Fumiko Toda and Carl Wilen at ZIA Gallery

Toda Wilen Postcard 2014

September 6th opens ZIA Gallery’s fall season with a sensational combination: Fumiko Toda’s fancifully layered mixed media and monotype works along side masterfully wry, absurdist artist Carl Wilen’s paintings.

Last year Fumiko Toda was a hit with her colorful works of abstraction including imagery connected with her experience growing up in Japan. This year she has more large paintings and beautiful monotypes reflecting her joyful spirit. As one who now makes NYC her home, she seeks refuge in nature in Central Park.

Carl Wilen is someone worth discovering if you are unfamiliar with his work. His talent is vast and his mind unique. He has such variety in his work from hand cut-out and meticulously drawn and painted dioramas, to sculptures made of paper or balsa wood, to detailed surreally narrative paintings. This year ZIA Gallery focuses on his paintings, although examples of other media works will be on hand.

Carl Wilen, now in his eighties, has a depth in art-making worth seeing. His curiosity of life, people, philosophy, art history and pop culture inform his work. Don’t wait to see Carl Wilen’s singular production. Do it now and meet the artist, too! This Illinois treasure will be at the opening reception, Saturday September 6, 5 – 7 pm.

Carl says of his work:

“When one confronts art history, one might possibly be overwhelmed by the number of “isms” and definitions they are faced with. Variations! Each in turn creating a major or minor culture shock at the time of their conception, all violating some aspect of the once comfortable norm loosely labeled “Art.” Take Impressionism, Cubism, and Abstract Expressionism, to name a few.

One of the early “isms” that had a profound impact was Surrealism, which is still one of the most enticing idioms today. With its strange blend of reality and unreality promulgated by today’s movie makers, Surrealism has always been a part of my oeuvre in some way shape or form, usually spiced with bits of social commentary and aspects of the human condition.”

Fumiko Toda and Carl Wilen opens Saturday, September 6th 5 – 7 pm @

ZIA Gallery
548 Chestnut St.
Winnetka, IL 60093

The exhibition continues through October 11th, 2014.

All are welcome to attend the opening reception Saturday, September 6th, 5 – 7pm.

The gallery is located 2 short blocks from the Winnetka Metra station.

Website: www.ZIAgallery.net

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