemy of the people.

By using comic books and poster art I generate my own media outlet upon which I launch my own news and propaganda. My art gives a voice to those who don’t own their own magazine, news station, or magazines.

My influences include the mural and street art of Chicago, Marvel Comics, Unifikation Media, and the revolutionaries and activist of the past and present. 

My illustrations and prints are given life and color by use of Silk Screen and Intaglio inks. I chose these inks because they provide the brighter more vivid colors often seen in posters, and comic book art. Since both comics and posters are prints it lends well to the printmaking medium.

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http://facebook.com/d.c.pigeon

dirtycitypigeon@yahoo.com

Yonsenia White - July 2011

“Safety Net” 

A safety net can catch a fall or jump and act as a safeguard against possible adversity. They generally provide comfort, assurance and protection, but these knitted sculptures do quite the opposite. They act as beautifully knitted missteps, mistakes or flaws created to adapt to the changes that new forms and material propose in each sculpture. Conceptually, they represent clusters of unsettling situations in both my personal and professional life where the security and strength of safety nets continue to be tested. Made of various types of yarns and found objects of similar fibrous nature, each piece is created by an experimental mix of crochet, knitting and embroidery stitches.

 

 

 

Tim Abel - June 2011

Urban Terrane

A terrane is a distinct sliver of rock that is embedded in the surrounding geological landscape. It is totally foreign, isolated, and a remnant but at the same time it completes the puzzle of strata. Borrowing from geology, I want to consider the window gallery as a terrane, something that is contained within the building: filling the window gallery space and being completely enmeshed in the streetscape at the same time. 

Through physically layering the sewn paper arrangements during the installation process, the individual elements, sewn lines, loose threads, and various types of map imagery are transformed into a strata-like whole.

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www.timabelart.com

 

Mary Ellen Croteau - May 2011

“CLOSE”

This 8 foot by 7 foot self-portrait is made entirely of plastic bottle caps.  None of them were painted.  The color variations were achieved through layering the caps, nesting them into one another.  Your eye will blend the colors.  There are approximately 7,000 caps in this work.

This piece was inspired by the work of artist Chuck Close, who paints large portraits by creating a grid on a photograph and then looking for the colors in each square.  I had noticed that the plastic bottle caps I was working with on another project kept getting stuck together, and it made me think of Chuck Close’s circles of paint.

A Big THANK YOU to all who collected and sent me bottle caps, and to Resource Recycling, which let me collect caps from the recycling bins.

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www.maryellencroteau.net

Alison Whitmore and Jackie Berridge - April 15 2011

Week 1:   APRIL 15 through APRIL 22, 2011

Collaborative performance:  Mural Drawing

In the Art Window:   Jackie and Alison will work collaboratively on mural drawings, combining their studios practice with “live performance‟.  The starting point is the Chicago cityscape and its inhabitants. Jackie will create anthropomorphic beings which will represent a range of individuals both observed and imagined.  Alison will focus on reflecting the city, observing the world outside the window as it unfolds.

The melding of subject matter, methods and approach in large-scale on-site drawings will be simultaneously challenged and enriched by collaboration, with the process experienced by a transient audience passing by on the street.

 Week 2:   April 23 through 29, 2011

David Manley and Sookyoung Huh

Photography

Sookyoung and David both use photography as a vehicle for exploration, focusing on detailed, close-up observations to examine larger human issues.

David uses digital manipulation to re-imagine walking sticks for an imaginary journey through “The Windy City.”   “I’ve never been to Chicago, nor even the States, so have no real perceptions of it.  But through the internet, I can now walk “virtually‟ down West Armitage and peer into the windows, take a hike towards Lincoln Park, maybe walk the Lakefront Trail – and get some kind of sense of place.” 

Sookyoung’s photos are concerned with the memories, traces and encounters that currently shape her life.  Using bits of hair she collects from people,  her work raises the question ‘Is this Art?” by placing overlarge focus on the minutia of everyday life.

“My aim in the Core project is to explore the touching detail of human life, with its poignant cycle of growth, maturity and decline.  All as witnessed in a strand of hair”.

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www.harringtonmillstudios.co.uk

Mario Rodriguez - April 2011

Animal Circus

Drawings created by Mario Rodriguez, exploring the use of color pencil and ink to create extraordinary animal art. His art displays an uncanny innocence -- each and everyone one of his animals smile. Mario is 16 years old and has already exhibited his animal art in galleries. Time Out Chicago also featured his art in the 2010 Kids Summer edition. Mario attends Schurz High School and his artistic goal is to work for Pixar or Dreamworks creating movies with his art.

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http://www.tselone.blogspot.com 

 

Chun Chun Hee, Seoul, Korea - March 2011

“Quartet”

CHUN CHUN HEE is composed of artists Kim, Jy Hyun and Ahn, Jung Ho.   These photos are slices of their lives, taken in and from their home and studio in Yeojoo, South Korea. 

Chun Chun Hee asks you to look, slowly.

 

 

Nino "Tsel One" Rodriguez - February 2011

Complex Aztecs 

“Complex Aztecs” explores the different ways I interpret the art and culture of the Aztecs. The Aztecs were the civilization the Spanish encountered when they landed in Mexico in 1519. By 1521, their world was destroyed. However, through the pieces I am displaying here one can see how the Aztecs painted and saw their world.

I was born in Mexico, and raised in the Uptown community of Chicago. After years producing American graffiti art I am able to transform this art form in different ways.

Both my Aztec and graffiti art have been seen in newspapers, television, galleries and museums. I am currently working on expanding my art on different products, mediums and paper. I live in Chicago with my wife and four children.

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tselone@gmail.com

 

Alan Emerson Hicks - January 2011

My artwork is influenced by our society and magic.  My sculptures use plastic discarded objects and American detritus to create objects that comment on what our society finds important.  I'm drawn to plastic material because of its weight and variety of color.  Plastic bottle caps and rings become colorful towers that reflect architecture, engineered structures and religious relics.  I use plastic clothes hangers to create figures and large geometric shapes.  Sometimes I use heat manipulation to alter the shapes of the plastic objects.  I want to impart in the viewer a sense of magic and wonder about the world around them.  The use of commonplace objects creates that sense.  I want the audience to view the plastic materials of their everyday lives anew.

"Purple Rain" performance Jan 8, 8pm.

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aladinart@aol.com