CALL FOR ENTRIES – 14th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition

Morpho Gallery, 5216 N. Damen, Chicago, IL 60625
Dates: April 5th -May 1st , 2019 Submission Deadlime March 16th
Opening Reception: April 5th, 6pm – 10pm

About the Exhibition:

Morpho Gallery is pleased to announce its 14th annual juried photo exhibit. Photographers are invited to submit work for possible inclusion in the exhibition. Size limitation is 36” maximum in any direction, framing included. Original photography only, any and all subject matters and photo processes welcomed.

About the Juror:

Lloyd DeGrane is a Chicago-based freelance photographer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, the Paris Match, The Guardian and other national and international publications.

He specializes in location photography and portraiture, serving a variety of clients including: University of Chicago, University of Illinois system, University of Notre Dame, numerous university alumni publications, Alliance for the Great Lakes, the Night Ministry, Midwest Energy News, Belt Magazine, and the Nature Conservancy.

The complete application is available to download at:
http://morphogallery.com/links.htm

INSTINCT

February 2 – 23, 2019
Opening reception, Saturday, February 2nd, 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
Vertical Gallery, 1016 N Western Ave., Chicago

Vertical Gallery is proud to present their first exhibition of 2019 titled INSTINCT, featuring Adonna Khare (US), Hama Woods (NO), Dzia (BE), ShadowMonsterBear (US), Sweler (AU), and Ava Grey/Czr Prz (US). Throughout art history, animals have served as inspiration for emotions, conflict, environmental issues, personal experiences, and more. All six of these artists incorporate animals in their work, and are exhibiting at Vertical for the first time. The show runs February 2 – 23, with an opening reception on Saturday, February 2nd, 6-9pm.

Sweler is an artist based in Melbourne, Australia who at an early age was influenced and involved in the Street Graffiti scene. After moving to London in 2001 he spent ten years developing his style and working as a freelance artist. Having a small break from painting, Sweler moved back to Melbourne where he is again developing his craft. Today his art is character and creature based. He paints characters that at first glance seem pleasant but a darker side resides beneath the surface.

DZIA is a Belgian street and urban artist known for his animal murals composed of bold abstract and geometric lines. Born and raised in the city of Antwerp, Belgium, DZIA is classically trained with a masters in fine art at the Royal Academy in his hometown. DZIA works across a variety of media that ranges from stencils, painting, sculpture and taxidermy through to street art and graffiti, typically depicting wild animals.

Hama Woods is a stencil artist, based in Oslo, Norway. Her work reflects the sociological approach to greed and consumption, and its direct effect on our natural environment. Her hope is to empower and challenge viewers to come to their own conclusions and to rethink the choices they make which effect today and tomorrow.

ShadowMonsterBear is a self-taught artist living in Los Angeles, California. She is known for creating bright, animal murals using spray paint and acrylic. ShadowMonsterBear painted her first commissioned mural in 2013, and has since painted numerous murals in Los Angeles, Miami, Denver, and around the country.

Adonna Khare is a Los Angeles based artist focused on carbon pencil on paper drawings. Born in a small town in Iowa, she went on to receive her Masters of Fine Art from California State University Long Beach. She creates animals in absurd situations using pencil, an eraser and a sock as her tools. The drawings are never pre-planned, rather they evolve organically through her experiences.

Ava Grey / Czr Prz is an artist duo comprised of Caesar Perez and Nick Glazebrook – a partnership that seamlessly weaves their individual vision and talents. Fueled by a mutual desire to create intricate works of art featuring a range of materials, they’re constantly evolving their techniques to create sculptures iconic to their own style.

Vertical Gallery
1016 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
773.697.3846
www.verticalgallery.com

14th Annual Emerging Artist Exhibition at Morpho Gallery

Opening Artist Reception
Friday January 25th 6-10pm

Morpho Gallery is featuring a variety of different local Chicago area artists for its annual Emerging Artist Exhibitions.

The exhibit showcases many different medias, from ceramics to etchings, paintings to sculpture. It is a show that celebrates artistic diversity and encourages emerging artists to show art.

Each year we select 3-5 artists from each exhibit in a group exhibit during Chicago Artist Month in October 2019.

Morpho Gallery is dedicated to the advancement and exposure of emerging local artists. We offer our space as non-competitive, supportive system, open to all types of artistic media and age groups.

We are in our 14th year of EMA exhibits, giving young local and second career artists exposure. We offer our space as a stepping-stone to procedures in the art world and how to exhibit and present your art in a professional manner.

These exhibits bring artists into an established gallery, most for the first time, giving them experience and making connections, networking with other artists while trying to break into the ever-difficult art world.

These are no commission shows based on a nominal fee only after being accepted into the show. We will be having more exhibitions thru the winter months.

Additionally, we offer leasing packages at affordable prices for artists, musicians and artistic groups who wish to stage their own shows or rehearse. We are active members of the Andersonville, Bowmanville, and Ravenswood communities, and are dedicated to their enrichment via the visual arts.

Join us on opening reception night for some appetizers, drinks and fantastic new artwork. Shows featuring different artists and will be taking place throughout the winter months. See our website for updates and applications. http://morphogallery.com

About Morpho Gallery:

Morpho Gallery prides itself in 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, we offer infinite possibilities for an array of colors, textures and media to come together.

5216 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625
www.morphogallery.com

DETRITUS: life after death

Above: “Thicket” by Keelan McMorrow

Elephant Room Gallery is excited to present a solo exhibition of brand new works by Chicago-based artist Keelan McMorrow. ‘DETRITUS: life after death’ opens with a public reception on Saturday, February 16th from 6pm to 9pm and runs through March 30th.

If life offers no guarantees but death, then our struggles of mourning are universal: in ‘Detritus: Life After Death’, artist Keelan McMorrow depicts poignant symbols of the trauma, grief, and ultimate triumphs experienced through living life after the death of a loved one. In 2016, McMorrow’s brother passed away unexpectedly due to a congenital heart defect.

‘Detritus: Life After Death’ presents the work created after his brother’s passing, processing the guilt, anger, confusion and despair he faced in turn. For McMorrow, his own life – indeed his very birth – would be forever cemented in stark contrast with his family’s devastating loss: ‘My brother died on my birthday,’ Keelan explains. ‘Mere hours before I was looking forward to celebrating with him, with our family. It was like an asteroid hit. None of us could understand what was happening. Figuring out and accepting what occurred would of course come later, through fits and tears and horrible, sleepless nights.’

Art provided rungs to hold on to, like a ladder. And in climbing up, life continued and the artist’s vistas changed. So, too, did his work. Pieces of human bodies, of flesh, limbs, tools and artifices now tumble across his paintings piecemeal, scattered, where composed figures once resided – as if the world, shattered, exists as a puzzle to be joined back together. But there’s far more to it than that: ‘I think I’ve found a sort of peace in my new reality. A sort of wisdom, maybe. As much as we’re destined to lose what we love, the very fact that we can fall apart proves that we’re connected. It’s all just one big story, and even now my brother is continuing to be a part of it.’

Elephant Room Gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago. Gallery information can be found on their website, www.elephantroomgallery.com.