Star Maps and Cosmic Things

Opening Reception June 7th , 6pm- 10pm
Exhibits runs
June 7th to July 6th

About the Artist:

Elke began at Rutgers University in New Jersey where she worked at Rutgers Center for Innovative Printmaking. There she collaborated with New York City artists in the creation of lithography editions. At the same time, she was an intern at the infamous Franklin Furnace, an avant-garde art space in Tribeca. During those years it housed the country’s largest collection of artist’s books, which she helped organize. These two formative influences have left her with a deep love for technical craftsmanship and the daring of non-conventional, contemporary artworks. After moving to Chicago, Elke became a teaching assistant at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has taught printmaking at Lill Street Art Center and The Hyde Park Art Center (both in Chicago).

Artist Statement:

Throughout my career, I have developed my own artistic style and techniques through printmaking. Though it is now an underrated medium, printmaking allows for infinite variations of the relationship between mechanical production and a human touch. Some of its more sensual and sculptural qualities are impossible to achieve with state- of- the- art digital graphics. Working in my studio means unveiling such qualities with handmade translucent, fluorescent and metallic inks and layered analog imagery. Science and occult textbooks have been the source for most of these illustrations and thereby convey what is normally “unseeable”. The resulting hybrid of old- fashioned craftsmanship and cosmic beauty springs from the colors and textures of real woodcut, silkscreen, and lithography. It is my sincerest wish that the artwork I produce would offer something stimulating and compelling to the viewer, while sustaining printmaking’s tradition.

About Morpho Gallery:

Morpho Gallery prides itself on seeking talented artists who are on the cusp of being discovered by the mainstream art community. We invite local artists to exhibit their work in a creative and non-competitive atmosphere, where artistic experimentation and development are encouraged. By creating a blank palette inside the gallery, Morpho offers infinite possibilities for an array of colors, textures and media to come together. As members of the Bowmanville community and the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, we strive to enliven the area around us as active participants in community development and growth.

Open call 8th Annual Encaustic Exhibition

CALL FOR ENTRIES – 8th Annual Encaustic Exhibition
Morpho Gallery, 5216 N. Damen, Chicago, IL 60625
Dates: August 2nd – August 31st, 2019

Entry Deadline: July 6th, 2019
Opening Reception: August 2nd, 2019, 6pm – 10pm
Jurors: Kathy Blankley Roman and Dan Addington

About the Exhibition:

The exhibit is open to artists who work in the encaustic medium. Mixed media is welcomed, but encaustic must be the primary medium.

This year we will allow 3D work as well as 2D. Maximum 2D dimensions should not exceed 28″ per side, including frame or support, minimum size: 8”x8” or 16 running inches (H+L).

3D works not to exceed 28” in all dimensions including mount, if applicable.

About the Jurors:

After 6 years of successful shows, including: Hot Wax in the City, Wax(N)Blue and Unbound(ed), FUSEDChicago member Kathy Blankley Roman returns once again to jury our 7th Annual Encaustic Exhibition. Joining her, we are pleased to have Dan Addington from Addington Gallery on board as guest juror.

Kathy Blankley Roman is an award winning artist, whose expressive paintings have appeared in shows nationally, online and in numerous private collections since 2011. Using acrylics, encaustic or oil & cold wax, she is a process painter. Roman prefers a limited palette and works in layers, employing contrasts of texture, opacity and gesture to create tension and a sense of depth and history. Mostly small to medium in scale, her works have been described as “large paintings in a small space”. They suggest an intimacy which invites viewers to come close, to explore and experience them through their own personal filters.

Dan Addington is an artist and gallery owner who has been working with wax since 1989 and exhibiting encaustic work professionally since 1992. His work has been featured in-group and solo shows across the US, and is in numerous public and private collections. Dan is owner and director of Addington Gallery, located in Chicago’s historic River North art district, and has included encaustic painters in exhibitions there since organizing their first national encaustic exhibition there in 1996. Addington’s own figurative work incorporates materials such as fabric, oil, wax, tar, gold leaf and various printed matter. The accumulation and layering of these materials echoes his interest in history and the relationships between the stratification of cultures and the layering of memory. In these constructed, overtly physical pieces, Addington seeks to engage the viewer through their own process of physical and spiritual excavation.

The complete application is available to download at:

morphogallery.com/links.htm

Susan Aurinko at Hofheimer Gallery

Hofheimer Gallery presents an artist talk with Susan Aurinko to discuss her work in the europa europa exhibit on May 18th from 2 to 4 pm. She will be joined by guest curator Chuck Gneich. The event is free and open to the public. 4823 N. Damen Ave. For more info: info@hofheimergallery.com or call 847.274.7550. Gallery hours are 11am to 5pm, Wednesdays through Saturdays, or by appointment. hofheimergallery.com