Best of 2018 EMA Exhibitions

Morpho Gallery presents five Artists from our Winter Emerging Artists Exhibits; each Artist was selected from a series of five shows from January- March 2018. We exhibited over 120 artists during this timeframe. Katie Meuser, Phillip Graff, Eric Kraybill, Kerry Lange, and Joan Geary each have their own distinct styles, with each artist complementing each other.

Joan Geary: her paintings begin with veils of solid color applied over one another, each one chosen to enhance or contrast with the previous layer. During the process of stacking these layers of paint, intuitive marks and shapes are also laid down, and at this early stage, I try not to get in the way of the painting. These components are constructed and deconstructed, etched, erased and glazed over. Eventually the color, line and form begin to suggest some sort of imagery that brings forth an internalized vision, as if my subconscious mind is showing me things that had been stored up for later use.  For the most part, these memories are from my own experiences and observations, but they may be enhanced by art I have seen, such as the memory of the edge between dark and light in a Rembrandt painting or a certain patina on a Richard Serra sculpture. These visions present themselves in the work as a distortion of reality or even invention, as in dreams.  In this way, the work often conveys a mystical version of the truth.

Kerry Lange: she is a self-taught artist hailing from Cleveland and a recent transplant to Chicago. Her most common mediums that she creates with are, but not limited to include watercolor, pen/ ink and pencil. Her themes can range from fanciful surreal illustrations to abstract wonders. She has been actively showing for the last 10 years with over 25 showings in galleries, special events and cafes in Cleveland, Baltimore, New York City and Chicago. I am looking forward to new inspirations, getting to know Chicago’s artist communities and new artistic opportunities here in my new city.

Eric Kraybill: is a printmaker raised in Northfield, Illinois who recently earned his Bachelors in Studio Art printmaking at Northeastern Illinois University. Kraybill has entered numerous exhibitions including the Found/Squared: Exhibition at Northeastern Illinois University at Chicago, and the Print Exchange & Exhibition for the Central Michigan University Print club at Mount Pleasant. In addition, he has won the Merit Scholarship from Northeastern Illinois University’s Art Department. He works with hand-on media such as linocut, and silkscreen. His subject matter engages in his own narrative and mythology. In addition, his work focuses on the historical significance of storytelling. Kraybill completed his first solo titled, “Aisling “in 2016 which displays mythical imagery with Gaelic phrases as tribute to Irish literature. Currently Krabill isworking on a new print series titled, “The Canpoy Series” which reflects the artist is struggle with speech and social anxieties.

Katie Meuser: started taking art lessons when she was nine and continued until she was fourteen. She started out drawing wildlife and eventually took up watercolor and continued to practice wildlife with an abstract twist by eliminating details. She is fascinated in abstract art and how one can take away from the realistic element of an object and replace it with colors and movement, manipulating the viewer’s perception and allowing them to create their own concept of the object. She received her bachelors in Fine Arts and Humanity at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. It was there that she came up with her own style of painting by mixing water with acrylic and experimenting with different ratios of water to paint. Shortly after she graduated she moved to South Korea to continue her art through live paintings and various shows in art and music venues. She was becoming less restrictive with the water enabling it to do its own “thing” and adding a natural element to her pieces. In 2015 she moved to Chicago and started showing in coffee shops and eventually galleries, showcasing the continuous changes her style has evolved from as well as my free-flowing technique she has honed throughout the years.

Phillip Graff: paints to create something out of nothing. It’s been a progression of passion through the years but nonetheless has stuck with me. Seeing my perspective, my ideas, and my style, take form on what used to be a blank slate, makes me feel a sense of accomplishment. He’s not graveling for the monetary benefits of being a painter. He’s seeking a creative outlet, fulfillment, and stimulation. His style reflects a degenerate youth in a modern world with a dark ambiance to each piece.

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